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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% [?]

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: 5% [?]

Dakshin II now Glatt Kosher

The word on the street is (and their website states it) that Dakshin is now OK Kosher as of the weekend!  It hails itself as the first and ONLY Glatt Kosher Indian food in New York City!

Make sure you go to this location only because their other location is not certified!

Dakshin Indian Bistro

1713 First Avenue (between 63 and 64 street)
New York, NY 10028
(212)987-9839
map

Popularity: 2% [?]

More info on Basil in Crown Heights

I have an update on the new Pizza and Wire Bar “Basil” that will be opening up in Crown Heights via Ouri Ivory their project and restaurant coordinator.

First off this will be the first kosher wood oven pizzeria in Brooklyn (maybe even in NY???)  The place will be luxurious in design and have a full on gourmet menu (yum!) – from fresh fish to pasta to pizza.

They will also be open in the mornings and serve fresh pastries via their own in house pastry chef.

If you are worried about their hechsher then worry no more as they will be under OK Kosher supervision.

The only thing I don’t have is their opening date however I will post that as soon as I hear from them!

Popularity: 8% [?]

My Most Favorite Food UWS

FYI – Construction on the second location for My Most Favorite Food is almost over on the upper west side location and the place is expected to be opening up soon!

Check back here soon for more info!

Popularity: 2% [?]