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Restaurants on Manhattan's East Side

Since no one mentioned it, thought I'd also note that Mike's Bistro is now on 54th between Park and Lex.

Aug 12, 2015
masteraleph in Kosher

Costco sheet cake kosher?

I think Hackensack may be the only one in NJ, actually- Brooklyn, New Rochelle, Lawrence, and I think Nanuet are all kosher in NY.

Jul 22, 2015
masteraleph in Kosher

Costco sheet cake kosher?

Not sure what the situation in the Chicago area is, but a number of NY area Costcos (not all, but many), have their whole bakeries certified by the OK, typically all dairy (the breads aren't, but I'm not sure whether that's because they're in a separate area or if the OK just won't certify them when it's certifying the bakery on the whole as dairy).

Jul 21, 2015
masteraleph in Kosher

Joy of Kosher Magazine

No idea. But I did see it on the magazine rack at checkout in a local Whole Foods. If I get back there soon, I'll take a look.

Jul 16, 2015
masteraleph in Kosher

2 Great Breakfast/Lunch places- Petite Shell and Moss Cafe (NY)

It has a lot of similarities- the pickled stuff and small fridge you can get house made items in, the creativity, etc. It's definitely a different vibe (Mason & Mug tended to be dark and from what I remember was high trestle tables; Moss Cafe is light with light colored tables and a lot more young families). But yeah, there are definite similarities in terms of the food.

Jul 11, 2015
masteraleph in Kosher

Riverdale, NY- Kosher establishment list

In terms of markets, there's also Glatt Shop on Johnson between 235th/236th. There's at least one more bakery on 235th between Johnson and Oxford, but it's not as good as any of the ones listed so far (Cafeccino is limited but great, if square, bagels, corner cafe does delicious desserts, Gruenbaum's does good stuff as well. Moss Cafe isn't a bakery but they always have 5 or so scones/muffins/bars each day). There's a fish place on 236th near Riverdale Ave, called Geshmake Fish.

The place going in that's going to replace Ginger Grill is called Kai Fan, but isn't open yet. Don't know anything about the new place that's going to be near C&G's other than that it's still under construction.

There's also a pizza shop attached to Corner Cafe called Pizza Plus, which does pizza/ice cream/milkshakes. Take out only.

Jul 11, 2015
masteraleph in Kosher

Need Manhattan restaurant for small group with 1 vegan colleague

Just looking at menus- maybe ask Mike's Bistro? The "Cold Appetizers" and the soups look fine. I can't tell whether the "Seasons Bounty" are all supposed to be sides of some sort, or mains, but if the latter, that would seem to provide some variety.

Jul 09, 2015
masteraleph in Kosher
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2 Great Breakfast/Lunch places- Petite Shell and Moss Cafe (NY)

I've only seen a little bit mentioned about Petite Shell on here, and surprisingly nothing about Moss Cafe, so I wanted to plug both, as I've really enjoyed them and would love for them to stick around.

Petite Shell (on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, E 85th/Lexington Ave) is basically a croissant, rugelach, and coffee place, where you order at the counter and they bring the food to the table. A couple of posts have mentioned their rugelach, but having been their for lunch today, the croissants are amazing too- there's something about a rich, buttery, flaky croissant, with some sort of cheese (my wife had a sandwich with brie inside, I had one with goat, avocado, and horseradish, and another with blue cheese and fig) and creamy spread that works beautifully together. I mean beyond the great croissant. The rugelach are great too, and fairly unusual- my wife had a tomato and pecorino one, and we split a white chocolate and granny smith apple one, as well. Very good coffee, with a fun cold brew coffee setup- they have pull taps, like at a bar, one for light and one for dark. They also had some growlers in the corner, though we've been making enough at home that I wasn't really tempted by that. My wife had an "iced hot chocolate," which was exactly that, and creamy and delicious. It was pretty spacious inside, and no problem with getting a table at 1:30 PM, but there are few enough tables that I can imagine it being a pain midday. It's under the hashgacha of Rabbi Mehlman.

Moss Cafe is a "farm to table" cafe in Riverdale NY, on Johnson Ave just south of 235th st. They opened up at the beginning of June, and we've been in there quite often since. They do very good coffee (again, I'm a fan of cold brew coffee) and espresso drinks. They tend to have about 5 pastries, which are generally in the realm of scones, "bars" (soft and in bar shapes), and muffins- we've had savory scones, like dill havarti and dill feta, as well as a cherry almond sweet one, and a variety of the muffins and bars. The menu changes every day and at various times; they usually have certain things- like "toast," which includes house-cured gravlax, and a savory bowl and a sweet bowl, the former of which often has a fried egg on top, but it really varies by day (today's savory bowl, for example, seems to have garlic scapes and summer squash, which are definitely in season, given that we got them in our CSA last week). A week or so ago, they announced on facebook that they had acquired a large Chicken of the Woods mushroom from a forager friend of theirs, which they had available on a variety of things, including a focaccia pizza that my wife and I split- it's called chicken of the woods for very good reason. They also have a variety of beers on tap and some wine, though we haven't really tried those. It's a fairly small store, and the seating is cramped- the tables are large, and can serve as large 2-tops or small 3 or 4-tops, and a lot of locals end up bringing strollers in. Like Petite Shell, you order at the counter and they bring your food to you. Everything we've had there has been great. It's under the Vaad of Riverdale.

