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New ‘Zagat’ guide has zero Brooklyn kosher restaurants, Councilman kvetches

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Now we don’t normally just reprint “press releases” all willy-nilly (what “self-respecting newspaper” would?), but this one from Councilman David Greenfield (D–Midwood) calling out “restaurant guide” Zagat for not including any Brooklyn kosher joints was “too delicious to pass up!” (And don’t worry, it’s “parve”). Here it is in all it’s glory:

“Councilman David G. Greenfield is calling on the ‘well-known’ Zagat Guide to make ‘greater efforts’ to incorporate ‘a wide range of New York cuisines’ into its ‘famous’ guidebook in light of the fact that the ‘latest edition’ features ‘none’ of the many ‘delicious kosher dining options’ in Brooklyn.

Zagat’s updated 2017 edition was released recently, and while some readers say they ‘already have Yelp for this,’ others claim that Zagat offers a ‘more consistent’ and ‘reliable’ guide to New York dining. For that reason, Greenfield said, ‘it’s really a shame’ that the new Zagat guide offers ‘zero kosher options in Brooklyn,’ which is historically ‘home’ to much of New York’s ‘vibrant’ Jewish community, including several of the best kosher restaurants in the world.

In fact, the new guide lists ‘just three restaurants’ in Bensonhurst, ‘only two’ in Midwood, and when it comes to Boro Park, Zagat lays ‘a big goose egg.’ The guide includes only eight kosher restaurants, only one of which — Mexikosher, on Manhattan’s ‘happening’ Upper West Side — is ‘new this year.’ It includes no kosher restaurants in Brooklyn.

‘I urge the editors of Zagat to seek out a more diverse array of dining options in New York, and particularly in Brooklyn,’ Greenfield said. ‘We have some of the finest restaurants in the world in Brooklyn, and many happen to be kosher. But you wouldn’t know that from reading the Zagat Guide. Update your Guide! Your customers — and your stomachs — will be glad that you did.’ ”

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Reach deputy editor Max Jaeger at mjaeger@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260–8303. Follow him on Twitter @JustTheMax.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Fred from Windsor Terrace says:
Miserable, bland food doesn't deserve coverage in Zagat.
Nov. 18, 2016, 7:20 am
Tony from Bensonhurst says:
Zagat reviews are based on reviews submitted by diners, not determined by the magazine. Nothing's stopping his constituents from sumbitting reviews of Kosher restaurants. Do your homework, Councilman, instead of just kvetching for the sake of kvetching.
Nov. 18, 2016, 9:18 am
Tyler from pps says:
If your range of options is limited, that doesn't mean the choices in that range are actually any good when compared to the *full* range of options.

This isn't true anymore because there are some great kosher wines now, but 20 years ago... This would be like saying, "Why isn't Wine Spectator Magazine giving Manischevitz a score of 95? It's delicious!"
Nov. 18, 2016, 12:07 pm
Ms. Me from Bay Ridge says:
Waaaaaaaah!
Nobody likes jewish food, get over it.
Nov. 18, 2016, 12:39 pm
Ms. Me from Bay Ridge says:
Fake comment above.
Nov. 18, 2016, 5:38 pm
old time brooklyn from slope says:
omg - the ohio peeps want a pastrami on white bread with lettuce and tomaetos and expect us to goose step
Nov. 18, 2016, 7:24 pm
Corrie Warren says:
It also doesn't contain any restaurants where they only serve bannas. Why isn't there a restaurant like that?!
Nov. 20, 2016, 9 am
Ms. Me from Bay Ridge says:
I don't even like jewish dix, I prefer unclipped filthy stinky ones oozing with dik cheese.
Nov. 21, 2016, 9:08 am
George from Brooklyn says:
Wow, a lot of ignorant and even racist comments here.

The days of kosher food being bland and terrible are long over. While much still is, there are plenty of kosher restaurants that are not. As evinced by the fact that some places in Manhattan, etc made it into the guide. There are plenty of quality places in Brooklyn, too, so it's odd that they were excluded.
Nov. 29, 2016, 10:44 am
Matti from Kensington says:
I'm just 'here' to 'complain' about the 'gross misuse' of 'single quotes.' 'Carry on.'
Nov. 29, 2016, 10:56 am

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