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Shalom Bombay: The Review

Rating (out of 5):

There was a storm a few weeks ago that shut down all the LIRR lines – so what better way to spend the night stuck in NYC than to check out New York City’s newest Glatt Kosher Indian restaurant, Shalom Bombay under the hechsher of the Orthodox Union.  With much success in Teaneck they decided to try their chances in the more prestigious Manhattan market – and we think they are going to make it.

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Popularity: 4% [?]

Dakshin II – The Review (hey, that rhymed!)

Rating (out of 5):

QUICK REVIEW: I was up at 57th and Lexington today when I realized I was hungry and it was time for lunch.  Unfortunately it doesn’t seem like there is much to eat in this area (can someone please open up a pizzeria).  Fortunately for me however – I am the editor of the #1 online Kosher restaurant blog so finding somewhere was not that big an issue.  The smart people we were, in the 95+ degree weather we decided to take our wallets to the kosher offerings of Dakshin II’s Indian Buffet.   There is nothing more refreshing than spicy food on a hot August day (insert sarcasm mark here).  Being on 1st avenue is a bit out of the way for most of the people who work in this area, so I will assume they have a better crowd for dinner.

The Buffet

When you walk in the first thing you see is the buffet table stocked full of, yep, you guessed it – Indian cuisine.  The decor is typical for an Indian Buffet.  Hopefully Shalom Bombay will make their place nicer (if they ever open).  The lunch buffet is $9.95 and they do not take credit cards for orders under $25.   Quick thought before I forget: they didn’t have extra plates when I went back for seconds or thirds (isn’t this a buffet rule?) or even fourths.

Sauces

If you love sauces like me, you will appreciate the ones they had.  Although the presentation could be better their selection was good.  The yogurt sauce with naan was so good I couldn’t believe it was parve.  For the main course, the chicken masala and baghare baingan were my favorite.  Spiced just right they went great when scooped up with some naan.  Unfortunately all of the pictures I took of the main dishes came out bad, I will have to go back and take a pic of them for you guys another time.  A few more pics though for your enjoyment and consideration.

Rice and Chicken Tandoori

The chicken looked REALLY spicy (it wasn’t).  Still good however.

Fruit Salad

Wikipedia defines a salad as having a mixture of fruits.  While this one only contained cantaloupe I will take their word for it that it was in fact a salad.

Overall it was ok,  if you are in the mood for Glatt Kosher Indian food and are in the area then you should definitely check them out.

Dakshin Indian Bistro
1713 First Avenue (between 63 and 64 street)
New York, NY 10028
(212)987-9839
www.dakshinmidtowneast.com
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Popularity: 2% [?]

Subsational (Avenue P)

Subsational

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Front

Rating (out of 5): 

On Memorial Day we made the unfortunate decision to go to Coney Island to celebrate. As good as it was for our egos (we were better than everyone there) unfortunately the overall taste that it left with us was sour. We decided to cleanse that taste with the offerings of Subsational in Brooklyn.

If you haven’t been here in over a year then you would be in for a surprise as they have done a total renovation on the place. They also made some adjustments to the menu. We assume this was because of the entrance of Carlos and Gabby’s to the market – which has forced most Kosher restaurants to start acting like real restaurants.

My constant at a hamburger shop is the Pastrami burger, so naturally I ordered it.  I also ordered the buffalo wings chicken fingers.

Subsational

One look at the buffalo wings and we returned them. The chickens must have been starved and anorexic because there was no sign of any kind of hormones – they were little and looked unapetizing.  We went to return these with the manager.    Naturally, he put up a fight “sorry, you should know what you are ordering” but after a few of my “can’t you think outside of the box?” and “don’t you guys know how to do customer service” and a “you are going to lose a customer” he quickly realized it was time to offer us a replacement item.  Enter the chicken fingers.

They were good considering they were made exactly how C&G’s does theirs with corn flakes.  Maybe they all come from the distributor like this?  Does anyone know?

