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(2nd) Date Ideas in Brooklyn (Help needed ASAP!)

All,

Relatively new to the dating scene, especially in brooklyn. I'm looking for a quiet place to go to grab a late dinner/ desert. It's a second date, so I'm not looking to break the bank, but am looking to make a decent impression. It will be at around 8pm or so mid week. Any help/advice would be greatly appreciated.

(i've been on mikomos.com, but there's not a lot of feedback on the places they have!)

Matt

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  1. Try El Gaucho, on 18th Ave and E 4th St. Or if you want somewhere out of the way, where you're not likely to be spotted by people you know, try Olga's on Smith, which is on Smith St, oddly enough, between 4th & 5th Sts (nearest subway stop is Carroll St on the F and G). Be aware, however, that Olga usually closes at 9

    1. Cafe Venezia is nice if you're looking for a dairy restaurant.

      Good food, nice atmosphere, not terribly expensive.

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      1. re: cheesecake17

        recently went to Sophie's Bistro (dairy) on Coney Island Avenue between O & P. nice atmosphere (outside area too). Not expensive at all.

        1. re: pitagirl

          Is Sophie's Bistro new? What's the menu like?

      2. If you are looking for light dairy or desert only, you may want to consider Orchidea in Boro Park (48th St. and 12th Ave.)

        May you soon be zoche to have your dinners cooked at home by your lovely wife. (That has to be one of the weirdest brochos but hey you never know :)

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        1. re: Himishgal

          I don't know about weirdest, but certainly sexist. How about a brocha with a more Chowhound mentality, a site where there are many men interested in cooking: May you soon be zoche to have a home where you share the cooking with a wife and have family and friends to share your food with.

          1. re: queenscook

            Even better, how about "may you take your wife out to many fine restaurants until 120"

            1. re: chicago maven

              May you be zoche to bicker over who gets to cook supper tonight because someone finally got around to toiveling the new wok, like I do with my wife.

        2. Try Cafe Hadar on Avenue N & Nostrand. If the weather is nice sit in their garden.

          1. I second the Cafe Hadar rec - laid back vibe and typically open late

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            1. re: brooklynkoshereater

              The pictures make it look so mice on their web site. The garden would be so perfect for a 2nd date. It looks romantic without being stuffy. Have a wonderful time!! Oh yeah thanks mhko for the tip...I may need to drag my hubby to Brooklyn so we can dine in the garden!

            2. Buy takeout someplace and go for a walk on the boardwalk in Brighton Beach. Then go down to Brighton Beach Avenue, buy her a babushka doll and then take her to Starbucks to see the posters with the drinks described in Russian.

              Unless she's Russian...

              (Well I AM a Californian. How could it possibly be romantic if there's no ocean involved?)

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              1. re: SoCal Mother

                If this is more of a shidduch date, I'd nix the take-out right now stay at a place where you don't have to worry about the food and how to eat it being a distraction, I'm guessing you two just need a quiet place where you can concentrate on the conversation.

                1. re: vallevin

                  Well but the problem in NY is that the tables are so close together, how can they possibly talk? DH and I were once in a (kosher) Indian restaurant in NYC where we were pretty much sharing our table with a shidduch date.

                  The boy was trying to impress the girl with his (lack of ) knowledge of my husband's field. It was embarrassing.

              2. Matt, we all wish you hatzlacha! You have an entire team of Jewish mothers (and fathers) pulling for you and of COURSE getting into your business.

                1. So...I ended up at Tea for Two Lite, as per some suggestions from some friends. (I got sushi, and she got ravioli) Actually a pretty good place, and we ended up at a table closer to the back, so it felt more private. I think it went well, because we agreed on a 3rd date!

                  So now where to go for the third date? I think I may have to venture outside of Brooklyn for this one (probably a more activity oriented date for #3---so it might not be appropriate talk for the Chow boards---but I will take suggestions !!)

                  Matt

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                  1. re: berkiebtvs

                    What would you do with a buddy? Ball game, go roller blading, miniature golf, a museum? You want your young lady to be your best buddy, take her where you like to go. Show her where you'd want to take your kids.

                    DH and I went canoeing, bike riding and to a museum. When he took me to Disneyland (it was more affordable in those days) I realized that day that living with him would be a lot of fun. He seemed so stogy up to that point.

                    We have done all of these things with our kids.

                    Show her what life with you will be like. Have FUN!!

                    Just my opinion, but I am married long enough to be your mother.

