Kosher Food and Cooking

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2014

    An Early Look at Empire Diner

    "What would a diner be without delicious dessert?" The question was a good one, and worth considering, and our waitress posed it rhetorically but with sincerity. Having just cleaned up a mean slice of lemon pie, crowned with warm, airy meringue, toasty just on top, AND the best Neapolitan banana s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2014

    10 Great Stews for Weathering this Polar Vortex

    Whatever Mother Nature has cooking, being in the midst of this polar vortex doesn't feel nearly as Death Metal as we would have hoped. Mostly we just want a comforting meal, and during winter, that means stew. The process of fortifying slow-cooked broths and sauces with meats, vegetables, and legume ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2013

    Remedy Diner's Delivery Weiner Schnitzel Reviewed

    In this series, Seamless Warrior John Luong reviews meals ordered from the Internet. In accordance with a tradition that coincides with my birthday, my father made his annual call to tell me that I am a year older and, therefore, another year overdue for settling down. My dad, ever the traditional ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2013

    Kosher Restaurant Prime Grill to Reopen Monday on the Heels of Solo Dairy Italian Kitchen

    The Prime Hospitality Group, which now owns five glatt kosher restaurants in Manhattan, will reopen its 13-year-old flagship Prime Grill on Monday at 25 West 56th Street, a move uptown from its original digs on 49th Street that the restaurant vacated in January.

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2013

    Monday: Our 10 Best Upper West Side Restaurants

    Burger patties flaming in the window of Big Nick's Four years ago, FiTR inaugurated the Our 10 Best series. For most of that time, we've put it up at 8 a.m. on Friday mornings -- but now we're going to start posting it Monday morning at 7 a.m. instead. This coming Monday, look for Our 10 Best Uppe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2013

    Matzo Pizza for Passover at Pie

    Three pies are available made with unleavened dough at Pie. Pizza-by-the-pound purveyor Pie is offering matzo-based pizzas for Passover. This popular parlor -- which won a Voice award for Best Fast Food in 2003 -- offers lush thin-crust pies in elongated shapes, all displayed on a long marble cou ... More >>

  • Film

    February 27, 2013
  • Voice Choices

    December 19, 2012


    Where Mahjong meets Dreidel

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2012

    Hanukkah Face-Off: Sephardic Dish #4

    Is that just a newfangled matzo? Hanukkah is a time for enjoying Jewish culinary traditions with family and friends, and to that end we present a daily competition between Ashkenazi and Sephardic food, going up around sunset on the first seven days of Hanukkah - and presenting a wrap-up as the sun ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2012

    Hanukkah Face-Off: Ashkenazi Dish #3

    Hanukkah is a time for enjoying Jewish culinary traditions with family and friends, and to that end we present a daily competition between Ashkenazi and Sephardic food, going up around sunset on the first seven days of Hanukkah - and presenting a wrap-up as the sun goes down on the eighth day. Whose ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2012

    Watch a Clip of the Sweet Love Story Behind an Arizona Deli

    It's nearly Hanukkah and Jewish food is really having a moment. Yesterday, Grub Street posted this trailer for Deli Man, a documentary about the historic, giant menu joints featuring footage of Larry King, Jerry Stiller, and many slices of pastrami. Sadly, it appears that family-owned delis from aro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2012

    Oy Vey, Gefilte Fish

    If you've never been seduced by gefilte fish, it's time to give the wonderfully fishy dumplings another go. Rosh Hashanah begins on September 16 and the Center for Jewish History is preparing with a celebration of Jewish cuisine, past and present. It will touch on the fascinating evolution of gefi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2012

    Midtown Jewelry Maker's Showroom For Bunnies, Bunny-Lovers

    It's Easter weekend, which means it is time for bunny-related news. The New York Daily News today draws our attention to Sequin, a jewelry showroom-cum-bunny home, in Midtown. Dottie, Biggles, Badger, Lollie and Fanny hop around in the showroom along with four rescued kitties. The owners of Sequin a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2012

    Ask the Critics: What's a Good Kosher Restaurant To Bring My Parents?

