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Feb 10, 2012 08:57 AM

Need FANCY Kosher Restaurant in Boston/Cambridge Area

HELP! I need to find a REALLY nice restaurant to send our business owners and their uber-wealthy friends to eat in May and they are kosher. I have NO idea where to begin.

The place has to sit around 12-13 people easily and the prices are not an issue. Has to be fancy, super nice and serve many kosher meal options.

Any suggestions?

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  1. I don't think there is such a place. AFAIK, only Milk Street Cafe is kosher in Boston. Here is the list for Brookline:

    Cafe Eilat 406 Harvard St, 277 7770 (D)
    Jerusalem Pita 10 Pleasant St, 739-2400 (M)
    Rami's Falafel 324 Harvard St, 738 3577 (M)
    Rubin's Deli 500 Harvard St, 731 8787 (M)
    Taam China 423 Harvard St, 264 7274 (M)

    M is meat and D is dairy. I think there's another Taam China in Newton. There isn't much kosher dining around here.

    1. I'm not aware of any really high-end kosher establishments anywhere in the Boston area. Ta'am China on Harvard St. in Brookline is white-tablecloth Chinese-American, but I wouldn't call it fancy. Still, most of the other kosher places in town are simple felafel or pizza joints so that may be your best bet.

      1. Funny you mention this, as the NY Times reviewed Kutsher’s this week. It's a new high end restaurant in NYC focusing on food from the Jewish community in Eastern Europe

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        1. re: mkfisher

          The new Kutsher's TriBeCa is not kosher, although they serve Jewish-derived foods. The same is true of Carnegie Deli and many other "Jewish-style" restaurants in New York. But New York does have options for reasonably high-end kosher dining, while Boston really doesn't.

        2. Brandeis University in Waltham has kosher catering, and a number of on campus venues you can rent out, but 12-13 people probably isn't enough for an "event"

          1. Would a vegan restaurant work? No meat or dairy, so they might be fine with it. I was thinking of True Bistro in Somerville. Not SUPER fancy, but white tablecloths, quiet ambiance and decent winelist. Food is inventive and well prepared. Really, though, I find it hard to believe that they would expect a fancy kosher restaurant to exist here. I might confer with them about their expectations and what they would be comfortable with. Otherwise, I think the suggestion for a catered event might be best (as L2K suggested). Catering by Andrew in Brookline is probably your best bet for kosher, and they might have suggestions for a place where you could host the party:

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            1. re: Science Chick

              I have friends who keep kosher and also travel quite a bit. They are very used to having to make small concessions ( even though technically there is no such thing as a "small concession" when it comes to whether or not something is kosher). The vegan route is something that has always worked when they visit us. The OP should ask about that possibility pointing out the kosher limitations. Unless these people seldom stray from home or NYC there's a good chance they have run into this issue before and will have a quick answer.