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Kosher Delight in Midtown NY Closing

Friday, June 15th, 2012

YeahThatsKosher.com reports that Kosher Delight, the 28-year old establishment on Broadway between 36th and 37th street is scheduled to close on Sunday, according to rumors and the restaurant’s staff. This closing comes on the heels of two other recent closures/moves in the midtown area, J2 Pizza and Clubhouse Cafe.

According to the website, Kosher Delight has recently been charged with violations of the City’s health code. During the most recent inspection, last month, seven violations were identified, according to the NY Restaurant Report. Two were classified as minor, and five major.

On its previous inspection, the restaurant received a deduction of 12 points and a grade of A, and had 4 violations. Over the four years for which we have published records, Kosher Delight has been written up for 49 violations.

Saudis Outraged by McDonald’s Toy They Believe to be Insulting to Muhammed

Monday, May 28th, 2012

Saudi Arabians are angry at a McDonald’s toy which they say mocks their prophet Muhammad. According to a report appearing Sunday, May 27th on the Arabic news website, Kermalkom.com, the McDonald’s fast food restaurant “abused the Prophet Muhammad by placing his name at the base of a toy that is being distributed as part of the Happy Meal, a toy which steps on the name ‘Muhammad.’” The toy consists of a blue superhero figurine (apparently a Power Ranger Samurai; click here for pictures). It stands on one leg, and, when the lever is pressed, it pounds on the base with the other leg. According to the Saudis, the designs that appear all around the base, where the figurine stomps its foot, is really the name “Muhammad” written several times in circles.

The toy had been distributed a few days before Saudi children and their parents began to take note of the name. Soon thereafter, Saudi Muslims launched several campaigns against McDonald’s in “response to the savage attacks on the noble Prophet,” under banners like “Help your Prophet!” and “Together in support of the Prophet.”

Saudis, “demanding the strongest possible punishment for the restaurant” and insisting that “they will not be silent until this is realized,” further complained how such an obvious insult could pass the supervision of the management at McDonalds.

In response, “Saudi McDonald’s” has withdrawn the toy from all its restaurants, “in order to safeguard against any accusations or misunderstandings.”
Originally published by Gatestone Institute http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org

Former Ratner’s Building at 100 Norfolk Sold for $8.8 Million

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

The website Bowery Boogie reported that the building at 100 Norfolk Street, on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, has been sold for an all-cash sum of $8.8 million (6% above ask).

The unconfirmed buyer, believed to be Brooklyn-based Urban-Scape, negotiated air rights from adjoining buildings and will be constructing a 44,000 square-foot condo (12 stories).

The previous owner of 100 Norfolk was Ratner’s, the world famous Kosher dairy restaurant which went under a decade ago.

Never Lose Hope

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

It was an ordinary day and Dovid (name changed) was preparing to catch the late afternoon EL AL flight to Eretz Yisrael. He had yahrzeit for his father and planned his trip so he’d arrive there just in time to join his brother at the kever. He parked his car in the area that facilitated a faster trip to JFK for his flight. Little did he know that he was being observed by a team of thieves who were “working” the Diamond District that day in order to rob the merchants of their goods.

Just as Dovid was loading his trunk with his carry-on bag, a man approached him saying he had dropped some money on the ground. Dovid stopped what he was doing and noticed some bills on the ground, not thinking if it was his. At that moment another man quickly reached into the trunk and grabbed his carry-on bag and ran away with it. By the time he realized what had occurred, both men had disappeared into the midtown Manhattan afternoon crowd.

Dovid was frantic and upset. He had his passport, ticket, two pairs of tefillin, expensive cufflinks, and an envelope of cash earmarked for tzedakah in the bag. Baruch Hashem, most of his own money was in his pocket.

He went to report the robbery to the local police precinct. Unfortunately, he found out that these thieves had been targeting people all day with the same ruse. The police took down his information and told him to go home and be happy he was not injured.

Dovid went home extremely upset, as he was now unable to travel to Eretz Yisrael for his father’s yahrzeit as planned. He never missed going there since his father’s petirah. He put money in the Rabbi Meir Baal Haness pushka and said the tefillah for lost articles.

About 20 minutes later he received a phone call from a non-frum man, who said he was about to enter a restaurant in midtown Manhattan when he noticed a piece of luggage sitting on top of a garbage can outside the restaurant. Inside the luggage he saw religious articles that he deemed important and necessary to a religious Jew. When he looked through the bag for identification, he found Dovid’s business card with all the relevant information needed to contact him. The cash and cufflinks were gone, but his passport, tickets and two pairs of tefillin were intact.