Jul 07, 2015
masteraleph in Kosher

kosher cheese from uk village oak

Ah, sorry. But yes, that does sound like an interesting cheese.

Jul 01, 2015
masteraleph in Kosher

kosher cheese from uk village oak

Sounds interesting to me (I backed your last kickstarter, and we're most of the way through the second pound at this point).

Jun 30, 2015
masteraleph in Kosher

kosher cheese from uk village oak

Any idea what kind of cheese it was? "uk village oak" isn't giving me much. But given your last run, definitely intrigued.

Jun 29, 2015
masteraleph in Kosher
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Restaurants that need updating (Tevere 84, Va Bene, La Marais - in Manhattan) What others?

Just returned from Norfolk, VA, which perpetually has one operating kosher restaurant (they've cycled through pizza, deli, etc.) The current place is schwarma/falafel- called Mr Shawarma, with really good falafel. The nice thing is that it seems not to have an exclusively Jewish clientele- they've got good Yelp reviews, and some of the local paper reviews recommend it as a good place for Navy folks who got used to falafel in the Middle East to go. That's the other way to do things- appeal to the non-Jewish community as well as the Jewish one.

Jun 28, 2015
masteraleph in Kosher
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Restaurants that need updating (Tevere 84, Va Bene, La Marais - in Manhattan) What others?

I agree with that sentiment- La Marais is perfectly good for what it is- a place that does classic, "safe" steaks. And we like going to Tevere/Va Bene, mostly because no one else is doing the stuff they are as well.

Jun 23, 2015
masteraleph in Kosher

Is this for real? Kosher Parmigiano Reggiano??

When? They had it years and years ago, back when it existed the first time around (don't remember whether that was CY or not).

Jun 15, 2015
masteraleph in Kosher

Cheese like you never dreamed existed; Cheese to die for

It's really, really really amazing- we've been having it on toast all week, often adding a little apple on top. I'm kind of disappointed that Muncle Ark hasn't done this again (possibly with some other kind of cheese?)

Jun 08, 2015
masteraleph in Kosher
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Trendy kosher cafes in Manhattan

Not sure what a trendy kosher cafe would look like, but Petite Shell on the UES? Amazing bakery goods- great for breakfast or a lighter lunch.

Jun 04, 2015
masteraleph in Kosher

Reserve Cut

Mike's (which is now midtown on the East Side)?

(note- expensive, but if Reserve Cut and PG are in the running, no worse)

Apr 28, 2015
masteraleph in Kosher

UWS NYC odd-kosher-food event

Yak and locust sound fairly exotic to me..

Apr 17, 2015
masteraleph in Kosher

UWS NYC odd-kosher-food event

Right- if they actually had the weird stuff being mentioned, I'd be incredibly interested- but it doesn't seem like they're going to.

Apr 16, 2015
masteraleph in Kosher

Holyland Matzo - where to find in NYC?

I think I just saw some at the Yonkers Whole Foods- might want to call and ask at the Manhattan WF.

Apr 06, 2015
masteraleph in Kosher

KFP Greek Yogurt

FWIW, I've had the Norman's before, and it had roughly the taste and consistency of wallpaper paste (or at least, I assume that's what wallpaper paste tastes like). I like Greek Yogurt, but this year we just bought some of the KFP Dannons- they won't really be what I like, but at least I can be assured that it will taste like something- mass produced something, but something.

Apr 03, 2015
masteraleph in Kosher

Can Rum(/Rhum/Cacha├ža) be Drunk on Passover?

This isn't really a question, per se- Ron Zacapa Solera 23 would be kosher, in general, if you'll drink sherry/port/other wine cask whiskey (which some kashrut organizations will allow, and others won't), so it's really a question of asking your rabbi about this issue.

As for the dark rum issue- that's because they're concerned about companies adding things like caramel coloring. I wouldn't really be concerned about it with Ron Zacapa.

For AdinaA- think sweet scotch, for a flavor palette. The aging in oak casks gives it what I would usually think of as a whiskey flavor, but with the sweetness of a good rum. This one in particular is not particularly harsh, and it's obviously not smokey, but that's more or less how I'd think of it.

