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RESTAURANTS     
RESTAURANTS OPEN FOR PESACH
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Stay tuned to our Facebook page and website as we will 
be adding more restaurants as we are notified
 
MANHATTAN

Abigael's 

Passover at Abigael's is always a welcome event for visitors and locals alike. Offering private and communal Seders, Abigael's is also open for Passover Week with a new and exciting menu, as well as extended hours. View their Seder and Chol Hamoed menus. For more information, and to make a Seder reservation, click here.

 

Eighteen

Now Upper East Side has its own Kosher for Pesach destination! Eighteen Restaurant will be serving Passover Seders, $85 adults,  $40 kids (under 12). View their Seders menu here. View their Passover catering menu here

 

Le Marais 

Check for their Passover hours of operation here. View their menus here.

Mendy's 34th Street
Open for Chol Hamoed.  Click links for their Presach Dine-inTake-Out34th Street Delivery 
and Rockefeller Center Delivery menus. 

  

Mr. Broadway 

Mr. Broadway will be open both Seder nights and Yom Tov and all of Chol Hamoed. 

Chabad French Jewish Cultural Center will be making the Sedarim and holiday lunches at Mr. Broadway. For prices, menus and registration, please visit their website.  

   

Prime Butcher & Baker 

Prime Butcher Baker is ready for your holiday shopping needs with a full menu of Passover items including freshly baked goods and for the first time ever, a complete line of Kosher for Passover charcuterie. View their extensive Passover takeout menu, as well as a selection of familypackages.    

 

Prime Grill 

The Prime Grill will be open on Passover. Book now for unforgettable Passover Seders and chol hamoed mealsFor Passover Seders they will serve a 4-course meal, matza, wine, hot and soft drinks included. One seating only. $150 pp/$85 (children under 10) + tax &18% gratuity for 1 seder, or $275/$145 for both. Full pre-payment is required. Guests will have a choice of a Group Seder celebration or a Private Seder.

  

They will be open for Chol Hamoed. View their menu here.
 

Continuing their tradition for over 10 years, Talia's will be open for Pesach 2014: 2 pre-paid seders, each with 2 seatings. Chol Hamoed, Lunch & Dinner - Open almost 24 hours. Pre-paid Shabbat / Yom Tov meals - lunch & dinner. Prix-fixe Yom Tov meals options are $28, $38 or $49. A full service Kosher for Passover bar. Catering your seders at home and/or delivery & pick-up of 

Passover Seder Packages will also be available. Find out more and make reservations here. Check their menus for Seder, for Chol Hamoed, for Yom Tov Lunch, and Yom Tov & Shabbat Dinner

 

 

LONG ISLAND

Colbeh Great Neck and Roslyn

Open for Chol Hamoed

 

 

QUEENS

Pomegranate Restaurant

Open for Chol Hamoed

 

 

FLORIDA

China Kikar Tel-Aviv

View their takeout Passover menu here. Click here for the holiday meals information and reservations. 

 

Grill House

Open for Chol Hamoed

 

House of Dog

For details and reservations please call (305) 397-8733.

 

Rare Steakhouse 

Rare Steakhouse will be serving Seder, Yom Tov, and Chol Hamoed meals. For details and reservations call 305-532-7273 or email them at passover@raresteakhousemiami.com.

 

Shalom Haifa

For details and reservations please call (305) 936-1800.

 

 

LOS ANGELES

Shilo's Steakhouse

For details and reservations please call (310) 858-1652.

 

 

MONTREAL

Ernie and Ellie

Open for Chol Hamoed
Click links for their Pesach a la carte menu and Pesach take out menu

Prime KO in NY adding "Prime Burger" Sports Bar
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Prime Ko
Plans are already underway to expand both floors of the popular Upper West Side restaurant Prime Ko. They have taken over the location of their neighbor and they will be extending their first floor Prime Ko space and adding a Burgers/ Hot Dogs/ Sports Bar concept with a great beer and drinks menu downstairs, under the name Prime Burger with a totally separate entrance and phone Replica Watches UK number. They are set to open April 1st when we will publicize their phone number and website. But stay tuned as this is just developing.
House of Dog opening in Jacksonville, FL
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House of Dog
GKRM broke the news a few months ago that HOD will be moving into Boca, and we can finally announce that they will also be opening up north in Jacksonville, FL at 10950-36 San Jose Blvd., which is just 5 minutes off I-95. Jax is less than 2 hours north of Orlando and 5 hours from Miami. Construction is about to begin but it shouldn't take more than 6 weeks. Meanwhile, Boca is about 3-4 weeks away from opening. And do they have plans to keep going north? Meanwhile, the Miami Beach locale has just come out with a new menu, and you can find it exclusively here.  
PURIM & WEEKLY SPECIALS
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MANHATTAN

