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Alibaba on the UWS

It was closed when I moved out of the UWS (3+ years ago). Though nothing had ever replaced it.

Feb 22, 2015
craigcep in Kosher

Alibaba on the UWS

Has it been resurrected? I walked by it the other day and it appeared open. When did this happen? Is it good?

Feb 20, 2015
craigcep in Kosher

Westchester help

I think there's a confusion. There are actually two Epsteins on Central Park Ave - one in Yonkers and one in Hartsdale. See here - http://www.epsteinsdeli.com/ and http://epsteinskosher.com/ . The one in Hartsdale is under outside supervision. The one in Yonkers is self-supervised.

In further comment to Tamar, I've never heard a disparaging word about Sammy's.

Jan 13, 2015
craigcep in Kosher

Westchester help

Options in Westchester for dairy:

Sammy's bagels (takeout only)
Swirl Coffee and the pizza place in New Rochelle
White Plains Bake Shop (nothing more than rolls or bagels with butter; otherwise, good cakes and cookies)
Berrylicious Ice Cream and Frozen Yogurt where the DMV is in White Plains. It has a small assortment of lunch-ish foods.

Jan 11, 2015
craigcep in Kosher

Kosher Place for Business Lunch in White Plains, NY

This place is kosher and has some lunch foods, not fancy in any way shape or form.

Berrylicious Ice Cream and Frozen Yogurt
White Plains Mall
200 Hamilton Avenue
White Plains, NY 10601
(914) 729-6666

Ben's is opening up in Scarsdale shortly (they are in the middle of a soft opening). Otherwise New Roc and Stamford.

Jan 06, 2015
craigcep in Kosher
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Ginger Grill in Riverdale

I heard somewhere that it closed. Anyone know one way or the other? If it's open, it may be my dinner tonight.

Thanks.

Jan 04, 2015
craigcep in Kosher

Queens/Main Street Take Out

I'm responsible for grabbing dinner on Sunday for my Grandfather and my family in Queens. Any good take-out places on Main Street or towards Hillcrest? Something convenient. And preferably meat. Is there a good burger place? Though, I'll also accept a nomination for the best pizza place.

Thanks.

Dec 05, 2014
craigcep in Kosher

Beefy mac for shabbas

I don't have any major insights, but I think the pasta would turn to mush in the crockpot. One way to avoid this is to cook the meat and sauce in the crockpot and then pour it over room temperature pasta. Let it sit a few minutes, and the sauce will heat up the pasta.

Nov 19, 2014
craigcep in Kosher
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Skirt steak

I didn't think individual cuts were salted, but the primal cuts (or even bigger segments). Is a skirt steak on the outside of a larger cut that it is more covered in salt than other cuts?

Nov 19, 2014
craigcep in Kosher

Kosher versus Halal

There are myriad differences and a few similarities. And neither is better or worse. They just are.

The key similarity (besides the religious origin) is that both proscribes pork. Halal rules are stricter about it. Muslims cannot touch pork (like the "pigskin" football); Jews can do anything with pork except eat it.

Halal rules don't proscribe mixing milk and meat or shellfish like kosher rules do. Halal proscribes alcohol, including as a preservative and vehicle for flavorings (like vanilla). Kosher laws have no problem with alcohol (except for certain grape-derived liquids like wine).

Your best bet for a full discussion is the internet and wikipedia, I'm sure has some discussion of it.

Nov 12, 2014
craigcep in Kosher

Worthwhile kosher restaurants in NJ

Cherry Grill is fine; nothing special one way or the other.

Nov 05, 2014
craigcep in Kosher

Mail Order Kosher Indian Food

It's back - from the restaurant in Seattle.

http://www.kosherindianfood.com/place...

I ordered previously, and it was very good.

Nov 03, 2014
craigcep in Kosher

Need recommendations for SuperSol Westchester for catering?

I'm trying to remember what it was. I believe it was veggies and burgers for a bbq. We wanted the inexpensive options. It was pretty, but we asked for and got the unfancy options.

Food was good.

Oct 30, 2014
craigcep in Kosher

Need recommendations for SuperSol Westchester for catering?

I've used them for basic things, and it works out fine. Not fancy, but reasonably priced anyway.

Oct 30, 2014
craigcep in Kosher

Amsterdam Burger Co.

Anyone know if they take reservations? It's sit down, right?

