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carlos and gabbys opening in Elizabeth NJ

kiddush hopper Dec 17, 2009 11:43 AM

Thats the rumor, can anyone confirm?

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    seikoloco RE: kiddush hopper Dec 17, 2009 12:46 PM

    Seems like a very odd location to open up. Though it would be great for me! Elizabeth is not really a hot bed of kosher food stuff.

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      justjoshing RE: kiddush hopper Dec 18, 2009 10:41 AM

      That would be great! It would make exit 13 an even stronger kosher stop along the Turnpike.

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        marissaj RE: kiddush hopper Dec 19, 2009 02:28 PM

        My husband and his business partners are actually opening this restaurant.. It will be a tex mex style restaurant called 'Tacos'N'Things' opening early 2010...

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          GilaB RE: marissaj Dec 19, 2009 03:13 PM

          So this will not be affiliated with Carlos and Gabby's, then?

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            marissaj RE: GilaB Dec 19, 2009 03:37 PM

            No. I do not think Carlos and Gabbis is opening there.

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              tamarw RE: marissaj Dec 19, 2009 07:08 PM

              As a side note, I hear there's a Carlos and Gabby's opening in Riverdale. Anyone know if there's any truth to that? If so, when do they plan to open?

              1. re: tamarw
                masteraleph RE: tamarw Dec 19, 2009 08:51 PM

                The rumors I'm hearing say that they're going to be opening in the old Dumplings place (at the front of the Skyview shopping center, near Judean Hills, DD/Baskin Robbins, Gruenbaum's and the deli). Not sure if that's the case, but there has been work going on in that storefront.

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                  tamarw RE: masteraleph Dec 20, 2009 06:44 AM

                  Yeah, I heard that too. Just hoping there's an ETA... never tried Carlos and Gabby's yet.

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                  cyclonesgal RE: tamarw Dec 28, 2009 07:47 AM

                  yes, it is true. slated to open in about one month

            2. re: marissaj
              Maizy RE: marissaj Dec 24, 2009 07:23 AM

              are you opening on Elmora Ave near the Jewish Educational Center or in the stirp maill next to Dunkin Donuts on Elmora Ave? Community is very excited to have a new restaurant.

              1. re: Maizy
                marissaj RE: Maizy Dec 24, 2009 08:30 AM

                Actually neither... It will be near the pizza store on the other side of the road near Las Americas Bakery.
                http://www.tacosnthings.com/ for those that are interested...

                or if twitter is more your thing:

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                  kiddush hopper RE: marissaj Dec 24, 2009 11:52 AM

                  FYI, when i was in JEC for high school, lunch period was from 12:45-1:20pm. the extra walking will really cut into that time.

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                    marissaj RE: kiddush hopper Dec 24, 2009 01:02 PM

                    yes.. its unfortunate that when we were looking there were not many available rentals at that time- although now there are more....

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                      DeisCane RE: marissaj Dec 28, 2009 09:26 AM

                      Will it be fleishig or milchig?

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                    p.j. RE: marissaj Dec 29, 2009 08:39 AM

                    The link to the website just gets me to a blank page. Do you know if the website is up yet? thanks very much, p.j. .

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                      marissaj RE: p.j. Dec 30, 2009 10:02 AM

                      the website is in the final stages..... if u have FB there is also a FB group for more info.

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                        koshergourmetmart RE: marissaj Dec 30, 2009 01:02 PM

                        no listings in facebook

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                          marissaj RE: koshergourmetmart Dec 30, 2009 01:51 PM


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                  Joe Berger RE: marissaj Jan 20, 2010 11:47 AM

                  marissaj - I wish you all the best with your new venture.

                  after eating kosher "Mexican" at Dougie's, Smokey Joe's, and Carlos & Gabby's, may I offer a few suggestions on getting it right;

                  1. Prepare the food to order - we don't mind waiting for fresh food, not quick serve premade reheat/fry over cooked food.

                  2. Try to get the Vaad to allow you to simulate dairy elements to your dishes, such as Vegan cheeses and creams.

                  3. Make "heat" an available option - kosher mexican is far too sweet & sour, and kosher palettes are not afraid of spice.

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                    avitrek RE: Joe Berger Jan 20, 2010 12:07 PM

                    Heat shouldn't be an option, heat should be the default with non-hot as the option. The dishes should be as close to authentic as possible.

                    If someone comes in and asks for something not spicy I can understand accommodating them. But if someone comes in and doesn't specify heat then the dish should be authentically spiced.

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                      Joe Berger RE: avitrek Jan 20, 2010 12:57 PM

                      avitrek gave me a good idea for you;
                      to call a dish "authentically spiced".

                      but as an option, not by default.
                      unfortunately kosher observant consumers are already conditioned
                      not to expect heat and spices from their Thai, Indian, or Mexican food.
                      offering it properly spiced, with "mild" as an option, may not be practical.

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                        cheesecake17 RE: Joe Berger Jan 21, 2010 05:27 AM

                        It's not practical to have a spicy dish on the menu and have a customer ask for it mildly spiced.

                        Easier to add spice/heat than take it away..

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                          avitrek RE: cheesecake17 Jan 21, 2010 08:03 AM

                          I'm assuming everything is made to order so you're always adding. Even if they have bigger batches of premade items back in the kitchen, I don't mind too much if that batch is not spicy and spices are added per order. My point is the default behavior should be to add spice with customers needing to ask to not have spice added.

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