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Manhattan Kosher Recommendations?

Dave Feldman Feb 25, 1998 11:21 PM

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.



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    stephen kaye Dec 3, 1998 03:47 AM

    go to bissaleh, on 2nd ave and 74 st, nyc. probably the best, hippest, coolesst kosher place in town. no meat.

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      Avi Keller Dec 2, 1998 11:33 PM

      Try out Domani Italian Kosher Restaaurant: 1590 1st
      Ave. 212 717-7575. It is the best you can find.

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        roberto Mar 4, 1998 05:40 PM

        please see my reply below

        -- roberto

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          Alan Divack Feb 26, 1998 12:53 PM

          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.

          2 Replies
          1. re: Alan Divack
            Dave Feldman Feb 26, 1998 02:32 PM

            Gee, Mavalli Palace is my second home. I guess there are many different layers of Kosher, right? Is a restaurant that doesn't mix dairy with meat kosher if it doesn't have rabinnical supervision or inspection?



            1. re: Dave Feldman
              Alan Divack Feb 27, 1998 11:11 AM

              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.

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            Gary Cheong Feb 25, 1998 11:50 PM

            Dave -- have you tried Le Marais on West 46th St.
            (bet. 6th & 7th Ave.) ? It's a kosher French
            steakhouse. I just walked past it this evening, but
            have not tried the food yet.

            8 Replies
            1. re: Gary Cheong
              Dave Feldman Feb 26, 1998 02:33 PM

              A kosher French steakhouse? Slap my thigh!

              Thanks for the idea. No, I've walked by Le Marais but never noticed that it was kosher.

              Thanks for the neat idea.


              1. re: Dave Feldman
                Gary Cheong Feb 27, 1998 12:04 AM

                You're welcome, DF. Let all of us know how it is if
                you do go there.

                1. re: Gary Cheong
                  Roberto Mar 2, 1998 11:32 AM

                  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

                  1. re: Roberto
                    Avi Keller Dec 2, 1998 11:40 PM

                    Dougies? Feh!!!

                    That is the slopiest restaurant, I have ever seen.

                    1. re: Roberto
                      Ross Dec 10, 1998 02:47 PM

                      Le Marais is excellent, and has a very attractive
                      room--when you first walk in, you are in an authentic
                      French charcuterie similiar to Les Halles on Park
                      Avenue South, but the food is better.

                      1. re: Ross
                        jook Dec 10, 1998 08:52 PM

                        >Le Marais is excellent, and has a very attractive
                        >room--when you first walk in, you are in an authentic
                        >French charcuterie similiar to Les Halles on Park
                        >Avenue South, but the food is better.

                        It's similar to Les Halles cuz it's owned by the same
                        idiot, Philippe Lajaunie.

                      2. re: Roberto
                        Rachel Perlow Aug 30, 1999 12:17 PM

                        re: Le Marais

                        I've heard it's good, but I have a question. Can you
                        get your steak rare/medium rare at a kosher steakhouse?

                        1. re: Rachel Perlow
                          David Rubin Mar 13, 2002 02:01 PM

                          Sure, why not?
                          Meat is kashered by soaking and salting. If the meat has been soaked and salted it may be cooked as you like.
                          Alternatively, meat can be kashered by broiling it. This is what you may have been thinking of.

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