Lorelli's Pizza and Pasta Bar

Introducing Make Your Own Pizza Party with their professional chef. Pick your own toppings. Perfect for small get-togethers, kids parties and birthdays. View their ad here.

  

Pitopia

Through the end of March: Falafel + Soda only $5.95, print coupon.

  

Prime at the Bentley

Prime at the Bentley & Chabad North Haven in The Hamptons present The Purim Party 2014, on Saturday, March 15th, 9:30 pm - 1 am. Hors D'eouvres & Premium Bar, $36 includes one free drink. See flyer.

  

Talia's Steakhouse

Talia's will be open on Purim night until 4am with live music! On Sunday, bring family and friends for your Purim seudah with special prix fixe menus available. Additionally, you are welcome to break the fast on Thursday, March 13 at Talia's with live music as well. For seudah menus, click here (subject to change without notice). 
 
Enjoy an Early Purim Dinner Special on Sunday, accompanied by homemade Hamantashen. They will be closed Saturday Night, March 15. Reserve Cut now has extended hours every Friday for Lunch, 11:30am - 2:30pm. 
 

   

BROOKLYN

Chagall Bistro

Purim Party, Monday 03/17: Make your reservation for a dinner "à la carte" (no entrance fee) and enjoy some live music, our Purim raffle and costume contest as well as a complimentary house cocktail. View flyer.

 

El Gaucho Glatt

Purim Special: Enjoy a FREE glass of wine with your entree. See their updated menu here.

 

Famous Pita

Eat all you can: $2.95 - Whole Falafel and Unlimited Salad Bar! All day, every day.

 

Rolls Sushi & Salad

Purim Special: Sushi Platter - $25 for 64pc. Vegetable Rolls for Mishloach Manos $2.75 and up. Pre-order now, free delivery. View flyer.

 

T-Fusion Steakhouse

Purim Special: FREE Glass of Sangria All Weekend w/Entree (21+). Open Megilla Reading for all on Saturday night, March 15; upstairs open to the public, downstairs -private party for Roots Purim Bash after Megillah Reading. T-Fusion will be OPEN Purim day, March 16 for lunch & dinner, and available for parties.  

 

 

Wolf & Lamb Steakhouse 

W&L Brooklyn presents BULLETPROOF STOCKINGS, an Alternative Women's Chassidic Rock Duo, on Monday, March 24th. Doors 8:00 Show 8:45 PM. $15 cover plus 2 drinks or food order. 

Call 718.627.4676 to reserve, space is limited to 45 seats. Please note this is a WOMEN'S ONLY Event. See flyer.

 

 

 

RIVERDALE
Featuring Shabbos Takeout Special for $34.95: one soup, one chicken, two sides. Lots of extras available. See menu here.
 
 

WESTCHESTER

Eden Wok New Rochelle

Purim Takeout Specials - view menu here and order by Friday, March 14.

 

 

FIVE TOWNS

Fish Plate

They have added a smart car fleet and now offer free delivery service (min order requred) in 5 Towns/Far Rockaway area!

 

Prime Bistro

Featuring new Shabbat Catering menu, $25 Friday Night, $28 Shabbat Day, minimum 20 ppl. View menu here. Also see their new takeout special menu here.

 

Waffelino

They will be open Purim night from 10:30 pm. Free delivery. See flyer.

  

  

NEW JERSEY

Chaiko Steak & Sushi

Purim Platter Special: 10 Vegetarian Rolls $50; 8 Assorted Fish Rolls + 2 Special Rolls $65. Viewflyer.



PHILADELPHIA
On Purim Night, Saturday, March 15, join them for a Swanky Prix Fixe Cocktail Party. Hors D'oeuvres Service and Buffets from 8:30 pm to 11:00 pm. Cash Bar & Cocktail Service to midnight. Megillah reading at 9:30 pm. View flyer.
 

