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Recommended Discoveries at Pomegranate?

1. Chocolate-flavored granola mix.
2. Honey-Roasted peanut butter found in the coffee bean section.
3. Pepper-crusted mozzarella cheese

Oct 28, 2008
iceberg in Kosher

Place to take a date near Lakewood

The full JSOR list can be viewed here: http://jsor.org/restaurants.htm

I would recommend that you try Ice Cafe, which IIRC belongs to and is run by the former cook from Mazanobeh.

Oct 28, 2008
iceberg in Kosher

New Kosher Restaurants on Main Street (Kew Garden Hills)

There was once a Glatt kosher Thai restaurant in Brooklyn which opened about 7-8 years ago and that didn't last too long. It was on Coney Island between J & K, next door to where Cafe Venezia is today.

Aug 28, 2008
iceberg in Kosher

La Carne.... IN BROOKLYN??

There is a rumor floating around that David Allaham, the owner of La Carne (and the brother of the owner of Prime Grill/Solo) will be taking over the Bar-Muda space on Coney Island and Avenue M to open up a Brooklyn steakhouse, possibly a second La Carne.

In other news, Grille De Paris on Kings Highway now seems to be closed for good, and there appears to be an official marshall's seizure notice plastered on the front door. The food was good, yet pricey and they didn't seem to find their niche. The particular retail location seems to be cursed (and that goes for the former Nathan's space across the street too!) because so many kosher dining establishments have tried their luck there over the years and didn't make it.

Feb 20, 2008
iceberg in Kosher

any good kosher wine discoveries of late?

FWIW, there is a small, one man op who lives in the Santa Cruz region who grows "organic" grapes and produces non-mevushal kosher wines, and does this le'shem the mitzvah of sanctifying the sabbath via kiddush.

See his website: http://www.fourgateswine.com/

You call the number listed there, leave him a message stating what you would like to order, and he will call you back. Amazingly, he will ship you the wines first, and then send you a bill later.

Oct 27, 2007
iceberg in Kosher

T Fusion Steakhouse in Brooklyn

I've been there twice- a week after the grand opening, and two weeks later.

The first time, we sat downstairs, back to back with the owner, Alison Katz of Tea for Two fame. Although we enjoyed our food on our first visit, I can readily concur with you that service was lacking, mostly in the sense that although the maitre d' asked us half a dozen times if everything was okay, we waited interminable waits between getting a) glasses of water b) the bread basket c) our appetizers d) and the main courses, which we received only about an hour after ordering them, but some 25 minutes after we already finished our appetizers. That's still generous because we didn't have our orders taken until about 15 minutes after we were seated. Also, because the place was only open for a week, the menu selection was reduced, leaving out the most attractive component- the dry-aged steaks.

The second time we went, which was early Sunday evening, I was hoping to test the dry-aged steaks, but alas they were sold out from the previous day. I did however like the food that we eventually ordered, but as my spouse later pointed out (in a rather disappointed manner) that for each dish we ended ordering, between the chicken, steak and lamb they were all braised in the same mushroom sauce. I did notice an improvement though in the service.

I do intend to visit the place again, but I think that this time I will call in advance to make sure that the dry-aged steaks are available.

Oct 18, 2007
iceberg in Kosher

Best Glatt Kosher Butcher in Brooklyn?

I & D is located between East 4th and East 5th on Avenue P.

Oct 03, 2007
iceberg in Kosher

Large blocks of cheese in Brooklyn

Khasky's Grocery store has kosher mozzarella bricks - they're located on Ave U between east 3rd and east 4th on the north side of the avenue.

Paperific is another place you can find blocks of kosher cheeses.

In either place it should cost you about $21 per brick.

Sep 30, 2007
iceberg in Kosher

Kosher in Deal/Long Branch

Zuma's phone number is (732) 531-4750.

Sep 23, 2007
iceberg in Kosher

Updates on K.S. Steakhouse in Brooklyn, Please!

Did you already try the newer "T [Fusion??] Steakhouse", run by the same woman who owns the "T for Two" franchise? If you already have, or will try it, please share with us your thoughts.

It's located on the corner of 32nd and Quentin, if I remember correctly.

Jul 08, 2007
iceberg in Kosher

Kosher in Deal/Long Branch

As a followup, I have made a pilgrimage to Zuma Beach at the Deal Casino this past Saturday night, and I must say I was very pleased. Please keep in mind that our food tasting was limited by the fact that they were only offering a very minimal Saturday night fare, which is typical for places which open after a late ending of Shabbat.

