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Mar 2, 2013 06:32 PM

Chagall Bistro, Park Slope

A new kosher place opened up, the only kosher place in Park Slope, on the corner of 5th Ave and 5th St.

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  1. What type of food? Planning to be in that neighborhood next week, going to definitely take a look!

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      1. re: zsero

        Looking forward. Do you have a link to the menu?

          1. re: zsero

            menu looks great! the origins are a traif place3 going kosher!

      1. this is a great place that offers real French food/dishes which happens to be Kosher as well. i went there and was surprised by how well the food was presented and how good it was. clients were half Jewish and half non Jewish. the atmosphere was great and i felt like i was in Paris. Being from Paris myself i really appreciated it.

        1. We were there for lunch today. The atmosphere is pleasant and felt authentically bistro-ish to my husband, who traveled to Paris many times as a child/teen, before he kept kosher. The crowd was quite varied, with probably only 1/3 of the customers being kosher-keepers. They're still working out some bumps; this was the first time that they're making a kosher brunch, and our order was delayed >30 minutes, although after 20 minutes, we received several effusive apologies and a free bread basket. The bread basket, containing toasted challah and baguettes, plus two rugelach, was otherwise $10. It came with little dishes of honey, strawberry jam, and margarine, and I spent some time wondering what would be a reasonably-French non-dairy butter replacement, because margarine just isn't it. Maybe goose/duck fat? Olive oil seems too Italian, but perhaps schmaltz is too Central/Eastern European.

          We had the classic bistro roasted duck breast over lentils, which we enjoyed, and the saffron risotto, which suffered from the lack of dairy. After eating various pareve risottos over the last few years in various fleishig restaurants, I've come to the conclusion that it just can't be done well without butter and cheese. Our two desserts, the floating island and the blueberry clafoutis, were very tasty, and gone very quickly!

          We are not generally in the neighborhood, and wouldn't travel the hour or so just to go there, but would go back if we were nearby.

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          1. re: GilaB

            " spent some time wondering what would be a reasonably-French non-dairy butter replacement, because margarine just isn't it."

            Margarine was invented in France. How much more French can you get? :-)

            1. re: zsero

              It was created to spread out real dairy for use in the Napoleonic army and to keep poor people happy. Not a terribly ringing endorsement.

              That said, I'd be interested in eating there if I'm in the neighborhood. I hope it succeeds.

              1. re: CloggieGirl

                No, not an endorsement, but that wasn't the question. The question was about authenticity, and you can't get something more authentically French than margarine.

          2. I liked it. The food was good and the atmpsphere was pleasant. There were 2 of us, so I tasted a cocoabean/duck soup(special) and the pea soup. A grilled tuna (special) and the duck breast. And a dessert souffle. Some items on the menu (a beer, two wines, lamb) were not available for an early dinner. The waiter should mention the unavailibility of lamb. But everything I tasted was good.

            Nothing, however, was good enough to induce me to travel to Brooklyn. Not when I can go to La Marais, a wonderful restaurant. If you're already in Brooklyn, that's different.

            I am willing to go to Brooklyn just to eat. I want to try Basil again. I've only been once, but I suspect that it may be worth the trip to Brooklyn.

            Pardes certainly is. When next in Brooklyn, I'll head striaght for Pardes. Really, why settle for anything less?

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            1. re: AdinaA

              I want to amend my comment. Chagall really is a very good restaurant. The souffle was something special.

              So many wonderful kosher restaurants, so little time...