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Sep 28, 2011 01:36 PM

Dad is an observant Jew. I am an observant Chowhound. Where can we eat in New York City and both be satisfied?

I'm meeting my Dad for a reunion of sorts at 5th Ave between 47th and 48th.

I really don't care where we go, as long as the restaurant is

1. Kosher (Dad's requirement)
2. Tastes wonderful (my requirement)
3. Is not too expensive (both of our requirements-- let's say under $20 per person).

Any and all suggestions would be most helpful.

I'm particularly partial to less traditional foods... Yemeni melawech could be an interesting thing to share with my dad, who is firmly of the Ashkenazi deli and baked chicken bent.

Having said that, even a great kosher pizza place would be welcome (although my Chowhound research doesn't indicate much hope for this.)

Please, no recommendations for places "that are good for being kosher". I really want to experience a place where the food can stand on its own.

Suggestions for Brooklyn are welcome, but I was hoping to focus on Manhattan.


Mr Taster

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  1. Pardes in Brooklyn. Read about it here on the kosher board.

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    1. re: queenscook

      Pardes does sound quite promising.

      However, even though their menu isn't online right now, I get the sense from other posters that this is going to blow our budget of $20 per person. (Their prices apparently went up dramatically).

      I'll definitely keep this in mind, but are there any other (less expensive) places that meet all of my stated criteria?

      Mr Taster

      1. re: Mr Taster

        Benny's on Avenue J in Brooklyn might be up your alley. I keep semi-Kosher (make of that what you will) and their pizza has proven to be a favorite, almost as good as non-Kosher in my opinion.

        1. re: Mr Taster

          I'm sure others will have some recommendations, but with Rosh Hashana starting in an hour, don't expect any responses until Saturday night, after RH and shabbos. Shana Tova!

      2. Try Noi Dui in Manhattan (Lincoln Center area) or Basil in Crown Heights. Fine Italian eating, but milchigs and bistro/casual atmosphere (not downscale pizzaria, just casual) and this keeps the cost down. Mike's pizzaria on the upper west is also very good, but it is heavily take-out, with about 4 tables.

        1. It depends on whether your dad will accept the certification, but the Indian restaurants in the East 20s are wonderful, easily under $20 including tax and tip, and could satisfy your desire for interesting cuisine. (Is Tiffin Wallah kosher? I seem to recall it is.)

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          1. re: MiriamWoodstock

            Tiffin Wallah says it's kosher, but I don't see the hechsher advertised on their menu.

            Is there a standard website database of kosher restaurants, sorted by cuisine/food type? That could be a place to start.

            Does anyone know about this place?


            Mr Taster

            1. re: Mr Taster

              Dakshin should meet your requirements and your dad will not have an issue with their certification. Note, if you're going for dinner you may spend a little over $20/person, but I don't think you can do a kosher meat dinner in Manhattan for under $20 except maybe Kosher Delight(fast food burger). If you are planning on doing lunch then you should be fine with the Dakshin lunch buffet.

            1. It has zero atmosphere, but if you're willing to travel up to Washington Heights, Golan Heights makes really excellent shwarma, falafel, and kibbeh (spiced ground lamb). It's cheap, amazing, and full of college students.

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              1. re: GilaB

                I second Golan for amazing and CHEAP fair...they even have a pretty good cholent on Thursday nights....don't forget the Bubby's Nuggets:)