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April 2018 Openings & Closings

MONTH IN REVIEW: OPENINGS, CLOSINGS & NEWS...
 
MANHATTAN
Despite an exciting new concept and a lot of fun, Basta sadly did make it long and did not re-open Pesach. They were located on 34th Street and Park Avenue.
 
With much success in their FiDi location at 11 Broadway, the cafe has opened a second location in Midtown (on 50th, off Broadway) specializing in sushi as well as serving fresh and delicious sandwiches, wraps, salads, soups, pastries and moren. They also offer online ordering, free delivery and corporate event catering.  
Hours: Sunday 11AM - 7PM, Mon-Thu 8AM-7PM, Friday 8AM- 2 hours before Shabbos. 
Call them at (646) 609-2223 or visit them at www.cafe11nyc.com.
 
After 20 years, Gan Asia has exciting new things in the works. The take out/delivery store, a staple for over 2 decades on the Upper West Side, is now under new ownership and will be getting a new name and fresh look in the next few weeks with a renovation of the kitchen and additional space in the restaurant. They are located at: 691 Amsterdam Avenue (between W 93rd & 94th), New York, NY 10025. Phone: (212) 280-3800.
 
 
After a long dispute with their landlord over the installation of a ventilation system, Bagels n Greens has moved out of their Boro Park store and is looking for a new location to move into.
 
Near the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal in Industry City's Building 2 "The Landing," Breadberry Local is opening a new location this Spring.
 
After a decade, Cafe K on 18th Avenue did not re-open after Pesach but has "merged" with the Cafe K location on Coney Island Avenue and Avenue I. 
Address: 1267 Coney Island Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11230. Phone: (718) 677-3033.
 
Cocoa Grinder Coffee Opens on Avenue M 
The new cafe serving coffee, juices, salads and more is now open and certified kosher by Rabbi Dovid Katz of Khal Beis Dovid in Flatbush. They also have another location on Kingston Avenue with a pending certification from the same supervision. Located at: 1618 Avenue M, Brooklyn, NY 11230.
 
Just days after Frappe & Wrap on the corner of Ave M and E 17th Street closed, the store transformed into a new burger joint, Burger Bar (with no 's'), with a tentative opening next week. Located at: 1702 Avenue M, Brooklyn, NY 11230.
 
After Olympic Pita closed, a new eatery Grill Time opened in its place before Pesach. 
Located at:  
3502 Flatlands Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11234.
 
We posted on Facebook last week that this cafe had no supervision and we wondered if we can help get them supervision. Well, 24 hours later and The Juicy Box has gotten a supervision and is having their grand opening "under kosher supervision" today.  The restaurant is entirely vegan with the exception of two dishes: OU Salmon and OUD Polly-O Mozzarella cheese. It's going to be under the supervision of Gotham City Kosher by Rabbi Chaim Shimon Warman, a musmach of Rabbi Dovid Feinstein and the once long time rabbi of the Millinery Centre Synagogue, located in the Garment District in NYC. Please be aware that the restaurant is owned by a non Jew and will be open on Shabbos. They are located at: 2281 Nostrand Ave (off Avenue I), Brooklyn, NY 11210. Web: www.thejuicyboxbar.com. Phone: (917) 993-4088.
 
While open for a month, the new ramen noodle restaurant in Crown Heights, is having their official Grand Opening on Lag Ba'Omer, this Thursday May 3rd from 12PM-10PM. The bigger news is that 100% of the profit will be going to Camp HASC! Pho-Men has been working with the special organization and is hiring staff with special needs. Click here to check out this amazing video of their new barista Pnina (it reveieved ov3r 1,200 likes on our Facebook group). Please note they will not be accepting reservations for that day and they will only accept parties of 4 or less, in order to get as many tables as they can to support this amazing cause. And anyone who comes this Thursday and keeps their receipt for a future visit in May will get a special bonus drink and appetizer on the house. For more info, call: 718-816-0200. Located at: 411 Troy Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11213 or www.gkrm.net/pho-men
 
A new pizzeria from Cafe Renaissance is coming soon to the corner of Kings Highway and East 15th Street.
 
