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January 2018: Month in Review

MONTH IN REVIEW: OPENINGS, CLOSINGS & NEWS...
 
MANHATTAN
Manhattan is getting a new business casual dairy restaurant, called Abaita. It is being led by Chef Sruli Subar, well known for his catering and culinary prowess, and his business partner Egidio (David) Donagrandi, who will be the Executive Chef. The restaurant will be located at 145 East 49th St
Abiata (between Lexington and Third) and will have roughly 44 seats. Abaita is kinda slang for "home" in Hebrew as well in Italian (David is from Northern Italy). Construction is almost done and we will update you as they get closer with a soft opening date.
 
Amba Fidi is No Longer Kosher Supervised
Unfortunately, Amba Falafel in the Financial District is no longer certified kosher.
 
BASTA Exterior
Elan went in for a preview of the Mediterranean Fusion fine-dining restaurant opening soon in Midtown with a mix of Algerian, Tunisian, Israeli and Italian flavors. Down the block from the Beren Campus on E 34th Street; Basta will feature communal seating, Kurdish music, Arak, open kitchen, handmade pasta, fire oven pizza, 3-day fermentation dough, 5-hour homemade sauces and more. Click here  and here to check out the videos. 
 
Replacing the Indian restaurant Tulsi at 211 East 46th St between Third and Lexington avenues will be a new Kosher restaurant from chef Joshua Kessler of Union Square Hospitality and Mike's Bistro. There's no name for the restaurant as of yet but what is known so far is that it will be designed by Roy Nachum, who designed 1 Oak, Southern Hospitality and Hunt & Fish Club. To read about it click here.
 
Editorial:
Midtown East has all of a sudden become a hot bed of new upscale kosher restaurants after years of quiet since the days of Haikara Grill and Il Patrizio. This resurgence goes back a year to Bedford on Park, months later the UN Plaza Grill opened, and now there is the impending opening of Basta on 34th and Park (see below) and the new meat restaurant reported by the NY Post (see below) being opened by Joshua Kessler at 211 East 46th (off 3rd Avenue). Although Mike's Bistro is still the veteran in the area. But should be a fun time for all.
 
P.S. Don't forget Wall Street Grill is still looking to open after years of construction and dealing with the city. You still want to open up a restaurant? Oh and there is also NOGA opening on the Lower East Side and Cafe 11 opening up on 50th and Broadway in the next few months. My 2018 predictions already coming true. Big year for Manhattan restaurants.
 
 

BROOKLYN

Bistro 613
Recently opened on Avenue U is Brooklyn's newest steakhouse, Bistro 613. Serving appetizers like bistro cigars, "613" tacos, bistro beef sliders, smoked brisket rolls, empanadas, and merguez, and with mains from the grill like baby chicken, mixed grill, shish and lamb kebabs, as well as  a variety of delicious steaks. Located at: 816 Avenue U, Brooklyn, NY 11223. Phone: (718) 339-5300
 
 
Brooklyn Artisan Bakehouse (CI)
The new Brooklyn Artisan Bakehouse on Coney Island and Avenue J will be having their soft opening on Monday. The new location will be similar to the Crown Heights location with a few differences, but of course they will have their classics. All of the bakery items will be made from scratch and fresh everyday. Click here to see a sneak peek!  Located at: 1371 Coney Island Avenue (between J&K) Phone: 718-678-1200
 
 
For a great local neighborhood coffee shop, check out Redefined Coffee. By selecting, roasting, grinding and brewing everything fresh it's a great place for a delicious artisanal coffee or scrumptious and fresh pastries and baked goods. Located next door to Tuesday's Child at 277
Redefined Coffee
1 Nostrand Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11210. Phone: (718) 704-1188
 
 
pho men on troy
This groundbreaking new Asian noodle-centric restaurant offering a variety of noodle-based dishes: Pho, Ramen, Udon, Soba, Nabe and Sukiyaki. The opening later in January, this exciting new restaurant introduces authentic Vietnamese cuisine to the Brooklyn kosher food scene. Located at: 411 Troy Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11213. 
 
 
In Bushwick and need a quick munch? Stop in at Quick Munch Cafe for salad, sushi, sandwiches, coffee, ice cream, and even (pareve) cholent and kugel on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Located at: 2 Stanwix St, Brooklyn, NY 11206. Phone: (347) 435-0936
 
Francesco Fontana opened The Original Pizza Shop in Canarsie in 1964 and now his son Vinny, together with his partner Mike Arje decided to make the Marine Park location kosher. For authentic Italian pizza now with kosher certification, The Original Pizza Shop IV is the place to be. Located at: 2911 Avenue U, Brooklyn, NY 11229. Phone: (718) 646-8686
 
 
Urban Pops expands with its new Crown Heights spot, bringing their amazing selection of non-dairy, coconut based ice cream to another location. Located: Inside Mimulo at 334 Albany Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11213. (718) 619-9031
 
QUEENS
Bedford Kitchen Closes, Mexikosher Moves In
The Queens fine-dining establishment, Bedford Kitchen & Wine Bar, will be closing its doors on January 15th, making way for the newest addition to the popular chain Mexikosher. Located at: 69-44 Main St, Flushing, NY 11367.
 

Berrylicious To Be Replaced by Bagel Boss
And right next door another switch up is taking place with the departure pf Berrylicious and the introduction of a new Bagel Boss branch under the supervision of the VHQ. Located at: 69-48 Main St, Flushing, NY 11367.

