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Restaurant Openings and Updates 8/17/16

RESTAURANT OPENINGS, CLOSINGS & UPDATES:
 
MANHATTAN
The Grand Opening of "Koshe Poke" took place on August 16th where foodies and bloggers were invited to try out all new dishes. Poke is a Hawaiian specialty dish, similar to Tartare. The word "poke" means "to slice or cut" referring to the large cuts of fresh fish you would get at an authentic Hawaiian poke place. This particular Poke Bar will be a small installation opening inside of Eden Wok at 43 East 34th Street. They will be serving Poke Bowls, Poke Salads and Poke Burritos. It's a Poke Revolution! (Not to be confused with Pokemon...) 
 
Lox is brought to you by the same owner as the former Lox Cafe in the Jewish Museum on the Upper East Side. That space is now occupied by Russ & Daughters only certified kosher location. Although the two places do focus on a heavily Jewish-style menu, they are not affiliated in any way. Lox in the Museum of Jewish Heritage will be featuring twists on the classics, including in-house cured Salmon in flavors like Pastrami-style, Sake Ginger, Grapefruit & Gin, double-smoked and more. You can taste each flavor lox on a platter or try them individually in a sandwich. Lox will also feature traditional pastries and desserts, a variety of Herring and an extensive sandwich selection. Click here to view the full menu. Lox is under OU supervision and is located at 36 Battery Place. 
 
It's official! The Great American Health Bar has been completely re-kashered and is now under the strict supervision of the OK. If you were nervous because of their previous supervisions, now is the time to go back! The extensive menu boasts a variety of options for every diner, regardless of age or dietary preference. Click here to see photos of the OK kashering the GAHB kitchen on the streets of Midtown. Click here to see a live video from the restaurant. Great American Health Bar is located at 35 W. 57th Street. 
 
BROOKLYN
With a current location in Queens, the Pizza Professor is now expanding to Brooklyn. Their new Brooklyn branch will be opening on Avenue M off of East 19th within the next few weeks. They will have delivery and catering available. Clickhere to see a live video of the progress inside the restaurant. The question remains, will they have conveyor belt pizza or not? Stay tuned to the Great Kosher Restaurant Foodies Group for updates!
 
FIVE TOWNS
August 15th marked the Grand Opening of Tanami's Pita and Hummus Bar in Inwood, NY. To celebrate their opening day, Tanami's handed out free schwarma and falafel to hungry future customers. The restaurant is now serving up quality Israeli specialties like Sabich, Shakshuka and a variety of Hummus platters. Tanami's is under the same ownership as the now closed Famous Pita in Brooklyn. The restaurant offers dine-in, take out and catering. They also have an open kitchen so customers can watch their food being made or they can sit by the corner window bar seating and people watch. Tanami's is located at 41 Lawrence Avenue in Inwood, NY under the hashgacha of the Vaad of Five Towns.
 
QUEENS
The Grand Opening for the highly anticipated new hibachi restaurant MeO is happening tonight, August 17th! For those of you who were able to snag an early reservation, Great Kosher Restaurants publisher Elan Kornblum will be there tonight so don't hesitate to say hello. If you are unable to attend, look out for a live broadcast or two on the Facebook Foodies Group later tonight. The restaurant will have Hibachi tables as well as regular dining for those who just want great food without the show. The sushi menu at MeO is extensive and the dishes are absolutely stunning. Don't take our word for it, make your reservations today by clickinghereMeO Japanese Hibachi is located at 185-01 Union Turnpike in Queens, NY
 
NEW JERSEY
This Tuesday, August 23rd marks the Grand Opening of Great Falls Bistro at Factory220. This new steakhouse and lounge promises to "feature an array of mouthwatering small plates, an elaborate bar and one of a kind desserts."
Great Falls Bistro, located in an industrial area of Passaic, NJ, will be a tapas (small plates) dual restaurant and lounge, with an average check price of $31 to $50 per person. The space itself is large and accommodating. Great Falls Bistro is under Star-K supervision and is located at 220 Passaic Street in Passaic, NJ. To make reservations, go to: www.GreatFallsBistro.com
 
 
CHICAGO
Residents of the Chicago Northwest suburbs are happy to have the former Danali's back, under the new name Hungarian Cafe. According to their Facebook page, Hungarian will be serving "cafe style" until they hit the ground running. For now they are open for business with a smaller limited menu including Pizza, Pastas, Salads, Grilled Cheese and a few other dishes. The Cafe is part of the Hungarian One Stop Kosher Shop and is certified kosher under the CRC as well as Pas and Cholov Yisroel.  h/t Tova Nathan on GKRFoodies
 
FLORIDA
It seems like the kosher drought is just about ending in Brickell, Florida. Just a few weeks ago Brickell Kosher Deli opened their doors and now another kosher restaurant has opened up as well. Fresh Break is a certified fully organic restaurant serving Vegetarian items, Sushi, Poke, Katai bowls, Ceviche and Tartare. All of the products they use are 100% organic. Their mission is to bring better, healthier and convenient food to the people of Brickell. Fresh Break is located at 1110 Brickell Avenue. Open from 8:30AM-3:30PM for breakfast and lunch under the supervision of Rabbi David Golowinski.  
 
MASSACHUSETS
It was a sad day last Sunday when the famous Rubin's Kosher Delicatessen closed their doors for good. Many claimed this was the "end of an era". After 88 years in operation, it most certainly feels that way for Brookline residents who have been regulars at the establishment, some throughout their entire lives. Owners Allan and Erica Gellerman were working at the deli full time and have decided to focus on family over business. We wish them all the best. 
 
LAS VEGAS
The iconic Las Vegas old school diner and pharmacy will be closing their doors for a complete remodel and overhaul. According to an article by Vegas Eater, the developer company, Dapper Companies, purchased the entire lot and are upgrading the space to have a uniform facade for all of their tenants. While the actual pharmacy part of Huntridge will remain open even throughout the renovations, we do not yet have word on whether the kosher diner will be resurrected with the remodel as well. One thing is for certain, Huntridge Pharmacy won't have their grand corner entrance any longer. 
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