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UN Plaza Grill

When traveling, many people seek out the finest museums, the most sensational architecture, and the best shopping. However, when we travel, food is at the very top of our list. We research the top rated and newest kosher restaurants (thank you Elan Kornblum, Dani Klein and our best friend, Google!).

IMG 6608E MobileOn our most recent trip to NYC in November, when we attended Kosherfest and KosherFEAST, we did our research and decided to visit and write a feature about the UN Plaza Grill. When we contacted the restaurant, not only did they graciously offer to host us as their guests, but included a small group of additional media influencers as well. We were joined by Ronnie Fein of Ronniefein.com, Gloria and Richard Kobrin of KosherbyGloria.com and Sharon Matten of Everydaykosher.com.

So, how did the UN Plaza grill come to exist? A successful business entrepreneur moved into the midtown east neighborhood and couldn’t find a good place to eat. He had no restaurant experience, so he assembled a seasoned team headed by Ghandi Kimia and gave them a challenge and incentive to open and operate a fabulous kosher establishment. And so the UN Plaza Grill was born.

Our group was served family style, with tastings of some of the restaurant’s signature dishes. If you are like we are, we always must have all of the food details….so here goes:
Appetizers: Ahi tuna tacos, corned beef hash empanadas, seafood croquettes with cilantro and truffle cheese, waygu potstickers and Veal ossobucco dumplings.

Entrée: Two steaks perfectly grilled - UN Petite Filet And a Butcher’s Cut Ribeye served with Bordelaise, Sichuan Peppercorn and Bearnaise, dipping sauces.
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Sides: White Asparagus with Forest Mushrooms, Bok Choy, Artichoke and Spinach Gratin

Desserts: The desserts are creations of the acclaimed pastry chef Felencia Davis.

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French Beignets with 2 sauces                    Chocolate Fudge Bombe
 

Our favorites? Everyone had different thoughts of course, but our favorites were the seafood croquettes, the butcher’s cut rib eye, the spinach gratin and the warm French beignets. (We took the extra beignets home for breakfast in our NY hotel!)

The restaurant’s ambiance is elegant, yet welcoming, a lovely setting for special occasion dining. There is a second level seating area as well. Even so, seating will soon be expanded to accommodate family groups. Although the menu is pricey, we feel that both the quality of the food along with the attentive service and luxurious setting make the UN Plaza Grill a memorable destination for fine dining. The restaurant just announced a new executive chef, Diego Sanchez, and we requested a few of his recipes to share with our readers. Stay tuned. We plan to return to the UN Plaza Grill on our next trip to NYC, and can hardly wait. The restaurant is OU Kosher certified.

For more thoughts about our “food glorious food” dinner party at the grill, visit: KosherbyGloria.com, or  Facebook.com/RonnieVailFein, or Koshereveryday.com
Visit the UN Plaza Grill online: UNPlazaGrill.com or at Facebook.com/UNPlazagrill

 

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The Big Challah Bake

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Challah – it is the signature piece de resistance of the Shabbos Meal. Yes, we all enjoy the deliciousness  of hot chicken soup, brisket, crispy roast chicken and more — but the challah is the traditional star of Shabbos tables.

In honor of The Shabbo Project, which is being celebrated in Jewish Communities worldwide, we are sharing some outstanding challah recipes from food bloggers, culinary stars and KosherEye contributors. These recipes are very diverse, and come from many corners of the world .Each and every challah recipe featured - is one you will be proud to serve at your table. To learn more about The Shabbos Project, which is taking place starting Friday, October 27 through  Saturday, October 28 sundown to stars out, visit theshabbosproject.org .

The Challahs:

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The Challah Recipes

From Aish.com a luscious recipe along with information about why challah is a special mitzvah. http://www.aish.com/sh/t/rai/48970616.html

From Sharon Lurie, The Kosher Butcher's Wife, Johannesburg, South Africa cookbook author, TV/Radio personality and the one of the global leaders and innovators of The Shabbos Project. http://thekosherbutcherswife.com/how-to-bake-challah-with-sharon-lurie/

Although the high holidays are now behind us, we present this scrumptious Apple Cinnamon Challah recipe from Montreal Mom TV. It is perfect for fall or winter – or any time apples are in season.  http://montrealmom.com/blog/apple-cinnamon-challah-on-montrealmomtv/

From  Norene Gilletz, the much admired cooking instructor, cookbook author and all around food expert  a prize-winning challahfrom her book Norene's Healthy Kitchen. http://www.gourmania.com/articles/shabbat.htm

From culinary star, columnist, cookbook author Joan Nathan a recipe for her favorite challah. You will love every bite. It was shared by Tablet magazine. http://tabletmag.com/jewish-life-and-religion/142314/joan-nathan-ultimate-challah

