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What's the latest on Philly?

Thank you,. I called back today at noon and reached a woman who assured me they were open Sunday until 8 PM.

May 03, 2011
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What's the latest on Philly?

Penn is out of the way but thanks for the suggestion. We're coming into town via the Benjamin Franklin Bridge and therefore anything between there and 30th St. station is appropriate. Obviously 10 blocks either direction is no big deal but 12 miles is not going to go over well.

May 03, 2011
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Pesachdik Liquor

How about brandy? My daughter made a nut cake which required brandy so I ended up buying a bottle of Carmel 777 brandy for $33. It made a delicious cake and we had some to drink as well and there is left over for next pesach ...or the next time she wants to bake...

May 02, 2011
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Manhattan, NY - I need a vegetarian AND kosher place to take an important business client

noi due is very tasty. IMHO, the pizza at Mike's Italian Kitchen is better -- at Noi Due it feels more like something accommodate fussy eaters (in e.g. a family outing). My daughters love to order various pasta, usually ravioli, in 'rosa rosa' sauce (something similar to vodka sauce).

Do not go to Mike's Italian Kitchen for a "client level" dining experience -- it's a nice place with good food but it is extremely casual dining.

Most of the client-level kosher dining is meat.

May 02, 2011
koshercyclist in Kosher

What's the latest on Philly?

Thank you for the recommendations but we're having pizza for lunch in Deal (Jerusalem Pizza of Deal) 83 miles before. We're going to be quite hungry having pedaled 145 miles since 7:30 AM and looking for something substantial -- meat/chicken/fish. Hamifgash sounds good but my concern is that I was unable to reach them on the telephone so I'm looking for anyone with current information as to their status. Recommendations for other establishments for glatt kosher meat dining in Center City are welcome as well.

May 02, 2011
koshercyclist in Kosher

Phenomenal Kosher Pizza? Does it Exist?

Mikes Italian Kitchen in Manhattan, 93rd and Amsterdam has the best pizza. Mike is a chef. This is the Mike of Mike's Bistro.
http://www.mikesbistro.com/index.php?...

654 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025
212-362-0700

May 02, 2011
koshercyclist in Kosher

What's the latest on Philly?

Does anyone know if Hamifgash is still in business? Their hours are listed as until 8PM Sun - Thursday but when I called at about 7:30 PM tonight I got sent to a voicemailbox which was full.

I am planning a bike trip with a group to Philadelphia on May 15th, looking for a kosher place in Center city to eat dinner. Preferably meat, it's going to have been a very long day. See http://danahudes.blogspot.com/2011/04...

(Yes I know about Max and Davids: it is a great place with great food but it is also out in Elkins Park, a 12.5 mile ride to the train home to NYC).

May 02, 2011
koshercyclist in Kosher

What's the latest on Philly?

Max and Davids is excellent but it is not downtown.

May 02, 2011
koshercyclist in Kosher

North New Jersey kosher outside Teaneck?

Thanks for the suggestion of South Mountain Reservation.

As for the meat, I personally hold by glatt. The groups are always mixed: some non-Jews, some non-observant Jews and 1 or 2 who are strictly kosher. That's just the regular crew who turn out for these; then there's my shul's main Rabbi (who really probably has no time for a half-day's adventure), the assistant Rabbi who's just getting into cycling and I've heard of a chazzan at a neighbohood shul who is into cycling. The irregular crew includes a cheder Rebbe from Queens. At any one time, I've got maybe 1 other frum person on the ride the rest are eirev rav at best ...but nice friendly people.

Feb 03, 2009
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Monticello and Woodbourne New York

What is the price range for Fialkoffs? How much for a slice and how much for a pie? In Manhattan prices are going very high due to the cost of wheat and the rent. The former affects everyone, but I would hope overhead in Monticello is lower.

