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Amazing new Indian Glatt Kosher Meat Restaurant opened in Manhattan under OK

lutherjensen Feb 23, 2010 06:27 AM

The place is called Dakshin I just went yesterday, the place is really nice, and the food is good and very reasonable plus very authentic.

It is located next on 63rd and 1st

he is still getting footing but for fans of Darjeeling in paris ---this place will not disapoint...


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    hanistor RE: lutherjensen Feb 23, 2010 09:01 AM

    Be careful!

    Menu says:

    Noori Malai Kebab—Tender chicken breast marinated in yoghurt

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      Arthur RE: hanistor Feb 23, 2010 09:32 AM

      I was just about to challenge you because nowhere in the online menu does it say there is yoghurt in the Noori Malai Kebab. (See the link in the OP's post on top.)

      But then I dug deeper and saw that the website's menu does list yoghurt as an ingredient in the Chicken Tikka.

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        lutherjensen RE: Arthur Feb 23, 2010 09:52 AM

        I was there it is genuinly glatt kosher.....

        I Spoke with owner and the masgiach....

        there is nothing of the like on the menu he uses soy replacements for everything has a great lunch special too...at 9.95 for an all you can eat buffet

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          shoelace RE: lutherjensen Mar 17, 2010 09:00 PM

          does the lunch buffet run on sunday as well?

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            Kosher Critic RE: shoelace Mar 18, 2010 08:20 AM

            According to their menu, yes.

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        tamarw RE: hanistor Feb 23, 2010 09:53 AM

        Where does it say that?

        Menu says "Noori Malai Kebab" and when you mouse over the name, it says - Tender chicken breast marinated in ginger and garlic, flavored with fresh coriander and fenugreek leaves.

        Where do you see any mention of yogurt?

        I see Arthur's claim, but is one to assume that all yogurt is diary? If it's under the OK (and there's no absolute confirmation of this on the website), wouldn't we be able to assume that the yogurt is likely pareve?

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          hanistor RE: tamarw Feb 23, 2010 11:03 AM

          Click on "Featured Dishes" (From OP's original post)


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            hanistor RE: hanistor Feb 23, 2010 11:06 AM

            Also cheese on Menu! Yum!

            "Penner Tawa Taka Tak—Homemade cheese sautéed with tomato, onion, ginger and fresh ground spices"

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              tamarw RE: hanistor Feb 24, 2010 01:40 PM

              I see. Thanks.

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        SRG RE: lutherjensen Feb 23, 2010 12:06 PM

        website lists ok.org as kashrut supervisor. checked ok website and restaurant does not appear??

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          jeffrosenbaum RE: SRG Feb 24, 2010 12:01 PM

          Go to ok.org. Enter consumer products. Press restaurants. In the New York section you will find DakShin kosher with address and phone number

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            lutherjensen RE: jeffrosenbaum Feb 24, 2010 12:14 PM

            I spoke with Rabbi Marrus as well enough with this .....it is very kosher...with a sign and a mashgiach in the kitchen

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              jeffrosenbaum RE: lutherjensen Feb 24, 2010 12:41 PM

              Thank you for all of your work. I look forward to eating at this restaurant. People believe what they want to believe. The only other Kosher Indian (meat) restaurant in this area that I know of is in Teaneck. I hope that this restaurant will spice the food in a proper manner.

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                whitewater RE: jeffrosenbaum Feb 25, 2010 12:38 PM

                Shalom Bombay plans to open a location on the East Side of Manhattan shortly.

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                  Kosher Critic RE: whitewater Feb 25, 2010 12:43 PM

                  2 fleishig Indian restaurants in close proximity?

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                    whitewater RE: Kosher Critic Feb 25, 2010 12:48 PM

                    Not so close, at 344 Lexington Ave (bet. 39 & 40).

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                      wesleythrills RE: whitewater Feb 26, 2010 10:47 AM

                      Shalom Bombay coming to Manhattan:
                      Under the OU

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                        zsero RE: wesleythrills Feb 26, 2010 12:07 PM

                        Wow, it never rains but it pours. Madras Cafe closes, and now we're getting not one but two meat places, after not having any since the one in Queens closed down about 12 years ago!

                        I'm still waiting for detailed reports about Dakshin II. How does it compare to the veggie ones on Curry Hill? I heard the one in Teaneck wasn't that great; did I hear incorrectly?

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                          queenscook RE: zsero Feb 26, 2010 12:10 PM

                          One man's meat . . . I very much like Shalom Bombay in Teaneck. I've written at least one write-up on one of the Indian food threads, if you're interested in what I thought.

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                            Shaldag RE: queenscook Mar 1, 2010 09:29 AM

                            Agreed with queenscook. Though I occasionally notice disparaging comments on here about Shalom Bombay, I went back to the dedicated thread around SB's opening and confirmed that most of the reviews have been positive. I have gone back a couple of times since my initial visits and have continued to enjoy the food and service.

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                              jeffrosenbaum RE: Shaldag Mar 1, 2010 10:38 AM

                              Shalom Bombay is infact quite good. I told my waiter that I liked spicy. He asked Indian spicy or American spicy. The food was great.

