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Burger Zone has closed (Exclusive)

Unfortunately we have some sad news about Burger Zone on the Upper East Side, they look to have closed according to this photo sent in from one of our great Thanks A Glatt readers.  They were supposed to go Glatt Kosher after the nine days but it looks like that never panned out.  Hopefully someone else will pick up where they left off and reopen something kosher soon!

[Thanks Daniela]

Popularity: 1% [?]

“Good Fellas” to open in the Financial District

Kosher options are expanding for those who work and live in the Financial District. Koshertopia has learned that a new restaurant will open around Labor Day at 17 Trinity Place (at the old location of Essex on Coney). The new restaurant, Good Fellas will be supervised by the OU.  No word on what type of cuisine they will be serving but we won’t foggetaboutit and will update this when we know!

Good Fellas
17 Trinity Place
New York, NY 10006

Popularity: 6% [?]

Burger Zone under new management/supervision

Tipster and friend to Thanks A Glatt (they happen to live upstairs!) sent us this picture of Burger Zone on the UES with what looks like good news, they are under new ownership and hechsher!  We have further discovered that they will be under the Vaad Harabonim of Flatbush! We look forward to finally checking out their burgers!

Popularity: 1% [?]

Burger Zone now open on the Upper East Side!

Burger Zone, a new burger joint with a big variety of burger and salad options has now opened on the UES on 2nd avenue between 94th and 95th streets.  It is under the kosher supervision of Rabbi Harry Lax (I haven’t heard of him before, if anyone can drop us some info about him in the comments we would love to know more.)

Since we never really venture past 60th street (it’s too scary to go any higher!) will someone go check it out and let us know how it is? Better pictures and a phone number would also be appreciated.

Thanks!

UPDATE: We found a website for their Grand “Openning” –> www.burgerzoneny.com which has a menu that we put below.  $7 for a burger and $11.50 ($9.95 during lunch) for a combo.

Burger zone
1830 2nd Avenue
New York, NY 10128 map
(212)828-6400

Popularity: 5% [?]

Sorry, but it’s about time someone says something about the napkins in NYC

This has been on my mind ever since I moved to New York City four and a half years ago and now I feel is the right time to get it off my plate (no pun intended)… why must so many New York area restaurants use those tiny napkins?  I like to call them crapkins since they are horrible.  You know the ones I am talking about, they are paper thin, 3 inches by 4 inches and have the power to clean at most one finger per use.

This rant opinion isn’t even meant to be directed at Kosher restaurants since I know it exists in many non-kosher restaurants (I think they are used 100% of the time in NY area pizzerias).  The first thought that comes to mind are that they may be the cheapest option for owners out there.  OK, but don’t they see that we just end up using 3 or 4 more times the napkins than of the kind of standard issue napkin you will get at any major US restaurant chain (and I can bet you they have done the math on napkin cost efficiencies), so it can’t be a cost savings.   Second thought are that they use these jenky ones because they think that people may be less inclined to steal them for their home supply.   This may be true to some extent but the kind of person who takes napkins for their home will take any kind they can get anyways.   If the napkins are good quality they may even return to the restaurant just for the napkins (I have done it before – The Prime Grill has great ones, you can soak up half an ocean with the absorbency in their napkins),  not to forget that a logo on the napkin is free advertising anyways.

I can’t think of any other reason as to why they use these crapkins, thoughts anyone? Please pass this on to anyone you know who owns a restaurant who may have an answer for us.

Popularity: 1% [?]

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% [?]

Kolette’s Kitchen opening in Midtown

After a tip last week, the word on the subways are that Kolette’s Kitchen will be opening soon on Lexington Avenue between 55 and 56 streets under the OK Kosher hescher.  Surprise surprise – their menu will be having your typical kosher menu of pretty much everything, including middle eastern, deli and vietnamese cuisine.

Let us know how it is when you go there, will yah?

UPDATE: Our buddy Avi tells us that they are still not open as of today.  We will update again when they are!  He also sent us a sweet pic of the front!

Kolette’s Kitchen
672 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10022 map
(212)593-2222

[Thanks, Avi]

Popularity: 7% [?]

Who has the best Kosher Bagels in New York?

Who has the best Kosher Bagels in New York?

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We are searching for the top Bagel shop in NY! To do that we need your vote!

If we are missing anyone that needs to be on this list, please let us know in the comments and we will add them ASAP!

Also, for a chance to win a $10 gift certificate to the top bagel shop, let us know why you think their bagels are the best and what you recommend getting from there.

[Image courtesy of @Gartenberg on Twitpic]

Popularity: 2% [?]

Tiberias dairy restaurant now open in midtown!

Thanks a Glatt is proud to announce a new Cholov Yisrael restaurant named Tiberias is now opened up in midtown!  Finally a dairy restaurant (other than Dunkin Donuts) in the YU area!  They will offer a range of salads, juice, pasta, toast and other dilectable items.  The best news about this place?  It is also open 24 hours a day (other than Shabbat of course).  We look forward to going here!

Tiberias
45 East 34th Street (Between Madison and Park)
New York, NY 10016 map
(212)281-4222

Popularity: 8% [?]

Eighteen Restaurant on the Upper East Side now open

A new Glatt Kosher Restaurant, Eighteen Restaurant has opened up on the Upper East Side at 240 East 81 street in the old Turquoise location.

Their menu will consist of deli, grill, and sushi (what a surprise, a kosher restaurant that also serves sushi!).  At $15-$18 on average for a burger, $18 for a sandwich, and around $20 for their salads this place looks to be a bit pricey.

If you have have a chance to go here drop us a line in the comments and let us know if it’s worth it!

Eighteen Restaurant

240 East 81st Street
New York, NY 10075 map
www.eighteenrestaurant.com

Popularity: 6% [?]