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Good Eats in Philadelphia

If you're in Center City for lunch, you must try the falafel at Mama's

Jun 13, 2014
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Turquoise question (Fresh Meadows)

Did you go? How was it?

Dec 19, 2013
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Center City//Merion

Ditto. We were in Philly a couple of weeks ago and went to both Mama's and burgers.org in Center City. The falafel at Mama's is outstanding. We went on a weekday during lunch and there was a line out the door. I'll bet it's less crowded on a Sunday.

Dec 10, 2013
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New supermarket near St. Johns?

I stand corrected. Looks like it opened last Thurs. I hope they do well. Looking forward to trying it out...

Oct 28, 2013
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New supermarket near St. Johns?

No, it has not

Oct 25, 2013
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Anything new in Queens?

Nothing new and noteworthy comes to mind. On Main St., you still have Sushi Metsuyan (meat) and L'Bella (dairy) for nice sit-down meals. Elite Cafe is also pretty good.

Union Tpke -- you've got Hapisgah, and further down is Turquoise, if you like fish. Cafe Muscat and Turnpike Cafe are also good.

Chateau Steakhouse was a real disappointment and has closed. There's no real upscale, fine-dining option.

Oct 09, 2013
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Great kosher fish restaurant in NY?

If you're willing to go to Queens, it's worth checking out Turquoise on Union Turnpike

Aug 23, 2013
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Pardes

We went last night and had the opposite experience. The wait staff was quite attentive. There was a brand new server who couldn't answer some of our questions so she quickly brought over someone else. His suggestions were spot on, we didn't feel rushed even though almost every table was full, and the food was fantastic. The only minor issue was mentioned here by another commenter: we ordered several dishes between the two of us and sometimes, so many of them showed up at once that there wasn't room for everything on the table. If anyone goes this week, be adventurous and check out the dessert parfait with the candied olives

Aug 06, 2013
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Kosher Protein Powder

I use whey protein powder that I get online from koshervitamins.com. I usually get the Nutri-Supreme brand -- the vanilla and coffee flavors.

The vanilla provides a great base for any fruit. I'll blend water, powder, half a banana, and then strawberries, blueberries, pineapple, mango, etc. whatever you have. Or, you can do a combination of watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew. Blend with ice. If you want to indulge, use low-fat milk instead of water.

The coffee flavor goes great with banana, a little peanut butter and/or strawberry. Sometimes, i throw iced coffee in there too.

These are great after a workout or post-run.

May 31, 2013
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Breakfast in KGH Queens?

Turnpike cafe on union turnpike. Shakshouka is great and they bake their own pastries.

Oct 14, 2012
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kosher restaurant jezebel to open in nyc

Please also report back on who the kashrut certifier is. I called them up and they said it was Rabbi Mehlman and the OU. Not sure what that means. There's nothing about them on the OU Kosher website. Thanks!

Jul 11, 2012
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new stuff in queens/long island

Nope. It's across 188th from the bagel store, same side of Union, a couple of storefronts off the corner.

Jul 06, 2012
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new stuff in queens/long island

East. It's on union right off 188th st.

Jul 05, 2012
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new stuff in queens/long island

L'Bella has great food. I've never been disappointed there. My new favorite place is Turnpike Cafe, not far from Muscat. It's a smaller place, but the tables are nice, service is good, and I love their menu. Try the cajun tilapia wrap.

Jul 05, 2012
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Chateau Steakhouse Queens

I had an enjoyable meal there. Got the Steak Au Poivre. It was as good as anything I'd get in the city from Le Marais or Prime Grill. Price was comparable too, the good steaks will run around $40. The appetizers we had were good, one standout was the short rib spring rolls. We didn't have any sushi, but I was sitting next to the sushi counter and everything coming out of there looked beautiful. I'm going to try that next time.

The decor is nice and the place is pretty big. There's a bar area with some TVs. We watched a game during the meal.

If you're looking for high-end kosher dining and aren't in the mood to travel to the city from Queens or the Island, this would be a great alternative.

Jun 21, 2012
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Kew Gardens / Forest Hills

Sorry, I thought you meant KGH. Kew Gardens doesn't have much. There is a new meat place on Metropolitan that's under the Vaad of Queens. I forgot the name, but it should be listed on the Vaad's web site. I haven't sampled the food there yet.

Forest Hills has Chosen Garden and there's a great new sushi place around the corner from Chosen, but it's takeout only.

Nov 23, 2011
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Kew Gardens / Forest Hills

There's lots to choose from. What are you looking for? What type of food? Upscale/downscale? Someplace for the family? Business lunch/dinner? Something quick?

