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EmpireState Jun 5, 2011 07:54 AM

Are there any kosher casual (pizza, etc) places near the end of the parade route (5th Avenue and 74th Street)?

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    vallevin RE: EmpireState Jun 5, 2011 08:22 AM

    I was going to suggest bagels and co. 1428 York Ave, New York, NY 10021, between 76 and 75th, but I can't find any kosher information on that location anymore.

    Here is the phone number if you want to the proverbial leg work, (212) 717-0505 and the literal leg work of walking.

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      EmpireState RE: vallevin Jun 5, 2011 08:37 AM

      Looking for something closer to
      5th avenue. Not bothering is not
      an option when there are small children involved. Thanks

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      avitrek RE: EmpireState Jun 5, 2011 08:29 AM

      My advice, don't bother. Every place close to central park(either East or West side) will be beyond a zoo. It's just not worth fighting that many Jews for a slice of mediocre pizza.

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        GilaB RE: avitrek Jun 5, 2011 08:47 AM

        Ditto. Pack snacks and have a picnic in the park, because every kosher restaurant in walking distance will have lines out the door.

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          EmpireState RE: GilaB Jun 5, 2011 08:49 AM

          Understood, but I would still appreciate names and locations of
          the places...

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            shoelace RE: EmpireState Jun 5, 2011 09:05 AM

            if you have a smartphone, best thing to do is download the kosher app, and itll find places based on where you end up

            just search kosher gps in your market

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              GilaB RE: EmpireState Jun 5, 2011 09:49 AM

              There's not much nearby that's both reasonably priced and with a widely-recognized hechsher. Are you willing to take the subway or a cab?

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                vallevin RE: GilaB Jun 5, 2011 11:41 AM

                Just spoke with my mom, she and my sister and my nephews walked back to 48th street to Cafe K...they were very happy with it. They got a few personal pizzas.

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                  GilaB RE: vallevin Jun 5, 2011 12:28 PM

                  I assumed that the OP wanted something within a few blocks, as they were with children who'd presumably already walked the length of the parade.

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                    vallevin RE: GilaB Jun 5, 2011 12:45 PM

                    Me too, but when I looked at the map and where my sister was, Cafe K was her closest option going downtown. (which they wanted to get closer to the subway lines)

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          cappucino RE: EmpireState Jun 5, 2011 01:50 PM

          We did Hana's pizza on Lex between 90 and 91. It was a hike, but we were already pumped and hungry. As usual, the wait was short, the pizza and falafel were disappointing and it was hot and crowded in the store. That said, it did the trick. We felt a heck of a lot better heading home with full stomachs. Next year in Jerusalem or with a bagged lunch.

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            EmpireState RE: cappucino Jun 6, 2011 07:10 AM

            Thanks all. Since there was nothing kosher nearby, we wound up getting some snacks in a grocery store after we finished marching and ate a real meal on our way home... On a side note, the parade was fantastic!

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            AdinaA RE: EmpireState Jun 6, 2011 12:33 PM

            Every year I wonder why no kosher food concessions show up at the parade. Is there some sort of city ordinance that would make a permit for a single Sunday too difficult to be workable?

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              njkosher RE: AdinaA Jun 6, 2011 12:50 PM

              Dougies used to show, but cannot remember how long ago that was. Aron's Kissena Farms had burgers, dogs, and snacks if you ventured into the park by 72nd and the summer stage but there were really long lines. Did not see prices.

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                avitrek RE: AdinaA Jun 6, 2011 12:55 PM

                There are vendors by summer stage every year. Beyond that the city is fairly strict about park vending licenses. I wonder why some of the kosher food trucks didn't set up a couple avenues over though? I guess the UES residents might cause problems.

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                  cappucino RE: AdinaA Jun 6, 2011 02:54 PM

                  The people on the floats used to throw food. Dougies once came around with sliders on a tray. My kids still talk about that. A cart at each of the park entrances would be nice.

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                    avitrek RE: cappucino Jun 6, 2011 03:15 PM

                    Those carts at the entrances all have central park vendor permits which cost a lot of money. See this story for details, http://news.yahoo.com/s/yblog_dnainfo...
                    You can't just show up the day of the parade and start selling food. And good luck getting the normal carts certified for 1 day. At least most of the ice cream is kosher.

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                  masteraleph RE: EmpireState Jun 9, 2011 07:54 PM

                  Just as a reference for folks- we ended up walking down to Dakshin after the parade (63rd and 1st; not much worse than cafe K if you were walking). Wouldn't have worked with kids, but it was pretty empty, and they do a $13pp buffet for lunch that was quite good.

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