                    SoCal Mother

                    1. re: SoCal Mother

                      This is probably the very best shidduch advice I have ever heard. Pass it on.

                    2. re: berkiebtvs

                      In my circles, it would be perfectly acceptable to ask the woman what she would like to do; it's not up to the guy to decide everything. Just sayin'

                      1. re: queenscook

                        I thought of that but then he runs the risk of having her say "I've really wanted to see this new show that just opened up on Broadway and then have dinner at <insert name of very expensive Manhattan restaurant.>"

                        On the other hand, that might make the 4th date moot. Do the boys still pay for everything? (I have a need to know: I only have boys.)

                        I'd say wait for the 4th date for Lady's Choice.

                      2. re: berkiebtvs

                        Someone else mentioned getting takeout food. For an activity oriented date.. you could pick something up to go and have a picnic in Central Park. You could go boating or rollerblading there too. Or walk from the east to the west side of the park and have lunch around 72nd street.

                        1. re: berkiebtvs

                          Another thing to impress her, cook her something. DH invited me with a whole gang of other people for a Shabbat meal. Instead of paper plates and cold takeout, we had a real lunch on real dishes on a real table with a real tablecloth.

                          Knocked my socks off.

                          (Don't worry Matt, we'll all help.)

                          1. re: SoCal Mother

                            I appreciate the feedback and help. Outdoor activities are very difficult for during the week, (I won't get to to start the date until 7:30-8:00), and I'm still at the point of having to pick her up first (the gentleman thing to do, and I don't mind- but it makes things difficult and takes time to drive to the place---but I digress). So starting the date, coupled with I get up very early the next morning (5 am or so), puts me in a pickle of sorts. I would love to leave brooklyn, but by the time I pick her up, drive some place, and drive back, it's going to be a longggg night! (which I guess I will do, if i have to)

                            Anyway, next date is Wednesday, and I'd like to do something semi-interactive and laid back. I was thinking a pottery painting place, which totally isn't my thing, but I guess that could be fun???(although the place closes at 9)

                            Do that and then Ice cream or something?

                            Matt

                            1. re: berkiebtvs

                              It lets the conversation flow and give your hands something to do. I give a thumbs up

                              1. re: berkiebtvs

                                Sounds good to me too. Why not ask her if she'd prefer ice cream, coffee, cake or pizza after? Try "I was thinking of Shimon's Ice Cream after, but there's Reuven's Pizza in the same neighborhood."

                                I don't know Brooklyn too well - I just really like the boardwalk in Brighton Beach and Coney Island. IMHO there is nothing in the world as romantic as the ocean although I just realized that the sun doesn't set over the ocean like it does here...

                                1. re: berkiebtvs

                                  What about bowling and ice cream? Brooklyn Bowl is open till 2am- so you don't have to worry about making it there before it closes. Not your typical bowling alley..

                                  1. re: cheesecake17

                                    I saw that place...but read it's real loud and intense. Is that true? I don't want her to see my loud and intense side right away, haha.

                                    1. re: berkiebtvs

                                      On a Wednesday night it won't be so insane. It would be much much more rowdy on a Thurs or Sat night.

                                      It's in Williamsburg, so you may be able to have ice cream or coffee in that area.

                                      1. re: berkiebtvs

                                        Why not? If you get loud and intense when you bowl and she dislikes that, better find that out on date #3 than date #10...

                                        Of course my DH gets loud and intense when he watches the kids play sports and when he helps with homework and we have all learned to deal with it...

                                      2. re: cheesecake17

                                        Sounds like a fun date. Bowling and ice cream.. Hmmm...may have to do this myself with the hubby!

                                      3. re: berkiebtvs

                                        Hey Matt, have a good time tonight!!!

                                  2. Figured I'd give you guys an update--going to go to a Pottery Painting place in Brooklyn, and then probably to a cafe of sorts. (I've heard Amazon Cafe, might be good). Again, I'm hesitant about dating in the same area where she lives, but during the week- it's my only option. Olga's would have been good--but since it closes at 9, i don't think it'll work out.

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                                    1. re: berkiebtvs

                                      Amazon is open pretty late, so it's a good option. It's always crowded though- even late. The portions are pretty large... I can never eat more than half of a salad. Personally, the paninis are my favorite- they use the Israeli sesame rolls- I love the grilled cheese.

                                      At this pottery painting place do you have to pick up whatever you painted a week or so later? If you do, good option for planning another outing..

