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Aug 13, 2012 09:23 AM

Shabbat in Manhattan

Is Talia's the only option for a prepaid Friday night dinner in Manhattan.

Prime KO looked like they offered something, but they just told me they are not doing it.

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  1. I believe that Jezebel is offering a prepaid option.

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    1. re: GilaB

      In the past I have gone to Chabad of Midtown on 5th avenue and 43rd for Friday Night dinner. It was pre-paid.

    2. Prime KO opens to the public only on Friday evenings on weeks when someone books a large group. There is not always much advance notice. but you can get on their mailing list and they will notify you when they open.

      1. If you are just in need of a meal, as opposed to a culinary experience, a local shul may help you find a family to eat with. Or

        1. I believe I saw that MEET ME two blocks from Talia' s was also open on fridays for prepaid dinner.

          1. Like Prime KO, Jezebel only oppens for Shabbat sometimes. including This Friday Sept. 7

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            1. re: AdinaA

              Interesting that they do this for Fashion Week. OTherwise, I'm not sure their location would be conducive to being open for Shabbat. Not many shomer shabbat people in Tribeca/Soho, or people who would otherwise care about such a meal.

              1. re: craigcep

                There's a decent chunk of shomer shabbos folks at/near NYU, which is just a ten minute walk.

                1. re: DeisCane

                  But how many of those can afford Jezebel's prices?

                  1. re: GilaB

                    Some...and not all people living there are actually NYU students.

                    1. re: DeisCane

                      I don't think the "decent chunk" downtown could support more frequent than annual or semiannual. There are far fewer religious Jews, and far fewer non-students than on the UWS. Granted, it's getting bigger. I used to live down there. It was a lonely Shabbat existence.

                      1. re: craigcep

                        Business travelers staying downtown; Parents visiting NYU students who want a nicer dinner Friday night; Non-kosher keepers who want a shabbat dinner; The growing observant community downtown; Regular diners who like Jezebel and want to go out for dinner Friday night regardless of if the restaurant is kosher/shomer shabbat.

                        And those are just off the top of my head. Maybe the mixture can support Friday night dinners, maybe it can't even support a kosher restaurant in general. Jezebel will never know until it tries. We just need to remember Jezebel is not looking to attract the typical frum crowd, so we shouldn't limit the thinking about shabbat to the typical frum crowd either.

                          1. re: avitrek

                            I would love for Jezebel to find being open Friday nights to be profitable. Don't think I'm rooting against it. I'm just not as optimistic as you are.