Everyday Secret Restaurant Recipes Review & Giveaway

Everyday Secret Restaurant Recipes Review & Giveaway

In the spirit of my Blogoversary last week, I figured it was about time for a giveaway. And I’ve been itching to review the latest cookbook in the Secret Restaurant Recipes series, so it worked out just perfectly!

Like all of the cookbooks by seasoned cookbook writers Leah Schapira and Victoria Dwek, Everyday Secret Restaurant Recipes does not disappoint. It’s got the same beautiful graphics, breathtaking photos and clean-cut layout as it’s original, but the recipes are a bit less glitzy yet not one bit less mouthwatering.

For this round, the writers went to everyday establishments – grills like the famous Fish Grill in LA (where I’ve noshed on their famous fish and chips), local favorites like Bagels ‘n Greens (ever taste their insane donuts?!), Boeuf & Bun (loooove their bondi burger), Izzy’s BBQ Addiction (I’m legit addicted, it’s in my ‘hood after all), Mendelsohn’s (we love their breaded cauliflower) and Pizza Time (best kosher pizza outside of Israel IMHO). They’ve covered Miami hot spots like 26 Sushi & Tapas (lettuce wraps please!), China Bistro (love their spicy chicken and eggplant) and Zak the Baker (I’ll have everything on the menu) and National must-haves like C  & R Kitchen (I’m till dreaming of the prime rib I had there), Milt’s BBQ (I must get there soon!), And Nobo Wine & Grill (I’ve already booked my reservation). Of course we can’t forget all the International spots like Aussies Milk & Honey (I had a great lunch there!), Israel’s Rimon Cafe (great memories!), and eateries in Austria, Brazil, England, Panama and Uruguay.

When they say they’ve hit the little guys, they mean it. They’ve got supermarkets like Pomegranate and Breadberry in Brooklyn, heimishe bakeries like Zishes in Monsey and even stadium joints like Legends in Yankee stadium. My favorite though would have to be The Wandering Que, a BBQ trailer that hauls it’s Texas-style BBQ rig around town. Leah & Victoria have indeed covered their tracks.

Of course I’m partial because my ‘hood made it to the Kosher Food Trends list (we house the famous Basil Pizza & Wine Bar, Boeuf & Bun & Izzy’s BBQ Addiction after all) and having my name on the shout-out list was a nice surprise (I shared some of my favorite hot spots). But the truth is – we have to let the recipes do the talking. The fact that roasted chickpeas are the first recipe of the Starters & Sides should say something. They’re my absolute favorite nosh to date. But the kani poppers, beef fry apricots, buffalo cauliflower, tater poppers and smoked hot wings tickled my fancy as well. Soups & Salads are down to earth, with recipes like black bean soup, Asian nappa salad, harvest twist and peach glazed chicken salad. They’ve even covered basics like store coleslaw (haven’t you always wondered how to get it just right?) and potato salad. Sandwiches are possibly my favorite chapter, and thankfully they’ve included the Morning Scramble from Boeuf & Bun, so when I don’t feel like walking up the block to their hip joint, I can just make it at home! My husband is particularly excited about Essen’s Sino Steak Sandwich, a dish he grew up eating! Pretzel sticks, honey mustard pargiot, chicken Pad Thai and Gotham glazed ribs are favorites from Chicken & Meat while the grilled fish taco, bourbon salmon and sushi pizza stood out from the Fish. They’ve even got Brunch & Lunch covered with recipes like Israeli breakfast, creamy home fries, and veggie chili, but I’ll take the creme brulee freezer. They finish off with a bang with dessert goodies like Zak the Bakers chocolate rugelach, T Fusion’s churros and Lula’s halva parfait. Mmm mmm good.

So, should you buy this book? Well, if you live in a place that doesn’t have too many eateries or you don’t mind cooking up some restaurant fare that’s not too intimidating, then this is the book for you. While the cookbook includes “everyday recipes” don’t expect them all to be quick and easy. If they’re good enough to be on a menu in a cafe somewhere, they’re going to require some work. But it looks to me like it will be well worth the effort.

