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Manhattan Restaurant Advice

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Looking to celebrate a birthday at a kosher restaurant that we haven't been to before. We have eaten at quite a few of the upscale kosher restaurants in Manhattan, and are considering either Solo, or Park East Grill, which are about the only ones we haven't yet tried. We'd appreciate some detailed recent feedback on these, to help us make our decision.
We would like to try someplace that is new to us, but if the reports aren't too positive on either of these choices, we might return to one that we've been to before. Maybe Tevere 84, or Mike's Bistro, or Abigael's (for which we have a birthday discount).

Any input would really be appreciated.
Thanks so much!

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  1. I liked Solo better than PE. It's much more creative cuisine and I like the modern, bright interior decoration. PE is still a fine choice, but I think Solo is a clear notch above.

    1. Two of my favorites are My Most Favorite Dessert Company and The Prime Grill. I think MMFDC has the best pareve desserts in the city.

      1. Isn't MMFDC milchig? They have a separate pareve kitchen/oven?

        IMO, MMFDC doesn't belong in the "upscale" conversation.

        1. For a nice meal, I recommend Galil on the Upper East Side at night- very Moroccan atmosphere and not too expensive. There is also an Italian place called VaBene, for upscale Italian food, that is quite good- if you eat at VaBene, you can have a milchig cake, which is far better than a parve cake.

          1. Prime Grill all the way! It's my husband and my fav. place. Great food, almost always great service (an oddity in kosher places). We went to Solo once and it was also good, but you can't go wrong with PG. We tried Carne Grill last night and it was okay, but a second rate Prime Grill imitation at best.

            1. As I mentioned in my original question, we would like to try someplace new to us, and we've already been to all of the places suggested. (Most, more than once.)
              So far, we are still deciding between Park East, and Solo; and might be leaning toward Solo, based on DeisCane's recommendation.
              Can anyone whose been to either of these, please recommend particular dishes - appetizers, mains, desserts, sides - that you would recommend, or avoid?
              Thanks again!

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              1. re: Bzdhkap

                You can't go wrong with either one. I've been to both of them a couple of times each, and had great food and service in both places. The difference is the atmosphere. Solo is a little bigger and more bustling. It's very modern and sleek but the tables are close together, so when it's crowded, it's really crowded. Solo also has a slightly more unusual menu. Park East is maybe a little more relaxed, a little more intimate, and a little quieter. Park East might be a touch less expensive, also. They're both great, so there's really no wrong choice. Enjoy, and happy birthday.

              2. darna on the west side, morrocan and a great atmosphere