Secret Restaurant Recipes Review & Giveaway

Secret Restaurant Recipes Review & Giveaway

I don’t think I’ve ever been so excited about a cookbook. Like ever. It probably has a lot to do with my affinity for eating out. And beautiful food photography. And superb design. And impeccable styling. In a word, this book is: PERFECTION.

And I’d expect nothing less from seasoned cookbook writers Leah Schapira and Victoria Dwek. Leah is the author of Fresh & Easy Kosher Cooking, while Victoria is the managing editor of Whisk magaizne. Together, they coauthored the Made Easy cookbook series including Starters & Sides Made Easy, Passover Made EasyDairy Made Easy and Kids Cooking Made Easy. When I heard they were working on a new cookbook, I wondered what they would be “making easy”, but I never imagined it would be restaurant recipes!

As a true foodie, I’ve eaten at many a kosher restaurant, and I was surprised to see just how many amazing kosher restaurants are covered in this book (over 70!). From Tierra Sur in Oxnard, California (one of the best restaurant meals I’ve ever had), to Rare in Miami Beach, FL (love their crab cakes) and Pizza Pita in Montreal (I always wondered how they make their poutine!). There’s also Carlos & Gabby’s in New Jersey (who doesn’t love their crispy chicken fingers?!) and New York favorites like Amsterdam Burger Co. (the breakfast burger is incredible!), Reserve Cut (I always orders the short rib tacos!) and my favorite local places like Basil Pizza & Wine Bar (they serve up their famous basil fries just up the street), Mason & Mug (I’ve been reinventing their deviled kale salad forever!), and Pardes (wish they would have included their smoked paprika popcorn recipe). Restaurants in England, Israel, Italy, Mexico and even Panama, are also included.

It’s so exciting to get a sneak peek behind some of the establishments that we regularly frequent. And Secret Restaurant Recipes is about more than just the recipes. It also includes tips and techniques from today’s top kosher chefs. I was surprised to see that some of the recipes are fairly easy, while others are more involved. When I first looked through the cookbook and had a craving for Reserve Cut’s short rib tacos, I just got up and went to the restaurant! On the other hand, Pizza Pita’s poutine was so ridiculously easy, I was able to make it quickly at home.

Thanks to the generosity of Artscroll/Mesorah Publications, I’m sharing 2 recipes from the book here. I recently did a demo at a chinese auction where Victoria Dwek also demonstrated the eggplant chicken from Segal’s Oasis Grill in Phoenix, Arizona. It smelled so incredible, I just knew I had to include it! I’m also sharing a dessert recipe from Bagels & Greens because if their donuts are any indication, these brownies are going to be a real treat!

Purchase Secret Restaurant Recipes on Amazon.

Read a review of Everyday Secret Restaurant Recipes.


Of course, I’m also giving away a FREE COPY of Secret Restaurant Recipes! To enter, simply leave a comment below about your favorite kosher restaurant dish. 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 Tuesday, January 6th, 2015.

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178 thoughts on “Secret Restaurant Recipes Review & Giveaway

  1. The baby green salad at Blue Point is my favorite. Thank you for the wonderful giveaway.
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  2. The Roast Beef French Dip Sandwich with horseradish mayo and au jus gravy from Jeff’s Deli on Pico Blvd. in Los Angeles! Yum, want one now (only 3000 miles away!), along with a side of onion rings!

  3. I love and hope to “replicate” the bolognese from Aderet Grill in Dallas!
    I follow you on FB, Instagram, and Pinterest!
    Shavua Tov!

  4. Mike’s Bistro short ribs are delicious. I would love to see which recipes in “Secret Restaurant Recipes” measure up.

  5. i would love the recipe for salmon w all kinds of seeds on top used to have at Ariel’s in Englewood don’t know if any other restaurant has
    I follow you on facebook

  6. My favorite dish is the artichokes from Tevere in New York City! They are the best item and super delicious! I follow you on instagram (@lindsaysetton)

  7. I love recipe you listed. Looks incredible. But I also just enjoy a Tuna melt on rye bread w great fries. I follow you on all four (twitter, Facebook, pinterest & Instagram). Thanks! Hope to win!!!

  8. Being that I live in a small college-town shtetel in North-Central Indiana, going out to eat happens infrequently. My favorite restaurant food is “The Dempster” roast Beef Sandwich. It is served at “Ken’s Diner” in Skokie, IL.

  9. I make your Honey Zaatar chicken at least once a month. I get rave reviews for something that has so few ingredients and so easily prepared. I follow you on email, FB and Pinterest. I will learn how to do Instagram and Twitter someday. In the meanwhile would love this new cookbook.
    Happy 2015!

  10. My most memorable dish was the ribs at Shmulke Bernstein’s on the Lower East Side, many years ago.

    I enjoy your blog very much. Would love to win this great looking cookbook!

  11. I love the black bean burger and roasted sweet potatoes at a new kosher restaurant in Stamford, CT called “613.” I mostly follow you on e-mail and sometimes fb. Thank you.

  12. I would love the recipe for all the burgers they serve at amsterdam burger becase one burger recipe would be too hard to choose.

