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Mar 12, 2012 03:24 PM

Passover in Brooklyn

My family will be spending most of April in Brooklyn (apt rental in Prospect Heights), including the entire 8 days of Passover. Any suggestions for restaurants that will be kid and kosher-for-Passover friendly? We aren't strict about eating kosher meat, but we are going to be steering away from bread, flour etc for Passover. Part of the reason we are staying in Brooklyn is to explore all the great restaurants -- any suggestions for meals that don't include pasta or bread products (or pork/shellfish, obviously)? And any other suggestions for places for a family (2 elementary aged kids who are well behaved and patient at higher-end restaurants) that we should make sure we hit before the dietary restrictions kick in? Thanks so much.

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  1. There is an upscale kosher restaurant on Atlantic Avenue between 3rd Ave and Nevins street-- Pardes. I haven't been there, but it seems pretty popular. I don't think it's mentioned very often on this board. It opened about a year ago. Depending on where you are in Prospect Heights, this may be a short walk for you.

    Otherwise there is a sizable Hasidic community in Crown Heights just to the east of Prospect Heights, so there are likely going to be some options for strict kosher dining there.

    For "unrestricted" dining, you should check out The Vanderbilt on Vanderbilt and Bergen, Dean Street on Dean St and Underhill, Corvo on Washington and Sterling, Franny's on Flatbush somewhere, and finally James on Carlton and St. Marks.

    That's just Prospect Heights. There are a ton of options in Fort Greene and Park Slope, both a relatively short walk, depending on where you are.

    295 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

    605 Carlton Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238

    The Vanderbilt
    570 Vanderbilt Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238

    Dean Street
    755 Dean St, Brooklyn, NY 11238

    497 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

    Bar Corvo
    791 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238

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    1. re: egit

      We've eaten at Pardes. It's more new American than Jewish style, but it is Glatt Kosher, which you pay for even if it is not important to you. That said the food is quite good. Note that it gets very crowded, so reservations are a must.

      The opposite end of the scale is Mile End. They are small and don't take reservations. The are very Jewish, but not at all Kosher. I'm sure they won't serve bread or any foods made with flour during Passover.

      Mile End
      97 Hoyt St, Brooklyn, NY 11217

      497 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

    2. This is a question that would almost certainly be better addressed on the Kosher board. I do know that pretty much all of the restaurants in the very orthodox areas like Crown Heights close for the entirety of Passover.

      1. Thanks all for the suggestions -- we are looking forward to Mile End, and Pardes looks great. We will probably eat out more in the days before and after Passover, but I don't want to spend 8 days in the gastro-heaven of Brooklyn eating matzo on the couch! Many thanks.