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27
Nov
09

Special Events


Talia’s Steakhouse & Bar

668 Amsterdam Avenue (between 92nd & 93rd Streets); New York, NY 10025 – Phone: 212.580.3770

  • Talia’s Steakhouse and Chabad of the Westside of Manhattan, New York are hosting a Friday Night Shabbat Dinner tonight.
  • Talia’s LoungeHouse – Club 613 Featuring DJ STAR, spinning hits from around the world! This celebration will also kick off Talia’s newly added authentic Middle Eastern dishes that will supplement our Classic American Cuisine, brought by their seasoned Chef Victor Naim, bringing in over 20 years of experience. Indulge in beef, chicken, kofta kebabs, homemade hummus and Tahiti and the American burgers and wraps. Doors open at 9:30pm until 4:00am
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    T Fusion Steakhouse

    3223 Quentin Road, Brooklyn, NY 11234 — Phone 718.998.0002

  • Saturday NightSweet Tooth Night -
    Free after dinner snacks for every table.
  • Sunday NightAmuse Bouche Night -
    From oven toasted Bruschetta to bite size Mediterranean Beef Cigars.
  • Monday NightLive Jazz Night -
    Buy 1 cocktail and you get a second one at 50% off.
  • Tuesday NightCowboy Rodeo Deal -
    Only $22 for a 16 oz. Bone-in prime rib with Cowboy seasoning, normally sold at $34
  • Wednesday NightPasta Fiesta -
    Make your own pasta and sauce, and get a free plate of Garden Salad.
  • Thursday NightWine Night -
    Complimentary glass of house wine with every entrée.
  • 19
    Nov
    09

    Singing the High Notes


    This past Saturday night, u café hosted a Cantorial Kumzits. Charlie Bernhaut and Cantor Benny Rogosnitzky presented their second monthly evening on the cantor’s art and great food.

    There were some well known cantors and singers in the audience; Mr. Bernhaut, after a few words about his hopes to revive the love and appreciation for chazzanut, asked Asher Scharf to start out the evening of liturgical song.

    Mr. Scharf, a seasoned professional, both a cantor and popular singer in the Jewish scene, clearly showed his art and the lessons gleaned from years of singing.

    Next up was Ari Heinemam, who is the chazzan at a Brooklyn shull, although during the week he deals with Customer’s Relations at Pomegranate, NYC’s best stacked, cleanest and newest kosher supermarket. His selection was on the Birchas Kohanim - The Priestly Blessing. His melodious, sweet voice was magnificent! His phrasing flawless, his emotion powerfully obvious, as he intoned Yivorechecho Hashem veyishmerecho… veyosem lecho sholoim. May Hashem bless you and safeguard you… and establish for you peace.


    Next up was Pinchas Ben Ari, u café‘s owner. His energy, his movements to the cadence of the melody, his gestures as he intoned the different words, made it obvious he had suddenly transcended to another sphere, singing to a far higher audience than that of us – mere humans – sitting in his cafe.

    Pinny, as he’s affectionately called, used to be a chazzan in New Jersey; he retired a few years back, from that position, but he showed  he still has most of what it takes.

    The star of the evening, however, was none other than Yitzchok Meir Helfgott. Cantor Helfgott has a busy schedule of concerts around town as well as overseas. His December 2006 concert at the Metropolitan was phenomenal, he performed before a packed house of Jews and non-Jews.  On this particular Saturday evening, he did not strain himself but his voice showed a power and mastery far above anything we’d heard.

    So, what great food did we partake of? I had a superbly seasoned Grilled Tuna with Sesame Ginger (tuna, coconut rice, grapevine tomatoes, white asparagus and fennel) while my oldest grandson had the Portobello Salad (portobello mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes, roasted peppers, mesclun salad, mozzarella with a Balsamic Vinaigrette), Penne alla Vodka with Smoked Salmon and a slice of “the best Cheese Cake” he “ever tasted.”

    CS

    12
    Nov
    09

    Art You Have to Eat!


    One must wonder if the Chef at u café (1436 Lexington Avenue, Bet E. 93rd E. 94th St, New York, NY 10128 – In Manattan’s Upper East Side – Telephone: 212.427.8223) was a painter of delightful still life canvasses in a former gilgul (incarnation). The attention to shape, the attention to color, the attention to detail, make the particular presentation unforgettable. Udi Ben Ari’s eye for color will remind you of some Caravaggio paintings, his shapes will bring to mind Breugel the Elder.

