Everyday Secret Restaurant Recipes Review & Giveaway

Written by chanie on January 27th, 2016

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 Comments so far ↓

  1. Shoshana says:

    Amsterdam Burger. So good!

  2. deedee says:

    Milt’s in chicago

  3. chanie says:

    I love Fuego in Miami for the peppery steak and Yakimono in Montreal for sushi.

  4. Wendy S says:

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

  5. Wendy S says:

    Follow you on FB, Pinterest, Instagram and Twitter

  6. Adeena says:

    I love Fuego! (If there is a recipe for their flatbreads recipe I wil be so happy!)

  7. Adeena says:

    I follow you on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest!

  8. rachel rosin says:

    I love your jelly ring donuts!!!
    best restaurant boeuf and bun.

  9. rachel rosin says:

    I follow you on facebook.

  10. rachel rosin says:

    I follow you on instagram.

  11. dev says:

    NOBO in Teaneck

  12. dev says:

    follow in instagram

  13. Tova Zarchi says:

    Va Bene!

  14. Rena says:

    Love wolf and lamb- follow on fb and Instagram

  15. Tehilla says:

    Big Apple pizza in israel is legit best pizza I’ve ever tasted. No close runner ups…
    I follow on instagram.

  16. Chumi says:

    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)

  17. St says:

    I follow you on Facebook and Instagram.

  18. Aviva says:

    Tierra Sur!

  19. Aviva says:

    I follow you on instagram

  20. Leah says:

    Le Marais in Manhattan is amazing!

  21. Tovah Goldman says:

    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!

  22. Ayelet Pelzner says:


  23. Rachel says:

    Trasteve 84. Wish I could afford to eat there more often ;-)

  24. Mushkie says:

    Prime grill

  25. Ev M-W says:

    I follow you on email. I don’t have a favorite kosher restaurant but my husband loves Prime Grill

  26. Leah says:

    Mike’s bistro in Manhattan. Follow you on instagram.

  27. Tamar Burack says:

    Fuego in Miami!

  28. Muriel Green says:

    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 ) !

  29. Chaim says:

    I follow u on instagram…..

  30. Muriel Green says:

    I follow you on Instagram

  31. Chaim says:

    lafiesta in london

  32. Chani says:

    Milt’s in Chicago is reeeeaaaaallllyyy good

  33. Edith says:

    Mikes Bistro

  34. Edith says:

    Follow on instagram!

  35. Caroline says:

    My home cooking. There are no kosher restaurants in Albuquerque

  36. Leah says:

    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 :)

  37. Leah says:

    Oh, and I follow you on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest!

  38. Nechama says:

    ETC In Teaneck! (or any sushi place :-0)

  39. Nechama says:

    And I follow you on instagram

  40. Nachi Farkas says:

    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.

  41. Nachi Farkas says:

    also fb, twitter, and pinterest.

  42. Pearl Rubin says:

    I love Izzy’s.

  43. mushka Laufer says:

    La shine, in paris france.

  44. Pearl Rubin says:

    I follow you on Instagram and Facebook

  45. Rachel says:

    Favorite recipe- toss up between the mushroom barley soup in the crockpot and the eggplant stuffed with meat.

  46. Rachel says:

    Favorite restaurant used to be Thai treat in north Miami ( sadly closed). Now it’s etc steakhouse in Teaneck

  47. Rachel says:

    I follow you on Facebook

  48. Daveda says:

    I make your Teriyaki Salmon recipe regularly and my family loves it!

  49. Daveda says:

    Abigail’s is probably one of my all time favorites. I enjoy the food and memories of my last first date!

  50. Daveda says:

    Following on Facebook and Instagram

  51. SARI says:


  52. SaraM says:

    Kaifeng in London. Ah-may-zing.

  53. dkny says:

    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.

  54. dkny says:

    I follow you on instagram

  55. Musia Baumgarten says:

    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!

  56. Rochel S says:

    Fuego in Miami was amazing!

  57. Sara says:

    Glat a la carte

  58. Sara says:

    Follow on Instagram and facebook

  59. Brocha says:

    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

  60. Rs says:

    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

  61. chavie says:


  62. Dassy says:

    Mikes Bistro, Heaven!!

