When it comes to Kosher dining most restaurants fall into a certain category. Whether it be a Steakhouse, Sushi Restaurant or Pizza Store, it seems that a majority of Kosher restaurants feel they need to fit a specific mold. Restauranteurs are creating places that we have seen before and been to time and time again. There are plenty of restaurants who fit into the cookie-cutter notion of what it is to be a “Kosher restaurant”. However, in the age of modern technology and with social media, many owners are being forced to think outside the box. It’s not enough to just be a Pizza or Sushi Restaurant. It certainly isn’t enough to just be a Kosher restaurant anymore. To stand out, new restaurants truly need to be great and creative. Restaurants like Day Five Sushi and T-Fusion are bringing in top chefs who have established themselves in the non-Kosher restaurant world in order to wow their diners. Today more than ever Kosher diners are a discerning group and restaurants need to step up if they want to stay open.
In an industry dominated by steakhouses, a select few are taking a cue from modern tastes and going vegetarian, or even vegan. In Brooklyn there is a growing trend when it comes to vegetarian fare. New restaurants like Pescada NY and Mint Brooklyn are banking on the lighter side of dining. They are appealing to women and men alike with their healthy, creative dining options. Instead of having the standard option of a salad with tuna or veggie burger for lunch, diners can now choose from a variety of options. The refreshing Pumpkin Carpaccio from Pescada has thinly sliced Butternut Squash with crushed pistachios, shredded Feta cheese, pomegranate seeds and is topped with micro greens. The mouth-watering Miso Glazed Tempeh from Mint Vegan is served over a Bhutanese Black Coconut Rice with Baby Spinach. These two dishes are examples of the ever expanding Kosher palate. They are a welcome departure from greasy, heavy entrees.
For those outside of the Brooklyn dining scene, there is still hope. A new vegetarian café called ‘The Dairy’ has arrived in Philadelphia. They are offering a fully vegetarian menu including house made cheeses and locally sourced ingredients. This attention to detail when it comes to dairy Kosher dining has yet to become the norm (Although we hope it will be soon!). In Albany, a Kosher-Pescetarian-Indian hybrid restaurant named Terra is shaking things up with their tantalizing, eclectic menu. Their stacked Raw Beet appetizer, aptly named Beauty Beets, made with raw seasoned beets, parsley pesto and sweet pepper fennel cream, is sure to make any diner swoon, vegetarian or not. These new restaurants are ushering in an era of fine dining with dishes that won’t make you want to unbuckle after eating.
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