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Taam-Tov in Manhattan's Diamond District?

enrevanche Jun 23, 2006 05:40 PM

From a very fine article on the Diamond District in NYC, this little gem of culinary intelligence:

"For 58 years, 41 W. 47th St. was home to the Gotham Book Mart, a literary mecca sandwiched between diamond dealers. Since Gotham's high-profile relocation to 46th Street in 2004 (acquiescing to the swelling price of diamond district real estate, Gotham's owner, Andreas Brown, sold the five-story townhouse and bought another one two blocks away for $2 million less), 41 West now boasts a new jewelry exchange and, on the second floor, Manhattan's only Bukharan kosher eatery, Taam-Tov, where a devoted clientele of Central Asian Jews gather daily for traditional shish kebabs, platters of plov (rice pilaf), dense hummus, and thick, crusty bread."

(Source: http://www.themorningnews.org/archive...

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My reaction: Whoa. Anybody been?

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    DeisCane Jun 25, 2006 01:26 PM

    It's great, one of my favorite kosher lunch options. The kebabs are top notch and the bread is unreal.

    1. lambretta76 Jun 25, 2006 02:50 PM

      The pelmeni soup stands out in my memory, as does the khachapuri (or however you spell that). However, is it on the 2nd floor - I always thought it was on the 4th or 5th... or am I thinking of another restaurant?

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      1. re: lambretta76
        NAtiveNewYorker Sep 19, 2006 01:58 PM

        The interesting "2nd Floor restaurant" of the Diamond District is Diamond Dairy. It's a dairy kosher (obviously). Terrific food.

      2. lambretta76 Jun 25, 2006 02:54 PM

        And by khachapuri - which obviosuly would not be served as this place is kosher, I meant samsa. Which I believed may have been camca on the menu. But it had a very crisp dough and tasty lamb on the inside.

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          gutsofsteel Jun 25, 2006 07:49 PM

          Their plov is great - bits of meat, lots of rice, nice and greasy.

          1. enrevanche Jun 27, 2006 08:17 PM

            Thanks to all for their responses. I am definitely going to check this out next week; I have an appointment in midtown around lunchtime on Wednesday, and will go early or late.

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              cervisiam Jun 27, 2006 11:27 PM

              i went last week, the lamb kebabs are stellar. freshly baked bread is good, too. what's really humorous is that their new location has a sushi counter in it. i wanted to try the sushi just for the entertainment factor, but my lunch date nixed that :)

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                Peter Cherches Aug 30, 2006 09:49 PM

                I just went yesterday:

                Taam Tov, which means “Good Taste” in Hebrew, is a kosher Uzbek restaurant. Rego Park, in Queens, is now home to a large community of Bukharian Jews from Uzbekistan and surrounding former Soviet republics. I haven’t been out to that neighborhood, but several diamond district restaurants serve Bukharian food, which has many intersections with other Silk Road cuisines. Between the two Diamond District Bukharian restaurants I’ve been to there is no contest. Aron’s, on 48th St., is one of the worst restaurants I’ve tried in recent months. Taam Tov is excellent.

                Taam Tov is in an upstairs space at 41 W. 47th. One enters the building at street level and ascends two flights of stairs to the third floor; there is no elevator. The restaurant is in a cozy room that has a quaint, vintage feel yet it hasn’t been a restaurant for very long; Taam Tov moved to this location, formerly the legendary Gotham Book Mart, from a building across the street fairly recently.

                Four of us had a copious lunch feast, most of which I ordered for the table. We had a basket of lepeshka, the wonderful, hearty home-baked Bukharian bread, and ate it with the most unSilkRoadlike dish, an avocado salad that was basically a mild guacamole (this was the one item that somebody else requested). The samsa, baked meat pies with chopped meat redolent of cumin and other spices, were fabulous, one of the highlights of the meal. We shared several kinds of kebabs, which are ordered a la carte. The lamb shish kebab was wonderfully tender and tasty, and the lula kebab, a cigar-shaped spiced chopped meat kebab (I believe with lamb and beef), was excellent too. Lula kebab is similar to a number of chopped meat kebabs from around the world: Indian seekh kebab, Turkish and Middle Eastern kofte/kefta, and Serbian cevapcici.

                The plov, an Uzbek pilaf with stewed meat and carrots was pretty good—moderately greasy and a bit sweet from the carrots. The manty, steamed meat dumplings, had an interesting sweet onion presence and a nice, delicate skin. It cost us $50 with a tip for the four of us, and they had to roll us down the stairs.

                http://petercherches.blogspot.com

                1. janethepain Sep 18, 2006 06:03 PM

                  Just went here for lunch today - I guess it's best to go in groups so you can try different things. I finished the plov (or Uzbek pilaf, as it's listed on the menu) by myself. It was fine, but there must have been like four bits of meat on a mountain of rice. The rice was spiced ok, a bit oily, and I just ended up putting hot sauce all over it. Everyone was having different things, I think I'll try the baksh next time, but I'm afraid of it being another mountain of rice.

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                    Peter Cherches Sep 19, 2006 01:17 AM

                    Actually, the baksh was blander than the plov (I went back). Try some kebabs and samsa instead.

                  2. janethepain Sep 18, 2006 08:41 PM

                    I brought back a menu from Taam Tov, and they apparently have a website: www.nytaamtov.com

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