CHICAGO
This Friday, 3.14 is Pi Day: Come to Milt's for lunch and watch Life of Pi while you eat. They'll start the screening ASAP after opening at 11:30 am. Reservations are recommended. 


NEW ORLEANS
Exciting news: Kosher Cajun website updated! Visit www.koshercajun.com and check out the new Fresh Sushi Fridays menu,  as well as the amazing pictures of their dry Kosher for Passover products ready for sale. Refrigerated and frozen Kosher for Passover items coming soon. Shop early for best selection!
 
 
CALIFORNIA
For their Wine Club Members and their guests, Tierra Sur presents BEER PAIRING night on March 17, 6:30 pm: four pairings of unbelievable cuisine complimented by Island Brewing Company's artisan beers. $35. Reserve here.
WINE CLASS: Wine 101 on March 19, 6:30 pm. Tasting room sommelier, Eileen will share the finer details of wine and wine tasting - a very fun and educational evening for all. FOOD AND WINE PAIRING, March 24, 6:30 pm. Join Herzog Tasting Room Sommelier Eileen and the chefs of Tierra Sur for an exploration of fine wine and food. Both events are $15 members/$20 non-members, for reservations email hwctasting@herzogwinecellars.com 
Herzog Wine Cellars has recently hosted 8th Day for their brand new music video: "Hooleh". Watch it here.
Restaurant Openings and Updates (Feb. 24)
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CHOPS Steakhouse Opening in Sunny Isles, FL in mid-March 

Chops Steakhouse

 

CHOPS Steakhouse, an upscale restaurant, is about to enter the South Florida kosher fine dining scene, as it is scheduled to open in mid-March at 17082 Collins Avenue in Sunny Isles. Brainchild of Isaac Nahon, the former owner of CHOPS in Montreal, this fine dining steakhouse will be serving premium aged meats, complete sushi menu and top wines and liqueurs. CHOPS Steakhouse will feature seating capacity of 250 people, a 35 foot bar, an exclusive VIP room, and outdoor seating for 

40 people.  The restaurant is located in a prime strip mall adjacent to the beach, and will offer free parking for over 400 spots.  

  

  

 

Update: House of Dog Boca Raton

House of Dog Boca Raton

The expectation is palpable in the Boca Raton kosher community for House of Dog to open its newest location at 21077 Powerline Road. We are happy to update our readers that they are almost done with construction. After a couple of weeks to work on the decor, and another couple of weeks for staff training, they are looking at a 4 to 6 week time span to the grand opening!

(Photo illustration on right)  

  

 

 

 

Blind Florida Item: New Exciting Concept / Kosher Meat Restaurant 
to open in Surfside, FL after Pesach. Details and concept are still being worked out.  Stay tuned for more information.

 

 

 

Hava Java Opens in Monsey, NY
Hava Java
"Wake up and smell the coffee" just got a whole new meaning

for the Monsey residents since Hava Java coffee bar and bagel shop opened at 59 Route 59 in the end of January. It serves a large selection of specialty coffees, and hot and iced drinks, such as Raspberry Truffle, Chocolate Mint Mocha, and Praline Froster to name just a few. Their breakfast offerings include a variety of egg dishes as well as bagels, toasts, pancakes and other morning hour favorites. They also serve many mid-day specials such as Tuna Crostini Melt or Salmon Salad. The dessert menu includes sugar-free, low-fat and low-gluten options, such as their wheat-free Chocolate Muffin. See their full menu here. Hava Java is open from 7 am to 5 pm and can sit up to 30 people.  