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                                thanksaglatt RE: jeffrosenbaum Mar 1, 2010 12:51 PM

                                I spoke to one of the partners and they mentioned that Shalom Bombay will be opening up in Murray Hill April 11th...

                          2. re: zsero
                            Kosher Critic RE: zsero Mar 3, 2010 01:15 PM

                            I ordered from Dakshin II last night. I found it to be very tasty and not too heavy. I stuck to vegetable dishes (just a reflection of my mood, nothing to due w/ the above discussion of kashrus, which is OK): basil soup, vege samosas and alu ghobi. The samosas were great; cilantro dip was fresh and bright; (tamarind was too sweet ). Basil soup had some nice vegetable bits but was a bit bland. Alu ghobi had a real winner sauce (I ordered spicy). The flavors were much bolder than some other examples out there. Also, it was not just heat but there were flavors from fresh ginger and a number of spices. The fingerling potatoes were cut into larger pieces than I was used to but I adjusted. I will try the meat offerings soon. BTW, delivery was pretty speedy and the prices are quite reasonable.

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                              vallevin RE: Kosher Critic Mar 3, 2010 03:25 PM

                              Thanks for the update KC, I've been waiting for someone to try it out before letting the husband try take-out.

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                                zsero RE: Kosher Critic Mar 4, 2010 07:25 AM

                                Oh, good. Emphasising flavour over heat is good; that's what I miss about Madras Cafe (the one in the East Village) -- the heat was there, but the different dishes actually tasted different. At some of the places on Curry Hill I'm not sure it matters much what you order.

                                Looking forward to your review of some meat dishes.

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                                  craigcep RE: zsero Mar 7, 2010 04:29 PM

                                  Went there tonight with my wife. Food was very good. service needs to be figured out a little better. They're slow. The waiter brought the wrong appetizer. We had lamb tikki masala and lentils and a lentil cake app. All were very good. We'll try it again, but next time they should speed up their service a little.

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                                    vallevin RE: craigcep Mar 8, 2010 09:43 AM

                                    Was there today with the husband for the buffet...VERY NICE!!. Word of warning....the chafing dish were HOT and lots of steam came up as I opened them...approach carefully.

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                                      tarsky RE: vallevin Mar 9, 2010 05:00 PM

                                      we were there on purim, actually, for our dinner. granted, they had been only open a week, so i am willing to cut them a bit of slack. service was extremely slow, but the food was pretty good. personally, i think Shalom Bombay is better, and am VERY much looking forward to their NYC outpost!
                                      There was nothing WRONG with the food at Dashkin, but i just did not think it was outstanding. I am a huge fan of Chennai (86th and 1st) and I would forgo the meat option to eat the veggie stuff there over this place. But, maybe as they figure out the kosher stuff a bit more....things may improve?

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                                    Kosher Critic RE: zsero Mar 16, 2010 11:38 AM

                                    I made it for the lunch buffet today - fanstastic! Particularly impressive was the fact that the wide range of dishes featured very distinct flavors and were replenished frequently. Standout dishes were the vege curry (sweet and sour but not too sweet); chicken kofta (small ground meatballs in a mild sauce); yellow daal (yellow lentil puree w/ a hint of smoke); hydrabadi bangare baigan (delightfully rich eggplant braised to the point that it could easily be eaten with a spoon (not that I did, mind you)); and the lamb/pea mattar (ground lamb - fragrant and not greasy). I defy anyone to find a lamb dish at a kosher NYC lunch buffet. Less impressive were the basmati - not spiced and mixed w/ what appeared to be frozen vegetables and the tandoori chicken which was dry for my tastes but seemed popular.

                                    The restaurant has a full liquor license. At $9.99 for the buffet, it is good that Dakshin II is not closer to my office - as it was I barely fit through the door on my way out. One concern - though business was brisk, there was only one other obviously kosher-keeping patron. I fear that the turn to kosher will not prove viable; the non-kosher Indian restaurant accross the street also has a $9.99 buffet. I recommended to the owner that he have Dakshin II listed on Seamlessweb as a kosher option. Currenly, it can only be found by searching by name or under "Indian." Also, kosher consumers will continue to be confused by the fact that Dakshin I, also on the east side, is a non-kosher restaurant.

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                                      peacepug RE: Kosher Critic Mar 16, 2010 04:06 PM

                                      We recently ate here, and I concur, it was awesome! The spicy was spicy, and in the right ways. I'd recommend reservations.

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                                        nigella sativa RE: Kosher Critic Mar 17, 2010 07:36 PM

                                        Thanks for the great info. Were you able to find out what they were using instead of yogurt for the condiments, sauces and marinades?

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                                          Kosher Critic RE: nigella sativa Mar 18, 2010 08:26 AM

                                          Truth is, I avoid yogurt-based sauces, especially if they use faux yogurt. The owner did mention to me that he was aware of the confusion over the yogurt issue. The word "yogurt" has been crossed out of the menu. I only saw one yogurt-looking sauce and I suspect it may have been coconut milk, but that is only a guess as I did not try it.

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