Nov 22, 2011
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Kosher in Milwaukee

Any recommendations for kosher establishments in Milwaukee? We'll be spending a few days there in July. Thanks

Jun 16, 2011
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Glatt kosher restaurants in Forest Hills, Rego Park and Kew Garden Hills, NY

Hapisgah is great. Additional recommendations include Sushi Metsuyan on Main St in Kew Gardens Hills. They have great sushi and terrific steaks. The decor is nice, but the tables are very close together and it can get loud.

A great dairy place is also on Main St. La Bella Italian. They have fantastic fish, pizza and pastas. The tables are spread out more and the place is a little quieter. They have a sushi menu as well.

Mar 09, 2011
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PIYAZ lost its hecksher???

I think it's important to understand what most of these restaurants mean when they say a Vaad hechsher is too expensive.
There are 2 different costs that a place like Piyaz incurs when they get a Vaad hechsher. First is the fee to the Vaad itself, which is not exorbitant. In fact, the Queens Vaad (it's the only one where I'm familiar with the details) will often work sympathetically with struggling restaurants to keep the hechsher affordable. Remember that the Vaad is an association of local area Rabbis who do not pocket a dime of the hashgachah money and are motivated to keep local kosher establishments in their neighborhoods viable. The fees cover some administrative overhead.
The second cost is much higher, and is usually what breaks the back of a struggling restaurant. If the Vaad determines that the establishment requires a mashgiach temidi (full-time supervision) in order to meet its standards, then the restaurant is forced to hire an individual approved by the Vaad and pay his salary. They will often find make-work for the mashgiach, but his essential function is the full-time monitoring of the kitchen. It's important to remember that none of this money goes to the Vaad -- it's all salary to the employee.
When a restaurant struggles (and as much as I loved the food at Piyaz, it was always empty when I went there), the first salary they see as expendable is the mashgiach. So they lose their Vaad hashgacha.
Other private hechshers are way cheaper -- not because the hechsher itself costs less, but because those rabbis often have more relaxed standards that don't require full-time supervision.
I don't know the specific details of what happened at Piyaz. Just trying to explain the economics of the typical situation.

Jul 09, 2010
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RESAURANT/TAKE OUT NEAR CUNNINGHAM PK -196/UNION TURNPIKE IN QUEENS

Meat or Dairy?
For meat, I'd recommend either Piyaz (Turkish food, great grilled meats and fish), or Annie's Kitchen (Chinese and sushi). Both are on Union Tpke near cunningham (around 192nd).

For dairy, check out Yotveta Cafe (Union off 188th) or Cafe Muscat (Union near 179th)

Aug 25, 2009
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Skewers - Queens

Yes. It's been closed for a while. There are some newer places on Union Turnpike if you're looking to eat in the area. Check out Piyaz. For lighter fare, Cafe Yotveta has some great fish dishes.

Jul 21, 2009
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New Kosher Restaurants on Main Street (Kew Garden Hills)

I've been to the Blooming Cafe and the food was very good. It's like a smaller version of Cafe Muscat down the block but with a more limited menu. The coffee is so-so, the salads and sandwiches very good. During the 9 days, they served some delicious fish dishes and I hope they keep those on the menu. Service is ok, but the seating area is small -- I'd estimate there's seating for around 25-30 people.

There are signs up for other new restaurants on Union Turnpike. One is a Turkish place and the other looks like a takeout shwarma/falafel place.

Also, Skewer's (next door to Benny's pizza) has started a sidewalk stand and is serving some fantastic shwarma and kebabs.

Aug 25, 2008
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Restaurants in Israel

May 01, 2008
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Best kosher supermarket?

There is now a Trader Joe's in Queens as well --- corner of Metropolitan and Woodhaven.

Dec 20, 2007
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Kosher/Israeli shopping in Queens

I agree with the Pereg suggestion. You'll love the aroma just walking in there. You can also check out Wasserman's, which is across the street from Brach's, for the Israeli packaged and canned products. Of course, Supersol might also have what you're looking for.

If you're closer to Bayside, check out the Union Turnpike shops: Phoenix Foods, Isaac's, A to Z.

Dec 20, 2007
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Mazur's (Little Neck, NY): Is it any good?

If you're looking for a good butcher in that area (not deli, but chicken/beef/lamb/etc.), then check out Isaac's on Union Turnpike in Jamaica Estates. Some of his stuff is pre-marinated with some great Israeli flavor (terrific for grilling) and his kabobs are amazing.

Dec 20, 2007
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