Just before Thanksgiving, Kutsher's, a new Tribeca ode to the classic Borscht Belt resort of the same name, opened under the auspices of Zach Kutsher and restaurateur Jeffrey Chodorow in the old Mai House space. They serve chef Mark Spangenthal's modern and sometimes upscale take on old Jewish classics like matzoh ball soup, latkes, and gefilte fish and offer house specialties like schmaltz-rubbed steak and falafel-crusted salmon. Are picky New Yorkers taking to this new breed of Jewish cuisine? Let's go to the early word to find out.
The Mostly Good News: The two legitimate Yelp reviews so far are pretty positive: "Had a great dinner at this new TriBeCa restaurant. Service was excellent and they seemed to have no problem keeping up while the restaurant was packed. The Kreplach was surprisingly fantastic. If you think you're a fan of ravioli try this and I promise you won't be disappointed. The mushrooms on top added the perfect amount of flavor to the dish. The Falafel Crusted Salmon was very good as well. The drinks were creative and well-made, although a little bit pricy at $12. The space has some unique decor, but something about it bothered me. I think the light colored wood reminded me of a cheap desk I once owned. Other than that, the ambiance was nice, although the energetic restaurant was a bit on the loud side." [Yelp]
The Good News: What say the Twitterverse? @thenewb tweets, "Kvelling over the amazing pastrami @KutshersTribeca. Just opened, great spot that will make your bubby & zeyde proud." @GaelGreene adds, "By subway it's a straight shot to Kutsher's for us. I used to make great matzo ball soup for the Kultur Maven but theirs is better." [Twitter]
The Almost Entirely Good News: Gotham Gal isn't wowed by the desserts and thinks the duck dish could use some help but raves over the chicken, the salmon, the latkes, and pretty much everything else. In the end she was comped but "I always call it as I see it and I loved this place. I have been talking about it since we went. BTW, kids menu too. I can hardly wait to go back and taste the deli platter and of course a few pigs in a blanket." [Gotham Gal]
The Great News: The Foursquare tips so far are positive. One guest writes, "I'm a fan, I liked the vibe, dinner was delicious (esp the latkes & kreplach) and the service was great." While another adds, "With a name like this you are dying for it to be more kitschy but then the food delivers... Make room for dessert." [Foursquare]
The Almost Suspiciously Great News: The three Menupages reviews so far are raves, including this pretty shilltastic one: "When I heard that the place of many great childhood memories, Kutshers in the Catskills of NY, opened a restaurant in Tribeca, I couldn't wait to go! Upon walking in, the friendliness of the staff and Zach Kutsher himself, was just a prelude to all the fun we had. The bar is stocked with amazing specialty cocktails as well as amazing wines, scotch, etc. After spending some time waiting for our guests, we were seated and greeted by our knowledgeable waiter. We ordered a host of appetizers, all of which outstanding! The pastrami-smoked salmon melts in your mouth! The main courses were equally amazing (I had the falafel-crusted salmon). Desserts were beyond belief! The black and white cookie ice cream sandwich and the warm appleber]y crumble were just the perfect ending to a perfect meal. I highly recommend it!" [Menupages]
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