  13. I would love to win this cookbook and give it away because my kids bought this cookbook for me for Chanukah and its awesome. I have already made the eggplant chicken recipe that you posted and it was delicious and not difficult at all. I also made the blackened fish and even though it did smoke up my kitchen it was totally worth it. Last night I made the Cedarhurst sandwich from Carlos & Gabby and it was quite a supper. I gave some extra fried chicken pieces to my friend who just “happened” to be driving by at the right time and she couldn’t believe how delicious it was.
    I would love to have a few recipes from the now closed Haikara restaurant. No other restaurant’s negemake comes close to the taste of their’s. Also their peanut butter eggplant and the ginger carrot dressing on their house salad were amazing. I would also love the fettuccine al salmon (also called Pasta Sofia) at Va Bene which is melt in your mouth delicious. I am already looking forward to volume 2 of this cookbook. It was a really nice change from the usual “10 ways to make shabbos chicken or kugel” type of cookbook.

  14. ok I love all the recipes and I find the cookbook very exciting but I have to say your enthusiastic voice and stamp of approval seals the deal for me!
    I bought this cookbook for chanuka for all of my nieces – 14!!- plus 2 of my daughters! But now I need one for me!!
    your blog – follow it all the time!

  15. I love going to Tierra Sur and eating their wonderful Grilled chicken salad.
    They always use the freshest ingredients and have very innovative dishes

  16. Favorite dish (please see if they will share the recipe) is Basil’s mushroom soup – it’s creamy and delicious without using any cream! I follow you on Instagram

  17. I love your blog and follow you on Facebook, instagram, and pintrest. I would love to win this book. I recently moved to a more out of town area from Brooklyn and definitely find i miss some yummy things.

  18. Love the veggie fantasy wrap from Yakimono in Montreal!!!!
    And would love to win this giveaway and learn the secrets of many restaurants :)

  19. Love eggplant and chicken from David Chus Baltimore!I enjoy receiving your emails with new recipes to try…the photography and graphics are amazing too!

  20. Following you on Facebook!
    When it comes to eating out I am not picky and love everything since I don’t eat out often at all (twice a year?) so everything tastes awesome :)

  21. Favorite kosher restaurant is PIZZA PITA in MONTREAL . MY TOP 10 on their menu-
    Poutine, fish burger, veggie calzone, paninis, salad bar, wraps, Hawaiian pizza, curly fries, mushroom pizza, falafel, …to name a few!!!!

  22. I love the shredded beef tacos from reserve cut!
    I follow you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest :).
    Pick me!!

  23. Love a good burger from Amsterdam burgers and I personally think their fries are the best I’ve ever had…better than the famous basil fries. I follow you on Instagram, twitter, Pinterest and Facebook! Love your work!

  24. My favorite dish is the bacon ice cream from Nobo Wine & Grill in Teaneck NJ.
    PS I follow you on facebook, instagram, and pinterest.

  25. Really difficult to think of something that can top all the recipes that we’ve made from Busy in Brooklyn; but the roasted vegetables at Trattoria in Jerusalem and the lentil salad at SIMA in Jerusalem are at the top of our lists.

  26. In a town of few kosher restaurants (St. Louis), anything from a kosher restaurant would be welcome.
    I follow you on Facebook and Pinterest.

  27. I love the Barn Salad from Blue Star Kosher in Maryland. Its got pulled BBQ chicken, corn kernels, black beans, homemade crispy tortilla strips, sliced cucumbers and diced tomatoes. I follow you on pinterest and instagram (toecoe94) Thanks for this great opportunity to win! you are awesome!

  28. I know there are recipes out there for replicas of Dougie’s hot poppers, it’s never the same when I make it myself. I don’t have the deep, satisfying crunch (that I guess owes to a deep fryer)

  29. I love the way they used to make the veggie tempura at Dougie’s years ago, they used to use many different types of vegetables with lots of cauliflower and mushrooms, and I think even some double-fried eggplant. Now they seem to be 80% sweet potatoes, no longer interesting. And they used to be so moist you could eat them without dipping….. now too dry to nobble without the dipping sauce

  30. I absolutely love to cook and I’m having a wonderful time finding new and exciting dishes to make all the time. This cookbook looks like it would be the ultimate one for me and my family. We love to eat out and I would love it if I could make some of our favorite restaurant dishes.

  31. I follow you on instagram, love your recipes! Going out to eat is my favorite thing to do!! Love Basil,Mikes Bistro,Nobo,Reserve Cut,The Loft…..u name

  32. Holy guacamole, Chanie! That Eggplant Chicken in Garlic Sauce recipe looks delicious! I’m always interested in trying restaurant copy-cat recipes. I try cooking for my family weekly, so I’ll be sure to move this recipe to the top of the list. Do you think I could use powdered garlic instead of chopped? Thanks for sharing. :)

    1. Thanks Lily! It’s not my recipe (it’s from the cookbook) but I actually did a cooking demonstration alongside the author and it smelled INCREDIBLE! I would definitely recommend fresh garlic in this recipe.

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