Eating your bubbe’s roast chicken and stuffed derma every Friday night might seem like old school stuff, but traditional Jewish food is having its moment in the New York City dining scene. Lately, Jewish comfort food from all over the world has inspired chefs to open restaurants based solely on these dishes. From haute eateries to casual, romantic spots, Jewish food is no longer relegated to private homes and ancient delis. The next time that you want to try some haute Jewish cuisine, look no further than these new restaurants:
Legendary restrauteur Jeffrey Chodorow took this Catskills legend, spruced it up for Tribeca, and emerged with an entirely new breed of restaurant. This sleek, hip restaurant serves updated classics that are nothing like you ever had at Shabbos dinner. Try crispy potato latkes, served with three kinds of caviar or wild halibut gefilte fish, served with beet and horseradish tartare, micro arugula, and parsley vinaigrette. The crowd is cool and elegant and loves to chow down on refined versions of your tante Rose’s favorite dishes.
This husband-and-wife run restaurant takes its cues from the owners South African and Israeli roots. Instead of the well-known Ashkenazi specialties, like roasted chicken and noodle kugel, you should expect highly flavored dishes like peri-peri giblets, Portuguese skirt steak sandwiches, and a breakfast-time rosewater waffle topped with Lebanese yogurt and honey syrup.
This brand new restaurant run by Café Boulud alum Bradford Thompson is entirely kosher. This upscale restaurant focuses on cocktails and international cuisine in an effort to change the way that people think about kosher cuisine. Enjoy dishes like braised lamb agnolotti with marjoram, baby tomatoes, and grated almond and Twelve Vegetable Tagine with Israeli couscous and mint chutney. The cocktail list is equally impressive, including drinks such as the Delilah, with Grey Goose Cherry Noir Vodka, Maraschino Liqueur, Filthy Cherries, and lavender petals.
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