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Prime Grill recs

Curious what people are liking these days at PG. Since they moved, IMHO the food quality has become spotty/spottier, service has declined and prices have skyrocketed.

Recently, I had the crispy rice app and flatiron steak. The former was tasty but a small portion, the latter totally lacked flavor.

Dec 11, 2014
KosherKing in Kosher

Pesach 2015 Programs in Italy

Looking for suggestions/recommendations and pricing info, ideally for something "affordable" yet nice w/quality food. TIA.

Nov 24, 2014
KosherKing in Kosher

Mike's Bistro

I've walked by the new location in Midtown East several times, but have yet to dine there. I understand that so far Mike's is open for dinner service only; I wonder why they're not doing lunch?

If you have dined at the new location please share your opinion of what dishes to order. Is it pretty much the old Mike's menu or is it totally revamped?

TIA.

Oct 27, 2014
KosherKing in Kosher

Miami Beach: best steak, breakfast

So, Rare was closed. Apparently they had a flood 2 weeks ago. Following all too typical kosher restaurant practice, their web site says nothing at all. I went to Grill House. The variety of complimentary salads they put out when you are seated was solid and the hummus with ful was VG. Unfortunately it was brought out with my main, rather than earlier as an appetizer. The butcher's cut steak was cooked pretty close to the requested medium rare but was average. Not real flavorful. I didn't have time to catch breakfast but know where to go next time.

Oct 20, 2014
KosherKing in Kosher

Miami Beach: best steak, breakfast

I'll be in MB today and tomorrow, and am looking to grab a great steak dinner tonight and good breakfast tomorrow.

Oct 19, 2014
KosherKing in Kosher

Best gefilte fish in Manhattan?

Looking for homestyle, not the kind sliced from a ready-made loaf.

Sep 24, 2014
KosherKing in Kosher

Pardes: new menu section, attentive service, creative small plates still amazing

Pardes First Timer Alert: So the family and I will be going out to dinner this Sun. The comments on this thread have been real helpful but, all the same, I am asking for a recommended/must-have dish or two.

Also, can someone post a few comments about the wine list?

Does Pardes allow one to bring one's own wine? I know with many kosher restaurants the concept of doing so (whether or not they charge a corkage fee) is a foreign one.

Sep 17, 2014
KosherKing in Kosher

A good salami

Rockland Kosher in Monsey has a variety of homemade salamis. They are moderately priced (about $10) and in various stages of dryness.

Sep 15, 2014
KosherKing in Kosher

Personal chef recs

I'm unclear how the kosher supervision works at Kitchensurfing. The site says that "All ingredients will be strictly sourced from Glatt-Kosher markets." How does someone confirm that to be true? Even assuming that all meat is glatt and all other products are strictly kosher, what about preparation? Although each chef is expected to "provide any and all equipment and supplies they will need," it appears some of the chefs on the kosher link also prepare non-kosher meals. Sure, one can have the chef use one's own equipment but chances are most people don't have a professional-equipped kitchen.

Sep 10, 2014
KosherKing in Kosher

Personal chef recs

@Ilenem, @Kosher_Fiend,

Thanks for the recs. Do you have a sense of price range pp? I'm looking for a private chef to prepare a dinner party in a private home for 10-20 people.

Aug 19, 2014
KosherKing in Kosher

Personal chef recs

It appears that Shaya hasn't updated his web site in a while.

Aug 18, 2014
KosherKing in Kosher

Personal chef recs

Westchester. Have you had any personal experience with her?

Aug 18, 2014
KosherKing in Kosher

Personal chef recs

Looking for a personal chef w/glatt kosher experience in NYC/Westchester area for a private dinner party of 10-20.

Aug 17, 2014
KosherKing in Kosher

butterfish restaurant in nyc turning kosher

Apparently, they ran a Gilt City promotion before switching over to kosher. Figures, right?

Jul 31, 2014
KosherKing in Kosher

Mike's Bistro

New location on E. 54th Street is open for business (www.mikesbistro.com).

Please share your views on the menu, pricing, etc. if you've been.

Jul 22, 2014
KosherKing in Kosher

butterfish restaurant in nyc turning kosher

Good to see the high prices are in-line with other restaurants under the Prime umbrella.

