Kosher Restaurants in NYC
I just moved to NYC from London after years of coming here on business.
In London Kaifeng was by far my favourite (kosher) restaurant. I ordered in from them nearly every week. Sollys falafel and hummus is a close second.
In NYC I love Tevere (polla al marsala), but it has too many veal dishes for my tastes. I also love the steak au poivre at Le Marais (but had a couple of meals recently that were poor). I have been going to both for years.
Other than that I find Prime Grill ok (but not great), Abigaels was nice (but not wow), Solo was fine (but nothing special). Le Carne was so-so.
Am I missing any places that I should try? And how come Manhattan has no decent Chinese (meat) restaurant?
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No disrespect intended, but I lived in London for two years and although I'm not a fan of all the restaurants you listed, if you think that Kaifeng compares favorably to any of them I question your tastes. If you're looking for a substitute for Kaifeng just go to your local kosher Chinese dive, dump additional MSG on it and triple the price. Solly's, on the other hand, I can understand. I would give Olympic Pita in Manhattan or Brooklyn a try. Also, although the ambiance is lacking, Kasbah has gotten pretty good over the last couple of years and might also appeal to you.
Chairman Mao - you must be thinking of Marcus's when you say MSG. I would swap Kaifeng for any of the NY restaurants. And it's not that expensive. Eden Wok doesn't even compare to Marcus - I guess some of that is you like what u know, but still . . .
I went to Kasbah a couple of weeks ago. I thought I had been back in '94, but in my mind it was then a deli place, lots of religious students, lots of noise, and TV's with the lub rebbe on. Only thing the same this time was the rebbe on plasma TV. (Did noone tell them he's no longer around? Anyway...)
Thanks for the Olympic pita suggestion. Will try that.
A few that stand out to me:
Darna for Moroccan on Columbus.
Taam Tov for Bukharan on 47th Street.
Ali Baba for Yemeni on Amsterdam.
My bro-in-law always liked Galil for a solid, enjoyable dinner. I ate there a few times- it's somewhere on the east side- and the food was indeed solid and enjoyable. It's not a fancy place (for that matter, neither is Le Marais), but the food tastes good, it's clean, and it's comfortable- at least it was the last time I ate there a few years ago.