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Restaurant Openings & Updates (7/1/16)

RESTAURANT OPENINGS, CLOSURES & UPDATES:
 
MANHATTAN
This week marked the 2nd NYC location Grand Opening of the ever popular vegan restaurant by CHLOE. by Chef Chloe Coscarelli. Earlier this month Chef Chloe opened a store in Silver Lake, Los Angeles and is also opening a location in the Boston Seaport. Not to mention 2 more locations opening in Soho, one with her traditional vegan fare and the other a Sweets shop. She did after all win Cupcake Wars with her Vegan cupcakes which are amazing by the way. The new restaurant open today in Flatiron will be larger than the Bleeker Street location. There is more seating but important to note that it is not waiter service. This location will be serving more breakfast items like Smoothie Bowls, Vegan Egg & Cheese Sandwiches, Juices & Wraps. Supervision under the IKC. by CHLOE. Flatiron is located at 60 West 22nd Street. 
 
Subaba Restaurant Scheduled to Open by Mid-JulySubaba
The expected opening date for Subaba restaurant near Yeshivah University in the Heights is July 15th. The restaurant will be serving a variety of cold cuts, schnitzels, grilled chicken, steaks and salads. The menu will offer subs or platters for each selection. The restaurant owner describes it as a more gourmet version of the Subway chain, Glatt Kosher of course, in a clean, comfortable, beautiful environment. Subaba will be located at 2565 Amsterdam Avenue. 
 
BROOKLYN
A few weeks ago one of our Facebook members, Henry Gooodleman discovered this new burger place on East 4th and Kings Highway and posted it on our Facebook group - click here for the post. They have a variety of beef and fish burgers as well lunch specials from 12-4pm. Free delivery is available all day.  They are located at 1878 East 4th Street, between Quentin Road and Kings Highway.
 
 
 
Chef Abie Maltz of Nu Cafe 47 opened a new place this past week called Chef Abie Sandwich Spot. The space used to be his take-out and gluten free market, however he has decided to switch gears and start making delicious, American style comfort food. At the Great Kosher Restaurants exclusive tasting we had a little intimate get together with some Foodie friends enjoying 5 different Egg Rolls, Chili Dog, The Abie Sampler, Chef Deluxe Burger, Chef Abie's Pulled Brisket Sandwich and a Special Strawberry-Rum Cocktail. Chef Abie, while culinary trained, brings a homemade, home-style, flavor to delicious, comfort food. We wish him luck in this new store and hope people get a chance to stop by and try it for themselves. Chef Abie Sandwich Spot is located at 4726 New Utrecht Avenue, off 48th Street.
 
Earlier this week Pescada announced that they are opening a second location in Brooklyn. We cannot yet reveal all the details but we can tell you that they will have a party room available. The room will be available for all occasions and can hold up to 130 guests. You can call 347-702-5711 to book your simcha or meeting today. Pescada is currently located at 509 Avenue P in Brooklyn, NY. Click here to view information, photos and reviews on the current Pescada location. 

 

 

Just heard through the grapevine that Chef Jeff Nathan, Executive Chef and Owner of 
Abigael's in Manhattan has been spotted in Brooklyn several times over the past few months. Could he be opening up another place in Brooklyn? Trying to contact my 
"insid
e" sources to confirm, stay tuned for the Foodies Facebook page for details :)
 
 
 
FIVE TOWNS
Long Island finally has a sports bar to call their own with the newly opened Courtside Grill. You can find an 8 foot bar, plenty of beers on tap, tons of TV's (playing the games, of course!), waiters in referee gear, plus a huge scoreboard in the center of it all. Let's not forget about the food there. They have pulled brisket sliders, onion rings, nachos, fried pickles chili burger, foot long hot dog with wrapped bacon, buffalo wings, and for good measure, chocolate molten cake with ice cream. If you're looking to go and get a guaranteed seat, you should make reservations by calling 516-341-0755 or emailingthecourtsidegrill@gmail.comCourtside Grill is located at 602 Central Avenue in Lawrence, NY.
 
 
The Five Towns is heating up! Kasai on Coney Island Avenue in Brooklyn  is opening up another Hibachi restaurant, this time located on Central Avenue in Lawrence, NY. Owner Victor Ebadi has been working on this new venture for months and telling his customers that he is taking his talents to the Five Towns in addition to Brooklyn. The half a million dollar renovation will feature 10 Hibachi tables, a full liquor bar and sushi bar. Permits permitting, the restaurant is scheduled to open after the holidays in late 2016. Click here to view information, photos and reviews on the current Kasai location. Plus, stay tuned for more details including opening date and more.
 
We first reported about Lolli Bop Café & Play in the Five Towns on our blog in April and we are happy to see that they are now open! It's not just a place to bring the kids when they want to have fun, it's also a place where parents can relax and enjoy a healthy, delicious meal while their children are busy playing. There is a giant playhouse, musical corner, Lego wall, rock climbing wall, life size board games, mini food market, dress up station and just about everything a kids needs to have their imagination run wild. As for the food, Lolli Bop is not ignoring the appetites of parents. They have health conscious options like their Tel Aviv Salad with feta, tomato and basil, Goat Cheese and Fig Crisps, Avocado Toasts and a Kale Caesar Salad with homemade Croutons. If you have a sweet tooth, a full pastry case is filled at all times with different flavored croissants. They are currently in their soft opening phase as of June 17th. Lolli Bop Cafe & play is located at 398 Central Avenue in Lawrence, NY.
 
