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!).
On 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.
Sides: White Asparagus with Forest Mushrooms, Bok Choy, Artichoke and Spinach Gratin
Desserts: The desserts are creations of the acclaimed pastry chef Felencia Davis.
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