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Best food in Brooklyn other than Pardes.

AdinaA Jan 27, 2013 04:50 AM

I need to meet someone who has looked at the menu at Pardes and decided that it is too "weird" - and also decided that Basil is "just a pizza place" and therefore unworthy by category. They are unpersuadable on these opinions.

So I need to find (today) a place to eat dinner in Brooklyn (meat or dairy but not pizza) that is nice, but not unusual. With a very highly regarded hashgahah.

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    marissaj RE: AdinaA Jan 27, 2013 05:43 AM

    Orchidea or Cafe Savor- both dairy, both very normal.

    1. pitagirl RE: AdinaA Jan 27, 2013 07:25 AM

      T fusion or glatt a la carte if you want more upscale (meat)

      1. tamarw RE: AdinaA Jan 27, 2013 08:38 AM

        My reply disappeared again :(

        Your friend is missing out. Sometimes it helps to be adventurous. I rave about Pardes everyday.

        But your friend should look into Orchidea. It's a safe bet.

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          AdinaA RE: AdinaA Jan 27, 2013 10:21 AM

          Thank you all very much. It makes me think that I should seek more pretexts to get out to dinner in Flatbush & environs.

          But, while my powers of persuasion failed, my friend phoned Chef Moshe who very patiently and extremely kindly persuaded her that if she would join me there she would indeed not find that the food is too strange to eat.

          So - WHOOHOO!!! I get to eat tonight at Pardes!

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            tamarw RE: AdinaA Jan 27, 2013 12:11 PM

            Lucky you!

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              marissaj RE: AdinaA Jan 27, 2013 01:11 PM

              Orchidea is in Boro Park ;)

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                PotatoPuff RE: AdinaA Jan 29, 2013 01:08 PM

                Wow, Chef Moshe is so sweet to do that!

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                  tamarw RE: AdinaA Jan 29, 2013 05:27 PM

                  So... follow up: how did your friend like it?

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                    AdinaA RE: tamarw Jan 29, 2013 06:23 PM

                    Very well. the staff was amazing. Patient, courteous, helpful - none of the condescension you can get from staff at foodie/upscale places when people who don't usually go to foodie places ask quesitons.

                    And my non-foodie friend who never heard of an amuse-bouche and never eats out except at simchas loved everything from the carrot soup through the duck to the lemon curd.

                    When I say courteous, I mean that the waiter suggested - quite correctly - that she would prefer it well done and and the kitchen did it well done but so tender that she thought it was marvelous.

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                  zsero RE: AdinaA Jan 27, 2013 01:06 PM

                  I see that it's all worked out, but if it ever comes up again another option to consider is El Gaucho.

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                    ahuva RE: AdinaA Jan 27, 2013 07:51 PM

                    Orchidea, glatt a la carte, cafe vinezia - all very safe bets, guaranteed to please. posh tomato on ave. m has interesting pizzas - even dessert! essen on coney has good, basic deli-type foods, and fried chicken at kosher delight on j can't be beat!

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