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Brooklyn Favorite Pardes Closes


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Brooklyn Favorite Pardes Closes

Beef Tartare, Smoked Egg Yolk, Charred Ramps, Ramps Dressing, Cherry Tomato, Pea Shoots. Courtesy of Pardes Restaurant

Restaurant Took Concept Dining to the Kosher Crowd

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The kosher, meat restaurant, featured small plates which were meant for sharing. Owners Moses and Shana Wendel announced the restaurant's closure on its Facebook page on the morning of October 26, just after the High Holidays period. The news was greeted with shock and sadness from the restaurant's fans on social media. "Chef Moses a true genius and artist. Can't wait to see what's next for him," said one person. "You have done a tremendous service for the frum community. So much thanks for providing proof of concept for haute kosher cuisine," wrote another. 

Visitors to Pardes, which was located near the Barclay's Center, were encouraged to order several items from the menu to share. The beautifully plated dishes came out from the kitchen as they were ready, allowing diners to taste each individually. The gourmet menu featured innovative combinations of fresh produce and meats. Favorite menu items included beef cheek pizza, stuffed shisito poppers, and beef bacon. The unusual dishes and staggered meal service weren't for everyone, though, and several reviewers lamented the small portions and what they considered erratic service.

Chef Wendel was trained in French restaurants and in Philadelphia and became a baal teshuva, After he took on the Orthodox lifestyle, he soon began cooking in kosher restaurants. Pardes's location in Boerum Hill made it accessible to the rapidly gentrifying area's more secular Jews, Manhattanites, and more observant Jews from deeper parts of Brooklyn.

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