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New Mediterranean spot Arba debuts on the Upper West Side

A new gluten-free Mediterranean restaurant has made its debut in the neighborhood. The fresh arrival to the Upper West Side, called Arba, is located at 472 Columbus Ave.

At Arba's helm is Israeli chef Nir Zook, who has designed a menu around naturally gluten-free components like fish, cheese and vegetables. You can expect an assortment of mezze (Israeli tapas), such as smoked salmon, hummus, charred eggplant and watermelon salad.

Main courses include branzino, salmon papillote, risotto with tomato and eggplant and ravioli filled with raw tahini and goat cheese. You may also order a seven-course tasting menu (a vegan version of the tasting menu is available). All of Arba's offerings are kosher, and on Saturdays, it offers a Shabbat Brunch.

The new arrival has gotten an enthusiastic response thus far, with a 4.5-star rating out of 15 reviews on Yelp.

Dany Z., who was among the first Yelpers to review the new spot on July 6, wrote, "We had a great family-style meal here with the family. My mother said it's the best meal she's ever had. The staff was super friendly and on-point."

Yelper Tennessee E. added, “We really enjoyed the food and people here. It was one of the best meals I have had in New York City."

Swing on by to take a peek for yourself: Arba is open from 6–11 p.m. on Sunday-Thursday and 11 a.m.–3 p.m. on Saturday. (It's closed on Friday.)

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