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May 5, 2008 11:57 AM

Kosher Meat Indian in Manhattan

Are there any kosher Indian fleshig/meat restaurants in Manhattan?

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  1. i only know if one in the world, and it's in paris.

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    1. re: LoveKosherEats

      Does anyone know if Kohinoor at the Jerusalem Crowne Plaza is still open? That was a kosher fleishig restaurant, but I just checked Shamash, and don't see it listed.

      1. re: queenscook

        oh yeah! forgot about that -- i was there in 06, but don't know...check eluna.

        1. re: queenscook

          It wasn't very good, IMO. The one in Queens was good, but it closed more than 10 years ago.

          Of course running a kosher meat restaurant is a far more expensive proposition than simply converting a non-Jewish-owned already-vegetarian restaurant to kosher. All the existing kosher Indian places in NY are in the latter category; they're probably not paying very much for their hechsherim, because there isn't that much that needs to be done, compared to a meat place. And of course, being non-Jewish-owned, they don't lose the revenue from Friday nights and Saturdays, which would be very difficult to do with a meat place.

          1. re: zsero

            Yet none is under a major vaad; they all have private hechsherim. I speculate it has to do with bug checking, which they wouldn't do on their own for a non-Jewish crowd. The cost of that for either the labor or the more expensive, already-checked veggies would probably be high.

            1. re: queenscook

              I believe that, as a general matter, none of the companies (such as the OU) certify non-shomer shabbat restaurants.

              1. re: craigcep

                That's interesting; I didn't know that, but is that the policy of the local vaads, I wonder. Many years ago, in downtown Flushing there was a great Asian vegan restaurant that made everything from wheat gluten and that sort of stuff. The restaurant was an already-existing Asian place, and I think had the Queens vaad hechsher.

                1. re: queenscook

                  If you mean Buddha Bodai, as far as I can recall it has never been under any hechsher but that of Rabbi Israel Steinberg.

                  1. re: zsero

                    No, this was a place much farther north, in the heart of the Chinatown area. I can't recall the name, though if I heard it, it might ring a bell. It was on a sidestreet, right off Main St., across from the main Post Office, give or take a block or so.

                2. re: craigcep

                  what about the dunkin donuts under the Kof-K?

                  1. re: tomby

                    Perhaps its an OU policy only. I was trying to find the link to it that I had previously read, but couldn't find it. Anyway, the OU doesn't certify restaurants open on shabbat.

                    1. re: craigcep

                      There are OU restaurants that have prepaid shabbos and yom tov meals.

                      1. re: whitewater

                        They're shomer shabbat, unlike, for example, the kosher indian places in Curry Hill in Manhattan.