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Subsational (Avenue P)

Subsational

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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% [?]

2012 Cafe in Great Neck?

Does anyone know anything about this 2012 Cafe in Great Neck?  This awning has been up for a while but I can’t seem to find any more information about it other than the rumor that it is going to be a “bootlegged Carlos and Gabby’s”.  If you know anything please drop us a line in the comments!

PS.  The awning has a picture of a burger, fries, and a pita so we will assume it is a burger joint.

Popularity: 4% [?]

Deli Kasbah

Deli Kasbah

Rating (out of 5): 

We came here for what I believe was the fourth time I have ever been this past Saturday.  Since Shabbat ends early they are open but I think that may be a mistake because while it was nice for them to be open we were the only ones in the restaurant for most of our dinner.   So – right off the bat I would recommend it as a date place if you are looking for somewhere low key.  The prices are comparable to Le Meraise and Wolf and Lamb so expect to pay $20-$40 per entrée.   The ambiance? This place likes loves The Rebbe.  They have DVDs on flat screen TVS playing 24/7 showing him as well as other posters and information about him and his works.  From what we later found out that the owner was Baal Teshuva which explains the shrine like dedication to The Rebbe.

Most of our group ended up ordering the Philly steak sandwich based off of my recommendation.  I ordered it again and was not disappointed.  The meat was very juicy and the meal was amazing.  Ask for the white sauce on the side and cover it with it!  My fiancé ordered the ribs and they were quite tasty as well.  Most of their food tends to be on the greasy side however the taste is still good.  Their menu has steaks (try the Argentinian it’s delicious), chicken, and burgers with a variety of ways they cook them.

The service was lame considering we were the only customers however this has come to be the unfortunate standard in the Kosher restaurant world… hopefully someone can prove me wrong sometime in the near future.

I would highly recommend this place if prefer a night out in the city where the conversation and your friends are more important than the crowd and plan on seeing myself there again in the future.

Price: $$
Deli Kasbah
251 West 85th Street
New York, NY 10024
(212)496-1500
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Popularity: 2% [?]

Kosher Oasis

Kosher Oasis

Rating (out of 5): 

QUICK REVIEW! I spent all morning today in line and then watching the taping of a new Jerry Seinfeld show called “The Marriage Ref” and was in desperate need for a fast lunch.  I walked by this place many times so I figured today was the day I would try it.  First impressions were good – the young employee was extremely nice and had a big smile on his face the whole time.  Since I am trying to lose weight for a wedding I decided to go with the salad.  At $8.99 it is about normal for a kosher salad in NYC.  Unfortunately this places idea of salad was way off.  The taste was very good but it looked to be more like what the other NYC vendor carts offer in terms of food.  The salad was about 4-6 ounces of meat, rice,  and a scoop full of lettuce and pickles.  The burgers looked really good although the employee said they weren’t like normal burgers – I plan on going back to try them again.

Price: $
Kosher Oasis Cart
47th Street and 6th Avenue
New York, NY 10036
(877)900-KOSHER(5674)
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Popularity: 1% [?]

Clubhouse Cafe

Clubhouse Cafe

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Rating (out of 5): 

I decided to meet up with an old friend here from my trip to Israel for dinner last night.  Since I keep fully kosher I figured it would be a good place to show off the “trendiest” kosher has to offer in Manhattan.  It’s a great place to go on a Thursday or Saturday night.. you will probably run into someone you know on a date!

Since we didn’t have a reservation they sat us at the worst table in the house – in the very front right behind the hostess.  I pleaded with the faux-hawked manager to give us a different open table but when I realized he wouldn’t budge I gave up.  That was pretty annoying because I hate sitting in a lame spot in a restaurant, I want to be in the middle of all the action.

Speaking of the workers, non of the employees seem to be Jewish.  Most of them are from some European country and one is even tattoo’d all over his body (ask him to see the tattoo on the inside of his mouth!)  They are usually quick to take orders but expect to wait a good while for your food to come out.  The larger your party the most likely some of the food doesn’t come out warm either.

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Popularity: 3% [?]