The cons:
Pricey. Cocktails from the tiki-bar were $15 by the glass. Appetizers were anywhere from $18-$22 each. The one main course they offered that night, the 16oz. rib-eye was priced $43.

Service. Needless to say, when all your evenings' covers arrive within the same 20 minute slot, seating and service take a toll. We waited nearly a half hour until we received the single-page menu-- and only after I called the maitre 'd over and explained that a table which was seated sometime after us already placed their orders. I had to call him over again later, because there was no waiter assigned to our table. The waiters were streaming out of the kitchen with the food, but kept going from table to table and asking diners if the dishes they carried are the ones they ordered. To be fair, these sort of problems will vanish once the waiters learn the table numbers (don't forget that this is a very new place which is quite large.)

Gratuity. On the bottom of the menu, it states that there is a charge of 18% for gratuity applied to every ticket, no matter how few diners. If the food wasn't excellent, I would have probably balked at paying gratuity since the service was so poor.

Now the pros:
Ever been on vacation, wishing you didn't keep kosher, because you were dying to try that oceanfront restaurant? Well God was listening, and he set some earthly mortals to task of bringing it to a kosher fruition.

Everything from the swaying palm trees, the tiki-bar, the beach seating section for bar-goers, the wood deck-top dining, the eclectic, hip and exciting DJ entertainment (flown in from the Prime Grill in LA just for the summer, and playing Thursday and Saturday nights, and also Sunday during the daytime hours I think). Did I mention that the food that we ordered was also straight from God's kitchen? Tender Chicken skewers in a mild-wasabi spiked guacamole, a generous portion of the classic beef jerky platter, huge ceasar salad, incredible herb-crusted french fries.

The cocktail drinks we ordered- pina coladas, "zuma sunsets" and my favorite- a fresh blended mango with a hint of alcohol, gin I think, were also quite delightful.

Under the sparkling stars, the dazzling orange-hazed moon, the gentle sussuration of the ocean, the glow of candle-lit table lamps, and the undertone of the pulsing DJ music, I found myself having an extraordinary time, which I look forward to visiting again sometime in the near future.

Jul 08, 2007
iceberg in Kosher

Kosher in Deal/Long Branch

New places this summer:

1. Zuma Beach @ the Deal Casino (day hours for Casino members & guests, open during the evening hours to all) is operated by the same owner of the Prime Grill & Solo and is an upscale and pricey steakhouse.

2. Albert's - A fish/steak/chicken steakhouse, located on Second Ave in W. Long Branch, across from where Ranoosh used to be located. They also operate a fish & grocery shop next door. From what I hear, they partnered with the owner of Jerusalem Steak House, so the fare is typical Israeli/Mediterranean cuisine.

3. Yuda's Cafe. Located on Norwood Ave, a door down from Kyo. I have'nt heard scratch about this place which is located where Freddie's Grill used to be.

Kyo is not what I would call upscale- the ambiance rivals that of your average neighborhood chinese take-out joint, while the prices and the paucity of the servings turned me away for good.

Ocean 656 is pretty good-- if you stay away from the steaks and try all their other interesting and zany dishes. Not recommended for the steak-lover obviously.

Chang Mao Sakura is the place to be; that is if you're a pre-pubescent 12-year old, and want to hang out with the cool kids, or those Lakewood frummies out on an expensive date. Again, it's expensive, and its worthwhile to order from Manalapan's Chinese take-out, as they deliver to the Deal area for some odd reason.

I have also learned that Branches, which was an excellent, upscale restaurant is not open this year, although the catering hall will be.

I've also heard a rumor that the owner of Ranoosh is opening another restaurant, if its not already open.

Dougies is still going strong, but its not to my palate.

Jerusalem Pizza is now under the ownership of the family that brought you Slices Pizza.

Mazanoubeh is still around, and their food is decent- the joint just needs a very thorough cleaning.

Crawford's Cafe is open again this year, on Second Ave in Long Branch.

Back to Nature is an excellent dairy place, with an emphasis on nutritious, yet delicious food. In my opinion, it's not upscale enough for a dinner-date though.

Ronit Nahum operates a bakery shop on Norwood Ave, but now she has branched out into other take-out foodstuffs. Her appetizer salads are recommended.

Jul 05, 2007
iceberg in Kosher

prime grill

Close, but no cigar. The owners are brothers, and their dad is partners with the former establishment.

