mabfan (Michael A. Burstein) (mabfan) wrote,
mabfan (Michael A. Burstein)

Letter in Today's Brookline TAB, With Commentary

My letter in today's Brookline TAB can be found at For those who don't want to follow the link, I'll quote it here behind the cut and then comment on it.

Letter: What about Rubin's?

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Your article "Brunching in Brookline" left out one of the best restaurants in Brookline for Sunday brunch: Rubin's, at 500 Harvard St. My wife, Nomi, and I frequently go to Rubin's on Sunday morning to partake of their delicious breakfast menu, which includes a variety of omelets, fruited pancakes, blueberry stuffed challah French toast, and bagels with nondairy cream cheese and lox. Rubin's also has two other advantages. First of all, since it is a kosher restaurant, the quality of the food is always excellent. (I noticed that none of the restaurants you named in your article cater to the significant kosher-observant population of the town.) And second, all the items on their breakfast menu are available any time they are open, just in case you get into the brunching mood at dinner time.
    Michael A. Burstein
    Fuller Street
    Town Meeting member, Precinct 9
    Library Trustee

Now for the commentary.

The main reason I wrote that letter should be fairly obvious to anyone who reads it. Nomi and I frequently do in fact go to Rubin's for brunch on Sunday, and we do enjoy the food quite a bit.

But there's also the kosher issue.

There is a restaurant in Brookline that I will not refer to by name, and I'd appreciate it if no one else did either. For sake of a label, let's call it NKD for Non-Kosher Deli. Now, NKD promotes itself as a traditional "Jewish" deli, and from what I understand, the food there is actually quite good.

But I've never eaten there, because it's not kosher.

And it bothers me on a few levels that NKD gets a lot of press and publicity, whereas an excellent, revitalized place like Rubin's does not. It bothers me because I've had more than one person shocked and surprised to discover that I can't eat at NKD; they've all assumed that a place that markets itself as Jewish would be kosher. Some of these people had even eaten pastrami and Swiss cheese at NKD, and it never seemed to penetrate their minds that such a combination is a violation of one of the most basic laws of kashrut.

So when I saw last week's TAB list NKD as one of the great places in Brookline for brunch, I knew I had to respond in praise of Rubin's, a deli that to my way of thinking exemplifies Jewish values far more than NKD does. Now I can only hope that perhaps this will drum up a little more business for Rubin's. At the very least, it should remind the population of Brookline what NKD isn't.

Copyright © Michael Burstein
Tags: boston, brookline, jewish, personal

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