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January: Week in Review Newsletter - Openings/ Events / Specials
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RESTAURANT OPENINGS & CLOSINGS:
 
Brasserie Halevi Opening in Cedarhurst, NY at the end of January
Brasseri Halevi

After months of renovations, Brasserie Halevi, which replaces "Off the Grill" at 600 Central Avenue in Cedarhurst, NY is scheduled to open towards the end of January. The restaurant will feature gourmet American cuisine with a French influence, under the supervision of Vaad of 5 Towns. In addition to a beautiful and modern dining room upstairs, Brasserie Halevi will have a "man cave" style party room with TV downstairs. Click here to access our exclusive video of the interior, where work is still in progress. To check their tentative menu, click here.

 
Burrito'lam in Teaneck Closes 
Burrito'lam
Five months removed from their grand opening and cute naming, it looks like Burrito'lam has served its last burrito. They announced on their Facebook page at the end of December that they will no longer be in business, and thanked all their customers for their support. Could there be another Mexican restaurant coming in the area?
 
 
Fuego Grill Opening in Aventura, FL at the End of January
Add one more to the Florida kosher restaurants scene! Fuego Grill will be opening in Aventura, FL at the end of January, taking the space and completely remodeling the former Jona's and Aderet Grill on 186th St near Biscayne Blvd. Stay tuned for more detail and exact opening date.
  
 
West Avenue Cafe in South Beach, FL No Longer KosherWest  Avenue Cafe
On December 18th, West Avenue Cafe posted on their Facebook page the announcement that the restaurant is now under new management, and thanked staff, providers and customers for 3 great years. The news came as a surprise since the restaurant was always doing well and had a loyal following (even during the previous ownership when it was called Gourmet Carrot). This change now leaves a vacancy in the area for a nice kosher meat restaurant. Seventeen, the dairy cafe and Pita Loca, a small Israeli restaurant off the beach are still there but for those looking to drive to South Beach for a nice meat restaurant, you will have to stay in Miami Beach (where there is no lack of choices). 
h/t Yeah Thats Kosher
 
Chayo in Torrance, CA Fills the Void for Kosher in South Bay 
Chayo Eatery

Since Chayo Eatery, a dairy restaurant, opened on Torrance Boulevard in Torrance, CA last August,the growing Jewish community has gotten a local kosher place to eat at. Until then, the closest kosher restaurants were in West LA some 30 minutes' drive away. The owners, brothers Abe and Levi Chayo, estimate, however, that about 70% of their clientele are not Jewish, calling their place "a kosher restaurant for nonkosher-eating people". The patrons are attracted by fresh, delicious food and healthier choices the Chayo Eatery offers: freshly baked ciabatta bread, flat bread pizza dough, salad dressings and soup are all made from scratch, and their rosemary fries are baked, not fried. The eatery also has a growing lunch catering business serving local schools and companies. Source: www.dailybreeze.com

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:
Poker Night Fundraiser for Our Place

 

Charity VIP Poker & Blackjack Tournament - TONIGHT!
Enjoy a fun night in NYC at the Ultimate VIP Poker & Blackjack Tournament benefiting Our Place NY, tonight Wednesday, January 8, at Manhattan Motorcars Grand Showroom. Gala Reception at 6:30pm, with five-star glatt kosher catered dinner, live music and personal interior access to some luxury vehicles. Charity Poker Tournament at 7:45 pm with great prizes to win. Minimum donation to enter $250. 
Online registration required. See you tonight to support a great cause!

 

 

Edon Concert in Ft. Lauderdale - Jan. 18
Edon, a Jewish Orthodox pop artist and a finalist on American's Got Talent, will be making his South Florida Debut at Revolution Live in Ft. Lauderdale, January 18 at 8:30 pm. See flyer here.
Great Kosher Restaurants is a proud sponsor and stay tuned for which restaurant will be there.
 
 
New York Kosher Food & Wine Experience - Feb. 24 (Save $20)KFWE 2014
With tickets on sale for just over 2 weeks, they're close to selling out! If you haven't bought your tickets yet, don't wait! 
If you already bought your tickets, but have a friend that always waits till the last minute, tell them to get moving! 
KFWE
 will sell out. Need a little more incentive? For a limited time, save $20 off each ticket you purchase when you use promo code $20OFF. For all the details or to buy tickets, visit   New this year: A yacht just for dessert docked at the pier.
 
