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BEST KOSHER RESTAURANTS NYC

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carub May 7, 2010 07:18 AM

My fiance and I will be visiting from the French Riviera for one week.
We eat strictly Kosher.
Which restaurants would be recommended we try while we are visiting?
We are looking for the best Kosher spots in NYC.
Thank you.

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    gsquaredb May 14, 2010 07:30 AM

    Can you please suggest a restaurant around Times Square that's good for a nice meal(not fast food) for a family with kids. The ones suggested are a little on the high end.

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      GilaB May 14, 2010 08:01 AM

      Around Times Square, there's not much between the two poles you mentioned. It's either fast food, or it's high end. Probably the best option is Colbeh (Persian food, W. 39th St. between 5th and 6th Avenues), or perhaps Clubhouse Cafe, depending on your kids, although that might be already more than you want to spend; Mr. Broadway isn't technically fast food, but I wouldn't recommend it, either.

      Other than that, the closest restaurants with widely accepted hechshers are Le Marais (high end), Schnitzel Express (tasty fast food), Olympic Pita (never been, but I think it's fast food), Abigaels (high end), Kosher Delight (fast food), NY Lunchbox (never been, but the reviews here make me think it's fast food poorly served), and J2 (pizza).

      I'm not familiar with The Vegetable Garden, w. 38th between 7th and 8th Aves. Anybody know whether that's suitable?

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        craigcep May 14, 2010 08:17 AM

        I would add Ben's to the list of casual restaurants. However, you may want to check the supervision for yourself as it is not universally accepted.

        Taam Tov may be an interesting choice, though I've never been inside.

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          hanistor May 14, 2010 10:38 AM

          Try Rosa's Kosher Pizza and Pasta, the pizza store in the Empire State Building

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            gsquaredb May 14, 2010 11:42 AM

            I should have mentioned that this would be on a Sunday which looks like that excludes Rosas and Taam Tov.

            It looks like its either Colbeh or Clubhouse - both seem to have pretty average reviews however. I am thinking maybe we can walk a little ways - maybe around 20 blocks. Does that change anything?

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              weinstein5 May 14, 2010 01:13 PM

              Wolf and Lamb might be an option or Mendy's

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              sl96 May 15, 2010 08:21 PM

              Haven't been there in a long time, but Cafe Classico sounds like a good in between option (57th street). The sandwiches there were very fresh and they have a varied menu. Definitely not fast food, but not very expensive either.

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              AndeB May 13, 2010 04:01 PM

              Given your limited time here, I think you will be quite satisfied eating at the variety of places in Manhattan. Unless you otherwise have plans to be in New Jersey or Brooklyn, there is nothing out there worth an hour and a half of round-trip travel time and possibly heavy traffic for someone on a short visit.

              And the allegations about Le Marais were made three years ago by a disgruntled former employee. The restaurant is still under the certification of the O-U, which I'm sure even the French know is a well-regarded international kashrut organization.

              1. kosherfoodies May 12, 2010 09:28 AM

                check out clubhouse cafe, across the street from le marais.

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                  zsero May 12, 2010 11:30 PM

                  This is under the same management as Le Marais, so the same kashrut concerns apply. If carub is strict about such things, s/he may want to consider R Bitton's allegations before eating there.

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                  spacesasha May 11, 2010 05:38 AM

                  Le marais c'est super et plutot bon marché. Il y a aussi dans "le diamond district" un petit resto qui s'appelle taam tov qui es assez génial, c'est de la nourriture casher ouzbek et c'est vraiment pas cher. Sinon il y a plein de restos indien casher très bon et pas cher. Franchement il vaut mieux que vous dites ce que vous aimez et nous pourrions vous aiguillez un peu plus car il y a un paquet de restos casher a new york.

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                    queenscook May 11, 2010 01:05 PM

                    My French isn't what it was back in my HS days, but if spacesasha is recommending the inexpensive Indian restaurants, my message to the OP is that you should carefully check that the hashgachot are to your standards. Your original post indicated that you eat "strictly kosher," but not all hashgachot in NY are considered equal, and those restaurants are sometimes avoided by some.

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                      zsero May 12, 2010 09:49 AM

                      On that note I would also advise caution with regard to Le Marais, in light of Rabbi Bitton's allegations. I trust R Bitton's word more than that of the OU, and have not been to Le Marais since he went public with what he saw there. If you're coming from the South of France you may have contacts in the French/Moroccan community in NYC, in which case I advise you to ask people about R Bitton.

                      I second spacesasha's recommendation of Taam Tov for lunch one day. Also Mike's and Abigael. Darna, unless you get so much Moroccan food at home that you want something different here. And maybe the new meat Indian place, Dakshin II, or Shalom Bombay if it's open by the time you get here. (The veggie Indian places all use milk that isn't chalav yisrael; I don't know whether you'll eat pareve at such a place. Also, they all have small hechsherim, which you will have to check out and decide whether to trust.)

                      Maybe you should go out to Teaneck to try Smokey Joe. Depending on your transport situation, perhaps even a trip to Mosaica might be in order; it's not easy to get to without a car, and I've never been, but it's supposed to be very good.

                      If you come out to Brooklyn there's Olympic Pita, Pita Off the Corner, El Gaucho, Tea for Two, Venezia, and a few others to recommend.

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                    brooklynkoshereater May 9, 2010 07:33 PM

                    J'adour Solo for fine dining. It's upscale kosher food - really delicious, wonderful ambiance, great service. Prime Grill is always fun and has awesome steaks. The new Indian place is fun also, but not on the same level as the other two. Les Marais has good steaks, and Abigael's is a beautiful restaurant.

                    1. weinstein5 May 7, 2010 09:04 AM

                      Some of my favorties include:

                      The Prime Grill - IMHO the best kosher steakhouse I have been to- http://theprimegrill.com/theprimegrill/media/theprimegrill.html. Prime also has two other restaurants which are very well reviewed - Solo and Prime KO a Japanese Steak house that just opened

                      Le Marais - French Bistro style steakhouse - http://lemarais.net/home.php

                      Abigaels - http://abigaels.com/abigaels_about.html

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                        SRG May 7, 2010 08:47 AM

                        "Best" is subjective, but I Iike Mike's Bistro and Darna on the uppper west side and le marais in the theatre district.

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