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Mar 6, 2012 09:04 AM

This Fri or Sat: not too noisy

My parents are making a spur-of-the-moment trip to NYC this weekend and want to have dinner someplace nice. Wishlist:

Not too noisy so that we can hear each other easily, but not so quiet that it's stuffy.

Lots of fish/vegetarian choices (my Dad keeps kosher and my Mom will eat beef, lamb or chicken but doesn't eat traif).

They're staying on the upper east side and I'm on the upper west. They probably don't want to go too far, but if it's a real destination place then maybe.

Not overpriced.

Thanks again, all.

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    1. How much are you thinking of spending before tax, tip, and any wine/drinks?

      On a separate thread we were just discussing the appropriateness of Monkey Bar for a family meal:

      The menu may not have enough fish/vegetarian choices for you; however, there's no harm in calling to ask how they might be able to accomodate your parents' dietary restrictions.

      Judging from their OpenTable page, they still have availability for 4 people this Fri/Sat, which is promising.

      Monkey Bar
      60 E 54th St, New York, NY 10022

      1. "Not overpriced" can be interpreted very differently depending on the depth of one's wallet. So, give us your per person budget for *food only*.

        1. I had to look up the word traif but if your mom doesn't eat traif doesn't that mean she keeps kosher as well? Sorry if I interpreted wrong. If your dad must eat kosher then you may be limited to the kosher board. I have noticed a lot of Indian restaurants in Curry Hill are kosher but I don't know any other off-hand.

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          1. re: ukitali

            ukitali, You are right to feel confused. The issue of those who keep kosher at home but have a different approach when dining out is complicated, and that discussion really belongs elsewhere on this forum.

            For many years, we kept kosher at home but had no restrictions at all when dining out. Others, like the parents here, have a limiting approach to dining out in non-kosher restaurants. The Dad will eat fish with scales (no shellfish like shrimp, lobster, clams, etc.) and vegetables, while the Mom will eat certain meats but no shellfish or pork.


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