Enjoy this video from the awesome Allison Josephs, Jew in the City as she makes her amazing challah along with her children, and shares thoughts about challah-making. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lKhmBteD3nM

This challah recipe is from the beloved Rebbetzin Kanievsky z"l as printed in The Bais Yaakov Cookbook.
http://www.koshereye.com/challah/3024-rebbetzin-kanievskys-challah-recipe.html

Challah braiding- no problem! Watch couldntbeparve.com blogger,Shoshanah Ohriner – as she gives her easy to follow  braiding tutorial in FULL color. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L-Pg3mppSR0

Chinese_challah_350WFor a global treat we present an Asian challah--published on MyJewishLearning.com: Read the story about Molly Yeh and  try her recipe for a Chinese style challah based on a traditional Chinese dish, the scallion pancake. http://www.myjewishlearning.com/blog/jewish-and/2014/01/21/challah-with-a-chinese-twist/

If you have a breadmaker, or even if you don't you will love this bread machine challah recipe from the talented Susie Fishbein. We make it all the time and everyone enjoys every bite. http://www.koshereye.com/challah/2496-bread-machine-challah.html

For more of our favorite challah recipes – including instructions on how to frost or add sweet streusel to a challah, visit KosherEye.com and access this link: http://www.koshereye.com/best-kosher-recipes/challah.html

Please feel free to share your favorite challah recipe with KosherEye. And to all of our Jewish friends around the world, our  wishes for a delicious, meaningful Good Shabbos - This week, and each week of the new year!

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champagne texted yom tov

We believe that a lovely glass of wine complements a meal. In the past 20 years, the kosher consumer has been given a gift. Because of the vision and acumen of David Herzog and his family, the Royal Wine Company has expanded the availability of kosher wine choices beyond anything we could have imagined. Vineyards providing fine kosher wines are flourishing worldwide, and especially in Israel. Kosher wines have been elevated to a new level, and they are on par with mainstream vintages.

Because of the vast array of choices, selecting kosher wine now takes some expertise based on taste, budget and preference. With the help of Kedem wine expert Gabriel Geller, we suggest the following choices to enhance your New Year holiday celebrations. Some are in the splurge category, some moderately priced and are values. Please note that all prices are approximate.

Chateau Soutard Grand Cru Classé 2014 $109
From the Bordeaux region of France. This exceptional full bodied, red blend, combines notes of dark red fruit, black plum and more. To use on Yom Tov, decant and let aerate for a few hours prior to enjoying. Goes well with poultry and meat. (non-mevushal)

Herzog Special Reserve Cabernet 2015 $35
Harvested in Northern California
Lake County in a unique terroir with red volcanic soil, dry climate, high elevation. Fruity, velvety tannins. Goes well with grilled meats, steak, roasts, duck. (mevushal)

Carmel Mediterranean Blend Shamron Dry Red Wine 2016 $11
A Mediterranean blend of 5 red grapes from The Galilee. A light, fruity but full-bodied wine. Did you know that Carmel is a historic Israeli wine producer founded in 1882, and is the largest producer in Israel. Drink now. (mevushal)

Psagot Viognier 2016 $19
From grapes harvested at Moshav Mata in the Judean Mountains. Deep rich floral aromas of anise, apricot, honey and lemon. A light white wine to pair with fish and pastas. (non-mevushal)

Flor de Primavera Peraj Ha’abib 2015 Capcanes $54
Robert Parker the renown wine critic said that the 2000 vintage of this wine was one of the best kosher wines he had ever tasted. It is a full-bodied dark red, and can be enjoyed now, or has ageing potential Pairs well with meats, stews and hearty poultry recipes. (non-mevushal)

Champagne Drappier Carte Blanche Brut $49
Since 1808, Champagne Drappier has been a family owned house based in Côte des Bar in the Aube region of Champagne. Michel Drappier is the seventh generation Drappier to run this property The Champagne is a blend made from the first pressing. It is elegant and light, and pairs well with fish and poultry. . We particularly love this champagne for a New Year’s toast at the Rosh Hashanah table surrounded by family and friends. (mevushal)

Jezreel Rosé 2016 - Dry Rosé Wine $20
From Israel--A lovely, light and refreshing rose with fruity aromas. This blush goes well with poultry, pasta and fish. (non-mevushal)

Herzog Selection Chateneuf Bordeaux and it’s $13 per bottle
This is one of our favorite white wines at any price– a light, semi-sweet fruity wine. We pair it with poultry, pasta, fish and light appetizers. (mevushal)

Herzog Late Harvest Orange Muscat 2015 $19
These grapes are grown in the California sun and harvested at peak ripeness. The wine has a delightful sweet, fruity taste with an aromatic orange finish. Smooth and full bodied – some call it a “fruit salad” of a wine, this makes a lovely dessert wine, and pairs well with cheese and crackers. (mevushal)

