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exceptional kosher restaurant lower west side?

cheesewilliamsburger Jan 16, 2014 03:33 PM

Hello Chow Hound world!

Acknowledging my reform laxist cosmetic Jewish heritage, my French boss has given me the task of identifying an exceptionally good kosher (hasid!) approved restaurant for his dinner with a client next Wednesday in the vicinity of the Lower West Side.

They'll be leaving from the Javits Center on W 34th in search of good a good (dare I say very?) kosher approved restaurant and it's up to me - you all - to save the day!

All suggestions are greatly appreciated!

Thank you!

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    foodiemom10583 RE: cheesewilliamsburger Jan 16, 2014 04:21 PM

    Does it really need to be on the Lower West Side? Your options are limited.

    There are the old-school NY places like Mendy's (the original location at 61 E. 34th) or Abigael's (1407 Broadway). Le Marais (150 W. 46th) and Wolf and Lamb (10 E. 48th) are steakhouses. If they want something more exotic, there is the Ladino Tapas Bar (940 8th Ave.), Noi Due for dairy Italian (143 West 69th), or South Indian vegetarian kosher at Pongal (110 Lexington Ave.).

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      NYJewboy RE: foodiemom10583 Jan 17, 2014 10:52 AM

      I am so glad you mentioned Pongal. I have gone there with Chassidic friends who loved it. There is nothing like it in Boro park, that's for sure.

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        foodiemom10583 RE: NYJewboy Jan 17, 2014 12:53 PM

        Thanks, glad to hear that! It is definitely more exotic than the usual kosher offerings.

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          foodwhisperer RE: NYJewboy Jan 17, 2014 02:35 PM

          Pongal is a cool choice, but it seems that the OP wants Glatt kosher. Pongal is not glatt, and it is open on saturdays. Kutshers Shabbat in a box sounds creative, but the food at Kutsher's is horrible.I'm amazed they are still in business. Their huge bar is always empty also. The rent is really high, not sure how they do it.
          2nd Ave Deli is another place with kosher certification, but i'm surprised they are open on Saturdays.
          In any case, any Hassid from Brooklyn will tell you Prime Grill or Le Marais are the best Glatt places. They also like Hapisgah in Queens, but the Manhattan places are way better and more upscale.

      2. loratliff RE: cheesewilliamsburger Jan 16, 2014 09:08 PM

        What *is* the Lower West Side? Does that include all the way downtown?

        Is Kutsher's kosher? http://kutsherstribeca.com/ That was my first thought.

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          foodiemom10583 RE: loratliff Jan 17, 2014 12:51 PM

          I should've mentioned Kutshers, too. I was assuming that the plan was to stay sort of in the midtown area, so I left it out. It is cute in a more retro/hipster sense. The apps and entrees (anything braised or smoked) are pretty good.

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            Ttrockwood RE: foodiemom10583 Jan 17, 2014 01:15 PM

            Their "shabbox" shabbat in a box meal for take away is very clever!

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              foodiemom10583 RE: Ttrockwood Jan 17, 2014 01:51 PM

              I like that about them, too. Their "Bug Juice" cocktail is a cute, nostalgic idea. Though sometimes their cleverness does them in, like serving Thanksgivukkah sufganiyot with gelt sauce. Not a success. It reminded me of kids trying to make cocoa with hot water and a brown crayon (not to mention that the sufganiyot were leaden). Otherwise, the food was quite good. I say trade the dessert calories for cocktails if you go there.

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          foodwhisperer RE: cheesewilliamsburger Jan 16, 2014 10:16 PM

          The Prime Grill on west 56th st is my number 1 pick
          #2 pic foodiemom picked also, Le Marais
          Both are Glatt Kosher and both are excellent.
          Kutsher's is kosher but not Glatt kosher.

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            weinstein5 RE: foodwhisperer Jan 20, 2014 07:59 PM

            I agree with the recommendations for Le Marais, Prime Grill and Abigaels -

            You might also post your question on the Chow;s kosher board - chowhound.chow.com/boards/28

            http://abigaels.com/abigaels_about.html http://lemarais.net/home.php

          2. iluvcookies RE: cheesewilliamsburger Jan 17, 2014 03:02 AM

            You can also ask this on the Kosher board. It covers more than just NYC, but there are many NYC recommendations there.
            I don't know what you mean by Lower West Side. The Javits Center is Midtown West; below that is Chelsea, Greenwich Village, Tribeca, and the Financial District. Those terms will help you search here if you want recs on the west side below 42nd st.

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              rehtse RE: cheesewilliamsburger Jan 21, 2014 07:05 AM

              Go to Mikes' Bistro on 72nd Street between B'way and West End. Not lower west, but upper west, but easy to get there. Definitely kosher approved and very good food, service and beverage.

              1. Rmis32 RE: cheesewilliamsburger Jan 21, 2014 09:32 AM

                Reserve Cut @ The Setai
                40 Broad St, New York, NY 10004
                Phone:(212) 747-0300

                Kutsher's is NOT kosher

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                  foodiemom10583 RE: Rmis32 Jan 21, 2014 02:23 PM

                  Wow, I never even considered that it wouldn't be kosher. My bad.

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                    debinqueens RE: foodiemom10583 Feb 28, 2014 06:03 PM

                    The cheeseburger was a dead giveaway for me ;)

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                    EllieS RE: Rmis32 Jan 21, 2014 06:30 PM

                    I agree with this recommendation provided that 1) Money is not an issue. 2) There is no one in the group that is a vegetarian, because there will be limited food choices.

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