Le Marais

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Of all the kosher restaurants around the world, there is probably not one more consistently good than Le Marais in Midtown Manhattan.  Le Marais is a landmark in New York.  Located right in the middle of the midtown business district, it attracts business people every night of the week.  It also attracts the Times Square and Broadway Theater crowd.  The space is huge: two floors.  Every night, it is packed.  Certainly make reservations.

The service is excellent.  You will be waited on by a staff of knowledgeable, highly trained individuals who will make sure your experience is top-notch.  

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Le Marais's Famous Baguettes:

 

Sliced Baguettes with Olive Oil:

 

 

Large Charcuterie Platter:

 

Pasta of the Day - Rigatoni Marinara:

 

Beef Medallions with Mustard Sauce:

 

Salmon:

 

Ribeye with French Fries:

Talia's

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Talia's is a staple in the Upper West Side of Manhattan.  It has been there forever, is dependable, is always packed, has live music, and is a great bet Motzei Shabbos.  The menu contains American, continental, and steakhouse favorites, with a few Israeli dishes mixed into the array.  The restaurant offers outdoor seating for most of the summer, and even has a large awning in case of rain.  Inside, there is a nice bar and a spot in the back for a musician to play live music.

Menu highlights include the Grilled Prime Rib for Two, which is a thick cut of prime meat, aged, and served on a sizzling platter.  Make sure you order it more rare than you would normally enjoy it as it does continue to cook once it is served.  Nevertheless, the fat and marbling is excellent to the extent that the continuation of the cooking does not dry out the meat.

The prices are somewhat reasonable given the huge portions and high quality dishes.  However, to really get a bang for your buck, seek out one of their online group-buying discounts (which are almost always available, and have been for years).

While many places in the Upper West Side come and go, you can expect Talia's to be around well into the future.   

 

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Fresh Hot Pita Triangles with Basil Sauce and Garlic Margarine:

 

Combo Platter:

 

Buffalo Wings:

 

Middle Eastern Salad Platter:

 

French Fries:

 

Onion Rings:

 

BBQ Spare Ribs:

 

Grilled Rib Eye with Mashed Potatoes:

 

Cucumber Lime Martini:

 

Cadillac Margarita:

 

Fuego

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Fuego (in this most recent iteration) is a BBQ and Grill restaurant in the Waterways Shopping Center in Aventura.  The food is good, albeit inconsistent and fairly expensive, the service varies too, and the place can be absolutely packed during prime tourist weeks.  That being said, it happens to be a fun experience - which is why so many people crowd into the place.  It is fairly large, and has an even larger outdoor seating area that is totally delightful when the weather is nice.  Motzei Shabbos in the winter is a good time to go, as there is usually a free concert going on outside.  

The restaurant has a brick pizza oven for making the meat flatbreads.  It also serves a huge list of alcoholic cocktails, despite not having a license to sell liquor (all cocktails are wine-based).  The smoked food is very good flavor-wise, but sometimes dry.  Steaks are overpriced and not the highest quality of meat/preparation.  The best bet on the menu are the appetizers, burgers, and sandwiches.  The accompanying sauces are very tasty and highly recommended, especially the cilantro mayo.  Our favorite dish on the menu was recently removed: the Pabellon Criollo.  While this is a disappointment, you can recreate part of this Venezualan specialty by ordering pulled brisket and the sides of rice and beans and maduros.

During vacation weeks, this place becomes a New York tourist hotspot.  The staff doesn't treat all equal.  During these weeks, assuming that you're from out of town, the staff will serve you substandard food, with slow and not-very-attentive service.  Even locals start to blend in with the New Yorkers, and get the bad service too.  While it is a shame, there is an easy way to avoid: go during an off-week!

 

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Cilantro Garlic Dark Chicken Sandwich with Fries:

 

Smoked Brisket Plate with Corn on the Cob: 

Burnt Ends BBQ Beans:

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Levy's of Hollywood is a down-to-earth place in Hollywood, Florida, which is more frequented by locals than by tourists (making it unique in the area).  The service is excellent and friendly, the food is delicious and consistent, the pricing is reasonable, the portions are huge, and the Chocolate Babka is renowned.  The only problem is that the place isn't bigger to accommodate the crowds; make sure to come early or else you'll have to wait. 

Make sure you try the french fries; and ask for them extra crispy.  The schnitzel and shwarma are both the best in the area.

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Grilled Chicken Plate:

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Basic Hamburger (other options on menu have toppings to add to this):

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Chocolate Babka (one order serves about six people!):

Beverly Hills Thai

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Beverly Hills Thai is an institution that  serves some of the most authentic kosher Thai food in the world.  Despite the fact that you're dining in LA, the decor, service, and of course food all make you feel like you're in Bangkok (at a nice Bangkok restaurant).  In fact, the Thai food here is better than that you can find in Thailand (where there are a number of kosher restaurants in the Chabad Houses).

The menu includes curries, rices, noodles, and meat dishes.  The portions are large, and everything is very tasty.  

The seating is not plentiful, so make sure you come with reservations.

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