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Thanksgiving weekend NY?

I don't know if they are doing anything that weekend, but Isabella Freedman (in CT outside NYC) has some really cool Jewish programs. The food is quite good. It's like being in a kibbutz.

2 days ago
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Burger.org in Philly - service needs work

Ha, that's the smartest thing ever.

Oct 14, 2014
tamarw in Kosher

Burger.org in Philly - service needs work

My husband and father-in-law were at Burger.org last night before they had to go to work. Apparently they were significantly understaffed. There were 3 workers including kitchen staff and dozens of patrons (7 tickets hanging, 7-8 families) at the establishment, all waiting for food they had either ordered long before or waiting to place an order for (my husband and FIL were in the latter group). From what I'm hearing, it was really "disorganized" and inefficient. While patrons who were at the establishment who were waiting for a really long time to get their food were there, there was a woman on the phone taking orders, as if the people present for much longer were unimportant. Phone orders took the highest priority.

Unfortunately, after 25 minutes, both my father-in-law and husband had to leave. Their order hadn't even been taken yet.

It didn't help that customers in front of them were extremely angry at the staff, but the staff hadn't helped the situation much by ignoring the people there and focusing more on the people who called in who had no idea how disorganized the place was. (Under these circumstances, turning off the ringer would've been wise and would have prevented a post like this.) They did the best they could, but it was poorly handled.

My father-in-law plans to call them to address it, but I really hope they fix the situation and get more staff - would hate for something as popular as this to go kaput due to horrible service, or worse, dissatisfaction at the workplace causing the abused overworked staff to feel the need to quit.

Oct 13, 2014
tamarw in Kosher

Bravo pizza sukkah

Bravo Pizza is among the best kosher pizza I've ever had.

Never tried the fries though. $6.50 is definitely a lot. Are they spicy or just normal salted fries?

Oct 13, 2014
tamarw in Kosher

Restaurant Recs for Kids - Teaneck & Queens

This just in: Wandering Que (wanderinque.com) will be doing their pop up BBQ in Teaneck on Sunday and Riverdale on Tuesday 4-9. I highly recommend this.

Here's the info on their page.

October 14th Tuesday Chol HaMoed Sukkot
The Bayit - Hebrew Institute Of Riverdale
3700 Henry Hudson Parkway - Bronx NY 10463
FULL RESTAURANT MENU with indoor and Sukkah Seating!
4-9pm each evening...or until we run out;-)

October 12 - Sunday Chol Hamoed Sukkot
Congregation Rinat Yisrael
389 West Englewood Ave.
Teaneck, New Jersey 07666
FULL BBQ RESTAURANT MENU
12:15-9pm - With seating in the Shul's Gigantic Sukkah
Moadim b'SIMCHA

Oct 03, 2014
tamarw in Kosher

Restaurant Recs for Kids - Teaneck & Queens

Yep - but I'd also suggest you avoid the schooltime lunch rush from SAR then. It gets crazy after 12pm.

Oct 02, 2014
tamarw in Kosher

Restaurant Recs for Kids - Teaneck & Queens

I will also suggest Carlos & Gabbys, but C&G gets super crowded and you may have to either arrive early before the dinner rush or you'll have to wait for a table.

Oct 01, 2014
tamarw in Kosher

Reviews of Double frying pan kugel pot

Did it really take 7 months for the price to go down that low? :)

Sep 28, 2014
tamarw in Kosher

12 Year Old Frum Boy on Chopped

I'm not sure why we're bringing this up given that there's been discussion in past years about kosher chefs on similar Food Network competitions (Paula Shoyer is a kosher LI pastry chef who was on Sweet Genius, for example). I recall that episode mentioning her Kashrut adherence as well.

And in terms of "absolutely forbidden," I guess we should not talk about how many Jews out there don't cook kosher...but also don't eat it :)

Sep 18, 2014
tamarw in Kosher

Eden Wok Closing!

I'll see you too :)

Sep 05, 2014
tamarw in Kosher

Should I Join Costco in CT?

I'll be judging! :)

Sep 03, 2014
tamarw in Kosher

Kudos to Mendy's

Pretty sure I had that a few months ago. I thought it was all right but not super special or worth noting...maybe I'll try again.

Aug 27, 2014
tamarw in Kosher

Shalom Bombay

A search will show you this thread - http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9735...

Don't really know why it went dark. It was so convenient to GCT that I actually would take a Metro North train from Westchester occasionally to meet city friends there for grub and then head back home.