    Rachel T. Asks: My parents are coming to town and I want to take them out to dinner. One requirement is that it needs to be a certified kosher restaurant. What are some places with actually good food for our evening? Dear Rachel: New York City offers several kosher restaurants, plus a great selec ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2012

    Celebrate Purim with Hamantaschen from Prime Butcher Baker

    Purim's a week away, but why not get the party started early with some hamantaschen, the tasty triangular-shaped cookies said to resemble evil Haman's three-cornered hat? The recently opened Prime Butcher Baker (1572 Second Avenue, 212-616-1502), a kosher market from the team that also owns Prime ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2011

    Padma Paid to Get Off Stage; Olive Garden and Red Lobster to Cut Salt, Calories

    ​Padma Lakshmi, who hosted The Moth's storytelling event at Cooper Union Tuesday night, was reportedly paid to get off the stage due to a "grating" performance. [NY Post] The Olive Garden, Red Lobster, and others are hopping on Michelle Obama's healthy-eating bandwagon and pledging to reduce ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2011

    The Best Thing I Ate Yesterday

    Welcome to The Best Thing I Ate Yesterday, where we endeavor to remember the very best thing we stuffed down our gullets over the past 24 hours. Why? Because the only thing better than enjoying a meal is wallowing in the memory of one savored in the recent past. Today's fond reminiscences ...

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2011

    Let's All Lay Off the Dog Food, Already.

    Hands off, people.​Why is everyone eating dog food these days? A pair of Brooklyn women chowed down on dog chow for a month to promote their people-grade pet food. And an Ohio woman went on a dog-food diet to protest animal cruelty. Now, a University of Virginia student has been rushed to the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2011

    Noah Bernamoff Talks About Schmaltz, Bagels, and Keeping Jewish Food Alive

    MetromixNoah Bernamoff and his wife, Rae Cohen.​Yesterday, Noah Bernamoff spoke with us about his plans for Mile End, the phenomenally successful smoked-meat mecca he opened a little more than a year ago in Boerum Hill. Today, he talks with us about his grandmother's recipes, keeping tradition ... More >>

  • Dining

    January 26, 2011

    Octavia's Porch Is an East Village Brisket Case

    Plus average cabbage at Nikki Cascone's new Jewish restaurant

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2010

    Gardeners Storm City Hall; Kombucha Back on Shelves

    ​Gardeners rallied outside City Hall in response to the city's proposed rules that will soon govern roughly 300 community gardens in an effort to ensure the gardens remain open. [Wall Street Journal] Kombucha maker Vibranz is the first producer to be back on the shelves at Whole Foods, after ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    June 22, 2010


    Joey Chestnut aims for hot dog glory

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2010

    Where Am I Eating? B&H Dairy

    ​The mystery dish we asked you to identify yesterday is indeed matzo brei, as many of you knew. But only Reggie realized that it's the version served at B&H Dairy, so he's the winner this week. Congratulations, and please email me so I can let you know which books you have to choose from. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2010

    Fat Pants Fridays: Black Hound Bakery's Key Lime Macaroon With Momofuku's Cream Cheese Frosting Ice Cream

    Black Hound Bakery's key lime macaroon is an ideal mate for Momofuku's cream cheese ice cream, even though it looks like a disembodied molar.​ Passover is not typically the best time for Fat Pants Friday, regardless of the abundance of flourless chocolate cakes on the market. Sometimes, you j ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2010

    What's Happening This Week: Sephardic Seder; Home Ec Class

    As many of you know, our weekly dining and drinking newsletter features all the coolest epicurean events in the city. Sign up for it here! Bordeaux Tasting Le Skyroom at French Institute Alliance Fran├žaise March 29 As part of a series of six tastings, each associated with a different region, the e ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    December 22, 2009


    A post-Chanukah bowling bash

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2009

    David Sax Talks About Saving the Deli and the Enduring Appeal of Hot, Fatty Meat​Two years before David Sax was born, his paternal grandfather died while eating a smoked meat sandwich from Schwartz's Hebrew Delicatessen in Montreal. But the food that caused his grandfather's literal downfall was also his legacy: it "pickled my soul with a craving for salt, ga ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2009

    Under Review: Sietsema at Anella; DiGregorio at Table 8

    This week in the Voice, Our Man Sietsema navigates the menu at inconsistent Anella, while Sarah DiGregorio reckons that Govind Armstrong missed the boat at Table 8. Bruni found himself wishing for the "opulence" of A Voce dishes, yet still awards Locanda Verde a two-spot, surmising that, despite th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2009

    US History as Told by Hamburgers

    For your Friday afternoon viewing pleasure, a very odd history of US warfare as told by food--starring hamburgers, pretzels, matzo, kimchi, sushi and kabobs. If you never thought of the Cold War in terms of beef stroganoff before... A cheat sheet to all the foods/battles is here.

  • Voice Choices

    December 24, 2008


    Jews have Christmas traditions, too

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2007
  • Blogs

    March 30, 2007
  • News

    February 24, 2004

    Jail Breaks

    Influential Rabbi Barred From Lobbying Federal Prison Officials

  • NYC Life

    December 9, 2003
  • Dining

    December 3, 2002
  • NYC Life

    April 3, 2001
  • Long Island Voice

    September 28, 1999