Subsational

Now it was time for the main event – the pastrami burger.  Although the meat quality was bad the pastrami on top creates the most amazing/juicy flavor.   It was quite messy (it fell apart by the end, see how many napkins I used below), it was tasty and I would def recommend it if you want a good old fashioned not good for you good tasting hamburger.

We got the spicy fries as a side, quite expensive for $4.99 (how does Mcdonalds sell fries for 99 cents??) But they were on par.

We didn’t order anything from the Mexican side of their menu but will definitely have a fiesta the next time we eat there.

If u want a guaranteed fast food meal with a solid taste, I would definitely recommend checking out Subsational.

UPDATED: I had had originally given them 4 stars but meant to give them three, thanks Steven!

Subsational
1928 Coney Island Avenue (between avenue O and P)
Brooklyn, NY 11230 map
(718)998-4545

Popularity: 4% [?]

Hana’s Pizza

Rating (out of 5): 

I had to head up to this part of town tonight because I had a meeting so I figured out I would check out Hanna’s Pizza. The funny thing is as I was thinking about it about earlier today ten minutes later I got a text from the person I last went there with about a year and a half ago, and I hadn’t heard from them in months – ironic.

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Popularity: 2% [?]

Carlos and Gabby’s – Queens

Carlos and Gabbys Queens

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Outside

Rating (out of 5): 

With all the holidays the past few weeks we haven’t had so much time lately to go out to dinner alone so last night we decided to grab a quick bite to eat.  After careful deliberation (actually, first we wanted Grill Point, then Benny’s, then Cafe Muscat) we finally we decided to go to Carlos & Gabby’s in Queens on Main Street.  We have been here before so we knew we would be satisfied.

If you have a big appetite you should start off with an order of their chicken zingers.  Breaded with what I believe to be corn flakes these tasty pre-dinner snacks will definately get your palete going.

My wife ordered the Texas Wrangler Burger which is a definite must if you have never had their burgers.  It combines onion rings, BBQ sauce, 6 ounce of meat and veggies.  When these flavors come together it creates a great taste and for $8.95 its hard to find a better deal.  Which brings me to what I had – the double burger.  It has 2 four ounce patties with all the regular fixings.

If you have never had Kosher mexican food then I would also highly recommend it as this is the best place to try it.  Their burritos and tacos are spiced just right to give that spanish flavor and I recommend trying any one of their tacos or burritos.

If you want to go on the light side, although largely portioned, get one of their salads.  Half the restaurant seemed to have ordered one so they must be good.

The service here is pretty friendly and quite fast, which are all rare atributes as we know in the Kosher world.  Although CG falls under the “new age” generation of Kosher restaurants unlike the lame offerings we had in the past.

Overall I highly recommend checking out C&G at anyone of their locations.

Price: $$

Carlos & Gabby’s Queens
67-11 Main Street
Kew Gardens Hills, NY 11367 map
(718)575-TACO(8226)
www.carlosandgabbysqueens.com

Popularity: 3% [?]

The Kitchen Table Restaurant

[Guest Post from Roberta Scher of Koshereye.com]

From the moment I entered the The Kitchen Table Restaurant in Mountain View, California, it was obvious that I was going to have a special experience. My first impression was correct.

The Kitchen Table is located on “restaurant row” in the small town of Mountain View, California – in the heart of Silicon Valley. It is just a few miles from Palo Alto, and within a 40-­‐minute drive of San Francisco. Upon entering the restaurant, I was greeted by a welcoming staff, contemporary, creative decor and an innovative, but moderately priced menu. Only nine months old, the restaurant is an exceptional artisanal, upscale eating destination; one that focuses on fresh, California seasonal, made-­‐from-­‐scratch food, and kosher certified by the Vaad of Northern California.

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Popularity: 2% [?]

Roya Kosher Pizza

Roya Kosher Pizza

Rating (out of 5): 

In continuation of my boycott of La Pizzeria (horrible service, overpriced menu, sub-par food), I decided to grab a quick bite to eat tonight at Roya Kosher Pizza in Great Neck.  This hole in the wall pizzeria somehow continues to survive however anyone’s guess as to how is still a mystery.  With the except of Saturday Night and after Yom Tov’s (when they are smart enough to open) this place is usually pretty dead.  Being tucked in the back of an outdated shopping center doesn’t help their case either.

