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Talia's Steakhouse (NYC)

EmpireState Mar 10, 2011 09:15 AM

Has anyone been there recently? Any recommendations?

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    GilaB Mar 10, 2011 11:51 AM

    I will admit that I haven't been to Talia's in about three years, but that's because I refuse to go back after several negative experiences. (You can search for earlier threads for a more extensive review of some of them.)

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      AdinaA Mar 10, 2011 10:15 AM

      I haven't been there in a while. Manhattan has steakhouses with superior reputations; Talia's competes on price and on its location in a neighborhood where lots of young people live.

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      1. re: AdinaA
        EmpireState Mar 10, 2011 10:31 AM

        Thanks AdinaA. I have been to a few of the steakhouses (LeMarais, Prime Grill, etc). My family will be on the Upper West Side over the weekend and are looking for something casual (fleishig) in the neighborhood. I thought that Talia's might fit the bill...

        1. re: EmpireState
          AdinaA Mar 10, 2011 10:59 AM

          It would. Casual and good food, just not great food. Good food. I like prefer Darna better, also casual and fleisig, also good food, not performance food. But I like Moroccan, you may prefer your steak and chicken plain.

          Prime KO is also on the Upper West, a notch above Talia's, also a steakhouse, a more interesting menu, and significantly higher prices.

          The next notch up would be Mike's Bistoo on W. 72nd.

          If you want a notch below Talia's (price and performance), Deli Casbah is also nearby, Israeli place. But, you know, burgers, fries, steak, schwarma, table service.

          There are other choices in the neighborhood, like Estihana.

          1. re: AdinaA
            AdinaA Mar 10, 2011 11:01 AM

            I'm not sure what yo mean by "the weekend", but both Talia's and Darna open on Friday evenings.

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              DeisCane Mar 10, 2011 11:11 AM

              I prefer Casbah. It's not great but it rarely disappoints. Talia's has disappointed me every visit. I haven't been in about 3-4 years, though.

              1. re: DeisCane
                DebbyT Mar 10, 2011 11:27 AM

                I believe Deli Casbah is the place that offers free dessert if you give a d'var torah

              2. re: AdinaA
                EmpireState Mar 10, 2011 11:38 AM

                We're going on Sunday for dinner. I think we will save Mike's for when it's adults only. Darna sounds interesting. Thanks!

                1. re: EmpireState
                  craigcep Mar 10, 2011 12:11 PM

                  Go to Darna. Talia's will disappoint. Darna won't.

                  1. re: EmpireState
                    jeffrosenbaum Mar 10, 2011 01:27 PM

                    If Darna still does brunch consider it. It will not disappoint. I have nothing really positive to say about Talia"s. I like Deli casbah, but you will have to expect constant tapes of the rebbe. Some people might find this over the top, but the food is good.

                    1. re: jeffrosenbaum
                      cappucino Mar 11, 2011 05:18 AM

                      Was just at Kasbah for the first time in 20 years. It was exactly (and I mean exactly) the same as it was. Loved the Rebbe videos. Just reminded me of how things don't change. Bottom line, though, way overpriced to me. Why are all the deli sandwiches 20 bucks? There wasn't anything particularly special about mine. We also felt that my son's chicken/pastrami was a small portion for the price. In general, portion size was good, but price was about 5 bucks over on some items. Service was also kind of weird. Lots of attention at first, then absolutely nothing for a ridiculous amount of time and then a fight to get the waiter's attention for the check. I'm ok with waiting another 20 years before we go back--god willing.

                      1. re: cappucino
                        avitrek Mar 11, 2011 06:56 AM

                        Well, to be fair it has changed slightly. They've replaced the deli counter with the sushi chef. You can't be a kosher restaurant in the 21st century without sushi ;-)

                        I completely agree in terms of the price. Everything is a couple dollars too expensive. I'm used to manhattan prices, and it still amazes me that you can barely get away for under $25/person. But to be fair, they are still slightly cheaper than all the sit down meat places in the neighborhood.

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