The cuisines of the Middle East and the Baltic region engage in an elegant dance beginning Thursday at Fort Greene's newest restaurant Miss Ada. Bar Bolonat, Gramercy Tavern and Maialino vet Tomer Blechman mines Israeli cuisine for inspiration, while bringing his Latvian roots into play as well. Herring meets hummus.

Though the chickpeas won't meet the fish 'til both are already in your belly, the menu deftly bounces around between the two cuisines. Herring crostini comes with arugula and scallions, while the hummus comes with chicken liver and caramelized onions. There are lighter dishes including a housemade labne seasoned with radish, marjoram and za'atar—the ubiquitous Middle Eastern spice blend packed with herbs, sesame seeds and other spices—and more robust ones, like the dry-aged kebaburger with bone marrow, caramelized onions and rosemary fries.

The space is blessed with a large backyard seating area decorated with murals by artist Abel Macias. A large bar has been installed, behind which head bartender Joshua Kim will mix cocktails and pour beers and natural wines. If you want to start a meal Russian-style, there's a shot of vodka with pickled mushrooms—foraged by Blechman's uncle for the first run—available for you.

184 DeKalb Avenue, 917-909-1023,