Manhattan Kosher Recommendations?
- Dave Feldman
Jim or any Chowhounds--
A friend who eats Kosher is coming to NYC next week and I'd like to take him to some interesting Kosher restaurant in Manhattan. Any ideas? Would definitely prefer not to have deli-type food.
re: Gary Cheong
La Marais is excellent and acceptable kosher wise for
most orthodox people. The indian rest. mentioned may
not meet your friends kosher standards. Depending on
your peice range there are many restaraunts available.
Some of these include.
Va Benni - Kosher Italian - A little Expensive
Esti Hana - Sushi and Chinese - Moderate Price
Dougies - Bar-B-Que - Ribs, Burgers, Steaks, Etc.
Provi Provi - Italian - Less than va Beni but more than
Mr. Broadway - Deli/Chinese - Moderate
Village Crown - 2 Rest. One Middle Eatern/One Italian -
China Shalom - Chinese - Expensive for chinese
Haikara - Sushi/Japanese - Expensive (very good food)
All of the above places are pretty good with acceptable
kosher certification. most of them are national kosher
Most vegetarian Indian restaurants should be
acceptable; many are even under rabbinical
supervision. You could try Mavalli Palace, Pongal, and
MAdras Mahal. I actually haven't eaten in any of them,
but have heard the best reports about MAvalli Palace,
which specialized in southern style (Udipi?) food.
re: Dave Feldman
Depends on your friend's level of observance. Most
kosher people I know would eat in any vegetarian
restaurant. Indian ones have a leg up because the
don't serve Western cheeses, made with rennet, which
some observant Jews will not eat. (They will eat cheese
made with kosher rennet from a kosher animal, which
frankly seems bogus to me.) They are probably also
careful about insects in the vegetables, which is one
of the things that supervising rabbis check for. As I
said, I think some of the restaurants are aware
of the potential market, and are actually under
supervision, and it may pay to give a call.
On the other side of the coin, Naomi Levi's Kosher
Pizza on Main st. in Flushing, about 1/2 mile south of
the expressway, does a fair business with Indians
(presumably vegetarians) from the neighborhood as well.
They serve great middle eastern salads (excellent fool,
eggplant, and humus) , good felafel, Yemenite breads,
and pizza, which keeps my kids happy.
Try out Domani Italian Kosher Restaaurant: 1590 1st
Ave. 212 717-7575. It is the best you can find.
go to bissaleh, on 2nd ave and 74 st, nyc. probably the best, hippest, coolesst kosher place in town. no meat.