Yep, there are 3 new restaurants in development in Marine Park. All of them will be Asian inspired and will be featuring cuisines from Japan, Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Korea. T Fusion Steakhouse (though not directly affiliated) will be previewing some of these dishes starting Mother's Day, May 13th. They will be offering four Asian specials in addition to their regular menu and changing it up every other week. More details on the trio of new restaurants to come. T Fusion is located at: 3223 Quentin Road (Off East 33rd Street), Brooklyn, NY 11234. Phone: (718) 998-0002.
 
 
QUEENS
The Chinese restaurant on Main street is under new ownership and had a fresh makeover over Pesach. Check out my video by clicking hereLocated at: 7224 Main St, Flushing, NY 11367. Phone: (718) 268-0960.
 
As we previously reported, a new location is opening after the L.A. location closed its doors, and the sign for the Queens store is now up! The store replaces the "Bedford Kitchen" restaurant, located at: 69-44 Main St, Flushing, NY 11367.
 
 
FIVE TOWNS
The Argentinian themed steakhouse sadly closed its doors during Pesach after only a short few months. They were located on Broadway in Hewlett, NY.
 
The GOAT took down their televisions before Pesach and re-opened after some renovations and released a brand new menu with an emphasis on street foods, changing up the ambiance of the establishment. Located at: 600 Central Ave. Cedarhurst, NY 11516. Phone: (516) 812-9288.
 
Boris and Ed Safaniev, of Cork & Slice and Doma Land + Sea, are opening a chef-driven, fast casual, meat restaurant in Cedarhurst, NY at the former location of Hapina Restaurant on Cedarhurst Avenue. Much more to come.
 
 
MONSEY
The restaurant will be along the lines of many of the classy burger joints we've been seeing popping up in New York and we got a sneak peek at what they are looking to do. Here is just a few of the items that will be going on the menu: Pastrami burger, Chiliburger, BBQ pulled beef burger, Mexican burger (spicy), Mushroom & onion burger, Pulled brisket, Steak sandwich and featuring desserts like: Chocolate cranberry torte, Pumpkin mousse trifle with pumpkin brittle, Warm apple crisp with maple bacon ice cream, Chocolate molten cake with toasted marshmallow and ice cream, Hot apple fritters and Fried Oreos. And they're looking for a chef, so if you think you have the chef skills to take this place to where it's looking to go, message me. The location will be revealed soon.
 
Some personnel changes went down at Fireside and Michel Abramson has been designated the new top chef in their kitchen after Chef Alexander Remer left to LA where he is starting up a new restaurant. Fireside is located at 59 Route 59, Monsey, NY 10977. Phone: (845) 517-3570
 
For those looking for a large order and a quick pickup, "Say Cheese: Express Kosher Pizza" is coming soon, selling pizza by the pie only, helping serve your family or party in the most efficient and quick way possible. It will be located in the Colonial Square in Airmont, opening in a few weeks (perhaps before Shavuos), and it will be selling by-the-pie, pick-up only. Meaning no slices and no seats. You will be able to call, order online or come and place your order by iPad and get pies to go. Pies are going to relatively cheap starting at just $10.95 and as you buy more, the price drops a little. Minimum order for delivery 3 pies. Delivery service will be available for 3 pies and up, fees also will be sliding scale dependent on the size of the order.
 
Yummy's Pizza is the newest pizza place to open in the Monsey area and had it's Grand Opening on April 15th. The pizza shop is under the supervision of Rabbi Yechiel Steinmetz. Hours: Sunday thru Thursday 10 AM-10 PM, Friday 10 AM-2 PM, Saturday night 2 hours after Shabbos -1 AM. Located at: 54 RT-59, Monsey, NY 10952. Phone: (845) 356-0335.
 
 
CATSKILLS
Summer Season in the Catskills - NEED A JOB?
Summer is approaching and that means the seasonal restaurants upstate are (re-)opening and looking to hire. So if you're looking to work in any position; front end, back end, waiters, baristas, etc. email me at elan@gkrm.net or reply back to this email.
 