Oct 28, 2014
craigcep in Kosher

10 Best Kosher Delis in North America from Shalom LIfe

I feel the need to go exploring.

Anyone know how Bebe's Kosher Deli operates in Chicago? They appear to be CRC meat and CRC dairy.

Oct 13, 2014
craigcep in Kosher

Yom Kippur

Sorry if I wasn't clear. After the fast ends on Saturday night, we eat Sunday brunch-type foods because (1) they are easy to prepare quickly when everyone is starving and (2) they are lighter to digest, so fewer stomach aches.

Sep 29, 2014
craigcep in Kosher

Gift for Sukkah Dinner

For certified wine, go to your preferred liquor store, and they likely have a section of kosher wines. The most common certification is the OU, which looks like a U within a circle. The other big mark you'll find on wine is OK, which is a K within a circle (there are other acceptable ones, but those two are the most common). Look for a bottle that has either of those marks and also says "Mevushal" on it (as Zsero and CloggieGirl suggest).

Don't stress in your mind about it being needlessly complicated.

Sep 29, 2014
craigcep in Kosher

Yom Kippur

The good news is that Yom Kippur is a fast day with no food or drink for 25 hours. So, set the table really nicely and leave it empty.

There are traditional before and after foods. Before, my family usually did a meal similar to Shabbat dinner - roast chicken, veggies, starches. After, think of Sunday brunch - bagels, fish salads, eggs, etc.

Sep 29, 2014
craigcep in Kosher
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Rent-a-Schochet

Bagel - thanks for the reference. How do you get the animal to your shochet?

Sep 11, 2014
craigcep in Kosher

Rent-a-Schochet

If this is in Great Neck, I know one of the wives in that group, and I've been in touch with her.

Right now, the state of affairs with my friend is (1) where do we obtain an animal and (2) how do we empty our freezers.

Sep 11, 2014
craigcep in Kosher

Rent-a-Schochet

I appreciate Bagelman's well-thought out answer. My personal answer is I haven't gotten all the details yet, so I don't know. I'll keep you posted if we go through with this.

Sep 08, 2014
craigcep in Kosher

Markets off I-80 in Jersey

Not knowing the area, my review of Google Maps suggested the Fairway (and Shoprite in Parsippany, as well as Riverdale Kosher Market) was a more convenient option than Cedar Lane in Teaneck.

Sep 05, 2014
craigcep in Kosher

Markets off I-80 in Jersey

We ended up in the Fairway in Woodland Park, and was quite disappointed with the selection. As we were plenty early, we also stopped in Riverdale as per plan A.

Sep 04, 2014
craigcep in Kosher

Rent-a-Schochet

In one of my crazier conversations with a friend the other day, we were discussing purchasing a lamb and finding a shochet to do the honors of schecting. Anyone know if this is a possibility in the NY area? What about a butcher or someone to dress the animal afterwards?

Or is this just a pipedream.

This came from a conversation about an easier version of Grow and Behold.

The next step will be figuring out how to empty out my freezer.

Thanks.

Sep 03, 2014
craigcep in Kosher

Markets off I-80 in Jersey

Is it different than other fairways? Any sense of the shop rite in parsippany?

Aug 28, 2014
craigcep in Kosher

Markets off I-80 in Jersey

We will be returning from vacation this Friday and likely taking I-80 across NJ back to the east side of the Hudson River (unless we take the Tappan Zee). We are not quite sure of our timing yet. What markets are convenient for purchasing meat for Shabbat cooking on the way? We're good with raw food and we'll grill when we get home. Because we don't know our exact timing, suggestions for kosher markets that may close early and general supermarkets that are only later are greatly appreciated.

Our Plan A is Riverdale Kosher Market, but we're not sure we'd get there before closing.

Thanks.

Aug 27, 2014
craigcep in Kosher

baby food questions

Check out Earth's Best.

It's available in most supermarkets.

http://www.earthsbest.com/why-earths-...

Aug 20, 2014
craigcep in Kosher

Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf NYC

I think tuna prices recently went up dramatically. At the places I grab lunch (non-kosher) tuna sandwiches all went up about $1 in the past 2-3 months.

Aug 14, 2014
craigcep in Kosher

Is Kosher Cheese also Vegetarian (i.e. without animal rennet?)

Is that true to the whole industry, the kosher industry or the non-kosher industry?

Aug 11, 2014
craigcep in Kosher