  63. Miriam says:

    My favorite resturant us le Marais. I follow you on facebook, and instagram.

  64. Nina says:


  65. Ella says:

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

  66. Shayna k says:

    ZAK THE BAKER!! Omg!

  67. Dana S says:

    it used to be called Eilat cafe in Boca fl

  68. Sara G says:

    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 :)

  69. Rochel says:

    Our family favorite is Milt’s BBQ for the Perplexed!

  70. Gitty says:


  71. Julie says:

    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.

  72. Julie says:

    I follow you on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter too!

  73. Miriam Leah says:

    Abigails in Manhattan.

  74. rivka says:

    Follow u on instagram and Facebook

  75. rivka says:

    T fusion

  76. Bela Cohen says:

    I love Weintraub’s jewish deli in Worcester,MA

  77. Bela Cohen says:

    I follow you on Facebook Twitter Instagram and Pinterest

  78. Bela Cohen says:

    I love your honey roasted chicken.

  79. Shaina says:

    Wold and lamb in brooklyn

  80. Chavie says:

    I don’t travel enough to be an expert, but we really enjoy etc in Teaneck

  81. Miri says:

    My favorite recipe of yours is the morrocan fish balls. My favorite restaurant is Shilohs in LA.

  82. Dinah says:

    I’m a big fan of Basil’s.
    Cookbook looks great!

  83. Musha Leah Tusk says:

    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!

  84. Miriam says:

    I commented and followed you on Facebook.
    Love your recipes, would be thrilled to win!

  85. Miriam says:

    I’m not a huge restaurant eater, but I really liked the new Loft in Boro Park

  86. Esther says:

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

  87. Esther says:

    I follow you on Facebook and Instagram

  88. Leah says:

    Cafe Venezia on Coney Island avenue

  89. Leah says:

    I like cafe Venezia in good old brooklyn

  90. Elisa Gurevich says:

    Not a huge restaurant goer but love Shilo’s in LA!

  91. Elisa Gurevich says:

    Following on on-screen instagram and pinterest

  92. Kreindy says:

    We actually went to etc in Teaneck yesterday. Food was amazing!

  93. Kreindy says:

    I follow you on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter :)

  94. Sipora Derkhidam says:

    Glatt ala cart!!!

  95. Sipora Derkhidam says:

    I follow u on Instagram and fb

  96. SB says:

    Love your hrilled eggplant with Israeli salad!

  97. SB says:

    Favorite restaurant is T Fusion

  98. SB says:

    I follow you on instagram

  99. Esther says:

    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

  100. evie says:

    Don’t have a favorite restaurant. I want to be open to options.

  101. molly adler says:

    I love Shemtov in Miami!

  102. Farryn says:

    Favourite restaurant is Soho in Miami!
    I follow you on facebook!

  103. Follow you on Facebook & Pinterest

  104. Love all your recipes, brisket my favorite !

  105. Don’t get out much to go to any restaurant . My wife is Jewish so I cook all her favorite food at home. I love to cook .her family says that I cook Jewish food better then them ! Lol

  106. Chavie says:

    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!

  107. Raquel says:

    Fav restaurant: Eden Wok. I KNOW, not fancy, not one of the greatest but delicious fast food, Chinese.

  108. shaina says:

    Fave restaurant right now is Ricotta in Jerusalem. Or Agas V’tapuach. I follow you on facebook.

  109. Tanya says:

    My favorite restaurant is Reserve Cut. Their pulled beef sliders are insane!! I also follow you on instagram :)

  110. Simona T says:

    Zak the baker in Miami! The only bread i found ever worth eating. Delicious!

  111. Sara G. says:

    Just had a fantastic meal at Ditmas in Los Angeles

  112. Sara G. says:

    Fish grill in los angeles and ditmas.
    I follow you on instagram, facebook and pinterest

  113. seema m says:

    Mexikosher in California!

  114. seema m says:

    I follow you on instagram!

  115. shoshana says:

    Fish Grill in LA, hands down!!

    i wanna win a kosher cookbook!!

  116. Nurit says:

    LA Marais in nyc. Best place for a great steak.

  117. Naomi says:

    Hapisgah in Queens, NY

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