FWIW- I drink it during the year (and will drink sherry cask scotch, as well), but I put it aside for Passover on the basis of general Passover paranoia. There's probably no halachic reason to do so, but I'm also desperately looking for Spectrum brand unrefined coconut oil, rather than anyone else, since it's the only one the OU verifies is KLP without a specific KLP mark on the label. Chalk it up to Passover craziness.

Mar 29, 2015
masteraleph in Kosher
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Slow cooker that fits particular requirements

Thanks to all who commented- we've decided to try a slow cooker suggested by a friend, that's related to the one DuffyH suggested- the Cuisinart PSC-650. Unlike Rival, Cuisinart actually makes a claim for how hot it gets on various settings- a maximum of 200F on low, and 185F on Simmer, both of which should work better than the Crock Pots that hit 212 on low (the Chow review actually claims cooler temperatures than that, but again, the low is still good).

Will update once we've gotten it and used it a few times- chicken soup is probably the first thing up, and then a stew or two to follow.

Mar 28, 2015
masteraleph in Cookware
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Passover desserts question

There was some discussion of mousse in previous years (including one of backing it), but I thought I'd throw out an option my mother in law uses sometimes:

8 eggs, separated
2/3 cup sugar
9 oz semi-sweet chocolate
2tbsp sugar

Preheat oven to 350 and grease springform pan
Melt chocolate and allow to cool so that it is liquid but not overly hot
Beat separated yolks with 2/3 cup of sugar until light and fluffy (hand mixer makes this go more easily; can be done by hand, or on Yom Tov with a rotary whisk)
Add chocolate slowly and set aside
Beat separated egg whites until soft peaks form; add 2 tbsp sugar and beat until stiff peaks form
Carefully fold egg whites into chocolate mixture- you want it to remain as fluffy as possible
Put half into the springform and bake for 20-25 minutes, until it has solidified (it should still be quite fluffy). Put other half in a bowl in the fridge.
Once cool, top the baked part with the unbaked part and return to fridge until serving. If preparing ahead of time you can freeze it; it will freeze and unfreeze quite quickly.

It's not at all dense- though it is technically flourless and functionally a cake, the bottom is essentially a chocolate souffle, topped with mousse. We make it all year round, and people are astounded that there is no flour or any other grain based starch.

For the person who just asked about lemon mousse- I know it's not lemon, but hopefully it can help fill the same spot.

Mar 28, 2015
masteraleph in Kosher
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Slow cooker that fits particular requirements

Because low fully boils on our slow cooker. Cooking overnight, we lose as much as a quart of water, and boiling food for that long is a problem foodwise (not healthwise, obviously).

Mar 23, 2015
masteraleph in Cookware

Slow cooker that fits particular requirements

After having had one cooking SNAFU after another with our slow cooker (a Crockpot Smartpot, circa 2006), my wife and I are in the market for a replacement.

The main issue is that we are observant Jews, which throws a few wrenches into what might be an ordinary process. It means that we tend to do a lot of overnight cooking (so that food can be ready for lunch on the Sabbath, with the cooking starting the day before), typically soups or stews, and that we can't adjust anything to do with the cooking on the Sabbath. So the basic requirements are:

1) No automatic shutoff for cooking, or at least the automatic shutoff is 20 hours or more.

2) Does not actively detect the temperature (so ones designed to function with a probe are out).

3) Cooks without boiling- the "old" Crock Pots, that tended to cook at temperatures under the boiling point, would have worked fine, but ours will eventually bring anything to a rapid boil when set on low, even when full of liquid. My understanding is that Rival upped the power to deal with liability issues, though I've seen mentions that there may be some available now that don't have this issue?

Mar 21, 2015
masteraleph in Cookware

kosher goat cheese

At least here in the NY area, the Cheese Guy is producing a goat cheese. We saw it at the 97th st Whole Foods the other day, so it's definitely making its way out there, but the Cheese Guy does seem to be a NY area (plus maybe a few other places in big cities) product. Note that he does have some goat cheese under KORC- the stuff I'm referring to is in packages like the TJ's stuff, and under the OU.

Feb 18, 2015
masteraleph in Kosher

Kosher wine at Whole Foods Market

Usually Skyview Wine and Spirits, in Riverdale, NY. Which may not help you (you say below that you're in Dallas), but it tends to offer good prices, a large selection, and very good recommendations if you're in the NY area

Feb 17, 2015
masteraleph in Kosher

Best parve sliced "cheese?"

Carlos and Gabby's has some sort of "cheesy" sauce they use on their Philly Steak subs and some other things. I don't think they're even using any sort of fake cheese, though- just some sort of creamy high fat sauce with the right amount of salt.

Jan 30, 2015
masteraleph in Kosher

CH broke the site: how to fix it

Thanks here, as well.

Dec 20, 2014
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