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planning to take a friend out for dinner but she only eats kosher. since the only kosher place I've been to its 2nd avenue deli for a pastrami sandwich, Im looking to you guys for some help. what are some good kosher restaurants in Manhattan that I would enjoy as well.
near union square would be the best area for me but willing to venture out for a good place that won't be too harsh on my pockets.

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  1. It may be easier to search for somewhere that is vegetarian friendly so she'll have plenty of options.

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    When is the dinner? Given that it is the holiday season, many of the usual suspects will be fully booked or very busy, especially near Union Square. And even more so if it is a weekend night you wish to dine on.

    How much do you want to spend, per person, before tax, tip, and wine/cocktails?

    1. Noah's Ark is downtown on Grand St. , Ben's is further uptown. The Prime Grill is on E.49th and has the best food of all the kosher restaurants I know in Manhattan. It's a much nicer and fancier atmosphere than the Delis like 2nd Ave. Its more of a steak house with many other dishes. The salmon is even good there, but if you eat meat the steak or rack of lamb is the way to go. It is expensive. But it is Glatt Kosher. The Chef trained at the 21 Club.

      1. My kosher-keepin' pal and I go to Caravan of Dreams, which is vegan in addition to being kosher. It's not so far from Union Square, the menu is creative, and the food's very nice. Kosher restaurants that serve meat always seem ridiculously expensive to me, but at the risk of giving you a heart attack, I'll also throw Wolf & Lamb out there. Kosher-keepin' pal thinks the steak there is terrific. I can only vouch for the mesclun salad and the fries, which were fine, and they damn well better be, considering the prices.


        1. Prime Grill is a kosher steak house that is very, very good. I am not kosher myself and usually go to Lugar's but this place deserves its 24 from Zagats in my opinion.

          1. Consider Chennai Garden. Vegetarian Indian from Tamil Nadu (Madras, aka Chennai is its capital), Gujarat, and other parts of the country.

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            1. Jezebel is Kosher - I've never been but it got a lot of buzz when it opened


              1. You can go 2 ways, vegetarian place that happens to be kosher like the Indian places mentioned above or a full service place that is a Kosher restaurant. There are a number of them around, but mostly uptown... the "minyan mile" is on 72nd between West End and Columbus... literally lined with K places. Mikes Bistro is quite good.. a little hard on the $$ but not as bad as Prime Grill (also good but wallet crushing) There are the hummus places if that's what you're thinking too. You could check the kosher board for more suggestions

                And since you mentioned it... the pastrami is better at Katz's than 2nd Ave, but Katz's is not kosher (then again, 2nd ave is open Saturdays so the strictly kosher won't eat there either)