Any other suggestions in the Woodridge area with price range appreciated. Not just pizza. I'm planning a trip Memorial Day Weekend with a group and looking for places to take them (yes, by bicycle ...we're staying in Woodridge, but we're fairly hardy sorts who don't blink at riding 5 or 10 miles to dinner)

Jan 29, 2009
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NYC - best, not too expensive, most interesting

Mike's Bistro is the best establishment to occupy its location so far, and I think its very good overall. The menu is more comparable to Levana than Prime Grill in the sort of things one finds. The price is certainly less than Prime Grill; PG is pretty darn good, and so is Mike's Bistro.

Jan 29, 2009
koshercyclist in Kosher

North New Jersey kosher outside Teaneck?

Livingston is an interesting option. Not just Jerusalem Pizza but this ShopRite kosher village. The satellite map reveals nearby green space, these reservoirs Butler Pond / Taylor Lake....possible picnic spot in there a short ride from ShopRite?

Jan 28, 2009
koshercyclist in Kosher

glatt kosher meat brunch wedding suggestions?

Lavanna's on UWS is the place for you. They will gladly rent out the place to you on Sunday morning. They are very cooperative. We considered them for my daughter's Bat Mitzvah but wanted milchigs and the pareve french toast concept didn't appeal. Levana Resturaunt 141 W. 69th st 212 877-8457

Alternatively, you can use Supersol of the West Side as caterer and have the affair wherever, such as the ballroom of Lincoln Square Synagogue. Talk to Zach Schenker at Supersol supersolnyc (at )gmail.com

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Levana
, New York, NY 10023

Jan 28, 2009
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North New Jersey kosher outside Teaneck?

Thanks, I'm aware of the JCC Palisades but that's like 5 miles from the GWB, if that.
Mind you its a great spot for a lunch stop for an early-season ride or a summer easy intro to NJ riding. Anyway, we pass the JCC all the time: our standard route has us reach Clinton Ave. at Woodland which is just about opposite and little down the road from the JCC.

Thanks for the IDT tip, that's interesting. Newark is a busy place even on Sundays.

Jan 28, 2009
koshercyclist in Kosher

North New Jersey kosher outside Teaneck?

Oh, I've run a ride to West Orange Nov. 2nd. We climbed Garret Mountain via Mountain Park Rd. before lunch and Eagle Rock Rd. up and into the park after lunch. We ate at Chopstix, which is a small takeout place with a counter. Fortunately, we were a small group of five. We took the PATH home from Newark. I plan to go back when the weather is nicer, we'll get takeout and go eat lunch in the park. The extra climb before lunch will make people hungrier. Alas, there's no park of any kind -- not even a little vest-pocket -- anywhere close to the intersection of Pleasant Valley Way and Eagle Rock Rd.

Fall colors were at peak levels on that ride, it was pretty but it got dark early.
Pictures are on my blog http://danahudes.blogspot.com

Jan 28, 2009
koshercyclist in Kosher

North New Jersey kosher outside Teaneck?

As I've previously noted, I'm a ride leader with the 5BBC (and now the NYCC too), and I'm always looking to take my groups to kosher eateries for our lunch stops.

The spring training series planning is well underway and I'm on the lookout for places a bit further afield than Teaneck's Queen Ann/W. Englewood/Cedar Lane clusters. The Shamash database lists a pizza place at the Bergen JCC but the phone # listed goes to a law office.
Which is a pity, because I need a kosher lunch stop in the Dumont/Westwood/Washington area.
Pizza is acceptable.

Further afield is good too. I'm considering taking a group to Fairlawn, any recommendations there?

Places that are 20, 30, 40 miles from the GWB are excellent destinations as we ramp up our distances (and we don't usually take a direct route).

Our club runs rides up to Rockland Lake and to Stony Point but I know of nothing up there (and the Stony point ride is 85 miles we don't have time for an extended lunch stop).

Thanks
(p.s. someone earlier recommended Garden of Eatin in Brooklyn. Thanks! We did indeed go there, a small hardy group of 2 leaders and 3 riders in the single-digit temperatures that day, and it was well received)
(see http://danahudes.blogspot.com)

Jan 27, 2009
koshercyclist in Kosher

Best Kosher Wine or Scotch whiskey

Whiskey comes in several tiers at the macro level.
1. Scotch Whiskey
2, Irish Whiskey
3. Canadian Whiskey
4. Bourbon

each is a distillate of a different grain.
Jack Daniels is Bourbon. Probably ok with coke.