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Popularity: 5% [?]

Sushi Tokyo

Sushi Tokyo

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Rating (out of 5): 

This is my wife’s favorite place to get sushi.  Always fresh, always tasty and the presentation is excellent (see slide show).

I wasn’t so hungry this time (it was after Shabbat) so we only got two rolls – the Mexican($8.95) and the Ninja($7.95) roll. (see slide show).

For specialty rolls this is a great deal as most places charge $10+ for the same thing (and it doesn’t even taste as good!)  The Mexican roll has fresh jalapeño on top which gives it an amazing spicy taste and their avacados are unbelievably fresh which makes Ninja roll is remarkable.  If you have a bigger appetite try the Leo roll and it was great as well.  They put fried onions on top and we all know fried onions make everything better!

They have the spicy mayo and eel sauce (it’s kosher, duh!!) self serve so you can get as much as you want.

Open Saturday nights and they have three chefs so u don’t have to wait long to get your food.

You know what I REALLY like about this place?  It is just a sushi restaurant.  That’s it.  Not a Pizzeria + Sushi.  Not a steakhouse + sushi.  They do one thing and they do it well instead of trying to do everything like most all kosher restaurants do.

Great place for a casual date or if u want to chill with some of your girlfriends and as you can see the place is nice and clean.

It’s a keeper!

Price: $

Sushi Tokyo
1360 Coney Island Avenue (Near Avenue J)
Brooklyn, NY 11230
(718)434-2444
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Popularity: 3% [?]

Hibachi Steakhouse

Rating (out of 5):  

If I could summarize this restaurant down in 10 words it would be: The worst experience at a restaurant I have ever had.

It was my friends birthday last night and we wanted to try something new in the kosher restaurant world instead of going to the usual Clubhouse Cafe or Estihana so we decided to check out the Hibachi Steakhouse in Brooklyn.

There were 12 of us so once again the less than par service (see my review on Betty’s in Great Neck) was expected because of our big group but there was no way to guess it would go this bad.

Enter exhibit A. Below:

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Popularity: 7% [?]

Benny’s Pizzeria & Restaurant: Cheese Pie Edition

Benny's

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Rating (out of 5): 

QUICK REVIEW!!!

Ok so last time I promised I would return to Benny’s to have a taste of their regular cheese slice.  I also promised my fiance at that time (now my wife as of January 7th!!) that we would pig out after the wedding on a whole pie of pizza together.  Today I fullfilled that promise.

First off being the fatties that we were we ordered it before we got there so it would be funky fresh as soon as we walked in – and it was.  And for one of the first times in a long time we didn’t panic and order a bunch of extra things like a side of spicy fries (mmmmm, spicy fries) or a falafel.  We just focused on the pizza this time.

The pie was pretty good (I had 3 4 slices), but not as good as Rosa’s in the city.

Let’s break it down:

Dough: Perfectly cooked, just barely crispy with a good dough-e flavor
Cheese: Worse part about it? It still tastes good just not as flavorful as it should be.  They may be using cheap or a low fat kind of cheese
Sauce:  Perfect tomato-e flavor, not sweet like some places like to do

So overall the pizza was better than say La pizzeria or Benjy’s but like I said not a Rosa’s.  Rosa’s has them beat with better cheese.

I think they might have messed up on the price because we got the pie and a bottle of Fresca for $14.50 which was an amazing deal! Was it mistake or a Wednesday night special? I’m not sure and we were too afraid to ask!

Heres a tip: get a side of their creamy caeser dressing (even though I think it was 98% mayonnaise) to dip the crust in – it’s delicious!

Def a top kosher pizza joint if you are ever looking to grab a quick slice!

Price: $
Benny’s Kosher
181-30 Union Turnpike
Fresh Meadows, NY
(718)969-1928
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Popularity: 2% [?]