Dovid, ecstatic as he ran to meet the caller, rebooked on the day’s last flight. He rewarded the kind and thoughtful man with cash, and had a very meaningful visit at his father’s kever. Dovid truly believes that his father’s neshamah was watching over him.

From Five Kinds Of Hamburger To Mini Merguez

Friday, March 30th, 2012

Armed with a clever name, an award-winning chef, and a remarkable menu, Meat Me is poised to take the world of Kosher cuisine by storm.

Meat Me opened its doors half a year ago on the Upper West Side in Manhattan, and it has slowly been gaining a reputation among high class kosher diners as an excellent place for a lunch, dinner, or party. The restaurant is not very large and the décor provides a cozy and comfortable setting without being cramped. The walls are covered with large works of art and hanging tapestries and the atmosphere is relaxing as the veteran staff makes the experience of eating there a pleasure – and that allows one to focus on the best part of Meat Me, the fantastic food.

Meat Me is the latest project of culinary master Chef Serge Gorge. Born in Luxemburg, raised in Eilat, and trained in Switzerland, Chef Gorge has been the executive chef at restaurants around the world, and he has seamlessly blended together the various flavors of his international experience to craft Meat Me’s unique and exciting menu. The menu features some exquisite French dishes, like the Vole au vent de riz a la Parisienne appetizer ($19), but also keeps everyone at the table happy with its distinctly American hamburger options (the restaurant offers five types of burgers – including bison [$21]). “The hamburgers have been one of the most popular dishes,” says Gorge, “but people have been trying everything on the menu.”

My favorite menu offering is the appetizer sampler plate (for two people, $29), which contains tasters of five of the restaurant’s fantastic appetizers including mini peking duck and mini merguez (a spicy lamb based sausage), accompanied by three delicious dipping sauces.

Meat Me’s Peking duck

For the main course, my wife and I ordered two of the restaurants several steak options, and although we like our steaks prepared very differently, we were both extremely pleased with our dishes. The pepper encrusted rib-eye filet with brandy flambé peppercorn ($35) is served in a peppercorn sauce that is so rich and creamy it’s hard to believe it’s not dairy. For dessert we tried the molten chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream, a kosher restaurant mainstay that Meat Me has successfully mastered.

The front of the restaurant is comprised of a traditional bar as well as a sushi bar and a full array of sushi is available. Offering sushi on the menu is no longer enough of a novelty to be impressive on its own, but the sushi at Meat Me – while clearly not the focus of the restaurant – is made with extremely fresh ingredients and adds another appealing option for diners.

The restaurant is co-owned and operated by Gorge’s wife Yardena, and the two make quite the team. “She is really the boss,” says Chef Gorge, “she leaves me free to be in the kitchen and prepare my dishes.”

One of the advantages of Meat Me’s location is their ability to serve meals on Shabbos and Pesach. The restaurant offers diners the ability to prepay and then join them for a Friday night meal. They are also becoming kosher for Pesach, and in addition to being open on Chol HaMoed they are ambitiously offering Seder meals.

Meat Me is a restaurant that should be on everyone’s radar when looking for a place for a fine meal in New York City.

Visit www.meatmeny.com to see full menus, make reservations, and learn more about Shabbos and Pesach meals.

China Beach: Delicious For Pesach And All Year

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

China Beach Kosher Chinese restaurant is a wonderful place to dine for Pesach and year round. The restaurant, located at 3919 Alton Road in Miami Beach, is under the glatt kosher supervision of the KM, Kosher Miami.

A much anticipated Passover menu will be released soon and China Beach chefs promise a wide selection of scrumptious kasher l’Pesach choices.

The regular menu is full and every item is flavorful and fresh. The tasty appetizers and soups are a lovely start to a meal. Entrees include choices of well-prepared chicken and beef selections. Chop suey, lo mein, fried rice, tofu and vegetables are all mouth-watering. Noodle dishes are especially delightful. The children’s menu is yummy. Desserts are sweet and delicious.

China Beach offers lunch and dinner specials, family packs and Shabbat meals. Let them cater your next party or make a tray for a special occasion. Dine in or take out and take advantage of the convenient delivery service.

The restaurant will be open until 11 p.m. Thursday night, April 5, before the holiday. They will kasher and clean all the rest of that night, and reopen kosher for Pesach on Monday morning after the first two days of Yom Tov.

Call China Beach at 305-534-3034 for more information or to place an order.

Fine Dairy Dining at Café Muscat

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

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

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

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