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Sep 19, 2012 03:55 PM

Has anyone been to Ladino lately?

Is it up to par for a business dinner with an associate who does not eat kosher usually?

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  1. The atmosphere is acceptable to bring non-kosher people, but it isn't particularly business-y.

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    1. re: PotatoPuff

      but the food is terrible! really. i was horrified at what we got and what we paid. le marais is much better for your $ and the atmosphere is business-y enough.

      1. re: PotatoPuff

        It's a little loud (lots of hard surfaces) for a formal business dinner, but I think it's otherwise a reasonable choice in terms of atmosphere. I found the food overpriced and disappointing, but not as bad as RosaSharon apparently did.

        1. re: GilaB

          honestly, i've had better food in college cafeteria. but that's just me. overall, i am more and more disappointed in kosher restaurants, a few excepted (jezebel, le marais, noi due) the older i get. i don't know if that's because i've upgraded my non-kosher restaurants that i eat in or if i'm just grumpier as the years go on, though :)

          1. re: RosaSharon

            I don't comment here often, but I went on a family dinner and had great fun. We followed the waiter's suggestions and had a wonderful experience. Other than a major disappointment with the sangria, everything was good. As to overpriced, yes, but it is kosher. You have to realize when ordering that much of the food is tapas and that is a horse (kosher albeit) of a different color than jezebel, le marais, or noi due.
            I don't know which college cafeteria you went to, but I am ready to go.

            1. re: jeffrosenbaum

              I have eaten exclusively in kosher restaurants all my life, and generally prefer appetizers to main dishes, knowing that they're more expensive relative to the volume of food that you get. Ladino is still overpriced.

              1. re: jeffrosenbaum

                ha - there's a reason i gained 30lbs junio & senior year, believe me :)

                  1. re: DeisCane

                    It wasn't the YU/Stern Cafeterias I can tell you that ;-)~ them's were dark times in my pre-foodie days!

                    1. re: DeisCane

                      not brandeis :) my weight gain wasn't helped by american portions and long cold dark winters up there in New England :)

                      1. re: DeisCane

                        not brandeis :) my weight gain wasn't helped by american portions and long cold dark winters up there in New England :)

            2. I'd go to La Marais. for the reasons PotatoPuff, gilaB and RosaSharon gave. Except I don't think the food at Ladino is terrible, just disappointing.

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              1. re: AdinaA

                In terms of the food I found one dish that was SPECTACULAR (the mushroom croquettes, NOT the chicken croquettes though) and the rest of the food was meh/

                1. re: PotatoPuff

                  The husband was trying for something a bit more interesting than your average steakhouse. The client is a steakhouse kind of guy and has been to the other kosher steakhouse joints. They don't compare to Peter Luger. They are at Ladino right now. I will report.

              2. The reviews were back: portions too small for the price even taking into acct the tapas thing. food not really worth talking about. guacamole underwhelming. service lacking.

                1. OK. They don't run one of the city's finest kitchens.

                  the thing is, Ladino is a fun place for a casual get-together with friends. they put fun free stuff on the table. Like guacamole served in a giant stone bowl once used to offer ambrosia to the Mayan sun god. ;-) And little flutes of sparkling wine.

                  The cocktails are good. And it's fun to have a place right in midtown where you can go after theater and nibble while you drink (they should have abetter beer list)

                  then you can order an infinite parade of amusing little tapas. Like quail eggs poached in vegetable sauce. Wings. Fries. Roasted baby beets.

                  Nibble. Drink. Talk. The house band is surprisingly pleasing.

                  It's fun. Lively, but not too lively for conversation.

                  1. Gotta give props and big ups to Ladino's Exec Chef Petard for his outstanding performance in earning the trophy at the culinary competition at this year's Kosherfest "chopped" style contest. It was a tough basket and he was as gracious in winning as calm during a very short 45 minute prep time. He even donated the $1000 winnings to Sandy victims. Kudos Chef, I'll definitely be making a point to coming in and trying your place out.