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Midwood/Ditmas Part - central Asian, middle eastern, and other recs on Coney Island Ave from Ave. J to Cortelyou and thereabouts?

You should try Schnitzi's. It's on Coney Island Ave, btwn I and J (closer to J). They sell a variety of schnitzels and a ton of sauces. Their Schnitzi fries are delicious.

Aug 29, 2012
brightside16 in Outer Boroughs

Kosher Offerings at MCU Park (Brooklyn Cyclones)?

Prices aren't that bad, definitely cheaper than major leagues. You are still at a ballpark, though. I think I spent 9 dollars on a hot dog and soda. You can use your credit card at the kosher stand, unlike the other vendors, and they serve other foods, like salad and sushi. I'd stick with the basics. They also have candy and snack type foods.

Aug 27, 2012
brightside16 in Kosher


reminded me of Circa. Had a taste of the veggie pizza. It was pretty good. My Greek sandwich didn't live up to the description, but the bread was amazing. Overall, I'm pretty excited to have another option.

May 17, 2012
brightside16 in Kosher

Simple food which you love

high quality vanilla ice cream
bialy toasted with a little bit of butter
crisp apple slices with good cheese

Dec 10, 2011
brightside16 in General Topics

Lindt Chocolates

You just made my day.

Nov 17, 2011
brightside16 in Kosher

Popular flavors that you don't care for

I hate fake strawberry flavor. I allowed myself to indulge in a Crumbs cupcake, picked a strawberry flavored one, and had to throw it out after one bite. Such awful medicinal-"strawberry" flavor ruining what could have been a nearly guilt free cupcake splurge!

I'm not a fan of fake lemon- reminds me too much of cleaning supplies. And I'm one of those people who hates cilantro. Tastes like soap.

What is the best restaurant in the Lincoln Center/Columbia Circle/UWS area?

throwing in a recc for Mike's Bistro, which is on 72nd street. It is kosher, but it is fantastic. I've gone there with non-kosher friends who were quite impressed. When we can afford to splurge a bit, we'll can go back. I've gone to upscale kosher, and non-kosher places (eating vegetarian), and it's a similar, if not better, experience.

Enjoy your meal, wherever you choose, and enjoy your show!

Mike's Bistro
228 W 72nd St, New York, NY 10023

Oct 09, 2011
brightside16 in Manhattan

Kosher Bacon

Just emailed them last night. Their reply was "thanks, not yet, however in the near future."

So I will keep checking in. It seems like a great product. Hopefully it'll be one I can use!

Sep 07, 2011
brightside16 in Kosher

Childhood foods you would *totally* eat now...

Before I kept kosher, and when I was a kid, I would eat swedish fish every day before high school. I'm surprised my teeth don't have a red tint. I preferred it slightly "stale", enough so that it had that bite to it.

Also miss cheese fries. How that could have been justified as a camp lunch, I'll never know. Even better? Follow those fries with a vanilla milkshake made with Haggen Daz? Sigh...

Last but not least...fruit pies! Drakes, the kind that tasted almost like McDonald's apple pies when heated. I'd save my quarters to buy those.

Aug 29, 2011
brightside16 in General Topics

Foods that unreasonably gross you out...

I was going to post the exact same thing about the porotobellos. I had to de-gill them, and I nearly gagged. My pasta dish with mushrooms came out perfect, except that I was too freaked out to eat it.

Jul 11, 2011
brightside16 in General Topics

What Did Your Mom Cook You When You Were Sick?

Cinnamon toast. Buttery. Crispy. Comforting. If my dad was taking care of me, he would make mashed potatoes.

And while it wasn't home-made, sometimes a carvel vanilla shake would come my way for a snack.

Jul 09, 2011
brightside16 in General Topics

Coney / Brighton/ S. Brooklyn for post Nathan's hot dog contest eating

My vote would be for Spumoni Gardens. Get a couple of square slices, and the spumoni (though the creamsicle ice cream is amazing). If you want to enjoy the restaurant, they do have their pizza listed on the menu.

