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Trust us, Greek Salad is a breeze to make & when it's coated with a unique, delicious Greek salad dressing at Kosher Mezze Restaurant (the best restaurant in Queens, NY), it's wonderful to taste. Greek Salad is a wholesome vegetable-packed appetizer sprinkled with a perfect red wine vinegar dressing. 

Each serving includes tomatoes, creamy feta cheese, bell peppers, kalamata olives, cucumbers & red onion. The fun part is it just requires some simple chopping & quick mixing a voila & your tasty side dish is ready!


THE ULTIMATE STARTER The best way to begin a feast is with a refreshing Kosher Mezze's Greek salad. The balance of crisp lettuce & cucumbers, juicy tomatoes, briny olives, tangy pickled onions & creamy feta cheese makes each bite of this extremely satisfying. A traditional Kosher Mezze's red wine vinegar dressing is conceived to complement the vigorous flavors of the Greek Salad.

A bright & tangy combination of ingredients mixed with extra-virgin olive oil adds richness to each bite. It only takes a few minutes to chop & whisk, literally cutting down on preparation time. This colorful Salad makes eating healthy exciting!


INGREDIENTS

This Salad is super simple with no shortage of flavor, but it begins & ends with the quality of ingredients used.

Here's what you are likely to find in it: 

  • TOMATOES - We always prefer the perfectly ripe tomatoes (somewhat firm but yielding slightly to the touch; glossy skin; fragrant ones).
  • CUCUMBERS - Firm, smooth-skinned cucumbers are the best. We at Kosher Mezze Restaurants prefer English cucumbers, which are seedless & tend to be sweeter in taste.
  • RED ONIONS - Firm & smooth-looking onions are used. 
  • KALAMATA OLIVES - Everyone loves Greek kalamata olives (or black olives) in this salad; they add a great briny, salty flavor that compliments the beautiful veggies so well.
  • GREEN BELL PEPPERS - We pick firm & smooth-looking green bell pepper. Colored bell peppers are not utilized in a traditional Greek salad.
  • DRIED OREGANO & KOSHER SALT - Fresh Greek oregano is best, but if it's not available, quality dried oregano will work really well.
  • EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL - For authentic & best-tasting Greek salad, We like to use this Early Harvest Greek extra virgin olive oil. It's an exquisite cold extracted & unfiltered oil with a perfectly balanced complexity— rich green, fruity & pungent with a peppery finish.
  • RED WINE VINEGAR - Red Wine Vinegar is perfect for this dish, but we, at our customers' request, use another citrus option like fresh lemon juice or white wine vinegar.
  • CREAMY FETA CHEESE - Made from sheep's milk & served in large chunks or blocks, crowning the salad (not crumbled).
  • NO LETTUCE - or any leafy greens.
  • NO ADDITIONAL FILTERS

OUR GREEK SALAD DRESSING

Chefs at Kosher Mezze toss the veggies, olives & feta cheese in an easy homemade Greek salad dressing. With just 5 ingredients + salt & pepper, it's super simple to whisk together & it gives this easy Greek salad recipe a bright, zingy flavor. It's a simple mix of olive oil, red wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, garlic & dried oregano. 

We also like to spatter our Greek Salad with generous pinches of black pepper & oregano for a fresh, peppery garnish.


SERVE IT WITH 

This vibrant Salad full of color & flavor can easily work as a side dish to compliment just any dish mentioned below. Here are some ideas:

  • CHICKEN: Chicken Souvlaki, Chicken Gyros or Grilled Harissa Chicken are the best options.
  • LAMB: Greek burgers; or Lamb Chops.
  • FISH: Baked Cod, Lemon garlic Salmon, Grouper or Salmon Burgers.

VEGETARIAN ENTREES: Greek Green Beans, Spanakopita, Mediterranean Three Bean Soup.

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A simple Caprese salad is almost everybody's default dinner, but when they start craving more substantial meals, they turn to its heartier cousin: the Margherita pizza. Like Caprese salad, Margherita pizza highlights fresh basil, mozzarella & the best tomatoes one can find.

It's still a delightful, simple presentation of good quality products, but the extension of crisp, melty cheese, chewy pizza crust & warm sauce makes it a cozier, heartier meal. In addition, our farmers' businesses are still boasting delicious tomatoes & our garden basil plant is still chugging along, so why not enjoy them while we can! 

This Margherita pizza recipe at Kosher Mezze (the best restaurant in Queens, NY) uses only seven basic components, so good tomatoes are a must.


