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About Shai

An Israeli-inspired restaurant created by celebrated chef Franklin Becker that features a selection of hummus with a range of toppings. 

Our menu also includes bold and fresh takes on falafel, shawarma, and several vegetarian and vegan options. Located in Columbia University's graduate campus on 130th and Broadway, we also deliver from 92nd St to 170th river to river

Our Cuisine

Meant for sharing, Israeli cuisine is predominantly plant-based, incorporating a bevy of healthy foods including grass-fed meats, free range poultry, chickpeas, garlic, olive oil, sesame seeds, spices, and lots and lots vegetables.

Chef Franklin Becker

Brooklyn born and bred, Shai's founder Chef Franklin Becker attended The Culinary Institute of America, graduating with honors. In 2003, while he was executive chef at Capitale, they were named a best new restaurant in America by Esquire magazine. In 2009, he became the Corporate Executive Chef of the Emm Group, and over the next several years helmed Abe and Arthur’s, Lexington Brass, and the highly acclaimed CATCH restaurants. In 2011, he won Burger Bash at the annual N.Y. Food and Wine Festival beating out the likes of Bobby Flay and Michael Symon to name a few. In 2013, Chef Becker was invited on Bravo’s Top Chef Master’s to compete against some of the biggest names in the industry. Chef Franklin Becker, is an acclaimed chef, author, autism activist and TV personality. In addition to Top Chef Masters, Chef Becker appears regularly on television, including Iron Chef America, The Today Show, Dr. Oz, The Rachael Ray Show, Beat Bobby Flay, and more.

Chef Becker previously co-founded the fast-casual, gluten-free concept The Little Beet and The Little Beet Table, as well as plant-based food subscription service Hungryroot.