 
Parnassah Expo - March 25 & 26  
Parnassa Expo 2014
Parnassah Expo 2014 - Nationwide Business Networking Event - will take place at the New Jersey Conventlion and Expo Center in Edison, NJ on March 25th & 26th. To find out all the details and to reserve your booth visit their website.
Great Kosher Restaurants will be there, but will you?
FACEBOOK CONTESTS:

Abigael's FB contest
Abigael's (New York, NY)
Win a Special Six-Course Tasting Menu for 2! 
To enter: Like Abigael's Facebook page, and then like and comment on the giveaway post. The contest ends Wednesday, January 22 at midnight (EST).
 
 
Fish Plate (Cedarhurst, NY)
Two winners! Enter for a chance to win a Dinner for 4 (value up to $80) or 
Dinner for 2 (value up to $40) at this newest California-style fish restaurant.  
All you need to do is be a fan of their Fish Plate Facebook page and then just 
"Like and Comment" on this image. 
Contest will end Saturday, January 18th at midnight (EST).  
 
 
Glatt A LA Carte (Brooklyn, NY)Glatt a la Carte Contest
Win $100 gift certificate to Glatt A LA Carte! 
Like their Facebook page and like & comment on this image
Contest ends January 18 at midnight (EST).
 
 
The Coffee Bar (Lawrence, NY)The Coffee Bar Contest
One winner will get $50 gift certificate! 
Like The Coffee Bar Facebook page, then like and share this image
Contest ends January 18 at midnight (EST).
 
 
Traditions Eatery (Lawrence, NY) 
Help Traditions Eatery get 500 Facebook fans! They are raffling off a $100 gift certificate once they hit 500 likes on their page. Like their page on Facebook, and then like and comment on their giveaway post. Don't forget to share it on your wall for additional $25 if you are a winner.
KOSHER IN THE NEWS
 
Kosher Meals are Now Available in Jamaica
Kosher tourists to Jamaica may now need to shlep less food to their vacation thanks to Israeli cookIsraeli food in Jamaicaand caterer Vered Maoz, who may now be the key for growing Jewish heritage tourism to the island. Maoz is the only source of freshly prepared kosher Isareli food in Jamaica, and is getting attention for her pita bread, hummus, shawarma and bourekas. Having arrived to Jamaica 12 years ago, and craving to keep a connection to her culinary roots, she originally fed Israeli food to her family and friends. As the word got out how good her food was and people asking her to sell it to them, the business gradually grew, and her customers now include native Jamaicans or immigrants from various countries, in addition to Israeli ex-pats and tourists. She now offers freshly made hummus, bourekas, tahini, taboule, schug, pickles, vegetarian stuffed peppers and cabbage rolls, among other dishes. As there is no kosher slaughter in Jamaica, the bulk of the menu is vegetarian and dairy, with most of the dry ingredients being brought from Israel, New York and Miami. Source: TimeOfIsrael.com. 
Read full article here.
 
Israel Approves Female Kosher Supervisors
In a landmark decision in December 2013, the Israeli Chief Rabbinate agreed to allow women to take the necessary steps to becoming certified kosher supervisors. Though Jewish Law is typically thought to allow women to serve as mashgiachot, some have argued that it violates general principles of modesty. In 2010, the Chief Rabbinate began requiring that kosher supervisors undergo at least four years of yeshiva training, making it unfeasible for women to fulfill the requirements. After the court decision, we may now see more female kosher supervisors in Israel. Source: The Jew & The Carrot. Read more.

Organic, Jewish-Grown Produce May be Introduced to NYC's Local Kosher Restaurants http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20140102/prospect-heights/upstate-yiddish-farm-aims-sell-brooklyns-kosher-restaurants

Yiddish Farm, a former Chabad bungalow colony in Goshen, NY turned working farm, aims to sell its organic produce to the hottest Brooklyn kosher eateries, including Pardes and Mason and Mug. After selling some of its produce on farmers markets in NYC last summer, the Farm now starts to target restaurants directly, and have already approached some regarding their upcoming spring crop. Yisroel Bass, manager of Yiddish Farm, in an interview to DnaInfo.com noted that "there's a lot more consciousness developing around local sourcing of food and also organic sourcing, and being able to get it from a Jewish farmer is an added bonus". 

