Thursday, June 13, 2013

History of the Burger and about Kosher Burgers on Amsterdam Avenue in Manhattan

On average, Americans eat 100 hamburgers a year. McDonalds alone sells three billion a year, and nearly a total of 14 billion burgers are sold across the country when including all various restaurants and chains.
Although early Mongolians troops under Genghis Khan are thought to have eaten the first traditional burgers by forming patties of scraps of meat and roasting or eating them raw, the word, “hamburger,” originated from the German city of Hamburg, which was then brought over to America during the influx of immigration. At least five German immigrants from the late 19th century claimed to have invented the hamburger, a patty of ground meat served between slices of bread. A hamburger is usually served with a combination of toppings that can include lettuce, tomato, onions, pickles, bacon, cheese, ketchup, mustard, relish, etc. The meat itself can vary from beef, pork, chicken, turkey, lamb, etc.
There are many disputes over who actually started selling the first hamburger in America. The Library of Congress officially declared the first hamburger was created in America by Louis Lassen, owner of Louis’ Lunch in New Haven, Connecticut in 1900. White Castle claims the first hamburger was created by Otto Kuase in 1891, who topped his patties with a fried egg. After World War I, White Castle named their burgers, “salisbury steak,” due to a large anti-German sentiment. Burgers became very unpopular until White Castle introduce mini burgers, which they called “slyders.” Although the burger meat patty was served between slices of bread earlier, the first actual burger bun was created by an Oklahoma farmer, Oscar Weber Bilby, in the late 19th century. He later opened a hamburger stand in 1933 with his son, Leo, which is still operating to this day using the same grill as the original stand.
There are also disputes over who invented the first cheeseburger. In 1926, Lionel Sternberger served burgers topped with cheese from his father’s shop at the age of 16 while working as a fry cook. In 1935, Louis Ballast of the Humpty Dumpty Drive-In in Denver, Colorado first trademarked the name, “cheeseburger.” There are also many variations of the cheeseburger, such as the Jucy (or Juicy, depending who you ask) Lucy, which has the cheese melted inside the burger patty instead of placed on top of it. There are also varying claims as to who invented that particular hamburger.
Kosher burgers are also incredibly popular for observant Jews who keep kosher. Some may be a little discouraged that they can’t have their burgers with cheese to enjoy a proper cheeseburger, as the mixing of milk and meat together is prohibited according to the Torah. However, places like Talia’s Steakhouse on the Upper West Side of Manhattan still serve kosher burgers NYC with cheese and it’s still completely Glatt Kosher. Their trick is to use soy cheese, which tastes just like the real thing. The NYC kosher restaurant was met with some controversy from some Jewish people who believe that just the look of the kosher cheeseburger had to be avoided, as indicated in a NY Post article. It was also featured on Fox News and NY Blueprint. If you’re looking for great kosher burgers on Amsterdam Avenue, with or without cheese, Talia’s may be the place for you. Ask about the only kosher cheeseburger in New York City!

Monday, June 3, 2013

Talia’s Steakhouse & Bar announces to offer prepaid meals during the Rosh Hashanah and other Jewish Holidays

Summary: This press release informs readers about the announcement made by Talia’s Steakhouse & Bar for the upcoming Shabbat and Jewish holidays. The Manhattan kosher restaurant will offer prepaid lunch and dinner during Jewish holidays as well as on Shabbat. Top quality kosher food will be served for people to enjoy the Jewish holidays, not only spiritually, but also physically.

Talia’s Steakhouse & Bar announces to offer prepaid meals during the Jewish Holidays

New York, 16th May, 2013 – People look forward to holidays so that they can relax and enjoy their time off. The same thing is applicable for Jewish holidays, though they are a bit different from other secular holidays. Beside the Jewish holidays, there is also the weekly Shabbat, or Sabbath, observance. The upcoming Jewish holidays include Rosh Hashanah, Sukkot, Shmini Atzeret, Simchat Torah and Passover.

Unlike many other NYC kosher restaurants, Talia’s Steakhouse & Bar announces to offer prepaid meals during the Jewish holidays and Shabbat to be served even at Talia’s outdoor café, weather permitting. For over ten years, Talia’s Steakhouse has been the premier kosher restaurant in the Upper West Side of Manhattan, ensuring its customers an enjoyable kosher experience during the Jewish holidays. Talia’s Steakhouse will make sure that each guest will be completely satisfied. Moreover, as a kosher steak house, Talia’s offers the best quality prime cuts of kosher steak during lunch and dinner. Additional dishes such as Moroccan Salmon, Chicken Marsala and even vegetarian entrees may be available for those who prefer not to eat red meat. Talia’s is not just one of the kosher restaurants, NYC. In addition to providing its customers with amazing kosher dining, Talia’s also accommodates its guests with the traditional customs of Jewish holidays by placing Kiddush wine, challah, prayer books and a copy of the appropriate blessings for each guest. Since everything is prepaid, no walk-in customers will interfere with the spiritual atmosphere of the holiday dining experience.
Guests will also be able to enjoy their Shabbat or Jewish holiday meals at Talia’s beautiful sidewalk café. Eat your delicious Glatt Kosher dinner or lunch under the sky along with your favorite cocktails from Talia’s full bar. Not so many other kosher restaurants on the Upper West Side of Manhattan offer this wonderful opportunity.

As a Glatt Kosher restaurantTalia’s Steakhouse is subject to rabbinic supervision and our kosher certificate provides us certain specific guidance as to how to conduct prepaid Shabbat and holiday meals in accordance with strict Orthodox Jewish laws. As a result, Talia’s requires its guests to prepay for the meals prior to the time of the commencement of the Jewish holiday or Shabbat. Moreover, the customer will have a copy of a prix fixe menu at his table upon his arrival to the restaurant and he will have a selection of beef, chicken or fish to choose from as an entree. A la carte menu is not permissible during Shabbat and certain holidays, since you cannot start cooking during Shabbat. All dishes are precooked. All Shabbat and holiday foods are cooked in deep pots with lots of liquid and vegetables to keep them moist and fresh. On certain holidays that do not fall on Shabbat, on-the-spot grilling is allowed. As mentioned above, no walk-ins are allowed and no exchange of money takes place.

Furthermore, Talia’s Steakhouse is one of the great kosher romantic restaurants in New York with candles and roses on each table, ensuring a lovely experience for any couples wishing to dine during Shabbat or Jewish holidays. Jewish travelers and tourists visiting NYC are encouraged to attend our Glatt Kosher Shabbat and holiday meals. Many affordable hotels are located within fifteen minutes walking distance from Talia’s Steakhouse, so there is no need for transportation during Shabbat or the Jewish holidays. For example, the Hotel Newton and Days Inn are within four minutes walking time. Likewise, shuls, or synagogues, as well as other Jewish organizations that offer services are within short walking distance.
Talia’s is also great for anyone looking for group dining of large parties. The entire restaurant can also be rented out for Shabbat and holiday meals, as organizations such as Chabad of the West Side and Columbia University have done for special events. Other individuals and families have rented out the entire restaurant for parties such as bar mitzvahs, aufruf, sheva brachot, etc.  Also, as an established Manhattan kosher caterer, Talia’s Steakhouse can provide off-premises kosher catering to hotels and shuls located in the New York Metropolitan area. Delivery and takeout of Shabbat and holiday meals are available as well.

For further queries and information, feel free to visit the website of Talia’s Steakhouse & Bar:

Talia's Steakhouse & Bar
NYC Kosher Restaurants
668 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10025
Tel: 212-580-3770