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Jul 7, 2013 04:01 PM

takeout for shabbat in jerusalem

my apologies if this has been covered previously. I am interested in takeout in jerusalem for Shabbat near the Inbal hotel or Mahane Yehuda. What are the best places meat and dairy? What are the best prices? Do supermarkets have Shabbat takeout or special deals like in NY area (for $30 get a whole chicken, soup, 2 salads,2 side dishes etc) Please put all appropriate details such as address/phone number of locations. Thanks!.

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  1. For a Shabbat spread like you'd find in New York takeout places, there is Heimishe Essen, which recently moved into the Windmill shopping complex on Ramban Street in Rechavia, right next door to the Prima Kings Hotel. All the traditional Ashkenazi specialties, very well done, IMO: gefilte fish, chopped liver, sauteed liver, cold salads, chicken soup and accessories (noodles or matzoh balls, sold separately), schnitzels, other chicken and meat dishes, cooked vegetables, varieties of kugels, challah, desserts including fruit compote, and their standout, in my opinion, their kishke. Of course, you would need to be able to refrigerate and to heat the food.

    Personally, I don't think it counts as walking distance from the Inbal, even though it is an easy route. It would probably be about 20-25 minutes. But going there is uphill all the way, and going back you'd be burdened with your purchases, and I wouldn't recommend it, especially in the heat of the day.

    They are pricey, and I don't think they have combo deals, though, AFAIK.

    Another takeout with New York-style food plus a lot of Sephardi crossover mainstays is Grill Plus, on Hapalmach, in the small shopping complex next to the Blue Co-op. Not walking distance from the Inbal.

    I don't know what to recommend for dairy other than to go to a good supermarket or to Machne Yehuda and pick up your choice of cheeses, smoked fish, olives, salads, fruit, etc. In the supermarkets, almost everything is labeled in Hebrew and English (besides, the foods will be recognizable). Wherever you are, though, there will always be someone nearby who can help you out language-wise.

    There are other threads here on Chowhound for Jerusalem Shabbat takeout, and lots of hits if you Google it. If you plan in advance you can probably order complete menus to be delivered, including dishes and cutlery. But again, keep in mind that you would need refrigeration and a way to heat your food.

    I don't know the phone numbers for Heimishe Essen and Grill Plus, but I'm sure you can find them by Googling.

    As far as specials, BTW, if you delay your shopping in Machne Yehuda or the supermarkets to very late on Friday, prices on produce go down considerably. Not sure what time supermarkets close, though.

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    1. re: falconress

      Grill Plus and Heimishe Essen are both a short taxi ride from the Inbal. Taxi fares in Jm are inexpensive (see: & tipping cabbies is not the norm, so this would be a very feasible method of getting your feast back to where you are staying.
      Supermarkets have a good assortment of prepackaged Israeli salads every day and fresh baked challahs on Friday. Some have spit roasted chickens Friday but these often sell out early.

      1. re: almond tree

        What's the place on the corner of Emek and Rachel Immenu? I like the take away from that place that they have on Fridays. Excellent okra (bamiah).

          1. re: queenscook

            I'm not so familair with places on Emek (and unfortunately their names) and it's been ages since I've eaten there as I live in the city center - but I do remember it very fondly. It's on the opposite corner from Roza.

          2. re: cresyd

            Last there years ago - used to be called "Take Me Home". Great fried cauliflower too!

            1. re: cresyd

              Yup, that's Marvad Haksamim. I would suggest choosing the dishes they know how to do really well - Sephardi specialties like bamya - and avoiding their take on classic Ashkenazi dishes they offer just because they think that's what customers want.

              And yes. cresyd, it's the same corner, and just across the street, from Roza. IMO, they were much much better in their original location, a tiny space on King George near Hamashabir. Maybe it's because a younger generation managing and cooking, maybe it's just memory playing tricks, but I've been to the Emek Refaim branch a few times and it was never good enough that I'd recommend it. Things were either over- or under-cooked and over- or under-spiced. Now we satisfy our Me'orav Yerushalmi and grilled chicken cravings at Sima's near Machane Yehuda.

              1. re: falconress

                Weren't they once in the basement of Hechal Shlomo? I ate there once, on the night before Pesach when everything else was closed. They had seating; do they still have that in their new location?

