Mon-Fri, 11am-midnight; Sat, one hour after sundown-4am; Sun, 11-midnight
1, 2, 3 at 96th St.
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For years, kosher-keeping Jews have been biblically prohibited from soaking up the booze with all that enticing pub grub wrapped in bacon. But all that has changed since the debut of a Saturday-night "Kosher Party" at Talia's Steakhouse. After the Jewish Sabbath concludes each week, Talia's—a glatt kosher restaurant catering mostly to the twentysomething UWS Orthodox crowd—is transformed into an upscale bar with a full menu of kosher nibbles, and so far it's been packed with women in ankle-skimming skirts and men in yarmulkes elegantly wolfing down chicken satay skewers and fried veggies with marinara sauce. A live band performs, though the "Footloose"-like no-dancing policy (in accordance with Jewish laws prohibiting men and women from dancing together) is still enforced. Sometimes the place seems a little bit like an absurdly posh yeshiva high-school cafeteria with boys and girls desperately plotting ways to mingle, but with all the alcohol that's served, it's only a matter of time before someone decides to push the tables aside and start an illicit hora.