Aug 27, 2014
tamarw in Kosher

what NY restaurant serves classic hot Kiddish food

His kiddushes are fantastic.

Aug 25, 2014
tamarw in Kosher

Personal chef recs

All right, as promised, had her food today - fantastic is an understatement. Great salads, baked goods, and regular dishes - very cute and well organized. I highly recommend.

Aug 24, 2014
tamarw in Kosher

Gardein went kosher!

I think Gardein is hit or miss. It's really the sauces that do it for me. If the sauces are bland and have no flavor, I'm not too keen on buying them again.

Aug 24, 2014
tamarw in Kosher

mexikosher chef on new season of top chef

I wish there were more Kosher cooking challenges period :)

Aug 21, 2014
tamarw in Kosher

mexikosher chef on new season of top chef

I didn't hear anything about it. I've been watching Food Fighters and Masterchef, and am starting The Feed this week.

Aug 21, 2014
tamarw in Kosher

mexikosher chef on new season of top chef

Is it the same franchise? I feel like that's just like Last Chance Kitchen.

Aug 20, 2014
tamarw in Kosher

mexikosher chef on new season of top chef

He may not have a choice :)

Aug 20, 2014
tamarw in Kosher

COOL FIND_ kosher foodie box:)

Order what and from where? Is there a website to whatever you're both referring to?

Aug 20, 2014
tamarw in Kosher

mexikosher chef on new season of top chef

Very cool, was wondering where Top Chef went... seemed like a quiet summer.

Aug 20, 2014
tamarw in Kosher

The Wandering Que

He posts here so hopefully he'll respond.

He did a pop up BBQ yesterday and it was fab as always. Can't say I ever did mail order delivery since I'm local, but the prepared food is good!

Aug 18, 2014
tamarw in Kosher

Personal chef recs

Not yet. Been wanting to though. I will be able to answer this better after next Sunday. ;)

Aug 18, 2014
tamarw in Kosher

Personal chef recs

Dini Klein - http://dinidelivers.com/?page_id=34 - she's Westchester-based so if that's where you are at, that'd work ;) Where is the event?

Aug 17, 2014
tamarw in Kosher

Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf NYC

I know!!! ;)

Aug 14, 2014
tamarw in Kosher

Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf NYC

Thanks so much. I'll definitely give it a try :)

Aug 14, 2014
tamarw in Kosher

Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf NYC

Yep, wish I could make a good tuna though. There's a good Chow thread on tuna but I still haven't made anything like I'd expect from the restaurants...

Aug 14, 2014
tamarw in Kosher

Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf NYC

Glad to know I'm not the only one who thought this was ludicrous. My patronage of Bagels & Co is likely over; there are other places to get good bagels. DevorahL, during lunch, you would have a hard time finding a seat in that cramped establishment anyhow--I almost never do even though I've gone most recently with babies in tow which sort of requires reasonable seating!

I wasn't even too crazy about this tuna prep (no Sally Sherman there) -- maybe the psychology of overpaying got to me. There's no reason to sacrifice your clientele to be ridiculously competitive in the pricing space. Very disappointing. Bagelman, I still remember paying <$10 recently, so I just don't get it. In all honesty, I wish my friend knew better to ask about the final bill (which I expected to be around $25-35), but that's not something she would know the first thing about.

I may need to ask for good tuna salad in the NYC/Westchester vicinity in another thread now; this thread has sort of deviated from its original purpose :) (However, feel free to volunteer it here!)

Aug 14, 2014
tamarw in Kosher

Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf NYC

It's good, but I have a real nit to pick from Bagels & Co. I had a friend of mine buy 2 lb of tuna fish for me from them about 2 weeks ago. She is not familiar with Kosher food so she blindly paid for the entire bill (which included an extra 6 bagels on top of the tuna); I reimbursed her for the cost (I don't live nearby). She didn't think to second guess the charge, which I would've if I saw the cost.

The total cost? More than $50.

They charge an egregious $18 per lb for tuna there--which, if I'm not mistaken, is more than 200% what I paid the last time I ordered it (not that long ago!). I used to love them, but after this, I'm thinking of patronizing a reasonable establishment. Unless I'm missing something, I am of the opinion that $18/lb for tuna is absolutely ridiculous.

Unfortunately I wasn't able to figure out how to get in touch with upper management about this excessive cost, but I did call the establishment a few hours after I received my $36 tuna fish and the busy guy on the phone confirmed that yes, the price is $18/lb.

Is there a market shortage of tuna that I'm not aware about, or is this a reasonable cost?!

Aug 13, 2014
tamarw in Kosher