                1. re: zsero

                  Yes, they were at Hechal Shlomo. They have seating and a take away area at the Emek Refaim location. On erev Shabbat there are extra tables set out with additional items for take away.
                  There are also challahs and rugelah on Rachel Imenu at Marzipan a few doors down, and salads from Maadanei Tzidkiyahu. Candy and nuts right next door. Disposable plates, cups, tablecloths etc. from supermarket on other side of Emek Refaim. Basically, everything you need for Shabbat on one corner :)

        1. Marvad Haksamim at Emek Refaim 42

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          1. re: mamaleh

            Great recommendation. Landed and drove up to Jerusalem with exhausted children, let the counterman at Marvad Haksamim put a takeout meal together for us. He was sweet and gave our hungry, tired 3-year old a falafel to munch while he packed a feast into takeout containers. Everything was good, but the Moroccan carrot salad, eggplant salads, mujadara and chicken grilled with onions were especially special.

          2. Maadanei Tzedkyahu Just inside the main entrance to Machene Yehuda on the left. Stellar line-up of cooked food to take-away for Shabbat. You'll have to wait your turn to be served on a Friday, but you'll get wonderful stuff. Salads and cooked veggies are great, some are heavy on sliced garilc. Try the individual servings of moussakas, Lamb patties with liver, and I can't remember the name for the Middle Easters ovoid deep fired meat pastries stuffed with chopped meat, but these were delicious. Perfect tabouli salad. Or, since everything we have gotten in two trips there two different years was perfect, just point and take your chances.

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            1. Another approach to picking up Friday night dinner in Jerusalem is to leave it to the last minute and head for First Station. A family oriented pre-Shabbos concert begins at 5, It's lovely, dati band, mixed crowd in a wonderful, relaxed, pre-Shabbat atmosphere. The meat restaurant stays open (with an entirely different style of cooking than the regular menu) As the concert ends, just after six, they will bag up your challah, and whatever else you fancy. There was a wonderful dish of beef simmered in cilantro (Is this a Georgian recipe?) and whole beets stuffed with rice (so good I want to figure out how to do both of these dishes.) In most of the places tourists stay in hotels or rental apartments, you still have plenty of time to wander home, light candles, and go to minyan. Nice for everyone, but fabulous for families traveling with children.

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              1. re: AdinaA

                Do you recall approximate prices?

                1. re: almond tree

                  I know I should, but I don't. It did all seem very modest by American standards.

                  1. re: AdinaA

                    Thanks. Maybe I will drop by there at some point & see if they have a Shabbat takeout menu.
                    Do you know the name of the restaurant? I looked on the First Station website & don't see any meat option listed.
                    Thanks again & chag sameach.

                    1. re: almond tree

                      "Submited at
                      Sasson v'Simcha just opened about a month ago in First Station. It's kosher and we've been back three or four times. Reasonably priced kebabs and a whole row of bubbling pots with various soups and stews, Iraqi and Persian-style. "

                      Rabbanut hechsher. Bteavon:)

                      1. re: Subtletea

                        Almond Tree, Subtletea remembered the name! The range of dishes they prepare and set out on Friday afternoons for Shabbat takeaway is entirely different from the weekday menu.

                        I would rank it 3rd of the 3 Shabbat takeout places I wrote up above. Except for the 2 extraordinary dishes I mentioned above which were extraordinary. (Except, they used a very fatty cut in the truly wonderfully flavored beef-simmered-in-cilantro, a great deal of fat needed to be cut away) But we all loved it, I am going to try to track-down/recreate that recipe.

                        But I love, love, love the scene at First Station just before Shabbat.

              2. We are heading to Jerusalem for sukkot. Does anybody have updates to this thread? Are the places mentioned still there? Any new options? Thanks and shana tova!

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                1. re: cb3

                  For years we have been getting food for Shabbat and Succot from The food is very good and they deliver to anywhere in JErusalem. The guys there are super nice!

                  1. re: darrol

                    This service is part of the Bais Yisroel catering operation. Personally I don't care for their food -- I find it heavy and very bland. The chicken soup I had from them was watered down to near-flavorlessness, for example. YMMV.

                    1. re: almond tree

                      try the pumpkin soup- it's delicious