 

 

  

Ba Li Laffa to Open Second Location in Toronto

Ba Li Laff

Owner of Ba Li Laffa has taken over the spot of Dairy Treats at3522 Bathurst St. and will be opening another Ba Li Laffa in April in that location.  Ba Li Laffa is a reasonably priced Mediterranean grill with such favorites as kabobs, schnitzels and a variety of pita or laffa sandwiches packed with Middle Eastern flavors on the menu. With two Dr. Laffa locations already in the area, it seems Toronto is the Laffa Capital of the World. (h/t: Shlomo Assayag)

  

 

  

Kosher & Luxus - Gourmet Kosher Restaurant Opens in Cancun (Mexico)

Cancun, a popular Caribbean destination in Mexico, has just become even more attractive forKosher & Luxuskosher vacationers, since the opening of Kosher & Luxus in the beginning of February. Kosher & Luxus is a year-round kosher restaurant under the supervision of Rabbi Nigri of the local Kehilat Neve Shalom, with mashgiach on premises and all products being OU or Star-K certified. The restaurant is located in Hotel Krystal in the Hotel Zone, at 9.5 km of Blvd Kukulcam, and serves a full spectrum of gourmet meals: dairy breakfast, meat lunch and dinner, and Shabbat meals, available for dine-in and take out, with delivery to all hotels in the Cancun area. They can even provide you with a hotplate for Shabbat if you are staying in a different hotel. The menu is a delectable mix of Mexican and International dishes, with such specialties as Huachinango marinated in achiote served with Mexican rice, Entrecote steak served with red wine and cinnamon reduction, and a variety of specials changing daily as updated on their Facebook page.  View their Weekday andShabbat menus to learn more. Online ordering is available too. For Passover, they will be offering meal packages, making it possible for people to stay in any hotel and dine with them.

RESTAURANT OPENINGS & UPDATES (Feb. 12)
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Basil owner to open Brooklyn restaurant called "Meat" in Fall 2014 
We've kept it under wraps for a while but since construction is about to start, we can announce that a casual yet refined restaurant simply called "Meat" is set to to open after the summer. Owner Daniel Branover, who also owns 
Basil Pizza & Wine Bar in Crown Heights has bought the building just 5 blocks away from the dairy restaurant at 115 Kingston Avenue (off Bergen Street) and will be bringing Southern comfort food style with him, including the hottest trend in the kosher market, smoked BBQ fare. Stay tuned for photos of the construction.
 
 
Sarit's Grill in Brooklyn Changing it's Name to Brooklyn Steak Co.Sarit's Grill changing its name
We ran a naming contest a few weeks ago for this restaurant on Avenue M and while none of the names submitted were picked, we would like to thank all the suggestions.  The restaurant went with the name Brooklyn Steak Co. and will re-open under that name starting this Sunday. New menu to follow.
 
 
 
New Catering Store Opens in Upper East Side of Manhattan
A new dairy, vegetarian and vegan kosher catering company, called
Olive Tree, has just opened at 2030 Second Avenue (off 104th Street) catering to home and office parties, corporate meetings and events including Bris, Bar & Bat Mitzvah and Weddings. In fact, their inaugural catering event was at the home of Israeli Consul, 
Ido Aharoni. Olive Tree Catering is
 under the supervision of 
Rabbi Aaron D. Mehlman and Chalav Israel. For more information, call 212-410-0200 or email  OliveTreeCaterer@gmail.com
 
 
 
Grand Re-Opening for Eighteen Restaurant in Manhattan 18 Restaurant
This Upper East Side establishment (busy time for this neighborhood) has undergone a face lift and they are now open.  We haven't seen the place yet but the owner promises it is nothing like before and so we'll be there tonight for dinner to check out the place.  Follow us on Facebook, as we will post the new digs online. 
 
 
Sushi Fussion Opens in Manhattan West
As we were the first to report on Facebook last week, Sushi Fussion, a kosher sushi restaurant with 3 locations already in Queens and Great Neck, opened another Sushi Fussionlocation, this time in Midtown Manhattan on February 4th. The restaurant, located on the 2nd floor at 224 West 35th. St, between 7th and 8th Avenues offers an extensive selection of sushi under the Vaad of Queens. They are open from 10:30am to 8pm Sunday through Thursday, and until 2 hours prior to Shabbat on Fridays; delivery and takeout available. Click here for their menu. Their phone number is:
646-476-5246. This opening together with the upcoming Pitopia location near B&H, is sure to bring more kosher traffic to the area, which has been deprived of kosher restaurants lately.
 
 
Six Thirteen Restaurant Opens in Former Space of Kosh in Stamford, CT613 Restaurant
Six Thirteen opened 2 weeks ago at 108 Prospect St. in Stamford, CT, the former location of Kosh. Their menu features such entrees as Braised Beef Short Ribs, Herb Grilled Salmon, and Bone-in Ribeye among other dishes under the OU supervision. The restaurant also offers alcoholic beverages bar, which includes draft beer, wines, hard liquor and a selection of cocktails. Click here for their menu and here for more pictures. They're currently only open for dinner.   