KOSHER'S MARGHERITA’S INGREDIENTS 

Our homemade Margherita pizza recipe is fresh, comforting & easy to toss together any night of the week with only seven components. Here's what you'll need to make it:

  • HOMEMADE PIZZA DOUGH - We use my go-to homemade pizza dough recipe. The crisp/chewy crust is very delicious under the melty cheese & juicy tomatoes.
  • HOMEMADE PIZZA SAUCE - We use a food processor to blend a 5-ingredient tomato sauce with San Marzano tomatoes & we don't cook it before spreading it on the pizza. As a result of which, it has a nice, very sweet flavor that compliments the tomatoes perfectly.
  • CHERRY TOMATOES - We don't use large tomatoes; instead, we prefer cherry tomatoes. They're less watery & have a more concentrated flavor than bigger varieties would, so they give this pizza a great taste & texture.
  • FRESH MOZZARELLA CHEESE - We seek out fresh bocconcini mozzarella for our Margherita pizza. We also use typical fresh mozzarella in a pinch, but bocconcini mozzarella comes in nice, medium-sized balls. When we slice it, it matches the size of the cherry tomato slices, which makes for a pretty pizza.
  • FRESH BASIL - Our chefs sprinkle it over the pizza after it comes out of the oven, so it doesn't burn or brown! A few dollops of pesto would also be delicious for more basil goodness
  • EXTRA-VIRGIN OLIVE OIL & RED PEPPER FLAKES - The perfect finishing touches!

MARGHERITA PIZZA TOPPINGS:

  • TOMATO SAUCE

Our chefs believe that raw tomato sauces are the way to go. They are also extremely easy, flavorful & authentic. Pureed San Marzano canned tomatoes, garlic, a touch of olive oil, salt & pepper & that’s it!

We avoid putting a thick layer of sauce on the pizza, resulting in a less crisp crust. Instead, it should be very thin.


  • MOZZARELLA

We always buy fresh mozzarella, preferably not packed in water & avoid the cheap variety that anyone can find in the regular grocery store's refrigerated section alongside the milk & yogurt.

We only use good-quality cheese. It makes a huge difference. Instead of slicing the cheese pretty thin & placing it in somewhat large slices over the pizza, we strongly favor cutting it into 1/2-inch cubes & spattering it evenly over the pizza.

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Sushi is indeed one of the most famous Japanese dishes out there in any restaurant. The name Sushi is well known to be among some of the best healthy food choices. Sushi nutrition typically varies depending on your order when you go to the best sushi bar in Queens, NY, i.e., Kosher Mezze. That was a short intro of sushi's reputation, but how well do you actually know how to eat it?
This article will share our very best Chefs thoughts on the best way to enjoy the famous seafood dish.


SUSHI NUTRITION FACTS

The below-mentioned nutrition stats are only for four pieces of a spicy tuna roll of 130g.
  • Calories: 140
  • Fat: 2g
  • Sodium: 105mg
  • Carbohydrates: 23g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Protein: 7g


Though our Chef probably offered these tips with fancy nigiri sushi (aka, sushi consisting of a slice of raw fish served on a bed of rice) in mind, you could also try them out with your next meal for a more mindful, culturally "authentic" experience that respects the cuisine's roots.


  1. CONSUME YOUR SUSHI PIECES IN ONE BITE

Each bite of sushi is cooked to encapsulate the absolute balance of various flavors & textures. Consuming it in many bites would almost be like deconstructing the whole sushi meal into individual ingredients. Chefs at Kosher Mezze recommends, don't do that.


  1. DON'T MIX WASABI AND SOY SAUCE

Because a great piece of sushi dish should already have a dab of wasabi tucked under the fish part. According to our well experienced Chefs, a chef who actually knows what he is asked to serve should learn to use the perfect amount of wasabi in every piece. As our chefs instruct, "More wasabi, more fat."


  1. DON'T EVER DUNK A PIECE OF SUSHI IN SOY SAUCE RICE-SIDE DOWN

The ideal sushi rice must have adequate stickiness to support its rectangular structure. Still, it would not be so hard that it holds up to a soy sauce dunk. 


  1. DON'T HESITATE TO UTILIZE YOUR HANDS

If you are not comfortable with chopsticks, feel free to utilize your hands! Simply make sure that your hands are clean before you dig in.


  1. DO NOT PAIR YOUR SUSHI WITH GINGER

The ginger you are served with sushi dish is intended to be a palette cleanser you consume between courses & definitely, not a kind of extra garnishing stuff you pile on top of your meal.


Tip :- And always feel free to eat your sushi with a nice cup of sake.


