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Apr 17, 2007 12:28 PM

BIM lunches at Taam Tov

Mike and I managed to sneak away from the crew (who were probably going to take us to another sterile take-out deli) and make our way to 47th street and up the stairs to Taam Tov.

This is my favorite kind of chow experience: an unusual cuisine (Bukharian?) in an obscure location (upstairs amidst the jewelry shops) that feels like you’ve stumbled into a foreign country. Casual, cramped and pretty tasty IMHO.

We ordered the Manty (steamed beef dumplings) which were meaty and delicious. I got a couple lamb rib skewers and Mike got a chicken one – he’s gone off his veggie thing for this trip, thank goodness. The lamb was spicy and unctuous – I blasted through my skewers. The Bakhsh was a rich pilaf with little chicken chunks and lots of some green spice; a good accompaniment to the meat. Mike liked the bread a lot: dense, chewy and warm. We probably could have made a meal of just the bread and the salad of tomatoes, cucumbers and onions. Like that would ever happen.

I ordered a couple of meat pies – ‘Samsa’ – and they’re sitting in a bag downstairs in the cutting room. I predict they will disappear around 4:30.

Thanks to the hounds who posted a link to a midtown lunch blog, that’s you kobetobiko and also the-woman-who’s-post-got-adiosed. What’s the rule, no links to rival sites?

If anybody has any “if you liked that you might like this” ideas I’d be glad to hear ‘em.


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  1. Hi Uncle Bill!

    I just posted some restaurant suggestions in Melanie's Oyster Bar thread so you can check it out. I am so glad that you got the link before it got removed. Not sure why they removed it? Um....Anyway, in response to your "if you like that you might like this", I think of Kefi which is quite new and has got some great review from hounds and nymag and nytimes. I am usually hesitant to recommend restaurants that I haven't tried out myself, but since you are only here for a short time I guess I will just throw out the option. You can check out the menu at

    1. That's funny, I snuck away today to have lunch from Taam Tov too! I haven't been there in years. I had Samsa (very good), lamb ribs (awesome) and stuffed cabbage (nearly as good as my grandmother's were). Next time I'll try the manty.

      1. I wish my uncles were visiting too!
        Anyway, when in the times square area, I like Kati Roll (Indian rolls somewhat like burritos but not really, 46th St, 6th & 7th Ave) and Rice and Beans (Brazilian, 9th Ave and 50th St) for lunch.

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        1. re: xigua

          Hey, BIM, it was me whose post got excised. Shrug. It happens.

          I do, however, 2nd Kati Roll Company as a good midtown lunch alternative. It's at 46th Street and 6th Avenue.

        2. Thanks you guys. Think maybe I'll try Kati today. I have found your opinions to be quite reliable.

          If I go I'll post it.

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          1. re: BIM

            I love this place - it feels like such a secret. We popped in after picking up rings in the jewelry/diamond district.