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  • Writer's pictureMark Vogel

Talia’s Steakhouse and Bar: Kosher Elegance and Tantalizing Tastes in New York City

Upper West Side, Manhattan, New York City


Talia’s Steakhouse and Bar in Manhattan
Talia’s Steakhouse and Bar in Manhattan

Talia's Steakhouse and Bar, located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, has been a prominent feature in New York City's kosher dining scene for over 20 years. I’ve had the pleasure of eating there many times, including Saturday nights when they have live music and one year on Thanksgiving with friends and family.




“If you find yourself in New York City looking for a place that offers tantalizing tastes, Talia’s Steakhouse and Bar should undoubtedly be at the top of your list.”

Established with the aim of redefining the Glatt kosher restaurant experience, it offers a modern, inviting atmosphere suitable for a diverse clientele catering to Jewish and non-Jewish customers alike. The restaurant is a family-run enterprise, helmed by Ephraim (Effie) Nagar and his three sons, who have devoted many years to refining their cooking techniques and managing the operations.


Talia's Steakhouse and Bar offers a large menu, catering to a wide range of tastes while adhering to Glatt Kosher standards. The menu includes a variety of appetizers, entrees, soups, salads, and chef's special choices, ensuring a gourmet dining experience.


For starters, guests can enjoy classic Middle Eastern dishes like homemade falafel served with tahini and Moroccan cigars, a unique combination of spiced beef wrapped in phyllo dough. Other appetizers include crispy cauliflower, chicken wings in homemade sauces, and a combo platter featuring an assortment of small bites like Moroccan cigars, kibbeh, mini knish, falafel, and chicken fingers.


Talia’s Steakhouse and Bar in Manhattan

The Chef's Choice section boasts a selection of premium dishes such as half-rack lamb chops, a 22 oz grilled prime rib, and specialties like roasted Yemenite chicken, Moroccan salmon, chicken marsala, and crispy chicken schnitzel. Each dish is thoughtfully paired with appropriate sides like yellow rice, sautéed spinach, and mashed potatoes, enhancing the flavors and textures.


The menu also offers a variety of soups and salads. Classic matzah ball soup and traditional Yemenite chicken soup are available, along with a vegetarian option. Salad choices include a mixed garden salad, a Middle Eastern salad platter with an assortment of homemade dips, and an Israeli chopped salad featuring fresh vegetables and herbs.


Entrees at Talia's include a selection of meats like a 12 oz grilled ribeye, prime beef brisket, BBQ spare ribs, and a prime beef burger, all served with fitting sides. For seafood lovers, grilled salmon is a highlight, prepared with care and served with complementary sides. Their menu ensures that every diner, regardless of their dietary preferences, finds something to enjoy.


Talia’s Steakhouse and Bar in Manhattan

Talia's Steakhouse has special operating hours to accommodate the Jewish Sabbath. They are open Sunday to Thursday from 4 PM to 10:30 PM, offer prepaid Shabbat dinner on Fridays, and on Saturdays, they open from 6:30 PM to 3:00 AM or from 1 hour after the Sabbath until 3:00 AM. This schedule allows them to serve their customers while respecting the Sabbath observances. On Saturday nights, the restaurant tends to feature live music, adding to the lively atmosphere of the place.


Talia's Steakhouse and Bar offers a range of special meals and events to celebrate Shabbat and various Jewish and American holidays, each marked by their unique menus and festivities.


Shabbat Dinners


Talia's Steakhouse has been serving prepaid Friday night Shabbat dinners for over two decades. The restaurant creates a perfect blend of energy, romantic ambiance, and Glatt Kosher gourmet cuisine, making it an ideal spot for Shabbat dinners. They welcome families, groups, and dates to enjoy this special weekly event.


The Shabbat dinner includes challah rolls, sweet wine, or grape juice for kiddush, unlimited soda, coffee, and tea. The menu also caters to vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options. For those who prefer, pickup or delivery before Shabbat is available, and special Shabbat lunch menus can be preordered. They offer two seating times at 5 PM and 9 PM, with indoor or outdoor seating options, and the time is flexible based on the guests' arrival.


Talia’s Steakhouse and Bar in Manhattan

Jewish Holidays


- Chanukah (Hanukkah): Talia's hosts a Chanukah Singles Event, featuring unlimited cholent & sangria, with sufganiyot & latkes available for an extra charge. The event includes live music and is an opportunity to mingle and celebrate the Festival of Lights.


- Shemini Atzeret & Simchat Torah: For these holidays, Talia’s offers prepaid, prix fixe, Glatt Kosher lunch and dinner menu options. The dinners are non-communal, with private tables for guests and their families or friends. The menu includes challah rolls, wine for kiddush, and unlimited soda, coffee, or tea.


- Sukkot: Talia’s provides prepaid, prix fixe, Glatt Kosher Sukkot lunch and dinner options. Guests have the choice of seating inside the sukkah or indoors, with a full bar available. Meals include challah roll, grape juice for kiddush, and unlimited beverages.


- Rosh Hashanah: Talia’s offers prepaid Rosh Hashanah lunch and dinner with private tables for non-communal dining. The meal includes challah roll, apple and honey, grape juice for kiddush, and unlimited beverages. Multiple seating options are available for dinner, with two different menu price options.


For a full list of Jewish holiday dinners available, visit their website.


American Holidays & Events


- Thanksgiving: Talia’s has been serving a special Prix Fixe Thanksgiving Feast for over 20 years. The feast includes traditional dishes and all the fixings, with five sitting options available throughout the day. A special kids' menu is also available, and limited items from Talia’s regular menu are offered as well.


- New Years Eve Party: Talia's hosts a New Year’s Eve Celebration Party, a festive event with live music and a DJ spinning from 8 p.m. to 3 a.m. They serve a New Year’s Eve Prix Fixe Menu. The celebration offers three sitting options with flexible times to accommodate guests' schedules. The prix fixe menu includes a glass of wine, champagne, or a bottle of beer, along with unlimited soda, coffee, and tea. In addition to the special menu, Talia’s regular menu is also available, and there's a catering menu for those who prefer to celebrate at home. The evening features a live broadcast of the Ball Drop at midnight, adding to the New Year's Eve excitement​​.


- Super Bowl: For the Super Bowl, Talia’s offers a special Glatt Kosher catering menu and the option to watch the game live at the restaurant. The catering menu includes various party combos perfect for enjoying the Big Game at home, with options like wings, fries, and a selection of salads. They offer packages like the Rookie Special, Veteran Special, and Hall of Fame Special, catering to different group sizes and preferences. All Super Bowl packages include cutlery, napkins, and all condiments.


For a full list of American holiday and event dinners available, visit their website.


These special meals at Talia's are a blend of traditional Jewish and American cuisines, reflecting the restaurant's commitment to providing a unique dining experience while adhering to kosher standards. Each event is thoughtfully planned, ensuring that guests not only enjoy the meals but also the ambiance and the significance of each holiday.


Talia’s Steakhouse and Bar expertly balances traditional culinary practices with contemporary dining experiences. Whether it's celebrating Shabbat, enjoying a festive Thanksgiving feast, or gathering with friends for the Super Bowl, Talia’s Steakhouse offers an unparalleled atmosphere of warmth and inclusivity. If you find yourself in New York City looking for a place that offers tantalizing tastes, Talia’s Steakhouse and Bar should undoubtedly be at the top of your list.


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