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UWSFoodie Mar 18, 2007 12:44 PM

will there ever be a good, clean, diary place that isn't too expensive in Manhattan?

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    Clarissa Mar 18, 2007 01:33 PM

    I'm addicted to the Hummus Place on Amsterdam. It helps, of course, if you like hummus, but they have other things, such as their delicious stuffed grape leaves, which come in a wonderful mint/yogurt sauce. It's not cheap for hummus, but everything is incredibly fresh (as in prepared that hour) and tasty.

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      CWY Mar 18, 2007 02:09 PM

      Anyone know who gives the kosher certification for Hummus Place?

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      GilaB Mar 18, 2007 04:42 PM

      According to kosher-ny.com, it's certified by Rabbi Andre Malek, but I have no other information about him.

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        DeisCane Mar 19, 2007 04:31 AM

        Apparently, he's the certifier for a couple vegan places in NYC. I don't know anything else.

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          lilsysweety Mar 19, 2007 09:42 AM

          U Cafe on Lexington and 94th is really nice, and clean, and the food is good.

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            SarahLO Mar 19, 2007 02:36 PM

            well most of the indian places in the city are pretty good -- have you been to any of them? and Ozu is vegetarian -- and it is outstanding! Caravan of Dreams is Vegan - also pretty good -- but for good, cheap dairy (like a pasta house...) - the likes of dougie's dairy is sadly long gone (but they may be opening one up in washington heights I hear).

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              Clarissa Mar 19, 2007 03:55 PM

              Oh my, how could I forget to mention my favorite place, Madras Mahal, on Lexington and 28th. Really delicious vegetarian Indian. Yes, I also forgot Ozu, which is very good, especially if you prefer healthy food.

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                GilaB Mar 26, 2007 10:31 AM

                The cafe at Makor will close when Makor moves downtown in the fall, I think, but until then I think it's a good option. I've always been happy with the food that I've gotten there, and it's clean and reasonably attractive.
                Of the Indian places, my favorite is Chennai Gardens, on 27th between Lex and Park.

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                whitewater Mar 20, 2007 07:43 AM

                Depends what time of day-- if you're looking for a breakfast and luncheonette-type place Diamond Dairy on 47th Street between 5th and 6th Aves.

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                  jlq3d3 Mar 20, 2007 08:39 AM

                  Diamond Dairy was quite a unique experience for someone like me from LA.

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                    LI Guy Mar 26, 2007 09:26 AM

                    The original post asked for a place that is good and clean. Diamond Dairy meets neither criteria.

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                      jlq3d3 Mar 26, 2007 11:23 AM

                      I agree, but it is interesting and their blintzes were good.

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                  firestarrz Jan 24, 2008 03:34 PM

                  Cafe V (Park ave, btw 97th and 98th) is tasty, cheap, and the service is excellent. I really recommend you check it out, especially since it's survival depends on word of mouth.

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                    Hirscheys Jan 24, 2008 09:20 PM

                    Hi - I think you mean U Cafe? It is really very, very good. Reminds me a great Israeli cafe. The food is always delicous, the space is warm , and the prices are very reasonable. I highly recommend.

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                      absmiller Jan 25, 2008 07:09 AM

                      No, V does exist, in the location firestarrz provides. With the pattern of dairy restaurants opening in the neighborhood, my husband and I eagerly await the arrival of W.

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                        LoveKosherEats Jan 25, 2008 08:26 AM

                        W also already exists.

                      2. re: Hirscheys
                        lilsysweety Jan 27, 2008 05:01 AM

                        U cafe is a eally nice cafe with seating and table service and yummy food, and is nice a and clean. Vegetarian Cafe/V cafe is a hole in the wall sandwich joint with really good food.

                        I recommend both.

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