                                      1. re: cheesecake17

                                        Or you pick it up during the week and you cook her dinner and she comes over to be blown away by your domestic abilities. (We'll give you easy recipes that will make you look good...)

                                        1. re: SoCal Mother

                                          unfortunately in this dating circle---no home visits for a while, haha...but I appreciate the thought =)

                                          But I do believe you pick it up a week later, so it could be a good idea for a follow up date

                                          1. re: berkiebtvs

                                            The purpose of this is to put some food in front of her that YOU cooked.

                                            Are you working on Sunday? Have a picnic and bring quiche (very easy!) and salad or chicken and potato salad. Get a small tablecloth and some chilled wine and plastic wine glasses and go to a park someplace and grab a table. (Um, I don't know what the law is in NYC - you might have to drink the wine out of a paper bag. OK, a bottle of Martinelli's.)

                                            You didn't just take out your credit card, you shopped, chopped, cooked and made something nice for her. Trust me on this one...

                                            I still say go for the beach...

                                            1. re: berkiebtvs

                                              pottery painting sounds great, girls usually like that, hope the date works well, and definitely take a brooklyn girl to an "out of the way" brooklyn eatery!

                                        2. re: berkiebtvs

                                          Can you take her out on a Sunday afternoon? If you can.. maybe have lunch at Olga's then drive further down Smith and walk around. Really nice area with boutiques and cool shopping. There's a Starbucks if you want to have coffee later in the day.

                                          1. re: cheesecake17

                                            Do we know if there is a 4th date? MATT WE NEED AN UPDATE!!!!

                                            1. re: vallevin

                                              yeah, tell us when the chasana is so we can all crash the chuppah/smorg ;-)

                                              1. re: berel

                                                Or else let us know so we can send you phone numbers of other ladies...

                                          2. So there will be a 4th date!

                                            Went pottery painting (surprisingly pretty fun) and then went to Amazon Cafe, which as someone had suggested was a bit crowded at first (9pm on Wednesday), but then emptied out a bit. Food was pretty good. (figured i'd keep it somewhat CHOW related). I got a Greek Toast (I'm a sucker for Feta ) and she got some sushi rolls. Pretty reasonably priced and I was happy. (The pottery on the other hand---a bit more expensive).

                                            I think Date 4 will be this weekend, and will probably be a Day Date---which means a longer amount of time spent together and different type of activities to choose from. I was thinking about venturing into Manhattan, and going to a museum, walking around a bit, (maybe the Met and Central park), and then some food of sorts.

                                            I do like the Smith Street, Carrol Gardens suggestion too.

                                            Anything else?

                                            Thanks again!

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                                              1. re: berkiebtvs

                                                If you're going to be on the UWS, I like Noi Due, especially at an off hour, like midafternoon (it can get noisy and crowded at dinnertime.) Do make sure to warn her if it's going to be a lot of walking, as she might want to wear more comfortable shoes.

                                                1. re: GilaB

                                                  Definitely take her to Noidue! Great food and the atmosphere is really cool too. The salad with quinoa and red cabbage is excellent, and the pizzas are great to share. What time were you planning on starting the date? Maybe a walk around central park, a late lunch, some shopping/browsing, and a cupcake from Magnolia... Oh and if you're planning on driving.. it may take you a while to find parking on the UWS.

                                                  Happy you liked Amazon Cafe.. the Greek Toast is one my favorites!

                                                  1. re: cheesecake17

                                                    FYI, the hechsher at Magnolia is not universally accepted.

                                                    The weather on Sunday is supposed to be gorgeous, so I think you're doing the right thing by being outdoors for much of the time.

                                                    1. re: GilaB

                                                      I didn't know that... never actually been there.. but I've heard people talking about it and saying how it's kosher. Thanks for pointing it out

                                                      1. re: cheesecake17

                                                        You could always do what I did- save the homemade-food-picnic idea for the *last* date. Make sure no cops are around when you open the wine to celebrate, or you'll get an 'open container' ticket.

                                                        1. re: The Cameraman

                                                          Agreed, but we need an opportunity for him to impress her with his cooking so that we get to the *last* date.

                                                          My DH and his roommates invited me and a few friends over for a Shabbat lunch. Incidentally that was several years before we started dating.

                                                          Matt sweetie, you can go do some studying or something while your Cyber Parents figure this out for you.

                                                          1. re: SoCal Mother

                                                            Sorry Matt, I meant this as a joke. But we all appear to be hopeless romantics and we are thoroughly enjoying this.

