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"Great Kosher Restaurants" magazine listings - Please weigh in!

I have been browsing through the latest edition of "Great Kosher Restaurants" magazine, and would love to have some current reviews of a few of the restaurants that they feature, that I haven't tried yet or haven't been to in a while.
In Brooklyn: Barbounia, Burtolucci's, Carlos and Gabby's, Carciofi Ristorante, El Gaucho, Orchidea, T Fusion Steakhouse, and Tuscany.

In Manhattan: Turquoise, and NoiDue

I need to make a choice for a pre- theater birthday lunch, or early dinner this week, and need some guidance, please. I've been disappointed not to have gotten any answers to questions I've posted recently, and I'm really hoping to get some feedback this time.

Thanks very much!

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  1. Recently went to Turquoise with my husband. Wasn't impressed with the food or the service. Only 3 tables with patrons, yet the waiters and managers seemed to know one group and spent all of their time shmoozing them (young'ns too!). We were mostly ignored. When we asked for something - I believe an extra napkin - the waiter seemed annoyed and said "hold on a minute."
    Haven't been to NoiDue, but my daughter loved their Eggplant Parm.
    I've been to Clubhouse Cafe twice recently. Loved the food. Service not terrible.

    1. Noidue has good food but it can be very noisy due to the shape of the room. It's a good place to grab a quick bite but it's not a fancy place. I'm assuming you want something a little bit nicer for a birthday.

      I've been to T Fusion as well recently and while I thought the food was good it was nothing that blew me away. They have good service though and nice atmosphere.

      1. I have been to Turquoise twice and had good experiences with both the food and the service. NoiDue is supposed to be good but it gets crowded and has long waits for tables in the evening.

        1. Re: Noi Due . . . if you search the kosher board, you will find a thread from about three-four weeks ago, which I started, and then added to after I ate there, with a fairly detailed write-up.

          1. Thanks very much to those that have answered so far. I actually do remember reading the earlier posts about NoiDue.
            It sounds like a place I'll probably want to check out at some point, but probably not what I had in mind for the birthday lunch. I also just saw that Turquoise doesn't open until about 5:30 on Sunday, which wouldn't allow time for a leisurely pre-theater meal.
            At this point, we're leaning toward eating in one of the Brooklyn places, and heading into Manhattan afterwards. So I'm still hoping to get the current reviews on Barbounia, Burtolucci's, Carlos and Gabby's , Carciofi Ristorante, El Gaucho, Orchidea, T Fusion Steakhouse, and Tuscany.

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            1. re: Bzdhkap

              Just in case you didn't know, Carlos and Gabby's is a fast-food place (with a Mexican theme, though they have some sandwiches and subs that aren't really Mexican). I haven't been to the Brooklyn location, but I can't imagine it's any different from the Queens and Five Towns branches.

            2. BS"D

              Please understand that listings in this magazine are for sale- in other words, the only criterion for featuring in the magazine is that the restaurant has the money and desire to pay for it. Do not make the mistake of believing that there is any critical appraisal of the restaurant. It is entirely a marketing gimmick (and yes, we were solicited for inclusion, as was every restaurant in the neighborhood). You are doing the correct thing- asking people for the critical appraisals which the magazine lacks.

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                1. re: adamyale

                  Smokin'! in the LA area (Valley Village). Yes, the publisher makes the rounds and a listing in Great Kosher Restaurants is nothing more than an advertisement by the restuarant, which is fine, as long as people understand that inclusion into the magazine has nothing to do with critical criteria such as quality of food, interesting food, value, or anything aside from the restuarant's desire to purchase ad space (the listing) from the publisher. And I suppose it is a good way just to get the name out, because people obviouslyy do purchase the publication.

              1. Where is Carciofi located in Brooklyn?

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                  1. re: Rmis32

                    Was that where Paris Grill was? Didn't it close?

                    1. re: cheesecake17

                      Yes, we did close. Thank you for remembering. The Carciofi is closed now too and an unkosher place is there now.

                1. El Gaucho - Went for fathers day with the whole family (20 some-odd people), and everyone had a good time and enjoyed the food. I recommend it, and highly recommend the Sangria.

                  My wife and I shared a mixed meat platter for two (kind of a steak house pupu platter), and we were stuffed. Appetizers were really nice and tasty. I would go back. I am still hoping that they will become like a true Argentinean steak house and have the waiters walk around with skewers of meat like I see from other true Argentinean steak houses)

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                  1. re: azcohen

                    We went to Turquoise over Pesach. I got the fish which was dried out and my husband got the steak which was overcooked. The mashed potatoes tasted like they were made from a mix. I know its difficult to cook certain items on a Passover menu but steak and fish should not have been one of them! The restaurant, however, is beautiful and service was good.