Jun 18, 2007
iceberg in Kosher

prime grill

You are probably thinking of Ziggy, the long-time maitre d', but it also could have been his cousin Murad who used to work there as well, but later left to La Carne Grill, and is presently working at La Creperie.

Jun 16, 2007
iceberg in Kosher

K.S. Steakhouse in Brooklyn

I was just there Monday night and had a wonderfully bad experience. After taking our order, the waitress informed our party that they were out of short ribs, which didn't matter since I ordered a prime rib. After waiting around 45 minutes, the waitress finally brought us our food, and proudly handed me the rib eye steak I didn't order.

When I informed her of her mistake, she fibbed and told me that when she informed us about the unavailability of the prime rib steaks, she was pretty certain that I changed my mind and told her to give me a rib eye steak.

I got very upset with her at that moment for trying to be a conniving little witch, and told her that it was my sibling who ordered the unavailable short ribs, and that I never said anything about wanting a rib eye steak.

When I asked her to bring me a prime rib steak instead, she insisted that I try the rib eye, and elaborated on how its the most popular steak ordered. When I told her I wasn't interested, and that I wanted the prime rib, she lied again and told me that the kitchen was now out of prime ribs. After waiting 45 minutes for the dishes to arrive, I didn't have the patience to argue with her, so I told her to just leave me the rib eye steak.

That was until I had a bite of the most dry and tasteless steak I've ever had in my life. Thinking I was perhaps crazy, I asked my brother in law to evalute a piece for me. After tasting it, he tells me that I think my steak is terrible, I should try his Delmonico steak, which for apparently no reason the chef decided to reduce to a meaty pile of charcoal. (FYI, we both asked for medium-well done steaks.)

That was the proverbial back-breaking straw. I got up and headed to the bar where the manager was hovering, and informed him of the shenanigans taking place. Little did I know that he would pick up where the waitress left off.

He told my brother in law that the Delmonico steak has to be overcooked on the outside in order for the inside to be cooked. I'm not a exactly a steak connoisseur, but I suspect that reducing the steak to charcoal is waypast overcooking it.

He told us that he would fix it up for us- getting my brother in law another Delmonico cooked just right, and for me- yes, the prime rib I was told moments before is unavailable.

Before anyone's hope is raised, they brought us what was promised after 10 minutes of waiting, throughout which the other dinner guests let their plates grow cold so that we could eat together.

The new, improved Delmonico steak was this time undercooked, practically rare in some parts, and comprised of a huge glob of fat in the center, perhaps 50% of the entire steak surface area.

The prime rib steak was unappetizing. Seven medium sized bites later is all it took. It was decent, but not worth the money. The onion curlies, or whatever you call them were harsh and practically unedible, making me suspect that I was treated to a reheated special.

As we were finishing up, the waitress brought us the receipt and told us that the prime rib steak I ordered was "on the house". Strangely they didn't offer us any desserts, and just brought us the bill without request for it. At that point we knew we were pariahs, undesired for daring to disturb their quiet complacency.

We quickly paid and were about to leave when we decided to share our experience with friends of ours who were waiting over 30 minutes for their dinner. As we were standing there and talking with them, their waitress made it a point to bring them free salads for being patient. Our friends joked that we should hang around their table longer so that they get more free food.

I'm truly disappointed by the entire experience, and never want to go back there. I'm hoping that the upcoming "T [Fusion?] Steakhouse" down the avenue will be worth the shlep to that neighborhood in the near future, as Brooklyn can use more upscale meat restaurants.

Jun 06, 2007
iceberg in Kosher

Google Map mashup

Does anyone know of a google map mashup of shamash.org's restaurant database? It would be delightful to be able to pull up a map and to see what's in your vicinity, get driving directions, see reviews, etc.

If there isn't any, isn't it time for Kosher Chowhounders to put one together?

Jun 01, 2007
iceberg in Kosher

Phenomenal Kosher Pizza? Does it Exist?

For the best artisinal pizza, go to Benny's on M and 15th. Also try Kings Highway's Cafe Renaissance (get the L&B!) or Coney Island Ave's Cafe Venizia (get the Mediteranean pizza) which have the same owner BTW.

As far as traditional kosher pizza, I'm partial to Pizza Time's fare (hi there Judah!), but my favorite to date has been La Bagel on 1st Ave and 15th St in Manhattan.

May 31, 2007
iceberg in Kosher

Circa in New York City

It belongs to Ricky Cohen, who also owns the Conway store chain. He has a blog on which you can find his bio too: http://rscohen.com/default.asp

May 31, 2007
iceberg in Kosher