A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from February 02, 2019
Knafcake (knafeh + cake)

The restaurant Shoo Shoo opened in 2018 at 371 Broome Street in Manhattan. A dessert on its dinner menu is “Pistachio Kanafeh ($12) Shredded filo baked with curd, served with pistachios & rose water syrup.” Kanafeh (or knafeh) is a Middle Eastern dessert made with noodle-like pastry.

On the brunch menu of Shoo Shoo is “Knafcake ($16) Two pancakes layered with melted sweet curd & walnuts, rose syrup and berries.” The name “knafcake” is a portmanteau of the words “kanafeh” or “knafeh” and “cake.” Knafcakes—or at least that name—are unique to the Shoo Shoo restaurant.


Shoo Shoo, 371 Broome Street, New York, NY—Brunch menu
KNAFCAKE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
Two pancakes layered with melted sweet
curd & walnuts, rose syrup and berries
Shoo Shoo, 371 Broome Street, New York, NY—Dinner menu
PISTACHIO KANAFEH • 12
Shredded filo baked with curd, served with pistachios
& rose water syrup

Wikipedia: Kanafeh
Kanafeh (Arabic: كُنافة‎, [kunaːfa], dialectal: [knɑːfej]) (also numerous alternate spellings) is a traditional Arab dessert made with thin noodle-like pastry, or alternatively fine semolina dough, soaked in sweet, sugar-based syrup, and typically layered with cheese, or with other ingredients such as clotted cream or nuts, depending on the region. It is popular in the Arab world, particularly the Levant and Egypt, and especially in Palestine. In addition, variants are found in Turkey, Greece, and the Balkans, as well as in the Caucasus.

In Arabic, kanafeh (also knafeh, kunafa or similar spellings) may refer to the string pastry itself, or to the entire dessert dish.

Eater—New York
Eleven Madison Park Will Never Be Named the ‘World’s Best’ Restaurant Again
Plus, there’s a new Middle Eastern brunch spot in Nolita — and more intel

by Carla Vianna Jan 17, 2019, 10:06am EST
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New Nolita restaurant Shoo Shoo adds brunch
Middle Eastern restaurant Shoo Shoo at 371 Broome St., between Mott and Mulberry Streets, has added a brunch menu with dishes like an herb frittata served with green labneh, fennel, and cucumber salad, as well as the “Shoo Shoo breakfast,” which comes with two eggs, salad, smoked salmon, mezze, and bread. The “Knafcake,” inspired by pistachio knafeh, will be two pancakes layered with melted sweet curd and walnuts, rose syrup, and berries.

Eater—New York
The 12 Hottest Brunch Restaurants in NYC
The newest places to get brunch in the city that never sleeps

by Stefanie Tuder@stefanietuder Updated Jan 31, 2019, 12:11pm EST
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9. Shoo Shoo
371 Broome St
New York, NY 10013
(646) 590-6800
Shoo Shoo, located on a sunny corner of Nolita, serves up a Middle Eastern brunch with dishes like a platter with two eggs, Israeli salad, smoked salmon, mezze, and bread, as well as a “knafcake,” inspired by pistachio knafeh, that’s two pancakes layered with melted sweet curd and walnuts, rose syrup, and berries.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Saturday, February 02, 2019 • Permalink