If the restaurants overcome their reluctance for dealing with more infestation-prone organic produce, we may soon enjoy organic meal ingredients, grown by our own Jewish farmers. 

Source: www.DnaInfo

 

RECIPE OF THE WEEK: RACK OF LAMB
From: Le Marais
Serves 2 
Rack of Lamb
Take the rack out of the refrigerator and leave out at room temperature for 30 minutes. This will bring the core of the lamb up to room temperature.
In a hot sauté pan, add a light coating of vegetable oil. Season your rack on both sides liberally with salt and black pepper. Place the rack into the hot pan top side down and sear the meat off until it is a rich brown color. Flip the rack and do the same on the back side of the meat.
Preheat an oven to 450 degrees. Place the rack into the oven and roast until you reach an internal temperature of 130 degrees, for a medium rare roast. About 12 minutes.

 

TRUE RESTAURANT STORY OF THE WEEK:
Half Baked  
(from Tom's Top Ten, excerpt from Great Kosher Restaurants Magazine)
 
 
One relatively quiet lunch, I was on the line when a server came in and said, "Chef-o, I have two ladies out there who want to split a hamburger. Is that a problem?" I said, "No I'll just cut it in half." She says, "Well, I don't think that's going to work." "Why not?" "One woman wants hers cooked medium rare and the other one wants hers cooked medium." "Are you kidding?" "Sorry. What do you want me to tell them?" "Tell them the hamburger is $6.00 for God's sake. How much am I supposed to endure for $6.00? Tell them it's ridiculous and I'm not doing it." She said, "Okay I'll tell them but I'm leaving out the endure and the ridiculous part. I'll just tell them we can't do it." "Fine." Five minutes later the waitress comes back into the kitchen and orders 1 hamburger, medium rare. 
I ask, "Is that the burger for those two ladies?" "Yes." "They're alright with having it medium rare?" She said, "I told them we couldn't do it and they just said, "Whatever. Make it medium rare.'" 
"Okay cool." I cooked the burger, cut it in half, garnished it and sent it out.  Two minutes later the waitress came back in the kitchen with one half of the burger and said, "Okay there genius, this lady wants more fire on her half of the burger. I'd say medium ought to do it." I started to cry.
RESTAURANT NEWS & SPECIALS:
 
MANHATTAN
Sushi salads only $3.95 - choice of spicy kani, tuna, salmon of vegetable with coupon. Limit 2 per customer. Expires 1/31/14.
 
Through the end of January, get a Schnitzel in a pita or baguette for only $7.95 with coupon.
 
RIVERDALE

Carlos & Gabby's

Shabbat Special: choice of 1 soup, 1 chicken dish, and 2 sides, $34.95. Lots of extras available. Place orders by Thursday 2 pm. See full menu here.

 

 

BROOKLYN 

T-Fusion Steakhouse

Customers can now make reservations and view the menu through the Open Table website.

Check out T-fusion's updated website featuring new mouthwatering food images on their homepage and in the gallery, as well as updated menus.  For those who can't get enough, they now have an Instagram page with unique behind-the-scenes images and chef shenangans.

 

 

WESTCHESTER

Eden Wok New Rochelle

All new Thai Menu - check it out here. Eden Wok is one of the very few places in the Tri-State area to enjoy Thai cuisine.

 

 

GREAT NECK, NY

Bistro Burger

Good news - they now provide delivery service.

 

 

PARK CITY, UT

Bistro at Canyons

The only kosher ski resort restaurant is open for the season! The snow is in great shape so book your vacation now. Click here for their new menu.

 

 

CANADA
Ashkenaz Cowboy  
(Toronto)
In order to celebrate winning a "best of our city" award for 2013, Ashkenaz Cowboy is having $7.49/lb chicken wings all month long. They also have $9.95 / litre take out chili all month long.
 
Yakimono (Montreal)
Like their page on Facebook to be entered into their bi-weekly $50 Gift Card Raffle.
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