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ravchaz Aug 28, 2006 10:30 AM

Looking for decent kosher food near both Grand Central and the Met -- we live in SE CT and are coming to NYC for one day. Deli is fine but if there is decent yet moderately-priced Chinese or Israeli/Middle Eastern that would be nice too. Emphasis on fleishig, definitely, since we are Conservative and eat dairy out. Thanks in advance.

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    DeisCane Aug 30, 2006 06:07 PM

    Thanks for the report. The lamb kebob at Taam Tov is the best I've ever had, so that should definitely be next for you.

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      ravchaz Aug 30, 2006 04:45 PM

      Thanks, everyone, for the suggestions. It was a great help.

      We lunched at Galil and got takeout sandwiches from Mendy's to eat on the train home.

      Galil was good, not great, but we didn't get anything too exotic. My wife had the lamb shisk-kebab, I had the Jerusalem Mix (me'urav yerushalmi for those who know Israeli cuisine.) I don't know why I order this outside of Israel, it never comes close to what you get in the Machane Yehuda area. The hummus was excellent, though. Service was what I would consider "Israeli indifferent" but the waitress was a stunning Ethiopian Israeli.

      Mendy's sandwiches were reasonably priced ($8.95 for both the brisket and the roast beef we ordered), New York massive, and tasty enough though far from the best I've ever had in NYC.

      As a bonus, Spike Lee was filming promos for the Oscar telecast yesterday in Grand Central and both my wife and I were asked to audition. I didn't realize he would actually be directing the auditions but he was and we both can now say we were directed by Spike Lee. Pretty cool.

      Again, thanks so much for the tips. Next time, perhaps Taam Tov.

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        DeisCane Aug 29, 2006 01:01 PM

        Taam Tov is AWESOME. It's not that exotic, really, it's like a mishmash of Israeli and Russian foods. I can't believe I forgot it in my post above. I guess since it's west of 5th avenue, I don't consider it in the same hood as GCT.

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          RichardGee Aug 29, 2006 12:59 AM

          Galil is great, and has been good for at least the 15 years I've been eating there.
          But closer to Grand Central is a little known Bukarian Restaurant 46 West 47 Street on the 4th Floor 212-768-8001. you can check them out at http://nytaamtov.com .
          It's cheaper than Galil, but they're in the jewelry district, so any money saved can go toward that 8 carat diamond you always wanted - and beside, when was the last time you ate Bukarian food ?

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            ravchaz Aug 29, 2006 09:45 AM

            Taam Tov looks great -- I don't think I've ever had, or even considered, "Sea Boss Shish-Kebab." But a little exotic for my wife, I think -- but I'll keep it in mind next time I am in NYC solo or to meet my dad or brother. Thanks.

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              AndeB Aug 31, 2006 01:29 AM

              Taam Tov has relocated to the north side of W. 47th. They now share a space with Diamond Garden. It's on the second floor of a building, I can't recall the exact address but it's easy to spot from the street.

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              ravchaz Aug 28, 2006 08:55 PM

              Thanks for the suggestion. I knew about Mendy's and we will probably grab something there before taking the train back home. Galil sounds great for lunch -- found their website and it reminds me of a place I used to like in Eilat, Halleluyah.

              1. weinstein5 Aug 28, 2006 07:33 PM

                I would also check out kosher deluxe 10 W. 46th St. (between 5th and 6th) - near GCT - you can get chinese and middle easter there -

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                  RichardGee Aug 28, 2006 12:59 PM

                  Mendy's - Deli In Grand Central Terminal Food Court - seating plentiful. Call for hours (212) 856-9399 , ask them to fax menu -

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                    DeisCane Aug 28, 2006 12:06 PM

                    Galil for Moroccan on 84th and Lex is a good option.

                    Near GCT, Grill 44 is a pretty good Israeli option, though not sit-down service.

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