At Kosher Mezze, the best sushi restaurant in Queens, NY, you can choose between sushi, nigiri, rolls, or sashimi in addition to other menu items.
  • Sushi is a kind of raw fish dish served with vinegar-flavored rice, mixed vegetables, or other garnishes. Salmon & tuna are ubiquitous on sushi menus. Both varieties of fish offer health benefits because they are excellent sources of healthy fat.
  • Nigiri sushi is a small slice of fish served on top of the rice, often combined with wasabi.
  • Sushi rolls are typically made from tempura or very well-cooked fish(not always). Each roll includes several sliced portions of the sushi dish.
  • Sashimi is raw fish (no rice or any other ingredients)

At our restaurant, four pieces of sushi would be enough to satisfy your hunger at mealtime. Most sushi rolls provide 5 to 7 pieces of sushi. 

Since sushi preparation varies from chefs to chefs & customer's preferences, it's best to ask your server for the healthiest options. Your best bet at Kosher Mezze could be sashimi or nigiri. These options are not likely to carry any sort of fatty ingredients.

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Sushi is generally known as a staple rice dish of Japanese cuisine, prepared with cooked rice flavored with vinegar & multiple vegetables, eggs, raw seafood is beautifully garnished & served cold.
Sushi(the dish) first reached New York City in 1963. The newfound fame of the unique cuisine, along with an elevated boom of Japanese emigrants to the NYC area in the '1970s & '1980s, led to an outburst of sushi restaurants in NYC that continues today & hence we at Mezze Restaurant are at your service to win your hearts with some of the most delicious sushi dishes.


Sushi brings the world together & unites it in the love of fancy fish. All right, that might sound like an exaggeration, but sushi does have a tremendous global appeal. Restaurants that serve excellent sushi enjoy undeniable celebrity attention & with some big-name restaurants prominent in the culinary spotlight. 

Until recently, we, including all the New Yorkers, have missed out on one of the most delicious bowls loaded with different kinds of sushi recipes because of some reasons, but our wait is over! Mezze Restaurant, a kosher restaurant in Queens, NY, has finally opened its New York outpost! You can see what all the buzz is about at https://www.koshermezze.com/sushi-menu. Our catering department, City Roots, leads our forward-thinking culinary view to NYC's events with full-service & drop-off special catering services for any type of occasion.

Sushi is famous worldwide, but that doesn't mean everyone understands what this dish technically is. For those who might not be familiar with the dish, sushi doesn't always express raw fish. Instead, raw fish - sashimi in Japanese - is the most popular ingredient in sushi. The term sushi refers to foods that use rice seasoned with vinegar & are garnished with raw fish or vegetables. The sushi rolls(aka as maki) you may be thinking of are just one of many sushi types.

If you're traveling to New York or want to learn more about the cuisine, the best thing to do is to read this article & prepare your taste buds for some true Japanese delicacies.

SO... WHAT ACTUALLY IS SUSHI?

It is raw fish, a star dish of Japanese cuisine for most people, but is it that simple? Not at all. Sushi is actually a method to make rice, not raw fish, with some accompaniment. In fact, we should be saying that sushi always carries rice.

Sushi is one of the most famous Japanese dishes outside of Japan & the most well-known & liked among Japanese, who relish sushi on special occasions. It was evolved outside that country, influenced by different Western cultures, especially in the USA. That is why many kinds of sushi denominate the USA's localities (California roll, New York roll, etc.)

The name of sushi is a generic name of different types, combinations of ingredients & forms of typical Japanese food, and basically made from Japanese type rice and other seafood (fresh fish, prawns, seaweed, etc.) vegetables.

DO YOU LOVE SUSHI?

Are you ready to love sushi even more? As if you needed more reasons to love sushi, today you're going to tell you the 5 benefits of sushi that will make you fall 5 times more in love. Sushi is healthier for you in many ways than you can imagine. Get out your chopsticks & keep reading.

  1. Helps You Manage Your Weight

  2. Full of Antioxidants

  3. Rich in Omega 3 Fatty Acids

  4. Speeds Up Muscle Repair

  5. Ups Your Immunity


One Bite & You'll Surely Taste the Gains of Sushi. What did we tell you? After reading the gains, are you even more in love now? If you have not had any kind of sushi dish yet & in case if you want to get some this week? If Yes! Simply call us or visit one of the best sushi restaurants in NYC.


WHERE TO GET AUTHENTIC JAPANESE SUSHI?

Sushi is probably Japan's most famous dish & thus can be a bit expensive. With Mezze Restaurant, you can very easily order a set of sushi at a fixed price, which comes in handy for group outings, or you can order your favorite sushi pieces as you eat your meal. 

Our diverse options are kosher certified & packed with robust flavor & superior ingredients. On the menu, you’ll find globally-inspired dishes that will leave a lasting impact on both your palette & the planet. We are located in 100-18 Queens Blvd, NY & offer a full-service dining experience along with takeout & delivery.

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