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azna29 Nov 1, 2010 11:03 AM

Hi all, I don't get a night out often and my husband offered me a dinner date at the restaurant of my choosing. I'm a real foodie and would love to go somewhere really good. I have not been to Mosaica and was thinking that would be a good choice. Last times we went to Abigails and Les Marais, which we thought were both just o.k. I have been to a lot of non-kosher upscale restaurants before I was kosher and was looking for something more in that vein. Tall order I know. Any favorites?

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    azna29 Nov 15, 2010 12:31 PM

    We ended up going to Pardes because we happen to be in the area. It was very good and relatively inexpensive. We shared 4 appetizers (they have a lot of appetizers on their menu), 2 entrees, and 2 desserts and it came out to about $100. Totally worth it. Some of the dishes were more successful than others but the food was good and there was some original stuff. The brisket was particularly good. I don't think I would drive out for it except maybe on a special occassion or something. But I would definitely make a point to go back next time i'm in Brooklyn.

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      berel Nov 16, 2010 06:15 AM

      as Pardes is new and relatively unknown you might want to consider writing a separate review under a new subject heading

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        azna29 Nov 16, 2010 07:13 AM

        wouyld be happy to

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      Expenseacctfoodsnob Nov 13, 2010 03:45 PM

      I recommend Solo. Before I started to keep kosher I used to eat at all of the top restaurants in NYC thanks to my job. I had the tasting menu at Solo, with wine pairing, and my sister and I were very impressed. The service was terrible, but after I complained to the manager, the service got a lot better. The food compared to traif restaurants!

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        GilaB Nov 13, 2010 04:01 PM

        The only way I've ever eaten a regular meal at Solo was, in fact, on an expense account, and that's the only way I'd ever recommend it to anybody else. I love food, but their food isn't so good as to justify their prices.

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        SRG Nov 2, 2010 07:00 AM

        Mike's Bistro on the UWS. Best in class hands down.

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          GilaB Nov 2, 2010 10:38 AM

          While I have enjoyed my several excursions to Mike's Bistro, I've found Mosaica more consistently innovative, the quality the OP is seeking.

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            cappucino Nov 2, 2010 11:37 AM

            We don't see anything innovative at all at MIke's and were very disappointed with what we ordered. Aside from the duck gnocchi, everything was quite boring. As I mentioned on a previous thread, we also did not merit the "Mike treatment" even though he was there and we were the only ones dining at that time (early early dinner). I still maintain that a good restaurant should be good 99% of the time and an innovative restaurant should tackle all their dishes in an innovative way with no mediocrity. Why some of you consistently talk up Mike's is beyond us.

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            DeisCane Nov 1, 2010 11:15 AM

            Solo and Mosaica are the first ones that come to mind for me.

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              vallevin Nov 1, 2010 11:26 AM

              I was just at Mosaica for lunch last week, it was good but it is a bit a of schlep depending are where you are coming from

              Sooooo where are you coming from?

              I understand Etc in Teaneck is also very good

              If it were me, I would do Prime KO in the city.
              Or if you like indian, Dakshin

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                njkosher Nov 1, 2010 11:39 AM

                Etc in Teaneck is excellent, and if you're in NJ already, well worth not schlepping into the city.

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                  azna29 Nov 1, 2010 11:47 AM

                  Thanks I will look into Etc. We are in teaneck but I don't mind a little schlepp....if its worth it..which is why I am asking because so many kosher places are a big dissapointment. So if a chowboarder was impressed with the place I think that should be a good indication.

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                    koshergourmetmart Nov 1, 2010 12:41 PM

                    i would go to basil in brooklyn or pardes in brooklyn.

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                      azna29 Nov 1, 2010 01:36 PM

                      Thank you! Those are exactly the types of places I was looking for!

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                        koshergourmetmart Nov 1, 2010 05:11 PM

                        I thought their menus looked the most original. I also like Ariel's in engelwood (alot)

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                          vallevin Nov 2, 2010 04:37 AM

                          Oh yeah, I forgot.

                          My shul used Ariel's for our seudat shlishit last Shabbos. We thought he did a great job and the restaurant does look nice.

                          I'll suggest Ariel's

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                            Chairman Mao Nov 2, 2010 06:23 AM

                            I'll throw one more somewhat obscure one out there: the tasting menu at Tel Aviv in Great Neck. Well worth $45.

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                              dckosher Nov 5, 2010 10:03 AM

                              I really wanted to like Ariel's (since the menu looks so good), but the pizza I got there as take-out was oily and salty (the dough itself was salty). Maybe their other choices are better.

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                              koshergourmetmart Nov 2, 2010 12:27 PM

                              good review by kosherblog of pardes

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