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Kosher-friendly Restaurants

What are some good kosher-friendly restaurants in Manhattan? I'm not looking for full kosher (like Solo, which also doesn't get good reviews).

I'm trying to plan a dinner with some friends who eat kosher. We've previously gone to Sushi Yasuda and we all did the omakase at the sushi bar, with them not getting the stuff they can't eat (uni, clams, other shellfish, etc) while I got some of that good stuff.

I'm probably thinking of some seafood/fish-centric restaurants. Not thinking about Le Bernardin, vegetarian spots, and preferably not a sushi place. I'm looking where they would have 3-4 options for each for apps and entrees. And not just one or two entree options, with "boring" predictable items like just salmon or tuna.

For those who don't know, you can't eat foods like shellfish (crab, lobster, shrimp), pork/bacon, non-kosher meats, calamari, and eel, to name a few key proteins.

I'm considering a place like Zengo, which has a lot of food that kosher people can eat.

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Sushi Yasuda
204 E 43rd St, New York, NY 10017

Le Bernardin
155 W. 51st St., New York, NY 10019

Zengo
622 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10016

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  1. What about Middle Eastern or Mediterranean places? I like Taboon, which has a number of kosher-friendly options. And although I haven't been there in years, I used to be very fond of Rectangles (when it was downtown), which is actually kosher. Balaboosta might be a good choice, also.

    http://www.rectanglesrestaurant.com/
    http://nymag.com/listings/restaurant/...
    http://balaboostanyc.com/

    1. There are a number of kosher or vegetarian Indian restaurants along Lexington Ave in the upper 20s that should work.

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        1. great kosher places:
          Le Marais (french)
          the Hummus Place (middle eastern)
          club house cafe (american)
          bhojan (indian)
          the prime grill (steak)
          prime ko (japanese)

          all super delicious

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          Le Marais
          150 W 46th St, New York, NY 10036

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          1. re: carub

            I second the recommendations for The Prime Grill (it is a sister restaurant to Solo but do not hold that against them they are more in line with a classic NYC steak house) and Le Marais - I would also add Abigael's and Mikes Bistro to the list - http://www.mikesbistro.com/index.php?... and http://abigaels.com/

            Speaking as someone who keeps Kosher but will eat in non-kosher restaurants like your friends I do enjoy more going to a Kosher a restaurant will I will not have to worry about the menu and can sample anything - just my two cents

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            Le Marais
            150 W 46th St, New York, NY 10036

            Prime Grill
            60 E 49th St, New York, NY 10017

            1. re: weinstein5

              I used to like Le Marais, but on my last visit a few months ago, I found their meat really overly salty and overall, just OK. However, I do like Mike's, especially the duck.

              1. re: Pan

                I used to go to Le Marais a lot also. Although the last few times I went, the steaks were not cooked properly. But if you're in the mood for some home cooking I would definitely get some of the fresh meat in the butcher case. I've had it several times and it's Excellent.

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                Le Marais
                150 W 46th St, New York, NY 10036

          2. Basically you can go to ANY restaurant that has a few fish options. That's a lot of restaurants. Maybe you could narrow down your request by geography, budget, etc.

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            1. re: gutsofsteel

              Thanks guts. I have no budget nor geography constraints. However, I believe the preferences I laid out in my OP limits the # of restaurants considerably:

              >> I'm looking where they would have 3-4 options for each for apps and entrees. And not just one or two entree options, with "boring" predictable items like just salmon or tuna.

              Also, not full kosher (my friends probably have been to most of them), not full vegetarian, and not sushi.

              1. re: deepfry7

                There are just too many restaurants that have fish and non-meat dishes for people to be helpful without some more guidance from you. Basically you can eat at ANY restaurant with several fish and non-meat dishes.

                1. re: deepfry7

                  I'm not sure of your budget (and I usually go to budget friendly places...) but Thai food usually works well for my friends and I. Most places I've gone to will substitute tofu for any meat option, and are pretty cognizant of vegetarian food.

                  Mediterranean food is pretty successful as well.

                  1. re: brightside16

                    Many Thai places will use a master sauce with every dish that has fish in it that MIGHT include shellfish and hence be forbidden under most interpretations of kashrut (even by those who would forgo supervision).