Food: 8/10 Drinks: 10/10 Vibes: 10/10
Midwest foodie: Let me be clear from the beginning about Shaya. This is not “my type” of restaurant: it has small plates with large price tags. That said, the food is really really tasty. We shared shipka peppers, lutenitsa, and labneh. We also split lamb ragu hummus which came with some of the best pita I’ve had. Food was great, portions were small. I’m a Midwest guy, its tough for me to give full marks to a place that does this to my tummy and my wallet. If you’re cool with that, Shaya is well worth your time. One thumb up.
West coast boozer: What goes best with a hunk of a pita? Probably anything …but the Sancerre and cocktails imbibed at Shaya were the perfect finish to my Mediterranean fantasy. The wine was perfectly crisp and cool and since we were having such a fine time we finished off dinner with a round of Shaya’s inventive and light cocktails. Each one that came out was a different color and each as exciting to taste and finish as the next. Would go here just for a round of drinks! (but if they bring over the pita too, I wouldn’t say no …) A+
East coast vibes: Whether you’re rolling in with a platonic group of friends or there for a tête a tête, Shaya’s dim lighting, soft background music and granite surfaces give off a very sultry vibe. If possible sit in the back courtyard that feels like you’ve been transported to a Mediterranean lagoon. Not theme-y or korny by any means, this white tablecloth establishment has a unique charm that both says fine dining and also gives a warm welcome. It’s no wonder it was voted America’s best new restaurant at the James Beard awards in 2015! 10/10