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Ginger Grill in Riverdale

It's definitely closed, as of mid-December.

Jan 04, 2015
absmiller in Kosher

Lunch near Lord and Taylor in NYC (mom can't walk far)

Jerusalem Cafe is on 36th between 5th and 6th. It's a typical kosher dairy counter service restaurant, with pizza, salads, sushi, etc. It's not amazing, but it may be the closest dairy option to Lord and Taylor.

Oct 19, 2014
absmiller in Kosher

The Best Recipes of Kosher Cookbooks...

I made the chicken fajitas from KBD Short on Time this week. It's actually pretty fast to make and it's tasty, though that may be because fajitas are just a quick and tasty dish. I also like the peanut butter mousse--I usually freeze it in a chocolate pie crust.

Sep 19, 2014
absmiller in Kosher

Califia farms iced coffee non dairy!

I've seen it at a couple of Shoprite stores in Westchester. Riverdale Kosher Market also carries it. I believe the kosher supermarkets in the Five Towns sell it as well.

Sep 07, 2014
absmiller in Kosher

Chicken Special is really special

I suppose it was unnecessary of me to post a relatively simple recipe that everyone knows. I'm well aware that sometimes people don't have time to cook something from scratch and so they pay extra money for the convenience of buying something prepared. I'm often one of those people. I'm also aware that when I buy egg barley, I'm not just paying for ingredients, but also for someone else's labor, the store's operating costs, and so on. Sometimes I'm okay with that. But when I have the time, I'm not, and I make my own egg barley. I'm sorry my post sounded judgmental towards people who don't have time to cook.

Dec 17, 2013
absmiller in Kosher

Chicken Special is really special

MartyB, I also go nuts when I see people buying those overpriced side dishes. Here's a way to re-create, for much less money, the egg barley that many take out places sell: sautee some mushrooms and sliced onion until soft and fragrant. Combine the sauteed mix, in an oven safe dish, with one cup egg barley, onion soup mix, salt and pepper, and some margarine (3 tablespoons is sufficient, though you can use more or less depending on your preferences. Smart Balance works too). Add 2 cups of boiling water. Cover, carefully place the dish in a 350 degree oven, and bake for 30 minutes.

Dec 16, 2013
absmiller in Kosher

Looking for in-house kosher catering for a synagogue/temple for under $80/pp.

I'm not sure about the price they charge, but Great Neck Synagogue has a lovely sanctuary. It is also quite large, but the room is sort of rounded, so I think it will be less obvious if the seats are not full.

Oct 17, 2013
absmiller in Kosher

Dairy dessert for sukkot

How about Oreo cheesecake cupcakes? Each cupcake has an Oreo on the bottom as its "crust." You can find the recipe at the Kraft website and on many baking blogs. Kids also love confetti cake (cake with sprinkles baked in). The Duncan Hines and Betty Crocker confetti cake mixes are dairy, or you can make it from scratch. I think Susie Fishbein's kids' cookbook has a recipe.

Sep 10, 2013
absmiller in Kosher

Nice Dairy in Queens

L'Bella on Main Street. Great food, good service, nice ambiance. I also like Cafe Muscat on Union Turnpike.

Jul 21, 2013
absmiller in Kosher

New pizza joint in Riverdale

FYI--Corner Cafe is now located on Riverdale Avenue, not Johnson Avenue. There is a non-kosher pizza store located in the old Corner Cafe location. I heard rumors of Corner Cafe opening a pizza store in the old Corner Grill location, but I didn't know it was already open.

Apr 24, 2013
absmiller in Kosher

kosher party room in westchester or bronx

You could try Riverdale Temple, on Independence Avenue in Riverdale. I don't know about catering there, but I am pretty sure it is a kosher facility.

Dec 06, 2012
absmiller in Kosher

Miami/Bal Harbour food

Harbour Grill on Harding Avenue is also great.

May 04, 2012
absmiller in Kosher

A bacon alternative? ??? Think I may have found it.....

I could see it being delicious on roasted brussels sprouts.

May 04, 2012
absmiller in Kosher

Ideas for Post-Baby Meal Delivery on Pesach

If they eat gebrokhts, then maybe a matzah lasagna would work.

Apr 04, 2012
absmiller in Kosher

Passover cocktails?

Binyamina makes a very nice sour apple liqueur. It's a scary shade of bright green, but it's pretty tasty if you're an appletini kind of person (I sometimes combine it with potato vodka if I want more "tini" than apple). This year I will be trying Binyamina's chocolate liqueur. Also, Skyview carries two flavors of pre-mixed K for P cocktails--I bought the Sea Breeze, and I can't remember what the other flavor was.

Apr 02, 2012
absmiller in Kosher

dad need recipes

Fajitas are pretty easy--I like the recipe in Susie Fishbein's Short on Time cookbook.
You can also do a stir-fry with chicken or beef, a bag of frozen stir-fry veggies (Bird's Eye has a few varieties with a Triangle-K), and a bottled stir-fry sauce (I often order sauce on the side when I get Chinese take-out, so I use my leftover sauce). Cook some rice, and you have a nice meal.