Chen(In) white wine is $8-$9
This is a Chenin Blanc, dry white from California. . It is fruity and light. We serve it chilled with poultry, dairy dishes and appetizers. What an amazing value! (mevushal)

And then, the most popular kosher wine in America – is actually from Italy. Bartenura Moscato, or as thousands have nicknamed it “@Bartenura Blue” and “Out of the Blue”.  We at KosherEye prefer our dry reds and whites, but so many friends and family love their semi-sweet Blue. The pleasing taste of pear, tangerine, nectar and melon goes well with appetizers, poultry and dessert. However, according to its devoted fans, which is most everyone we know, and many in the hip hop world, Blue is perfect anytime with anything. $12 -$15. (mevushal)

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A Season of Celebration

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Joan Landis, Sukkot (Jewish Harvest Celebration)

"You shall take... the beautiful fruit (Esrog), a palm frond (Lulav), myrtle twigs and willow branches of the stream – and rejoice for seven days before the Lord your God." (Leviticus 23:40)

estrogSukkot begins on the fifth day after Yom Kippur and lasts seven days. The word Sukkot means "booths", referring to a temporary dwelling. It is a time when many Jewish people live, eat, and sleep outdoors, in their Sukkah, “under the stars”. The holiday is also known as the "Feast of the Tabernacles". It is a season of joy and unity with G-d and for Jewish people everywhere.

The citron, or ssrog, is one of the four species, and a prominent symbol of the holiday of Sukkot.

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KosherEye is delighted to share 200 new and classic recipes and design suggestions for your Yom Tov table. 
May your family be blessed with a sweet, peaceful, delicious
and kosher New Year 5778  

Appetizers/Salads:

Apple-Beet Herring Appetizer  
Beets with Herring and Apples 
Creamy Parve Pickled Herring 
Cucumber Tomato Salad
Eggplant Salad with Lemon & Olive Oil
Fruited Barley Salad

Gefilte Fish Chopped Salad
Gefilte Fish "Crab" Cakes 
Geflite Fish with Italian Sauce
Kosher Chicken Liver Pate
KosherEye Faux "Crab" Louis Salad Platter
Matbucha - Tomato & Pepper Salad
Moroccan Carrot Salad
Pear and Spinach Salad by Chef Shlomo Schwartz
Pomegranate, Citrus and Avocado Salad
Roasted Beet Salad with Garlic Almond Dressing
Sefardi Gefilte Fish
Simanim (Good Omen)
Salad - POM Salad Dressings
Smoked Trout Salad
Smoked White Fish Stuffed Tomatoes
Three-Bean Salad with Olives

Breads:

Apple Harvest Challah 
Apple Raisin Cinnamon Bread
Breakfast Danish
Cinnamon Buns w/Cream Cheese Glaze 
Grape Harvest Bread

Heirloom Challah 
Meira's Famous Challah  
My New Favorite Traditional Challah
Perfect Challah, Every Time  
Raisin Challah
Real Cheese Danish w/Easy Danish Dough
Rebbetzin Kanievsky's Challah
Round Challah   (with video)
Round, Frosted Pull-Apart Honey Challah
Sweet Challah by Marcy                 
Sweet Cinnamon Challah
Whole Wheat Honey Bread
YomTov Frosting for Challah
Infused Honey   

Soups:

Amazing Apple Rutabaga Soup
Award Winning Chicken Soup
Beef and Barley Soup
Betty's Beet Borscht
Bubbies Chicken Soup
Carrot Dill Soup
Chick Pea Soup
Chicken Satay Soup  
Chicken Soup w/Matzah Balls
CKCA Parve Vichyssoise Soup 
Cream of Parsnip Soup
Flanken Mushroom Barley Soup
Green Matzoh Ball Soup
Heirloom Tomato and Beet Minestrone
Lemon Parsnip Soup 
Lentil Soup
Nancy Gordon's Split Pea Soup 
Smoked Salmon Chowder
Split Pea, Potato and Barley Soup

Chicken Kreplach
Manischewitz Mandarian Surprise Matzo Balls

Sides:

Aliza's Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecan Streusel Topping
Apple Brandy Sauce
Asparagus in Lemon Vinaigrette
Barley Risotto
Bulgar Salad with Nectarines, Parsley & Pistachios
Bulgar with Almonds and Raisins   
Carrot and Sweet Potato Tzimmes 
Carrot Kugel
Carrot Soufflé
Cauliflower Cake
Cauliflower Curry Puree
Classic Tzimmus with Flanken
Cranberry Cobbler
Easy Cole Slaw
Easy Corn-Bread Stuffing
Eggplant with Garlic
Fasoulia - Green Bean Sephardic Style 
Infused Honey
Jeweled Rice Pilaf
Keftes de Prassa, Leek Patties 
KosherEye Corn Pudding
Moroccan Potato Pancakes with Smoked Salmon and Crème Fraiche 
Parsnip Mango Rolls
Peach Fritters
Pumpkin Seed Gremolata
Quinoa Pilaf
Sweet Rice with Orange and Carrots
Vegetarian Tzimmus
White Bean and Heirloom Tomato Ragu
Wild Rice by Chef Shlomo Schwartz
Ziggy's Kasha Varnishkes

Kugels:

Best Healthy Kugel
Broccoli Noodle Kugel
Crunchy Topped Noodle Kugel  with Almond Crust and Winter Squash
Deluxe Noodle Kugel 
Lokshen Kugel with Plums
Mom's Fruit Noodle Kugel   
No-Noodle Apple Kugel
Potato Kugel
Simple Potato Kugel
Upside-Down Noodle Kugel 
World's Best Potato Kugel

Entrees:

2nd Avenue Deli Brisket
Braised Beef Brisket
Braised Veal Brisket 
Brined Veal Chops with Peach Fritters and Apple Brandy Sauce
Brisket with Bubbie's Seasoning
Butternut Squash Risotto
Chef Avram's Roast Turkey
Chicken Marvelosa 
Chicken Fricassee with Garlic and Red Wine Vinegar 
Chicken with Apples
Chicken with Duck Sauce
Chicken with Pomegranate Sauce
Classic Beef Stroganoff
Coq au Vin
Crispy Honey Glazed Chicken with Tsimmes
Dried Fruit Couscous with Meat & Poultry Variations 
Easy Chicken with Orange Honey Sauce
Falling Off the Bone Short Ribs
Gloria's Stuffed Cabbage 
Honey Chicken-Pomegranate
Kosher Beef Bourguignon
KosherEye Marinated Turkey Chops
KosherEye “Stuffed” Turkey Chops
Mighty Good Meatballs 
Pistachio Crusted Salmon by Chef Shlomo Schwartz
Pomegranate-Braised Lamb Shoulder with Fava Beans
Orange Chicken
Ronnie's Stuffed Cabbage
Roasted Spatchcocked Turkey with Stone Fruit Compote 
Teriyaki-Glazed Chilean Sea Bass with Cauliflower Curry Puree
Turkey OssoBuco
Short Ribs with Butter Beans 

Desserts:

All American Apple or Peach Crumb Pie
Almond Streusel Coffee Cake
Apple and Honey Turnovers 
Apple Pie Shooters
Apple Upside–Down Cake
Apples and Honey Bread Pudding w/Butterscotch Sauce
Apples and Honey Tart 
Aunt Belle's Spicy Honey Cake
Aunt Goldie's Mandelbrot
Aunt Ruthy's Apple Strudel
Baker's Best Cinnamon Bubka w/Crumb Topping  
Babka Bites 
Caramel Apple Cake

Black Russian Cake
Blueberry-Lemon Parfait
Chocolate Babka Meltaway
Chocolate Pomagranate Bark
Challah Beer Bread Pudding with Caramel Sauce
Cinnamon–Apple Pie with Raisins & Crumb Topping
Coconut Panna Cotta with Lime Curd
Dried Fruit and Olive Oil Cake
Easier than Pie-Fig-Plum Galette
Easy-No Bake Chocolate Pomegranate Bark
Espresso Panna Cotta
Fresh Apple Cake
Fresh Family Apple Cake 
German Apple Cake
Hilda's Pound Cake
Honey Cake
Honey Cupcakes with Chocolate Honey Glaze 
Honey Chocolate Tart
Honey Spice Cake
"Jewish" Apple Cake (video)
Kolatin Chocolate and Vanilla Mousse Parfait
Kolatin Chocolate-Banana Panna Cotta
Peach or Apple Crisp
Perfect Peach Cobbler
Quick Fruit Tart 
Royal Apple Cake 
Teiglach 
World's Best Apple Cake 

Cooking and Baking with the Stars

Cooking with the Stars I
Baking with the Stars II
Cooking with the Stars III
Cooking with the Stars IV

Videos:

How to Make Apple Cake
How to Make Apple Cinnamon Challah
How to Make Round Challah for Rosh Hashanah
How to Seed a Pomegranate

Helpful Information:

Apple Guide: A very useful guide to apples that will help you make your choice of variety easier and help you gauge exactly how many apples you’ll need to create your culinary masterpieces.

Centerpieces and Place Cards:


Rosh Hashana Decor from MiChicas
Rosh Hashanah Holiday Centerpieces 
Rosh Hashanah Place Cards - DIY
Yummy Earth Lollipop Centerpieces

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