    While the owner and his parents are Israelis, this dairy and fish restaurant features far more than mere Israeli fare. Udi graduated from Johnson and Wales in Rhode Island and that training shows through. Not only is the look of the food guaranteed to make your mouth water, the unique combination of flavors in each dish bespeaks of an all too rare understanding of the subtle nuances of the taste each ingredient brings to the total culinary experience.

    On my fist visit to u café I ordered a Fritatta which, as you see below, was full of color and invitingly appetizing…

    fritattau

    The next time I went I ordered a Salmon Burger…

    salmonu

    Notice how the shape of the pepper, on top of the bread, fits in perfectly with the sauce at the bottom of the photo. Notice how well the cherry tomato’s color goes with the color of the pepper while it directs your attention to the fresh salad? Which 16th century painter’s eye was responsible for this dish’ perfect composition?

    Now look at the shapes and unbelievable colors in their Halomi Salad

    I can hear those of you who know me saying, “But CS, you never eat fish!” It’s true I haven’t – even as a child – touched fish.  Having seen another diner at the cafe at a table next to mine order the Salmon Burger, having smelled the non-fish aroma I thought I’d take a bold step and – with trepidation in my heart – I too ordered it. I shouldn’t have worried; it’s taste, it’s texture did not say fish! The perfect proportion of condiments made the burger taste very meat-like.

    I finished by having a coffee and a slice of Tricolor Cake. A true feast for the eye of any chocolate lover and his palate.

    tricoloru

    Once you taste their food you soon understand why they won this year’s Kosherfest’s competition for the best sandwich!

    The winning sandwich above is made with tarragon egg salad over smoked salmon with black caviar over brioche. Having eaten the  very same one I photographed I must fully agree with the Kosherfest judges that it is the best sandwich in New  York!

    All in all, both my visits there were delightful experiences that proved you can eat art!

    CS

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    EVENT

    This Saturday night, November the 14th, there will be a cantorial kumzits at u café, I plan to be there. Come over and say hello!


    02
    Nov
    09

    The Dish on Fine Kosher Dining


    Eating out these days is far different than it was when our grandparents dined out for those special occasions at one of the few mom and pop restaurants around town.

    The choices in kosher dining today are plentiful and wide-ranging.  Culturally, we have expanded beyond the standard fare of French, Italian, Chinese or Israeli Mediterranean. Our Jewish melting pot now includes Persian, Thai, Indian, South American, Japanese, Baltic and more. We no longer are satisfied with the categorical breakdown of fish, meat or dairy, but require that fine restaurants include on their menus a variety of fresh salads, sushi, and complex fish dishes, vegetarian and healthy alternatives. We crave space, superb service, variety, artistry and an overall great dining experience. We dine out more frequently and collectively have become more sophisticated on the specifics of what we want from our dining experiences.

    Fast food is cheap and quick. Casual style or family type dining needs to be kid friendly, ample, relatively quick economical and tasty. Semi formal demands more class, more style, more variety, BUT still requires economy. Fine dining has to meet more exacting competitive criteria.

    The fine kosher patron of today expects a big bang for his buck. He requires a unique ambience, great service, and outstanding cuisine; food that is fresh, simple yet complex, and visually exciting. He or she wants to be delightfully surprised, yet yearns for consistency in greatness with some masterful standards that might inspire him or her to revisit for the unmatched taste, originality and quality. We expect wonderful wines and aperitifs, desserts that are either light and callorically mindful or naughtily decadent worthy of tomorrow’s guilt-ridden workout. We not only want to be treated like VIP royalty, but made to feel like we are the raison d’etre of our gastronomic choice for the evening. We want a dining experience that leaves us wanting another very much like it soon.

    Dining out is a competitive enterprise these days and all are eager for your patronage. Dining out is, all too often, more than just about food. Is there an interesting event at the particular restaurant? Is a celebrity chef shaping up a particular eatery’s kitchen? Is there a new cookbook out worthy of your attention? An exotic new product making its appearance in the kosher market? This is the place to find out, this is the place to compare notes. Our goal at The Kosher Scene is to delight, inform and help you navigate the fine kosher restaurant scene, offering deals and newsworthy articles and recipes that will keep you coming back for more and more. Eat, enjoy, and be satiated!

    CS and SY





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