 
MONSEY
BH Gourmet Grill & Sports Bar Opening Soon
BH, standing for Burger House, or perhaps Baruch Hashem, Monsey is getting a kosher sports bar, has scheduled Sunday, July 10th as their first soft opening day.  BH Gourmet Grill is a new and upcoming sports themed restaurant located in Suffern NY, conveniently located on Route 59 next to Monsey, Wesley Hills, Mahwah and a few more. BH Gourmet Grill will offer a wide variety of American cuisine with a Mediterranean twist. The dishes ranging from tasty burgers, zesty wings and schnitzel fingers, artisan sandwiches, fresh salads, mouth watering steaks to a featured fish of the week. Their culinary team is lead by executive chef, Robert Michaels, who graduated from Culinary Institute of America and has been an innovator of the industry for the past 20 years.The restaurant's mixologists all from NYC are bringing new and inventive drinks to Rockland County. Their dining room area is a large open space available to sit the dating couples to the large families for casual dining to special events and celebrations, the dining room is a separate feel from the entertainment area, where you can watch your favorite sporting events on their 8 large 55 inch TVs. Stop in and meet the owners, Nate and Josh, who would love to see you there.
 
Chop _ Chill
Just in time for summer Chop & Chill will be opening in the Evergreen Shopping Mall at 59 Route 59. Based on the name they will be serving a selection of Salads and Frozen Treats. Stay tuned for more details. 
 
 
After only 4 short months the Chef Table restaurant, The Mitbach, in Monsey has closed. No word on why they are closing so soon. We wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors. 
 
CATSKILLS (All reopened with new menus)
Mountain Top Steakhouse (Woodbourne)- Click here for new menu by Chef Chaim Levy of Diamond Kosher Caterers.  Available for parties in their party room.
 
Citrus Cafe (Woodbourne)- Click here for their new menu and here for their drinks menu.
The full service, dairy restaurant is led by Chef Brandon Ness who was a chef at Tierra Sur Restaurant in Oxnard, CA for 8 years. The restaurant is available for private parties.  Under the Tarnapol Kashrus, Rabbi Babad.
 
Simply Sushi (Monticello) - Click here for their new menu and here for their Breakfast specials
 
T-Spoons (South Fallsburg)- Click here for their new menu
 
NEW JERSEY
Kosher Convenience Store Opens in Ventnor
Located at 4205 Atlantic Ave. in Ventnor, N.J., Poppy's features coffee and a variety of prepackaged food, including pastries, bagels, meats, cheeses, candy, chocolate, salads, pickles and knishes, as well as some nonfood items, such as hats and books. 
The store opened on June 26 and had its full product line in place on June 29.
A block from the ocean, the store is aimed at kosher-keeping beachgoers looking to take provisions seaside. Lee hopes it appeals to Philadelphia-area residents who don't want to lug a cooler full of food from home. The store also will deliver meals to customers' doors each Friday morning, so long as orders are placed by 5 p.m. each Tuesday. In addition, there are several outside tables customers can use for picnicking. The idea for Poppy's germinated over time, as Lee discussed the idea with friends who own Bubbies Bistro, a kosher dairy restaurant a block away. The Bubbies owners will be partners in the convenience store. The store will stay open through the end of September, but it could become more of a year-round operation depending on how well it does. Information provided by the Jewish Exponent.
 
FLORIDA
Seventeen in North Miami Beach is opening a second dairy and sushi restaurant. They will be opening next week for a soft opening phase but their grand opening will most likely be in late July when they are fully ready. Most know their other location, a popular destination in South Beach on 17th Street. While this new location is not right off Biscayne Blvd. or Collins Avenue where many tourists visit, this will be a popular spot come season time in Florida. Click here to view exclusive photos of the new place located at 1129 NE 163rd Street off 12th Avenue in North Miami Beach, FL. 
 
CANADA
Wrapping up the official Toronto Kosher Restaurant Month, the new Israeli restaurant Aish Tanoor opened for business. Aish Tanoor is an authentic Israeli restaurant. It's so authentic that the owner Sassi Haba is actually from Israel and has brought back all his favorite recipes like Hummus Shakshuka, fresh laffa, sabich, samosa, steaks, lamb ribs, kebabs and in true Israeli fashion, tons more. The restaurant has an outdoor patio that's perfect for summer. Aish Tanoor is located at 994 Eglinton Avenue West in Toronto, ON. 
 
We regret to inform you that Joe Boo's Cookoos has closed their doors for good. The restaurant was known for their exceptional wood-fired rotisserie chicken, using the art of smoking and a unique blend of herbs and spices. Owner Joe Boussidan created delicious chicken dishes that appealed to the whole family. Menu favorites included the Ribeye Steak Sandwiches, Rotisserie Chicken, and Shish Kabob Sandwiches. We wish them the best of luck in the future.
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