End of 2006 NY metro area Kosher Restaurant Survey
I was thinking that as we approach the end of 2006, we should have a Chowhound survey for the best Kosher restaurants in the New York metro area (Five boroughs, Long Island, Westchester, and Northern New Jersey).
Best Dairy/Fish Restaurant
Best Israeli/Mideastern Restaurant
Best Upscale/Gourmet Restaurant
I am casting my vote.
Best Pizzeria- La Pizzeria(Great Neck) for pizza, Levy's for falafel
Best Deli - Tradition's in Cedarhurst
Best Dairy/Fish Restaurant - No Preference
Best Israeli/Mideastern Restaurant - Colbeh
Best Upscale/Gourmet Restaurant - Sushi Metsuyan
Best Pizzeria - Pizza Professor in Kew Garden Hills
Best Deli - Essex
Best Dairy/Fish Restaurant - Tea for Two
Best Israeli/Mideastern Restaurant - HaPisgah
Best Upscale/Gourmet Restaurant - Prime Grill, Le Carne, Solo, Abigaels
Best Japanese/Sushi - Kyo in Monsey
Best Chinese - Kosher Chinese Express in Manalapan
Best Pizzeria- still looking
Best Deli - Traditions in 5 Towns- for deli only
Best Dairy/Fish Restaurant - I rarely dine out for this cuisine
Best Israeli/Mideastern Restaurant - Shishkebab Palace in Oceanside
Best Upscale/Gourmet Restaurant - Sushi Metsuyan in Cedarhurst and Abigael's
Best Pizzeria -- Judaen Hills in Riverdale
Best Deli -- No vote; I don't eat deli enough
Best Dairy/Fish Restaurant -- Corner Cafe in Riverdale
Best Israeli/Mideastern Restaurant -- Nargila (2 locations in Manhattan)
Best Upscale/Gourmet Restaurant -- No vote; I don't eat upscale enough
Best Chinese -- Buddah Bodai (2 locations, in Queens and Manhattan)
Best Indian -- Chennai Garden in Manhattan
Best Japanese -- Sushi Metsuyan in Teaneck (pareve)
Best Moroccan -- Galil
Here are my votes:
Best Pizzeria- Don't really care for Pizza, but my wife likes Sabra's on Central Ave.
Best Deli - Tie Tradition's in Cedarhurst and Essex with a little edge to Essex.
Best Dairy/Fish Restaurant - Va Bene
Best Israeli/Mideastern Restaurant - Darna( has gotten better, lately.)
Best Upscale/Gourmet Restaurant - Mike's Bistro, by far!!
Best Hero's- Subsational on C.I. Ave
Best Burgers- Burger Bar on C.I. Ave
Best Pizzeria- Pizza Time (Brooklyn)
Best Deli - Essex on Coney (by default - given lack of alternatives)
Best Dairy/Fish Restaurant - Makor Cafe
Best Israeli/Mideastern Restaurant - Azuri/Olympic Pita NYC
Best Upscale/Gourmet Restaurant - Mike's Nistro (based solely on quality of food), Tevere (combination of food and ambience), Solo (ambience)
BTW - this was a great topic
Okay, I'll play, but I can't answer in several categories:
Best pizza: Can't say, I'm not a real fan of kosher pizza.
Best deli: I haven't had deli in ages
Best Dairy/Fish Restaurant: Va Bene for fancy. Madras Mahal is my favorite dairy ethnic (Indian). Just had it last night -- yum.
Best Israeli/Mideastern: Chickpea. I also recently had wonderful shwarma from a place in New Jersey but I don't know the name.
Best Upscale/Gourmet Restaurant: I once had a really nice meal at Tevere, but haven't been in a while. I do really like Va Bene, which was my answer in the Dairy category.
Best Pizzeria - Pizza Time (BKLYN)
Best Deli - gotta go with Essex, b/c there's no one left
Best Dairy/Fish Restaurant - Tea for 2
Best Israeli/Mideastern Restaurant - (Famous levy's in Hollywood Fla, the place is filthy but the food is fantastic.) But in NY it's Island Grill in Brooklyn.
Best Upscale/Gourmet Restaurant sushi metzuyan - even their lunch wraps are amazing.