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Sep 24, 2013 11:37 AM

Chef's Menu/Tasting Menu NYC

Are there currently any good kosher restaurants in NY that have tasting menus? I planned on trying Pardes' legendary chef's menu for years, but now that I have a reason to go and the financial wherewithal to do so, they no longer offer it. Does anything similar exist?

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  1. I understand that Mike's Bistro has offered such a tasting menu.

    10 Replies
    1. re: whitewater

      Have you (or anyone you know) tried it? It's a lot to pay if I don't know anything about it.

      1. re: DevorahL

        I did it once about 6-7 years ago (back when I could afford it) and it was excellent. Among other things, it was where I discovered how good the Gabriele wines are.

        1. re: zsero

          I actually just read an old thread about the Mike's Bistro tasting menu, and while it seemed good, it didn't seem incredibly creative or unique. Do you think I might have a better experience creating my own "tasting menu" experience at Pardes by ordering many dishes to share, in a similar format to a tasting menu (i.e. fish, vegetables, meat)? Has anyone ever tried this? It seems like a cool and surprisingly affordable idea, but I'd be missing out on the amuse bouche, the between-course palate refreshers, all those little touches that make it a special experience.

          1. re: DevorahL

            The most recent time we went to Pardes, we went with another couple, and among the four of us, had 16 dishes including one amuse bouche. We all tried everything, and I was as happy with it as if it had been an actual tasting menu. I know others here disagree, preferring the menu to be chosen/crafted by the chef, but with allergies and some strong dislikes, I would worry that an actual tasting menu might have too many things that we really couldn't eat. I generally put my trust in Chef Moshe, but there are just certain flavors we don't like, no matter how talented a chef is and what he might do with it. Without being able to exclude these things, the expense--for us--might not be worth it.

            1. re: queenscook

              I'm 100% in agreement with you. I don't like at least 50% of what is presented on a tasting menu. If I was at a buffet, I could skip 1/2 the offerings, and still walk away sated. But a tasting menu leaves both my stomach and wallet slightly empty............................................

              I love much of what Chef Moishe makes, but I don't love all of it. I haven't been made to accept what is placed on the table since I was about 8 years old and started cooking myself.

            2. re: DevorahL

              Should you just build-your-own tasting menu at Pardes? Yes. Any other questions?

              Seriously, in your position that is exactly what I would do.

              I like Mike's. I take people there. It is excellent. it is in Manhattan. And I like it. But Pardes is more exciting.

              Go! Consult with your waiter, ask about exciting beers wines to enhance your experience, and enjoy.

              1. re: AdinaA

                I think you're right! I haven't been to Pardes in ages...I'm really excited! Has anyone been recently and can recommend any specific dishes??

                1. re: DevorahL

                  Pardes changes its menu often. But Like 'em on FB and you can take a look at the newest creations.

          2. re: DevorahL

            Mikes is one of my favorite restaurants. The tasting menu is excellent- a combination of his signature dishes and dishes that are specific to the tasting menu.

            They do ask about allergies and preferences, so you won't get something you can't eat.

            1. re: DevorahL

              Not at Mike's, but at Pardes. I concur with the opinions regarding building your own at Pardes.

          3. You should still go to Pardes. Sure, they don't have a tasting menu, but they'll give you a "tasting menu" from the items already on the menu that still equate to a tasting menu - and it's awesome.