THE PIONEERS IN KOSHER GOURMET DINING
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LEVANA RESTAURANT IN THE NEWS
THE NEW YORK TIMES
Stalking Kosher Game (Hold the Giraffe)
"...While unusual game meats and birds can be difficult to obtain under the best of circumstances, for kosher restaurants like Levana, procuring kosher game is an outright challenge..." MORE
THE WINE SPECTATOR
Dining Out for Passover
"...For those Jews who observe the strict kosher dietary laws and want to eat out on Passover, some hotels and restaurants, such as New York's Levana, are an option...At Levana, arguably the Big Apple's most upscale kosher dining establishment, the $75 prix fixe menu includes the matzoh quenelles plus timbale of salmon and rack of veal, sacramental kosher wines, Haggadahs and an officiating rabbi..." MORE
THE WINE SPECTATOR
"...At Levana, a New York kosher restaurant, dietary observances are commingled with snazzy presentation. The gefilte fish, made from whitefish and salmon, gets a dill-and-leek wrapping and a horseradish sauce. Cornish hen is stuffed with chicken, veal and potatoes. For dessert, there's a terrine of Belgian chocolate with mocha sauce..." MORE
TIME OUT NEW YORK
"The menu takes chances with flavors far beyond the usual...a pan-roasted veal chop with orecchiette and sugar snap peas is delicious, as are short ribs with a silky parsnip mousseline..."
NEW YORK MAGAZINE
"More than 20 years after opening its doors, Levana is still one of the leading kosher restaurants in New York—importantly, it holds its own against similar non-kosher establishments. In keeping with kosher dietary laws, only kosher meat is served, and there’s no shellfish or dairy on the menu. Notably, Levana has a flair for cooking game meats. Kosher carnivores delight in the tender venison, fragrant with Chinese spices and enriched by a sweet juniper berry and red currant sauce. There’s also a savory duo of braised lamb shank and grilled lamb chop stacked high over a bed of Moroccan couscous. A good selection of kosher wines from all over, plus thoughtful pairing suggestions. The pareve, or non-dairy, desserts are alluring, especially the deep-dish warm apple crumble with non-dairy cinnamon ice cream."
GREAT RESTAURANTS MAGAZINE
"Levana, tucked away below an Upper West Side townhouse, is a restaurant unique in the world of elegant Glatt Kosher dining. Not only is the quality extraordinary, but the people who operate Levana- brothers Sol, Avrum and Maurice Kirschenbaum- have devoted the better part of their lives to assuring pleasure throughout your visit. Levana is named for Levana Kirschenbaum, wife of Maurice, who for more than 20 years has delighted New Yorkers with her bakery, catering business, cooking classes and popular cookbook, Levana’s Table."
"Contemporary and classic kosher cuisine near Lincoln Center. Glatt kosher meats, off-site plated to-go meals, catering. Extensive wine list available."
Contemporary kosher cuisine is offered at this dynamic Upper West Side restaurant. To commence, try the portobello mushrooms adorned with arugula and tomatoes and doused with Balsamic vinaigrette. For the main entree, try pan seared salmon or veal spare ribs. To adjourn your dining experience, try a chocolate mousse torte or some refreshing fruit sorbet."
"A kosher restaurant is one thing, but a kosher wine bar? Now that's something. Levana, a kosher eatery open for more than 20 years, serves up kosher wines from around the world as well as a dairy-free contemporary menu that's heavy on game. Observant Jews might be especially fond of the place, but it's open to members of any tribe and, even if kosher isn't usually for you, is in the top tier of restaurants in the neighborhood."
"This New American and Continental kosher restaurant is an elegant and memorable spot near the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Good food, attentive service and a charming ambience are all here. There is a fine wine list, and the menu includes grilled tuna, salmon filet, ribeye steak, baby rack of lamb, venison and even goose dishes."
"One of New York's most attractive, and established, kosher restaurants with imaginative "New American-French" cuisine."
“Your food was scrumptious, your service was outstanding and me and my wife will remember this evening!"
“Great food. My husband loved the venison, I loved the the duck and our group shared about six excellent appetizers -- best kosher food we ever had!"
“The food is really great. The ribeye steak is unreal! Huge selection of wines. The desserts are also really good, especially the warm chocolate one (I forgot what it's called). Less pricey and more value than the competition. An all around must-go."