 
 
FIVE TOWNS
Central Ave opened it's newest sushi spot recently with Stop, Wok and Roll, sister restaurant to Stop, Chop and Roll. In addition to sushi, Stop, Wok and Roll also serves dim sum, lo mein, and rice selections. Soups include wonton, egg drop, hot and sour, chicken corn, creamy beef, and chicken rice and various kinds of Asian cuisine vegetable, chicken, and beef dishes are available too. Located at: 121 Cedarhurst Ave, Cedarhurst, New York 11516. Phone: (516) 612-4655

 
Whether you're craving pizza, sushi or poke, Sushi Pie in Lawrence has got you covered. Sushi Pie has a large variety of pizzas to choose from, or the option to build your own pie, as well as a full menu of vegetable, fish, tempura and chef's special rolls and a selection of poke bowls too! Located at: 295 Burnside Ave, Lawrence, NY 11559. Phone: (973) 467-8744
 
Serving delicious  La Colombe Coffee Roasters and freshly baked cookies, croissants, cookies, challah, rugelach, muffins, cheesecake, borekas, macarons, as well as salads, yogurts, gelato and much more, Bread Boutique & Cafe is now in business. Located at : 15 W Railroad Avenue, Tenafly, NJ 07670.
 
The Passaic Chinese Restaurant is closed pending a kashrus investigation. The following is an official statement from PCK (Passaic Clifton Kashrus), which was providing the store's kosher certification: "The mashgichim at Jin Restaurant, located at 227 Main Avenue in Passaic, recently raised questions regarding certain procedures at the restaurant. PCK has determined that these matters merit investigation and, effective January 8, 2018, suspended its supervision of the restaurant pending completion of the investigation, which is being undertaken in consultation with leading kashrus and other experts. At this time, PCK has not concluded that any non-kosher food entered the establishment. PCK is committed to maintaining the highest standards of kashrus in the Passaic-Clifton community. Following completion of its investigation, PCK intends to report on the results of the investigation as well as any policy changes that may be put in place to prevent similar situations from arising in the future."
 
Pizza Plus Opening New Location
Taking a step beyond Brooklyn, Pizza Plus is opening a second location in Deal.
 
Salsa Metsuyan Says Goodbye
Despite a fresh new pareve menu recently debuted, Teaneck's Salsa Metsuyan has closed.
 
Teaneck Get Its Own Smokehouse
The details are still being worked out but a new smokehouse is planned to open in Teaneck and they're looking to interview chefs experienced with smoking meat. They are seeking a hardworking, out-of-the-box thinker who can help create the next level of kosher smokehouse. Partnership is also available for the right chef. 
 
Vinaigrette's menu, which includes miso eggplant, falafel, avocado, tuna, and  other sandwiches, and a variety of salads  such as Caesar, Greek, mushroom lovers and beet, or customers can also customize their own salads with fresh ingredients from the salad bar, so if you're looking for fresh salads, healthy bowls or sandwiches, Vinaigrette is the place. Located at: 182 West Englewood Avenue, Teaneck, New Jersey 07666. Phone: (201) 837-9900

CHICAGO
The first ever authentic Mexican Kosher Tacos has come to the Chicago area! At Tacos Gingi you can get  tacos, burritos, or taco bowls. Then they can choose from chicken, beef, or veggie to go inside. Located at: 5128 Dempster Street, Skokie, Illinois 60077. Phone: (847) 983-0648
 
 
SOUTH FLORIDA

Dixie BBQ is North Miami Beach's new fresh and affordable fleishig restaurant. Their menu has a selection of burgers, chicken and meat sandwiches, hot dogs, and even pareve shakes too! Located at: 18798 West Dixie Highway, Miami, Florida 33180.

 
 
After successfully moving locations to the old Blaze grounds, Foozo Artisan Pizza is opening a second location bringing you the same delicious wood-fired and other cheesy creations in a kosher fast casual, affordable setting, this one in Bay Harbour Islands. Located at: 1017 Kane Concourse, Bay Harbor Islands, FL 33154
 
 
North Miami Beach got a new restaurant for the new year. NOMA opened at 18851 NE 29th Avenue in Aventura and is certified under the KM supervision, featuring a dairy menu with sushi, cocktails and more.
 
 
CALIFORNIA

A new kosher breakfast and lunch spot, offering coffee, tea and more, has made its debut in the neighborhood. Called Cafe Florentine, the new addition is located at 12514 Burbank Blvd. in Valley Village. This newcomer-located in the former Shawarma Dadon space, which closed early last year-features an array of breakfast items, sandwiches, panini, pasta, and fresh fish entrées, along with specialty coffee drinks and a variety of desserts. On the menu, expect to see items like a Tunisian sandwich with tuna salad, Kalamata olives, red onions, greens, and aioli chili; "Florentine Panini" with roasted eggplant, sun-dried tomato spread, roasted red peppers, hard-boiled eggs, and mozzarella; and pastas like sweet potato ravioli in a creamy pesto sauce and angle hair pasta with an Italian tomato sauce, garlic, and basil. For fish entrées, there are dishes like tomato-tahini salmon with mashed potatoes, tostada halibut salad with white cabbage, mixed greens, feta, and black bean spread tossed in a cilantro and lime vinaigrette. Rounding things out are desserts like a "Lotus Cheesecake" with caramel and butter cookie crust topped with lotus cream, chocolate soufflé with vanilla ice cream, and "Jerusalem Malabi" with rose water, pistachio, and coconut flakes.

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