Mar 21, 2012
absmiller in Kosher

Tropical Shalach Manot?

I was at Marshall's in Freeport, NY yesterday, and there were a lot of interesting Mexican candies there with flavors such as chile mango. Many had a Mexican hechsher (consult your local rabbinic authority if need be) and were in packages of four, marked down to one dollar. You can also play up the sunny factor of the tropics by including Sunny Doodles cupcakes or Sunshine brand crackers. Or go for the sand factor and make some pecan sandies...

Feb 22, 2012
absmiller in Kosher

Green Olive closed (NYC - Midtown East)

Alibaba was open on Monday--I had a falafel there. I think Alibaba's hours are erratic. I'm in the neighborhood most Mondays from around noon till 2 pm, and it's not always open. Luckily Coffee Bean is there, but I'd much rather have a freshly made falafel than a prepackaged sandwich.

Feb 01, 2012
absmiller in Kosher

Baby Food

My daughter loved soup at that age, especially chicken soup. If you make chicken soup, you can try feeding your baby some boiled chicken from the soup. If you have a food processor, you can even puree the chicken, thereby making your own chicken baby food.
For snacks, my daughter loves the GoGo Squeez apple sauces. I'm not sure if they're organic, but they have all natural ingredients and are less pricey than squeezable baby food pouches. In fact, they're on sale at Target this week. Also, do you have one of those fresh food feeders (it's like a small mesh pouch with a baby-friendly handle)? My daughter loved gnawing on melon in it.

Jan 02, 2012
absmiller in Kosher

Soup in a bread bowl

I believe U Cafe on the Upper East Side serves soup in a bread bowl as well.

Nov 14, 2011
absmiller in Kosher

Estihana, Manhattan Good, Bad or Ugly??????????

I really like the sizzling yaki udon noodles with chicken or beef, but they might be a little "slurpy" for a business meeting.

Sep 20, 2011
absmiller in Kosher

eatting and drinking kosher on South Street (Phila. Pa)

I visited with my family last week, and we were really impressed. The chicken was fresh and delicious (we tried roasted and fried--both were great!), and the sides were pretty good too. We also had a shnitzel sandwich, which was delicious: the bread was fresh, and the shnitzel was moist. Sandwiches come with unlimited sauces and salad fillings--I recommend the chipotle sauce. The place itself is tiny, but the staff welcomed customers to bring their food around the corner to, which looked roomier. Prices were great in my opinion--11.95 (iirc) for a quarter of a chicken and two sides. The only complaint I noticed was that customers were asking for grilled chicken cutlets, which wasn't on the menu, but probably should be.

Aug 31, 2011
absmiller in Kosher

Trader Joe's Kosher Specialties?

I've become a fan of TJ's Harvest Grains blend--it can be found near the pasta aisle. It is a mix of Israeli couscous, red quinoa, tricolor orzo, and garbanzo beans.

Aug 15, 2011
absmiller in Kosher

Nine days picnic and cold fish dishes

Ceviche would work well for a picnic, I think. You can use any type of fresh white fish (I used chilean sea bass this Shabbat). Check out recipes online. If you have access to sushi grade tuna, you can try the recipe for tuna and watermelon ceviche from the Kitchen Tested blog (

Jul 31, 2011
absmiller in Kosher

Looking for a "Man's" meat restaurant in Flatbush, Boro Park or Willamsburg

I didn't make it to Pardes at all last night. My husband and I held out till after our jazz concert (the reason why we were in Brooklyn last night) and had a lovely late dinner at Basil. The food and service were wonderful, even though it was quite crowded when we walked in at 10:30. After our meal, we were sent home with blueberry muffins for today's breakfast. I'm nibbling on one right now--it's not the freshest, obviously, but it's pretty good anyway.

Jun 22, 2011
absmiller in Kosher

Manishevitz kosher Pesach pie shells

The pie crusts also would probably work well with a cheesecake filling. A few years back on Pesach we made our own macaroon crust for a cheesecake. It was delicious!

Apr 28, 2011
absmiller in Kosher

Candies for Throwing in Shul

You can get some pretty drawstring cloth sachets and stuff them with a small handful of marshmallows or mini marshmallows. No plastic wrappers, and a soft landing!

Apr 04, 2011
absmiller in Kosher

Matza Lasagna

I soak my matzah boards in beaten egg before layering with sauce and cheese. I find the egg makes the matzah a little more noodle-esque.

Mar 28, 2011
absmiller in Kosher

grape juice/ wine on cruise

I don't have experience with Norwegian, but we ended up paying through the nose for a bottle of Manischewitz on Holland America. We had pre-ordered a bottle of kosher Cabernet to use for kiddush, but nobody on the cruise knew anything about it, and we were stuck without wine for kiddush. So definitely BYO!

Nov 20, 2010
absmiller in Kosher

Cooking question...

What about Rich's Whip? I understand that it's full of transfat and is totally artificial, but I think it would work well in this dessert.

Nov 17, 2010
absmiller in Kosher