web analytics
August 30, 2015 / 15 Elul, 5775
At a Glance
Sections
Sponsored Post


Fine Dairy Dining at Café Muscat


Cafe-Muscat-Front-020312

For the past six years, Café Muscat, located on Union Turnpike, in Fresh Meadows, Queens, has become a very popular spot in this particularly demanding neighborhood. You will not find bagels, cream cheese and lox on the menu of this restaurant.

Chef-owner Alon Assayag has reinvented the traditional and steers away from the usual dairy fare. He routinely triumphs in finding unique flavors and combinations that turn ordinary cuisine into innovative dishes.

Assayag, who has a French-Moroccan background, began his career in the food industry at age 13 in Israel. Although he has no formal training, his experiences throughout the years took him to a hotel in Eilat and finally to a place of his own in New York. He opened Café Muscat with partner Joseph Biton.

Of course, to truly appreciate the cuisine, one must eat it, and therein lies one of the most enjoyable tasks of this reviewer.

Alon Assayag of Café Muscat

From the very first glance at the menu, my dinner partner and I knew we were in for a treat. After studying the list of appetizers, we decided to begin the meal with the avocado eggroll and the Bulgarian eggplant. While we waited for the appetizers to arrive we enjoyed the warm, crusty loaves of bread served with an herb infused spread.

When I bit into the avocado eggroll, I was pleasantly surprised by the complexity of flavors. The expertly seasoned avocado, feta cheese and spices wrapped in a crispy eggroll shell merged together in every bite. The Bulgarian eggplant, which is prepared with cream sauce, mushroom, olives and cheese, was extremely tasty, but a bit too rich for my taste.

Next came our soup orders. I truly enjoyed the delicate blend of flavors in the butternut squash soup, prepared with garden fresh squash and aromatic spices. My companion, who chose the French onion soup topped with savory melted cheese, finished every last spoonful.

With the enduring popularity of sushi, it’s no wonder that the menu features such a large selection. We tasted the Fire Roll, a spicy tuna tempura with onion and jalapeno, which did not need the addition of soy sauce or condiment, since it was extremely flavorful on its own. Equally as impressive was the Captain Crunch tempura roll, a blend of salmon, imitation crab, avocado and cucumber. The sushi is so meticulously prepared and presented it intrigues the eye as well as satisfying the palate.

The dish of the night, however, was the superb fresh tuna fillet entrée, complemented by creamy whipped potatoes and steamed broccoli. I was very pleased with my choice, but after stealing a taste of the Atlantic sole that my companion ordered, I wanted to start all over again. The delectable fish, prepared in a butter sauce, was crisp on the outside and flaky on the inside.

When it comes to desserts, Café Muscat rises to the occasion. Although we were quite full by this time, we couldn’t pass up the luscious cheesecake and mouth watering French chocolate mousse. Assayag pointed out that the cakes are imported from Israel.

According to Assayag, one of the most popular choices on the menu is the Oreganatto salad. “These salads are large enough to be a main dish,” he comments. “They come topped with hot vegetables such as sweet potato, or asparagus. Many people never heard of these salads before, but when they taste it, they are very pleased.”

Once you eat in a dairy restaurant like Cafe Muscat, where do you go from there? There is pretty much something to suit every appetite. The menu includes several breakfast and brunch specials, sandwiches, wraps, panini toasts, salads, pastas, stir-fried dishes, an impressive selection of hot and cold drinks, as well as a children’s menu.

Café Muscat, located at 178-07 Union Turnpike, is under the supervision of the Vaad Harabonim of Queens. They open at 9:00 a.m. until midnight, Sunday-Thursday; Friday they close three hours before Shabbos and then reopen Saturday night, two hours after Shabbos.

 

Phyllis Hochberg currently works as a freelancer specializing in copy writing and public relations.
Contact: Phyllisfelice1212@gmail.com

About the Author: Phyllis Hochberg is a freelance writer and public relations consultant. She can be contacted at phyllisfelice1212@gmail.com.


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

No Responses to “Fine Dairy Dining at Café Muscat”

Comments are closed.

Current Top Story
Rabbi Norman Lamm of Yeshiva University
Emes Ve-Emunah: Living Up to the Ideals of Modern Orthodoxy
Latest Sections Stories
book-Lord-Get-Me-High

Even when our prayers are ignored and troubles confront us, Rabbi Shoff teaches that it is the same God who sent the difficulties as who answered our prayers before.

Schonfeld-logo1

I’ve put together some of the most frequently asked questions regarding bullies, friendship and learning disabilities.

book-Avi's-Choice

His parents make it clear that they feel the right thing is for Avi to visit his grandfather, but they leave it up to him.

There is a rich Jewish history in this part of the world. Now the hidden customs are being revealed, as many seek to reconnect with their roots.

There are times when a psychiatrist will over-medicate, which is why it’s important to find a psychiatrist whom you trust and feel comfortable with.

On November 22, 1963, Abraham Zapruder created one of the most famous, and valuable, pieces of film and became forever linked with one of the greatest American national tragedies when he stood with his camera on an elevated concrete abutment as President John F. Kennedy’s motorcade passed through Dealey Plaza in Dallas. Exhibited here is […]

“Worrying is carrying tomorrow’s load with today’s strength – carrying two days at once. It is moving into tomorrow ahead of time. Worrying doesn’t empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.” – Corrie ten Boom I’ve been thinking a lot about worrying. Anxiety is an issue close to my heart – […]

Don’t be afraid to try something different.

Upon meeting the Zionist delegation, General Wu, a recent convert to Christianity, said, “You are my spiritual brothers.

With the assistance of Mr. Tress, Private Moskowitz tried tirelessly to become an army chaplain.

Dr. Yael Respler is taking a well-deserved vacation this week and asked Eilon Even-Esh to share some thoughts with her readers in her stead.

More Articles from Phyllis Hochberg
(L-R) Michael Girgenti as “Karochic”; Tyler Mauro as “Max”; and  Zach Silverman as “Goodman.”

“I began to unravel a true-to-life love story. I was determined to tell it now, while they are both still alive.”

Would you believe it if I told you that you could purchase a two-bedroom, two- bathroom condo complete with central a/c, a large kitchen, and a living room with an enclosed porch in a burgeoning Jewish community – incredibly priced from just $35,000? Well, you can.

For the past six years, Café Muscat, located on Union Turnpike, in Fresh Meadows, Queens, has become a very popular spot in this particularly demanding neighborhood. You will not find bagels, cream cheese and lox on the menu of this restaurant.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/sections/food/restaurant-review/fine-dairy-dining-at-cafe-muscat/2012/02/01/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: