Kisco Kosher - White Plains


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Kisco Kosher - White Plains

Roger Reid | | May 17, 2005 03:02 PM

Kisco Kosher, the resurection of Mt Kisco Kosher Deli, has now opened in White Plains.

Good news, bad news.

Good news - it's perfectly good, decent Jewish Deli food. My burger was actually well done, as I ordered it (too often that means burnt outside, raw inside), but of course on that doughy little white bread bun - but it *is* deli, after all. Pickles and coleslaw about as expected (and not tasting like they were handed down at Sinai like at Epstiens). A good selection of salads, fish, chicken in the pot, many different soups. The fries almost reminded me of the old Grabsteins in Canarsie, but (thankfully) not nearly as greasy. Of course, he's so new here all his frying oil is still fresh, hopefully it will stay that way.

Other good news: felafel! I didn't try it - another day - but I've been whining for a long time that instead of yet another pizza place, someone should open a felafel stand in this town. Well, he's selling that and Israeli salad etc.

The renovation was niely done, spoiled only by the incredibly tacky prints of the "types of Israelis" - which is at least 40 years out of date anyway, so now it's not just tacky, it's faux-nostalgia as well.

For the most part, the customers were very happy; they wanted Jewish Deli and that's what they got. I was not as impressed as most, but I'm often that way in these places (now, if Edna's would come back to Church Ave...)

Speaking of Edna's and Grabsteins, the service was fine and generic. The days of the waiter sitting down and showing you all the good meat you missed on that fish are over, probably a good thing. (Then there was the time about 1982 on Ave L that the old man waiter smashed a cockroach crawling on the table with his bare hand, without missing a beat taking our order. So much for nostalgia. The new Kisco Kosher is, thankfully, quite clean, and hopefully will stay that way).

Bad news is they are "self supervised" and open 7 days. It's OK with me, I'll take a longstanding local businessman's word for that all his ingredients are kosher and that there's no dairy. But I was hoping to have a local place to take stricter friends, and for that it's still Monsey, Riverdale, New Rochelle, or The City. (And the first three of those have no kosher places I've ever had any desire to return to).

Also the customers, especially the ones at the takeout counter, have the loudest, most obnoxious cell phone ringers and are oblivious to the fact that you are right next to some people just trying to have a meal here!

So if you go, get a table AWAY from the counter.

All in all, if the kashrut question is not a problem for you, and you like standard Jewish Deli, and you live in the area, it's definatly worth a try. It's not something to travel for miles to, unless you are really jonesing for exactly this kind of joint and don't have another decent one closer.

Overall, recommended. Your mileage may vary, I vastly prefer Blooms but Yorktown's a fair hike for me.

r reid

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