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550 Madison Ave. (55th & 56th Sts.) Send to Phone

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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Shallots New York Restaurant Review

: Talk about niche dining---Shallots, we venture to say, is one of the most ambitious Glatt kosher eateries to hit New York. The restaurant, housed in the space that was once the Quilted Giraffe, is a bit hard to find as the entrance is in the Sony Building’s atrium. Once inside, it’s private and even rather romantic, with low lighting, attractive flower arrangements and a wall of colorful glass panels that cast a glow over the tables. Nowhere on the contemporary menu can you find a hint that it is kosher---nary a blintz or matzoh ball to be found. Quite the contrary, you can eat sweetbreads dusted with porcini powder, duck confit salad, or cream-less parsnip and garlic soup to start, and move on to rib-eye steak, a massive veal chop, halibut, or tuna as a main. All of the food is presented on colorful, oversized frosted glass plates and the service is attentive at all moments. We always thought eating kosher had to be a sacrifice, but Shallots proves differently. There is sacrifice, however, in the wine department. The list is all kosher, and though kosher wines have certainly improved over the years, they still have a way to go.
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