Purchase Everyday Secret Restaurant Recipes on Amazon.

Read a review of Secret Restaurant Recipes.


So lets get down to business because I know you are waiting! To enter this fabulous giveaway, here’s what to do!

1. Leave a comment on my Blogoversary Post letting me know your favorite BIB recipes of the past 5 years and/or what you’d like to see on the blog this year.
2. Leave a comment here letting me know your favorite kosher restaurant worldwide.

For an extra entry, follow Busy In Brooklyn via any of the channels below. Just be sure to leave a note in the comment letting me know where you follow.


Giveaway is open to U.S. residents (for international entries, prize can only be shipped in the U.S.). Winner will be chosen at random at 10:00 AM EST on Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016.


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119 thoughts on “Everyday Secret Restaurant Recipes Review & Giveaway

  1. Not any Kosher restaurants by me, I can’t wait to travel and try some of the great places I see posted by others.

  2. TFusion – first restaurant I went to when I moved here. Will always be my top choice. Basil is a close second.
    Follow you on Instagram too! (Dollarshort_foodie)

  3. I live in LA and although we don’t have too many reateraunts I feel like La Gondola never disappoints! They have the best service and do a great job!

  4. An amazing experience was going to Tierra Sur at Hertzog Winery in California. The food was really exceptional . A gastronomic delight for any foodie . The service for a kosher restaurant was great as well. If I lived in California I’d be there often ( and I don’t even eat meat ) !

  5. I LOVE LOVE LOVE your beer brisket with onion gravy. It’s the best brisket I’ve ever had. My favorite restaurant would have to be Amsterdam Burger – my husband and I got married in the morning (11:30 AM), and we were starving by the time we got to our hotel, so we went straight to Amsterdam Burger. It will always have a special place in my heart :)

  6. I think Zak the baker takes first place for me. Its nice to see kosher cuisine not failing to have a voice in the big leagues.

  7. I love Va Bene. We were there on opening night (found it by accident around 28 years ago) and tried the pasta al salmone. Creamy homemade fettuccine with buttery chunks of salmon in a decadent white sauce. They have since taken it off the menu but we still request it ‘off the menu.’ Also love the hot antipasto – also off the menu. Various roasted vegetables including portobellos, red peppers, radicchio, haricot vert and eggplant depending on what is available.

  8. I haven’t been to too many restaurants world wide. Venezia in Brooklyn has yet to disappoint, I can eat there every day! Following on instagram, facebook, and pinterest!

  9. I love your eggplant with pom seeds, israeli salad and tahini. Dont know if its on your blog, but you did it at a food demo here in Cleveland

  10. I’m not in the stage of life where restaurants fit into my schedule often ( and some of my favorite venues no longer exist!) but I’ll cast a vote for ottimo in lakewood- creme brule and spinach raviolli

  11. I can’t claim to have eaten at too many restaurants but one of my favorite was definitely Ticho House in Jerusalem!

  12. My favorite recipe of yours is the eggplant tahini dish- I make it all the time- so easy and impressive. Favorite restaurant is probably Amsterdam Burger. I also follow you (pretty religiously) on Instagram and Facebook :)

  13. Not sure that I can say that I have a favorite restaurant, since I have not been to too many good Kosher ones…I loved Le Marais and thought The Doghouse in Teaneck was fun.

  14. We love your cowboy cookie dough bites recipe! Its my go-to healthy snack:)…and some yummy places Ive eaten are China Bistro and Wolf and Lamb in the city. and I follow you on instagram!

  15. Le Marais in Manhattan. Not specifically fancy, always tasty. But Izzy’s in Brooklyn is now pushing it out of the way!

  16. One of my faves is Chagall bistro!
    Also love beauf and bun- just went recently and it became an instant favorite.
    I follow on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest

  17. So many favorites… but our recent top spot is Foozo in Aventura. They specialize in artisan pizza. Everything on their menu is fresh and yummy!

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