A marching band stumbled into Sage Kitchen on April 2, welcoming the Persian-Israeli restaurant to the neighborhood with some NoHo cheer. The long-time catering company opened its first brick-and-mortar store on the Bowery this month, bringing its apricot-fig jam, mango relish, and pickled fennel to a restaurant and marketplace.
Jasmine “Jazzie” Einalhori opened Sage Kitchen five years ago, inspired by the flavors of her Israeli mother and Persian father’s favorite foods. For many of those years, it operated as a catering company, but hosted occasional pop-ups and appeared at street fairs.
Now, Sage Kitchen has a permanent home on the Bowery to serve its kosher and dairy-free sandwiches, salads, grain bowls, and sweets.
At the front of the store, there’s a marketplace with plenty of ingredients and kitchenware. Jars of za’atar, sumac, harissa, pickled lemons, and hummus fill the shelves and fridge. The marketplace stocks many of the ingredients that Sage Kitchen uses in its recipes, like the pickled lemons from its tri-color tomato salad.
Nearby, a kitchen table’s worth of flatware, dishes, lavender sprigs, sage-scented candles, and flowers also offers visitors the chance to bring Sage Kitchen home. “The Marketplace @sage.kitchen features a curated selection of our favorite home decor, vintage, and kitchen tools from artisans across the globe,” Sage Kitchen explained on Instagram.
The restaurant serves Sage Kitchen catering favorites, albeit in individual servings. The chicken schnitzel and apricot-fig jam sandwich is available alongside fresh-out-of-the-oven salted tahini chocolate chip cookies.
If you feel like trying your hand at Persian-Israeli-inspired cooking, or skipping the work and just picking up an olive oil cake to go, Sage Kitchen is located at 352 Bowery.