                                                2. re: berkiebtvs

                                                  Central Park is always great for people watching....may be go to the zoo?

                                                  I have no suggestions for where to eat, but you seem to be on a roll.

                                                  Have you figured out how foodie she is or is not?

                                                3. She's not a big of a foodie as I was (I was really into it, before I kept Kosher too!), so I think she'll be happy wherever we go!

                                                  One idea I had in mind (and to avoid uptown, but will limit lunch choices, obviously), was the Jewish Museum in Battery Park.(is that cliche? Jews going to a Jewish Museum?) Then we can walk and hang around Battery Park (not as crowded as Central Park---somewhere along the line, I began avoiding crowds--haha). Then I could zip back into Brooklyn, and stop by Olga's.

                                                  OR

                                                  UWS, Museum, Central Park, and UWS Restaurant (Noi Due- looks great!)

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                                                  1. re: berkiebtvs

                                                    Personally, I would vote for the UWS. Supposed to be a beautiful day out, so why stay in a museum-- wait till it's cold out for something like that. Also.. from what I remember.. the Jewish museum in battery park has a strong focus on the Holocaust...and depending on what time you start you may not get to Olga's till later in the day

                                                    1. re: berkiebtvs

                                                      Its the museum of Jewish Heritage...does have a big Holocaust theme but it's a nice area to walk around ...check the website to see what the current installations if you're worried about it being a downer. There is a snack bar at the museum... maybe with pre-made sandwiches under supervision (I could be getting this completely wrong).

                                                      If your kishkes say stay indoors...then stay indoors.

                                                      Have a great Shabbos. Avoid cholent with beans so you won't have an "upset tummy" on Sunday.

                                                      1. re: vallevin

                                                        well I figured a little bit of both---to just stay in a park all day, might be much. I need entertainment! haha.

                                                        That's why going to a museum, and being close to a park, you get a little bit of both?

                                                        (The more I look at the Website, it seems to be a Holocaust themed Museum, so I think I'll switch to the UWS---we'll save the depressing dates for later on, haha)
                                                        (First I have to make sure she's free this weekend, this convo could change very quickly..)

                                                        1. re: berkiebtvs

                                                          Our favorite place in NYC is the Museum of Natural History. We have been there many times and there is always something to see from dinosaurs (1st and 2nd grade) to space exhibits (later part of elementary school) to the gems (for Mom) to the plantetarium. (Quiet and sorta romantic although I always fall asleep.)

                                                          Parking is IMPOSSIBLE or VERY $$$ but DH is from NY so what he does is park near where we are going to eat and then takes the subway back to the museum, and we usually are inside with our tickets by the time he arrives. The lines can be long when school is out but then again, all these types of places have long lines.

                                                          Isn't Hurricaine Earl going to soak NYC this weekend?

                                                          1. re: SoCal Mother

                                                            Showers tonight (it's mostly passing way east of us, over the ocean), but Sunday looks to be lovely, sunny and a high in the mid-seventies. At least for us, this whole thing has been blown up (sorry) way out of proportion.

                                                      2. re: berkiebtvs

                                                        Eons ago in a galaxy far, far away, the guys used to take us to Battery Park and then hop the ferry to Hoboken and back.

                                                      3. Date 4 was a success! It was beautiful out, went to Cafe Hadar--and sat in the outside garden, which was pretty cool. Really dont expect it in the middle of flatbush! We both had different egg platters and it was a pretty inexpensive brunchy-type of meal.
                                                        (Off topic: what's with these restaurants including tip ALL the time. I don't mind it, but it's not something I usually check for-- I feel like it's a ploy to get an extra tip-- I digress!)
                                                        We then went to the aquarium, some place i havent been in a very long time, and I really enjoyed it! We had a great time, and we are going to go out again after Yom Tov!

                                                        Hope everyone is well.

                                                        Shana Tova!

                                                        Matt

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                                                        1. re: berkiebtvs

                                                          hey thats really cool Cafe Hadar is a great date place. but where was the aquarium you went to?
                                                          i am looking for placing to go on a date but around 10pm as he works late and by then everything is closed
                                                          any ideas

                                                            1. re: GilaB

                                                              well flatbush area but we tried LI by ceaderhurst everything closes at 11 there. even the City we would go but is there any kosher coffe house?

