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Are any Manhattan restaurants open?

AdinaA Aug 28, 2011 08:00 AM

Frivolous, I know. I can't be the only one going slightly stir-crazy. Anyone know if any places on the Upper West Side are open?

I do understand that large communities are without power, and trees have fallen on their roofs. And that people have been killed. But in most of Manhattan pretty much nothing happened except that it rained.

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    craigcep RE: AdinaA Aug 28, 2011 09:30 AM

    Walked by Kasbah about an hour ago and it was closed. I doubt anything will open because it is too hard for the employees to get to the restaurants.

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      marissaj RE: AdinaA Aug 28, 2011 10:03 AM

      Pardes is open tonight. The chef called to let me know (altho i know its in brooklyn)

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        zsero RE: marissaj Aug 28, 2011 02:02 PM

        Yeah, but how to get there, if the buses and subways are still not running?

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          marissaj RE: zsero Aug 28, 2011 04:12 PM

          Maybe AdinaA has a car.. but i actually forgot that transportation wasnt running (I live in NJ what can i say?!). Ooops.

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            AdinaA RE: marissaj Aug 28, 2011 06:19 PM

            No car (one of the gratest pleasures of Manhattan life is having no car). We considered picking up a Zipcar and heading to Pardes, but what we really wanted was a long walk. Lots of big trees down. Saw two big ones break and crash down on Riverside Drive at about 6pm.

            Then we walked over to Deli Kasbah. Hadn't been there in years. It was packed with long waits. But it's a neighborhood crowd, talked to lots of people I don't regularly see.

            I had forgotten why I used to like the place. They gave me nice, moist, grilled chicken with Middle Eastern spices, and they make fries cut very roughly so that they are incredibly crisp because they have extra surfaces to expose to the deep fat they fry in. Salty and unimaginably caloric. They draw a young crowd that can afford the calories.

            About half the restaurants on Broadway were open, and packed, the whole street felt like a small town, running into everyone you know, people in little clusters chatting on the corners.

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              marissaj RE: AdinaA Aug 29, 2011 09:00 AM

              Those fries sound awesome. I cannot afford the calories at all, but maybe I should make an exception?!

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                AdinaA RE: marissaj Aug 29, 2011 11:01 AM

                Well, if you walk form your place to Deli Kasbah whenever there is a hurricane, bur only during a hurricane, you will burn off the calories without eating high-fat fries more often than you ought ;-)

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        bigredesq RE: AdinaA Aug 28, 2011 10:55 AM

        of course good old Kosher Delight is open

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          bigredesq RE: AdinaA Aug 28, 2011 10:56 AM

          As is Bagel Basket (90th and Amsterdam)

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            AdinaA RE: AdinaA Aug 28, 2011 11:19 AM

            Mike's Bistro has a recording saying it is closed.

            Noi Dui and Mike's pizzeria are not answering the phone.

            Cafe Roma is open.

            Prime KO is opening at 5.

            Deli Kasbah is opening at 5.

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              bigredesq RE: AdinaA Aug 28, 2011 11:45 AM

              Kosher Marketplace is open
              Talias is open
              Mike's pizzeria closed (when I walked by as of 2:30pm)

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              brooklynkoshereater RE: AdinaA Aug 28, 2011 07:40 PM

              had a great meal at Prime KO tonight - place was hopping - I assume that there were a lot of stir crazy hurricane survivors out there.

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