Single Malt whiskey varies wildly in quality and price. The consensus of the crew at shul is that the 24 y.o. and up, we can't tell the difference. Now, maybe that's because we'd already sampled the 16, 18, and 20 :-)
At the young end, some whiskey brands are a bit harsh at 10 and others are not bad.

The biggest distillery brands are Glenfiddich (IIRC owned by Bass & C) and Glenmorangie. The former, in the 12 y.o., is a good starter in one's exploration of single malt.

Also bear in mind that there are at least 2 basic variants of Scotch whiskey: highland and lowland. There is also Speyside, which is reasonable to consider as a type of lowland. The 2 Glens mentioned above are Highland. I prefer Speyside, I find Bowmore is nice in the 12 and 14 y.o.

Jan 27, 2009
koshercyclist in Kosher

Best kosher restaurant

The nicest place in which we've eaten is certainly Le Maison Gastronomique at Le Maison Israe in Paris. Not just Paris, mind you, but the 1s Arrondissment. They don't even open for dinner until 8PM (we showed up at normal US dinnertime, 6 PM, they told us come back later), the clientele are coming to eat -after- the theater/opera. Caveat: this was 10 years ago.

My wife and I ate at Kai Feng in London in 1997. It was certainly expensive. I thought it was pretty good food but is it better than Cho-Sen Garden in Queens? Hard to really say, the latter is certainly acceptable and I have no complaints. For Chinese we find Estihana in Manhattan cooks well.

Jan 27, 2009
koshercyclist in Kosher

Best kosher restaurant

Mike's Bistro is indeed very good.

Jan 27, 2009
koshercyclist in Kosher

Smokey Joes in Teaneck

I am not too familiar with Five Towns but I am familiar with Teaneck. I am a ride leader with the 5BBC, and all my rides either go to a kosher eatery or are Bring Your Own (there are other frum/kosher riders but I'm the only one who's a leader thus far). Thus far, I've lead 3 groups to the Persian Grill on W. Englewood. Each time, service is a bit slow but the food is excellent. Most of the riders are either Jews who are non-observant/kosher or non-Jews. Everyone likes the food. The prices aren't terrible. As for noise and so on, we don't really care -- we're at least 8 people if not more. In the warm weather, we do take out and go to the nearby park a block away to eat outdoors at the picnic table.

I have another ride to W. Englewood coming up March 8th.
Smokey Joes is interesting its a question of seating capacity. I expect the weather will not welcome eating out in the park so I need a place that I can swarm with 15-20 people. I know that if our group descends on Persian Grill at 11:30 am they can seat us all. Not at the same table but even in the big treif diners a full spring training ride group will splinter into 2-3 groups.

The 5bbc has a motto: we ride to eat! That's unofficial but it is often accurate.

Those interested in where I've gone with folks and where we're going next, check out my blog at http://danahudes.blogspot.com

Jan 27, 2009
koshercyclist in Kosher

Kosher Pancakes NYC Metro area?

I am a ride leader with the 5 Boro Bicycle Club (http://www.5bbc.org), the only one such who is strictly kosher/shomer shabbos. I am trying to plan a trip for the club for New Years Day for kosher pancakes/waffles i.e. a dairy restaurant. Somewhere in the outer boroughs is good. There was an intriguing-sounding place on Staten Island, Good Appetite at 1980 Victory Blvd., but the listed phone # in shamash is disconnected. So, any other SI suggestions? Brooklyn? Bronx? Queens? We're likely starting in Manhattan, either Bridgemarket (and over the QBB), City Hall (and over the Bklyn Bridge), Columbus circle (and up to the Bronx?).

I'm not aware of anything in Ft. Lee. There's the JCC of the Palisades I suppose.

I'm already running a trip to Teaneck for fleishig lunch on 12/25. Probably the Persian Grill again, we've done it 2x already and it was well received though it is small. In case of large crowd we punt for Dougies.

Nov 06, 2008
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