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Aug 28, 2013 01:35 PM

New Great Neck Restaurant coming - Lamed Vov

I saw a sign in a window in Great Neck that a new Kosher French-American restaurant is opening soon called Lamed Vov. Does anyone have more information on this?

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  1. A kosher casual French bistro is also opening in Cedarhurst. I forgot the name.

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    1. re: susiejane

      the Cedarhurst restaurant is called Brasserie Halevi

      1. re: susiejane

        they claim they are kosher but have items like "Lobster Mushroom Bisque" on menu

        1. re: koshergourmetmart

          I'm sure it's faux. Note the word "cheese" in quotation marks on their menu. and the fact that the site says "glatt kosher." Given the location and the other facts, I doubt it's a treif place; if it were, there would be a lot more treif food on the menu: cream with meat, cheese, shellfish, cheeseburgers, bacon . . . all the things the treif world eats regularly. And why would they serve lamb bacon if they could serve the real stuff?

          1. re: queenscook

            back in 1978 when I had my kosher fleischige restaurant in CT. The CT Dairy Council had the state department of consumer protection come after me because I had pareve 'ice cream' on the menu and in an advertisement. I could not legally list it as ice cream, even in quotation marks if it didn't have the state mandated miniumum milk fats.
            We reached an agreement with the state to change the labelling to 'pareve frozen dessert' and avoided a multi thousand dollar fine.

            1. re: bagelman01

              Times--and kosher food expectations--have changed quite a bit over the last 35 years. Notice how lobster was questioned on the menu, but not the "macadamia nut vanilla bean ice cream;" which no one gives so much as a moment of thought to.

              On actual products for sale in stores, though, I think they do have to distinguish. Tofutti calls their products "Better Than Cream Cheese," "Better Than Sour Cream," etc.

              1. re: queenscook

                It wasn't the kosher consumer's expectations, it was the CT Dairy Council, a loobying group for the dairy industry that was out to protect its members' livelihoods.
                While kosher consumers might not give a thought to ,macadamia nut vanilla bean ice cream,' I wouldn't put it past a dairy industry lobbyist to start trouble,

                1. re: bagelman01

                  I don't think so; I have seen "ice cream" or similar faux chalavi desserts on the menus of dozens of bisari restaurants, and never anything like "parve frozen dessert," as you were forced to do all those years ago. Occasionally it might say "parve cheesecake," but never with ice cream in my--admittedly not perfect--recollection.

            1. re: Moishefrompardes

              I have heard of oyster mushrooms but never lobster mushrooms. However, I have no concerns about the kashrut of the restaurant. but I just googled lobster mushroom and it does exist.

              1. re: susiejane

                a lobster mushroom is a chanterelle thats been colonized by another fungus.

      2. Can someone explain "Peanut Butter Oxtail and Chocolate Toast" ? The only time I've seen oxtails used is in soup which gets confusing unless it's a peatnut butter oxtail soup with sides of toast and chocolate spread.

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        1. re: CloggieGirl

          Where did you see this dish? It sounds like something Chef Moshe would do at Pardes.

          1. re: queenscook

            It's listed under Specials in the Brasserie Halevi menu:

            Menu looks like it has potential.

          1. re: stuartlafonda

            North Shore of Long Island, right over the Queens border. About 25-30 minutes by car from Manhattan if there is no traffic.

            1. re: craigcep

              I believe that Stuart asked where IN Great Neck the restaurant is, not where IS Great Neck :)

              1. re: craigcep

                the question was where IN Geat Neck, not where IS
                Great Neck.

                1. re: susiejane

                  i think right next to the train station