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Good Jewish Food?

brappnyc Dec 11, 2006 08:07 PM

My parents might be coming up on Christmas day just for some dinner, and I was thinking some good old-school Jewish food would be in order. However, it seems like most of the places around these days are touristy and mediocre. Can anyone recommend some place? Thanks!

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  1. ellenost RE: brappnyc Dec 11, 2006 09:23 PM

    I would take them to Sarge's Deli. It's not kosher, but you can definitely get old-school Jewish food that is delicious.

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      piccola RE: brappnyc Dec 12, 2006 12:44 AM

      I like B&H, but it might be too small to stay in comfortably for dinner.

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        brooklynbee RE: brappnyc Dec 12, 2006 02:22 PM

        What about Veselka in the east village? They have blintzes, potato pancakes, salad w/ vegetarian chopped liver, kasha... good eastern european comfort food, much of which I'd consider Jewish food.

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        1. re: brooklynbee
          Peter Cherches RE: brooklynbee Dec 12, 2006 02:35 PM

          Yes, pogroms aside Ukrainian food has many intersections with "Jewish food." In order to preserve the illusion, one shouldn't order pork, however.


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            Pan RE: brooklynbee Dec 13, 2006 02:23 AM

            I won't repeat my opinion of Veselka, which is a matter of record, but are they open Christmas day?

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            mooms RE: brappnyc Dec 13, 2006 12:01 PM

            Whatever happened to the ancient Jewish tradition of going out for Chinese food on Christmas? :o)

            You might want to check out the Kosher board too for deli ideas. Even though it's not NYC-centric, there are lots of NYC threads.

            "Good Restaurants open on Christmas Day" is a fine idea for a post!

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            1. re: mooms
              Nick F. RE: mooms Dec 13, 2006 12:19 PM

              concur. Not a lot of Jewish food left in the city. Probably a couple nice Israeli places. South Indian Vegetarian is Kosher over on 28th. But yes, mooms is correct. My family does that too.

            2. pitu RE: brappnyc Dec 13, 2006 12:28 PM

              How about the Ukranian National Home Social Club
              136 2nd Ave (near 9th St)
              I think it's better than Veselka, and less diner-y

              Also check in today's NYT Food section for 3 places in Brooklyn, and an article about old school Hungarian Jewish cooking...

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