                                                              1. re: mizme143

                                                                Dunkin Donuts on Rockaway Tpke is open all night ;-)

                                                                1. re: mizme143

                                                                  Ordinarily I'd tell you to skip food and walk over the Brooklyn Bridge to Manhattan (lovely views on a walkway above traffic), but I'm not sure what the current construction situation is.

                                                                  1. re: GilaB

                                                                    I don't think it's so safe dwtn B'klyn by the bridge path access at 11pm.

                                                                    1. re: berel

                                                                      thank guys believe it or not we stoped by the dunkin donuts on our way home from LI and we went walking by the bridge but not on it by park slope theres a bordwalk over the highway it was nice but everyone was sitting on the benches making out very weird when ur on a relig date

                                                                      1. re: mizme143

                                                                        hahah this is a funny post-- because it's what I was looking to do tonight!

                                                                        I was going to pick up my pottery (see date 3), go to Olga's (in the area), then go walk across the Brooklyn Bridge!!! Won't be around 11pm, probably closer to 8 or so. Kinda funny. I know there's the Brooklyn Bridge Park, but again, not sure how it is around night time---maybe I should have a back up plan too.

                                                                        1. re: berkiebtvs

                                                                          The Coney Island Boardwalk date posted earlier is a great idea and actually one of the dates I went on with my husband. (you can even go to luna park and have some fun on the rides or wining a doll) btw husband cooked for me when we were dating and it definitely got him some points. Long Beach boardwalk and then a quick drive to Cedarhurst is also a great idea. We loved bowling. You if you have any day dates ... its apple picking season not too far upstate! We had a great time on that one I pretended I was Chava he pretended he was Adam and we ate apples all day ;-)

                                                                          1. re: qurlym

                                                                            FYI the parking situation is pretty awful around Coney Island, although by NYC standards probably not so bad. I can often find a place to park near the church besides the subway overpass on Ocean Parkway. Don't miss the Starbucks with the Russian signs on Brighton Beach Avenue. Buy her a babushka doll. (My dad a"h bought my mom a"h" a bobble head dog on one of their first dates and she kept it her entire life.)

                                                                            Wear a jacket at night!!! It's the only place I know in NY that actually cools off at night.

                                                                            1. re: qurlym

                                                                              PPS I think that the amusement parks close after Labor Day. There's also a minor league baseball team and an aquarium near there.

                                                                              1. re: SoCal Mother

                                                                                The Cyclone used to be open all year; don't know if that's still the case.

                                                                                1. re: queenscook

                                                                                  there are all kinds of farms with picking out on long island, u dont have to head upstate to do that
                                                                                  heres a list of places, and reviews of the places and contact info for them
                                                                                  http://www.pickyourown.org/nylongisla...
                                                                                  if u do any of the exit 71 farms, they also have the mystic aquarium, which is pretty cool

                                                                                  1. re: shoelace

                                                                                    I just wanted to bump this back up to the top of the list........NU????

                                                                                    1. re: vallevin

                                                                                      haha---still going well, B"H!!

                                                                                      Going out again Tuesday night (Yom Tov has slowed things down a bit).

                                                                                      Any ideas for a a 8:30ish meal with a sukkah in the Brooklyn area?

                                                                                      1. re: berkiebtvs

                                                                                        In Brooklyn more places have sukkos than don't. Pick anywhere and call to find out whether they have one. Any part of Brooklyn in particular? Have you yet been to El Gaucho? Estihana? Pita Off the Corner? Dougies claims to have the biggest sukkah in Brooklyn; no idea how accurate that claim is, but it is pretty big, and last I heard the food wasn't bad (which is why this particular branch is still in business when so many others let their quality decline and eventually closed).

                                                                                        1. re: berkiebtvs

                                                                                          hey so lets hear about your date where did you end up?

                                                                                          1. re: mizme143

                                                                                            I'll bump this---because I'm excited!

                                                                                            We got Engaged!!!! =)

                                                                                            Thanks for all the help everyone!! Now it's wedding planning time...should be interesting....

                                                                                            1. re: berkiebtvs

                                                                                              Mazel tov! I've actually wondered how things turned out - thanks for getting back to us!

                                                                                                1. re: berkiebtvs

                                                                                                  Mazel tov, how exciting! I think you should invite us all to the chasana . . . or the vordt, at least!

                                                                                                  1. re: berkiebtvs

                                                                                                    I was just thinking about you!! Mazel tov!!!

                                                                                                    You can invite me to the vort if you make it during the December break. I might be coming to NY with one of my kids.

