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Restaurant Openings & Updates (1/28/16)

MANHATTAN
Opening on the corner of West 106th and Amsterdam, the NY Brat Factory will be a Glatt Kosher restaurant featuring a variety of authentic sausages. Although Great Kosher Restaurants has known about the venture for some time now, it seems that the place is getting traction from their slightly unconventional name, leading some New Yorkers to believe the place will be manufacturing naughty children. For more on the NY Brat Factory, including menu and opening date be sure to follow Great Kosher Restaurant Foodies on Facebook! The restaurant will be under the supervision of the Star-K. Opening date within the next 3-5 weeks.
 
As we posted last week, Prime Ko was changing names to "Prime West" with a new menu and 
new celebrity chef for a limited time. Here are the latest details: Chef Edward Boarland, who is coming from one of the most acclaimed kosher restaurants in Europe, Rafael,which ironically closed, is already working in the kitchen busy preparing for what the owner says is "an authentic American French menu that is unlike anything that has ever been seen on the New York City kosher restaurant circuit." Starting Sunday, January 31st, the chef will have a special prix fixe menu in their upstairs dining room, with a regular a la carte menu in their downstairs seating area. Click here and here for the chef's tasting menus. To see their regular menu, click here. Prime West is located at 217 W 85th Street in NY.
 
Most people were not aware that Va Bene on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, one of the most iconic kosher dairy restaurants in the country, was in jeopardy of losing their lease by the end of the month. We are happy to report that the Italian restaurant has renewed their lease earlier this week for another 10 years. Va Bene is located at 1589 2nd Avenue and is scheduled to remain there for the next decade. 
 
BROOKLYN
Last Saturday night, January 16th, Blueberry Cafe reopened their doors with a more refined look. The cafe was closed for the entire week prior to reopening. The decor is now sleek and elegant but this was just the first phase in their renovation. For those who have never been, Blueberry has a full range of options to choose from including pasta, fish, salad, pizza and of course, their famous Cholov Yisroel off the wall frozen yogurt. They will be open for breakfast and lunch only, with availability for private parties in the evening. Blueberry Cafe is located at 1618 Avenue M in Midwood. 
 
Brooklyn Steak Co.
Brooklyn Steak Co. has gone under the knife for the past few months, getting a full-on renovation. With a grand reopening in late January, the restaurant is now open and ready for hungry meat lovers. The redesign has made it home to vintage Brooklyn-inspired décor including mahogany doors, re-purposed 100 year old steel window panes and ombre tiles. Chef Eric Acklowitz and his sous chef Denise are cooking up restaurant favorites including the famous BSC French Fry "Salad" plus a few more surprises. Click here for the new menu. Brooklyn Steak Co. is located at
New dairy restaurant Urbana opening soon off 13th Avenue in the former Cafe Shalva. Urbana is located at 1305 53rd Street, off 13th Avenue in Boro Park.   
 
 
FIVE TOWNS
We broke the news on Sunday on our Facebook group that "Courtside Grill" will be the first kosher sports-themed restaurant in the 5 Towns. They will be serving classic American foods like burgers, specialty hot dogs and chicken in a sports atmosphere. A large variety of beers from all over the world will accompany 30 TVs. It will be a great place for families and friends to get together, have great food and watch the game. They may even have live streaming of Yeshiva HS basketball games. There is no major construction being done, just a re-design of the former Brasserie Halevi location, which is starting this week. Supervision under the Vaad of the 5 Towns. Courtside Grill will be located at 600 Central Avenue in Cedarhurst, NY. Click here for the full blog post.
 
OHIO
Set in Cleveland's University Circle vibrant Uptown district, Kantina's Katering has been rolling out their new kosher operation, Kantina, one step at a time. Kantina's, which had their soft opening in mid-January is now serving seasonal and house made dishes including salads, chili, burgers, chicken, sandwiches and more. Starting in March they will start Cleveland's only kosher Brunch Buffet including French Toast, Eggs "Benedict", Omelets and a Prime Beef carving station. By mid-May, they are scheduled to start a later dinner service featuring steaks, chops, seasonal fish and homemade fresh pasta. Kantina is located at 11303 Euclid Avenue in Cleveland, Ohio.
 
FLORIDA
Aperion Grill and Bar has recently been added to the list of establishments certified by Kosher Miami. The grand opening was this past Motzei Shabbos, January 23rd. Click here to see their menu which includes items like Tuna Carnitas, Beef Tostones, Truffle Filet Mignon and Rack of Lamb with red fruits and white wine pears. Click here to see the first Foodie review posted on Aperion. Aperion Grill and Bar is located at 1009 Kane Concourse in Bay Harbor Islands, 33154. 
 
Milts Truck Orlando
From now until February 3rd the famous Milt's BBQ For the Perplexed Food Truck is taking up residence at the Chabad of South Florida, 7347 W Sand Lake Rd, Orlando FL 32819. They are serving both lunch from 11:00am- 2:00pm and dinner from 5:00pm- 10:00pm Sunday-Thursdays, as well as offering a Shabbos dinner package which you can see here. For more fun activities and Orlando dining options, click here. If you are down south, at the happiest place on earth, go and check them out! 
 
ECUADOR
Since moving to Guayquil four years ago Israeli businessman Ofir Belaishe has been offering shawarma to his kosher observant friends at night. There were no kosher options to be found, not even in supermarkets until a few years ago. Belaishe has since "persuaded local Jewish community leaders" to open Kosher Pita Grill. The kosher fast-food style restaurant is the first of it's kind and has been made to attract customers regardless of their kashrut levels. h/t Haaretz 
 
CANADA
Marron Bistro in Toronto Grand Opening Marron Bistro
The newly purchased Marron Bistro in Toronto had their grand re-opening this past Monday, January 25th. The restaurant was taken over a few months ago by the owner of D-Lite's in Thornhill, Armando Cohen. Marron has been refreshed with a new menu and paint job. Click here for photos of the new restaurant. Click here to see their new menu. Marron Bistro is located at 948 Eglinton Avenue W, Toronto, ON.  
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