Finding a nice, quality fleishig restaurant in NYC to take a family of 5 without breaking the bank is a pipe dream. Only Le Marais comes close.

Jul 17, 2014
KosherKing in Kosher

Kosher restaurants w/corkage

Do any allow you to BYOB of wine with payment of a corkage fee?

Jul 15, 2014
KosherKing in Kosher

Prime At Bentley Hotel

Bump

Jul 15, 2014
KosherKing in Kosher

Prime At Bentley Hotel

Can anyone who has gone recently please share your views of the food, ambience, etc.?

I've heard mixed things about the food (from very good to supposedly that all the food is cooked off-site and merely reheated at the restaurant). Raves for specific dishes will be most appreciated.

Also, I've heard that the view is/was marred by renovation-related construction. Can someone please confirm one way or the other?

Bottom line, I'm looking for a nice Manhattan restaurant with good food to which I can take my family for a celebratory dinner.

Jul 14, 2014
KosherKing in Kosher

Kraft bacon flavored mayo

I haven't been able to find Baconnaise anywhere in NYC. Have you tasted it? Any good?

Jul 09, 2014
KosherKing in Kosher

Kraft bacon flavored mayo

Saw this the other day at my local Stop & Shop. If anyone out there has tried it please share tasting notes. Thanks.

Jul 08, 2014
KosherKing in Kosher

Best mega kosher market in Williamsburg

I'm looking for a one-stop place comparable to Pomegranate or Evergreen/Rockland Kosher (Monsey). That is, butcher, take-out etc.

As an aside, Rockland Kosher has awesome homemade salami. Is there a salami macher in Williamsburg?

Jun 19, 2014
KosherKing in Kosher

Great American Health Bar/57th Street

No such thing if owned and operated by a Jew during Pesach.

Apr 23, 2014
KosherKing in Kosher

Great American Health Bar/57th Street

I have spoken with the Israeli-sounding fellow behind the register and he told me the same people own Classico.

Some people are willing to accept a different hashgacha when it comes to dairy. The Israeli fellow said they use only cholov yisrael, etc. You might be surprised to hear that I have seen Yiddish-speaking sheitel ladies and chassidim there -- not that that should be treated as a reliable indicator of the establishment's kashrus.

Over the past few months, I have bought soups and salads there. But, having seen that they were open over Pesach I may rethink eating there again.

The 57th St. corridor has virtually no choices other than this place and Classico, which I find overly expensive for what they serve. Soom Soom is over a few blocks southeast but offers middling quality for too many $.

Apr 23, 2014
KosherKing in Kosher

Great American Health Bar/57th Street

Tablet-K. Cafe Classico is OK.

Apr 23, 2014
KosherKing in Kosher

Great American Health Bar/57th Street

I happened to walk by during chol hamoed and saw two things:

(1) The restaurant was open and (2) a sign in the window said it was not KLP certified.

I believe the restaurant is Jewish-owned by the same people who own Cafe Classico upstairs (which was closed for Pesach).

I'm curious what that means as far as year-round reliability of Great American's hashgacha.

Apr 23, 2014
KosherKing in Kosher

Best Certified KLP Ground Coffee

Certainly verify w/your local rabbi, but my understanding is that packaged unflavored, non-decaffeinated ground coffee that is certified kosher year-round (e.g. SBUX) does not require Pesach certification.

That said, any none-SBUX recs for packaged, high-quality ground coffee?

Apr 11, 2014
KosherKing in Kosher

Another Pardes Review

Thanks. Your comments are most helpful. I hope to get there soon.

Feb 28, 2014
KosherKing in Kosher
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Another Pardes Review

Can you expand a bit on portion sizes? In relation to the glowing reviews for the food, the prices seem quite moderate -- esp. when compared to PG, Mike's or (gulp) Reserve Cut. I am wondering if the portions are not quite entree-sized. Assuming a party of four goes out to dinner, would each person be satisfied if they order individually? Or, do you recommend ordering, say, 5-6 dishes to be shared among the four people?

Feb 26, 2014
KosherKing in Kosher

Best Shabbos Takeout in Williamsburg

I know Gottlieb's is supposed tobe the go-to heimishe restaurant, but who cooks the best takeout? I'm thinking of something akin to Meisner's in Boro Park.

Dec 30, 2013
KosherKing in Kosher