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Tiberias 34 St. Manhattan

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robocop Jun 3, 2010 12:31 PM

The new dairy restaurant on 34 St opened yesterday afternoon. We went there today for lunch.

Firstly, the a/c is not working. The waitress is extremely pushy and the food is rather unimpressive. Prices are not impressive either. The most extensive part of the menu are the beverages--24 cold beverages and 14 hot.

There are 17 Paninis listed, three appetizers (priced at $12 each!), two soups, three pastas and two fish.

The fish are both priced at $18.95-salmon filet and tilapia filet.

The pastas are priced at $15.95-Primavera, Alfredo and Pink Penne.

My girlfriend ordered tilapia-not bad. The french fries, though, were undercooked and the vegetable salad was unimpressive and a very small serving.

When the food came they put a basket of cut up pieces of Italian bread--with no butter or margarine.

Finally, there was not a bottle of ketchup to be found to complement the underdone fries.

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    cappucino Jun 4, 2010 03:51 AM

    Also, not impressed with the food, prices. Service was terrible (although, it was their first day out).

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      Kosher Critic Jun 15, 2010 08:48 AM

      Any additional reports? Does it justify a 20 block excursion?

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        tamarw Jun 15, 2010 10:05 AM

        20 blocks?! You have it easy.

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          Kosher Critic Jun 15, 2010 11:21 AM

          Admittedly, the weather is pretty nice today. I made the trek to answer my own question. Tiberias has some things going for it. It is clean and the service was extremely prompt. The a/c was on - in fact it was blowing so hard that I lost my ongoing battle to keep my napkin in my lap. Despite the gusts, the temperature was a bit high.

          As for the food? I started with a bowl of French onion soup. The broth was tasty, with a hint of rosemary. My criticism would be that the cheese-covered crouton was way too small (or the bowl of soup was too large- probably both are true). Cheese should be a more prominent element in French onion soup.

          I ordered the fennel/arugula/roast pepper/mozzarella pannini - individually great sandwich components. The fennel was marinated or pickled and then grilled. Prepared this way, I found that its flavors became close to indistinguishable from the pepper though both ingredients were themselves tasty. My main objection is that they are using inferior bread - a large supermarket-type Italian roll. When toasted, it is bland and crumbly. They should find some nice French bread, like what they use at Shnitzel Express, which would retain some chewiness even when crisp on the outside. Also, the mozzarella could have been fresh as was the small cube that was used for my soup. I know this all sounds petty for what, overall, was a decent sandwich. The small side salad was nice. The fries were unexceptional and were on the cold side.

          It was not crowded for lunch probably due to its pricing (maybe have lunch and dinner menus?). However, as a 24-hr option, I hope it sticks around and maybe improves around the edges.

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      brooklynkoshereater Jun 15, 2010 07:03 PM

      where exactly is the restaurant? any other info?

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        cheesecake17 Jun 16, 2010 12:44 PM

        it's on 34th street between madison and park, right near eden wok and dunkin donuts

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        bigkosherfoodie Jul 1, 2010 09:18 PM

        if your looking for a quick Tuna melt, I actually do recommend this place

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          Issac Sofer Jul 4, 2010 08:58 PM

          Ah, yes, the tuna melt is great! I work near the restaurant, and go there all the time. The service is excellent, and the food hits the spot! The paninis are especially good.

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          JackieR Jul 24, 2012 06:19 AM

          Is this place still open? Any updates on dining experience?

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            whitewater Jul 24, 2012 09:39 AM

            Yes, it's still open.
            It fills a niche in the area.

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              zsero Jul 24, 2012 08:32 PM

              Yes, it's still open, and since it's open 24/6 it's useful if you want to eat late at night. A few months ago, coming back from a concert, a few friends and I wanted to have a late dinner, so we went to Tiberias and were reasonably happy. I was the only kosher-keeper in the group; the others liked the food and service, and their only complaint was that the prices were a little high compared to similar treif places.

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