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daphnar Sep 3, 2013 06:38 PM

Birthday boy has generously decided to hold his party at a kosher place to accommodate our family. Any suggestions for a place with food good enough to appeal to a group of all ages, most used to eating non-kosher food?

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    eastern8581 Sep 3, 2013 07:12 PM

    Have never been to a brunch in any of the NYC restaurants, but here are some threads that address your request for recommendations: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/899180

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/905439

    Basically the options are from what I've read in past threads:

    Le Marais on, 46th betweeen 6th and 7th
    My Most Favorite Food, 72nd and Broadway
    Noi Due, 69th and Broadway

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      queenscook Sep 3, 2013 08:15 PM

      Unless Noi Due has changed their policy, they don't take reservations, so I think a large group walking in, just hoping to have a party, could be a bit iffy. But maybe it's different for a pre-planned party? Don't really know.

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        eastern8581 Sep 3, 2013 08:20 PM

        Good point queenscook! Though said family may only be 5-6 people, but the OP did not indicate party size. With that said, if they got there at opening, they can have their pick(s) of tables.

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      AdinaA Sep 4, 2013 05:00 AM

      Va Bene.

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        daphnar Oct 2, 2013 09:21 AM

        Just wanted to give an update. The birthday boy had already made reservations at Talia's Steakhouse before I had a chance to make suggestions. The food was mediocre but there were a lot of kid friendly choices (pasta bolognese, chicken fingers, burgers, etc) on our prix fix menu. Service was very poor. For example, salads and chumus put down without small plates to help yourself - had to ask twice to get them and then they served only for our part of the long table, dessert orders were wrong/misplaced. Nonetheless, we had a good time, It helped that the restaurant was almost empty on that Sunday so the kids were able to get up and run around and we weren't disturbing anyone.

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          DevorahL Oct 2, 2013 11:00 AM

          I had had the same experience at Talia's. The first time I went was on Pesach, so I attributed the chaos and lack of service to the crowds and the changed menu. I went back a second time and was appalled at the service. I won't go into all the gory details, but suffice it to say that we spent hours there, not by our own choosing but because of how long it took to get seated, get a menu, etc. Everyone around us looked equally miserable, and one table even got into a screaming match with a manager about apparently getting all the wrong food, or being charged incorrectly, or something. It's a shame--it's a great location, pretty place, reasonable prices, and the food isn't terrible, but the service is really terrible.

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            masteraleph Oct 2, 2013 11:45 AM

            Talia's service is terrible, and the food isn't so much better (and has gotten worse over the years). But they're the only real sit-down restaurant in the area, and they monetize times that other area places aren't willing to (staying open Saturday night, for example, or having reserved pre-paid Shabbat dinners).

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              DevorahL Oct 2, 2013 12:01 PM

              That must be how they stay open. I've also heard from teenagers that it's popular among kids who want to go out and hang out on a Saturday night but aren't old enough for a bar.

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