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New York for Shabbat

AdinaA | Jan 12, 201112:49 PM

I was at Darna for dinner on Friday and the couple at the next table were from New Jersey, in for a getaway Shabbat. It made me wonder why more people don't come to Manhattan as Shabbat tourists. You can come into the city, eat at one restaurant on Friday, a different one on Saturday lunch, the Met is free and you can go out motzei Shabbat. The Jewish Museum is also free on Shabbat. And you could check the shul webpages and go wherever they have a star chazan or interesting speaker.

The Shabbos food at Darna was very good. Not spectacular, but very good. Salad starter. They make their own hummus, babaganoush, Moroccan carrot salad, and matbucha. Also a mesclun salad with a simple vinaigrette sprinkled with candied pecans and dried cranberries. Pleasant if uninspired. 2nd course was a warm salmon with vegetables, mild Moroccan spicing. It was very nice. The waiter, not a native English-speaker, then offered chicken or ribs. I asked for the ribs. What I got was a small mountain of truly delicious brisket in a rib-style barbeque sauce. Wonderful. . Really wonderful. There was also rice and 3 or 4 green beans just, you know, to pretend that it was a balanced meal. That rib sauce was really good. Dessert was an uninspired array of cookies and sliced fruit laid out on a table near the entrance. My only real complaint was that they didn't serve tea or coffee. They ought to buy a hot-water urn.

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