PASSAIC, NEW JERSEY
The Passaic deli caught fire early Wednesday morning of last week. The fire was put out but there was extensive damage by the four-alarm fire at the Main Street eatery. The restaurant is closed until further notice and will hopefully return soon with new and improved facilities.
 
 
PHILADELPHIA
Benjamin Tehrani, a Persian Jew, and Hakeem Moore, an African-American from a Christian and Muslim family joined together to open a bakery where the unlikely duo sells bread, tarts, and cakes, among other baked goods. The bakery, supervised by Keystone K, does not have a storefront, but you can call in or order online at iwantmoorebakery.com and customers can pick up. I Want Moore Bakery also does catering and delivery. Located at: 220 Krams Avenue, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Phone: (267) 225-8498.
 
The kosher grill in Philly has re-opened after undergoing a renovation. Their hours are Sunday through Thursday 12 PM - 9 PM and under the supervision of the Keystone-K. Located at: 942 Montgomery Avenue, Narberth PA 19072. Phone: (484) 278-4129.
 
 
MARYLAND
The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Moves into Maryland
Pikesville gets it first kosher Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf under the supervision of the Star-K. The eat-in/drive-thru cafe is located at 103 Reisterstown Rd, Pikesville, MD 21208. Phone: (410) 701-2285.
 
The DC suburb got the area's only kosher Chinese food in March with the opening of Holy Chow, now serving in the Shalom Kosher plaza. Located at: 1331 Lamberton Drive, Kemp Mill, Maryland 20902.
 
 
CLEVELAND
Cleveland gets its first sushi shop with the opening of Bar Sushi in University Heights. The kosher eatery has a small seating area and is located in the Cedar-Green shopping plaza. Address: 2169 South Green Road, University Heights, Ohio. Phone: (216) 920-2224.

 
SOUTH FLORIDA
Emunah, now by Elegant, has reopened with a new menu and chef, Yoel Raab, originally from Israel. Coincidentally, Yoel just opened a dairy restaurant in Los Angeles a couple of months ago, but when his friend Jacob Mizrachi called him about the new Cafe Emunah, Yoel flew and moved down south to open the restaurant. Chef Yoel sent me a few videos, click here to view them. The address is 3558 N. Ocean Blvd., Fort Lauderdale Beach, FL 33308. Phone: (954) 561-6411.
 
Ramona's Cafe Opens in Boca Raton
The cafe serves light dairy fare and has great deals like their breakfast special which included 2 eggs, home fries, a toasted bagel with cream cheese, cucumber slices and coffee, all for just $6. Located at: 19785 Hampton Dr, Boca Raton, FL 33434. Phone: (561) 419-7523.
 
 
ST. LOUIS
The kosher restaurant world is growing and St. Louis community, and coming to Old Olive Street in Creve Coeur is going to be their first sit-down pizza/Italian dairy restaurant and will co-brand with a sushi bar.
 
 
LOS ANGELES
The LA eatery from celebrity chef Katsujii Tanabe has come to its end, but the franchise lives on in their Manhattan location and their new location in Queens.
 
 
CANADA
Traiteur La Renaissance Gourmet Kosher Catering has now opened a kosher restaurant! The restaurant has dine-in and takeout options. Located at: 5663 Avenue Royalmount (corner of Devonshire), Mont-Royal, QC H4P 2P9, Canada. Phone: (514) 731-1862.
 
Toronto's Promenade has a new kosher cafe! Featuring a variety of dairy dishes including dips, appetizers, pizza, wraps, paninis, soups, pastas, as well as crepes and waffles for available for a sweet finish. Located at:  1 Promenade Circle Unit M115, Thornhill, Ontario, Canada, L4J 4P8. Phone: (905) 597-3636.
 
 
ISRAEL
After five years serving delicious dishes and pastries, the Jerusalem cafe announced that they will not be reopening after Pesach and thank their customers for their loyalty.
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