                                                                                                    Now the big question: does she know about all your Internet mothers?

                                                                                                    1. re: berkiebtvs

                                                                                                      MAZEL TOV!!!!!!! I was wonderign the other day how things were going, but I dind' want to apear too pushy! I am so very happy for the two of you!
                                                                                                      MAZEL TOV AGAIN!!!!

                                                                                                        1. re: berkiebtvs

                                                                                                          Mazel tov, I think this is our 1st Chowhound shiddach

                                                                                                          1. re: berkiebtvs

                                                                                                            !!!MAZEL TOV!!! Now we just have to figure out how to split the shadchunus :)

                                                                                                            1. re: berkiebtvs

                                                                                                              Mazel tov! Are you ready for catering advice? Also, one tiny piece of advice...please don't stop taking the girl out to eat once you've gotten all settled. Creative dates and good food do add "flavor" to your marriage.

                                                                                                              1. re: cappucino

                                                                                                                I am DEFINITELY ready for catering advice---been scouring this board for some good ideas, and guys have definitely helped. I think we're close to picking a hall---I'm going to start a new thread so it doesn't get lost.

                                                                                                                Thanks again for all the help!!

                                                                                                                1. re: berkiebtvs

                                                                                                                  Mazel Tov!!! Have also been hoping that all is going well with you! Is the wedding in the NY area?
                                                                                                                  Don't forget to enjoy the engagement and try to get some dating time for yourselves now along with all the preparations!

                                                                                                              2. re: berkiebtvs

                                                                                                                Hey congrats & good luck
                                                                                                                thanks for letting us know i was thinking about you guys wondering how it was going.

                                                                                                                1. re: berkiebtvs

                                                                                                                  Greatest. Chowhound. Thread. Ever.

                                                                                                                  Mazal Tov!

                                                                                                                  1. re: chowrlk

                                                                                                                    this will be a never ending thread, the vort catering followed by the aufruf catering...the chasana catering....sheva brochos ;-)

                                                                                                                    1. re: berel

                                                                                                                      I am going for the all inclusive thread =)

                                                                                                                      1. re: berkiebtvs

                                                                                                                        A hearty mazal tov, and I agree, this is the best CH thread ever!

                                                                                                                      2. re: berel

                                                                                                                        Why stop there? Brisim, Shabbos Kiddush for the girls... We'll take him full circle all the way back to Chuppah.

                                                                                                                    2. re: berkiebtvs

                                                                                                                      Mazel tov!!! We are waiting for your next thread: Wedding Caterers!

                                                                                                                      1. re: PotatoPuff

                                                                                                                        Surely bris caterers and bar/bas mitzvah caterers will come first!

                                                                                                                        1. re: zsero

                                                                                                                          Sorry, I didn't realize how dated the thread was that I posted on. I meant caterers for the OP's wedding...

                                                                                      2. So it's now January 2013, almost 2.5 years since I wrote this first post, asking you all for dating advice. Over these past couple of years, I've gotten engaged and married. We were married at King's Terrace and it was an amazing chasnah! A few weeks later, we moved to Israel for Shana Rishona, and it was a great experience! I learned in Yeshiva while my wife finished up her BA. We spent our year in Ramot Eshkol, and it truly was a great year of working on ourselves and building a foundation. (For our 1 year anniversary we went to Sheyann, which was probably one of our favorite restaurants in Jerusalem---this is a food blog, I feel obligated to post something about food).

                                                                                        Along the way, unfortunately we lost a few family members that were close to us..but we kept pushing forward and it only helped to strengthen our relationship. In April of 2012, we left Israel and moved back to New York. We decided to move to Far Rockaway and found a great apartment in a great neighborhood. My wife and I were both able to find jobs pretty quickly which was definitley a huge bracha. Unfortunately, like many people 2012 was soured by Hurricane Sandy. BH, we were OK, and our losses were limited.
                                                                                        This past week we celebrated our 2nd anniversary at Pardes (which was amazing! See my post on that thread)

                                                                                        2013 should prove to a an even better year because with Hashem's help, in the beginning of March, we will be expecting our first child and we are so excited about it!

                                                                                        After looking back through this post, it's amazing how far we've come.

                                                                                        Thanks again for everyone's help a few years ago. I look forward to being in touch more often and sharing only in simchas (and eating experiences, of course!)

                                                                                        Matt

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                                                                                        1. re: berkiebtvs

                                                                                          bshaa tova! wonderful news and so exciting to have "seen" it from day one :)