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Shiraz restaurant opens up in Great Neck

Had a chance to check out the new Shiraz Restaurant (formerly Danny’s) tonight in Great Neck.  The renovations look great (we hope to see more kosher restaurants renovate their places as nice as this place) and the food is nice, tasty and authentic Persian style.  In addition to that they have a full menu that includes fresh sushi, steaks, Italian food and more. They did have some kinks that need to be fixing but that always happens at a new restaurant and we are sure they will have everything squared away shortly.

Shiraz Persian Cuisine
770 Middle Neck Road
Great Neck, NY 11023
516-487-6666

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Popularity: 6% [?]

Kosher Certification Pulled from Tel Aviv Restaurant in Great Neck

According to this story from Vos is Neias, VHQ certification has been pulled from Israeli-ish restaurant Tel Aviv in Great Neck.  After reading the article + comments the story looks like this.

  • Executive Chef Amos Hayan bought the restaurant via monthly payments.  If he left before full payment, ownership would revert back to the original owner, which is Michael Ginor.
  • Michael Ginor also owns a non-kosher restaurant in Great Neck – Lola.
  • Hayan left.
  • The day after, the Va’ad Harabonim of Queens pulled the certification.  Reasons for this appear to be that they do not allow someone to own a kosher and non-kosher restaurant in the same town.  Reasons being for one that it is too easy tempting to cheat their kashrut.
  • Although according to Ginor, they are still following kosher laws, they still do not have certification.

We will keep you updated if we hear any, well, updates.   It would be a shame to lose this restaurant, their patatas bravas were my favorite!

Popularity: 3% [?]

Carlos and Gabby’s – Queens

Carlos and Gabbys Queens

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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% [?]

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% [?]

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% [?]

Betty’s Glatt Kosher Restaurant

Rating (out of 5): 

All the buzz in Great Neck lately is to go try the Persian food at Betty’s.  After years of Colbeh I would have to agree with everyone that someone has to be able to make Persian food better so this time it’s Betty’s turn.

Located in Great Neck off of Middle Neck Road Betty’s is a totally new restaurant.  The decor is typical of a Persian restaurant with its Persian tapestries and paintings around the place.   We happened to go on a Tuesday night with a large crowd (approximately 20 people – it was my wedding “rehearsal” dinner).

With the size of our crowd being said, and them probably not being ready to accommodate for us (although they should be able to get it done – no excuses!)

There was a small Persian band playing, I am not sure if they have these guys regularly however the acoustics were not so good in the room which caused our ears to hurt while the played because the music was so quiet loud.  Funny though that no one asked them to turn it down.  Some of our group got up and danced around which drew stares from the other patrons but we did not mind because of the occasion.

Like most new restaurants they tend to lack in some areas (hence the negative review, see below) – especially for large crowds and Betty’s was no different in terms of service and food.

We started off with some beers which WE had to ask for.  I don’t get why kosher restaurants don’t put more emphasis on beverage purchases and be more pro-active in getting people to order them because that is where your biggest profits are in the food industry. The guy was slow to bring the drinks out and didn’t push us to get drinks like they should be doing.

We ordered combination’s (if you don’t know, a combination at a Persian restaurant usually consists of a few different types of rice, Persian salad, and a few types of kebabs) for everyone to ease the ordering process.  Although the waiters service was good they were understaffed and one side of our group would get food while the other would have to wait a few minutes till they got theirs which is not fun.  While the portions were good the kebabs were all just OK (too salty) and nothing special.  I actually think Colbeh is better and that is not saying much.

Yes, it’s a new restaurant and yes we had a large crowd and some new restaurants cannot cook to par for large groups.  But that is part of the food business and I hope they can get their act together in these areas of they plan to last, especially since they are trying to do catering as well.

Overall, I wasn’t satisfied with eating here, however I will try to make it back again (if they are still around) with a small group to see if they can do any better.

Price: $$
Betty’s Glatt Kosher Restaurant and Catering
451 Middle Neck Road
New York, NY 11023
(516)487-3300
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Popularity: 3% [?]

Benny’s Pizzeria & Restaurant

Bennys Pizza

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Rating (out of 5): 

The worst almost happened.  Here we were on a Saturday night, tired of eating meat for shabbat and then for lunch today and looking for somewhere dairy to go for dinner.  What is our best location option? Ugh, Cafe Muscat.  After about ten minutes I finally convince my fiance to go there.  We arrive at around 10:00pm and what a surprise – the line is out the door.  Did I forget to mention that it’s raining?  So we make a reservation “it will only take twenty minutes” and coincidentally park the car in the same spot we sat last week – and we wait.  Twenty minutes passes by and we decide to go in and see if our table is ready.  It’s not.  We float around and wait and finally decide to go down the street to Benny’s Pizza.  A place that my fiance claimed had the best kosher pizza around.  We leave and then we notice some people outside mentioning that they do not want to wait and leave themselves.  The girls jump at this opportunity and start calculating if we can get in any faster.  After hearing “they told us it would only be 20 minutes an hour ago” from some others waiting outside, I finally convince everyone to go to Benny’s.

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Popularity: 2% [?]

Cafe Muscat

cafe muscat

Rating (out of 5): 

In an effort to be more social since life seems to be moving faster than ever,  I have decided to go out more with old friends and family.  The first place I started with was last night at Cafe Muscat a Kosher Dairy restaurant in Flushing Meadows (Queens) New York.

Saturday nights at Cafe Muscat always seem like a mistake however our options for Kosher dairy are limited.  When we arrived there we weren’t surprised.  We had the choice of waiting at the door while hovering over peoples tables or just sitting in the car so we chose the ladder.  About 30 minutes later they finally had a table for us.  You should have seen the look on the other peoples faces when we walked right in and got a table!

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Popularity: 2% [?]