L&B Spumoni Gardens
2725 86th St, Brooklyn, NY 11223

Jul 02, 2011
brightside16 in Outer Boroughs

milk street cafe at 40 wall st nyc-photos

I work near Wall, so I tried this place out. I ordered a "turkey festival" sandwich, which was sliced turkey that was prepared with thyme, cranberry relish, and stuffing that had waaaaaay to much celery (I hate celery though). For 10.95 it wasn't a bad choice. The turkey was moist, and the cranberry relish had ginger in it, which was a twist for me. The stuffing seemed a little salty, though. On the meat side, most customers ordered a half a rotisserie chicken, which cost $10.50. It came with 2 sides.

The prices seemed incredibly high. Most customers seemed to be the wall-street types for whom the prices may have been average, or at least no one else seemed to be flinching. 6-8.00 for one sushi roll is crazy. $12.00 for Baked Ziti? How amazing could it be to be worth $12.00? The salad prices (make-your-own-salads) were on par with what I've seen, the ready made salads were $10.50, which isn't doable on a regular basis for me. The desserts, I'll try. Maybe a soup for 4.00, or a chili dog if I'm having a pretty crazy day. But there's no way I can justify splurging on some of those prices. YMMV, though.

They do have chalav yisroel milk for the coffee beverages, according to staff. You have to ask for it.

I am excited that they have parve baked goods. If I bring a fleishig lunch from home, I'm totally going to grab a blondie bar. The coffee prices are on par with Starbucks. It's great for what it is, and it felt good to have food so widely accepted by the general public. I am excited about the variety, like the Bahn Mi sandwich, or the meat options. But it's just simply out of my price range for a typical everyday lunch.

Jun 23, 2011
brightside16 in Kosher

What secret ingredient would you like to see on Iron Chef America?

Instant Mashed Potatoes! Can't you just hear Alton describing the differences in brands?

Wendy's plate

I went on Mother's Day. My mom and I shared a salad, and a pizza. There was more than enough food, and we took some home. Everyone around us seemed to be enjoying their meals. I've also done takeout. The soups are fantastic. There's something for everyone on that menu.

May 11, 2011
brightside16 in Kosher

Eighteen Restaurant

the sushi I had was amazing. I usually stick to my vegetable roll comfort zone, but the Harakiri sandwich roll was mouth watering.

The turkey sandwich I had felt like nothing special, though. I'd gladly go back for the sushi, but probably not for the deli.

Feb 25, 2011
brightside16 in Kosher

Kosher-friendly Restaurants

I'm not sure of your budget (and I usually go to budget friendly places...) but Thai food usually works well for my friends and I. Most places I've gone to will substitute tofu for any meat option, and are pretty cognizant of vegetarian food.

Mediterranean food is pretty successful as well.

Jan 31, 2011
brightside16 in Manhattan

Peace Foods - 82 and Amsterdam NYC

I've had the soy nuggets, and the strawberry short cake. The nuggets were pretty good, but absolutely loved the shortcake. Would go back there for the shortcake!

Jan 13, 2010
brightside16 in Kosher

Help! Where can I buy Kinder Bueno?

I've seen that brand being sold at the Brighton Bazaar, on Brighton 11th street, a block from the Brighton Beach train station. The hippos are delicious!

Jul 07, 2009
brightside16 in Manhattan

If it has to be a chain, it has to be...

probably the Cheesecake Factory. If nothing else, at least I can get a decent slice of cheesecake. Their grilled eggplant sandwich was pretty good.

Jul 06, 2009
brightside16 in Chains

Incredible Kosher Cooking Classes Offered at The JCC on 76th&Amsterdam!

Either way, I think it's great that they have these classes. The menus online seem to be very unique, and I'd love to learn how to make kosher versions of the food I see all over. I experiment with recipes I get from the Food network, but I'm not a well trained cook by any means. Kosher classes are great because then I don't have to even think about what to substitute, or if there are kosher brands of ingredients used.

Jul 06, 2009
brightside16 in Kosher