 

RESTAURANT OPENINGS & UPDATES (Jan. 28)
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Pomegranate Restaurant Opens in Queens
Pomegranate Restaurant
Pomegranate, the elegant Glatt Kosher restaurant opened this month at 71-51 Yellowstone Blvd. in Forest Hills, NY. The restaurant serves Bukharian cuisine under the supervision of Vaad Hakashrus of Queens.  About 50,000 Bukharian Jews, coming from Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, now live in the US, with the largest community having settled in Queens. The cuisine of the Bukharian Jews is known for subtle flavors developed with herbs, onion, garlic, peppers and many vegetables. Pomegranate's menu features many Bukharian and Middle Eastern specialties, from a large variety of Kebabs to such distinctly Bukharian appetizers as Manti (steamed dumplings), Samsa (Fried pastry with a meat filling), Achik-Chuck salad (made of spiced tomatoes and red onions), and Shurpa soup (cubed lamb in a rich, hardy broth). Click here for their menu.
  
 
 

Eighteen Restaurant in NYC Under RenovationEighteen Restaurant

Upper East Side's Eighteen Restaurant is now undergoing renovations with some big changes. Their kitchen is still open for online ordering, and deliveries are also available. Stay tuned for exclusive photos and details.

  

 

 

Riesterer's Bakery and Cafe in West Hempstead, NY Turns Kosher

Riesterer's Bakery & Cafe

Here is news we always like to hear about: non-kosher establishments turning kosher! Riesterer's Bakery and Cafe, located at 282 Hempstead Ave in West Hempstead is now certified Kosher under the supervision of Vaad Hakashrus of Queens. This "Long Island tradition since 1931" offers over 75 types of cupcakes, various baked desserts and custom cakes for all occasions. 

 

 

  
Blue Star BBQ to Open in Rockville, MD in January
Kosher diners in the Greater DC area will soon enjoy more variety, as the owner of the popular Eli's Restaurant in Washington, DC is now opening Blue Star BBQ in Rockville, MD.  "It's a combination of a lot of places," owner Sina Soumekhian tells the blog, Kosher Nexus. "We're trying to combine barbecue flavors with different kinds of hamburgers and sliced beef, all combined into one venue." Some of the Texas-inspired menu items will include standouts like pulled brisket tacos, barbecue brisket and burger sliders, veggie-stuffed turkey burgers, sliced meat sandwiches and combination platters with two or three meats and sides including baked beans, corn on the cob, cornbread, grilled pineapple and guacamole. Blue Star will also serve salads, soups and desserts courtesy of Sunflower Bakery in Gaithersburg. Blue Star's location is that of the old Siena's, a kosher staple in Rockville that Soumekhian used to own, which recently moved to Twinbrook Parkway after news broke that the building where it was located would be torn down. Soumekhian says he was able to work out a three-year extension with the property owners, but plans on moving Blue Star to a more permanent location if it's successful. The restaurant will provide dine-in seating and carry out.  "We're hoping to bring authentic flavors of Texas barbecue into the area and put brisket on the map." Blue Star will serve lunch and dinner from 11am to 9pm, Sunday through Thursday, 11am to 3pm, Fridays and will be closed Saturdays. 
Stay tuned to their website www.bluestarkosher.com. (h/t Kosher Nexus and H. Wasserman). 
 
 
  
Fuego BBQ and Smokehouse Opens in North Miami Beach, FL  Fuego BBQ
Fuego BBQ and Smokehouse, a new player in the North Miami kosher dining scene, located at 2520 NE St. opened yesterday, January 27. Their menu is inspired by both American and Mexican cuisines and features a selection of grilled specialties (such as back ribs, steaks, skewers, etc) and gourmet burgers in addition to salads, sandwiches and mostly meat-based appetizers. Click here for their menu. The restaurant is under the supervision of Kosher Miami and is open for lunch and dinner Sunday through Thursday, and on Saturday nights.
 
 
 

 

"The Difference" to Open in Los Angeles, CA

After 18 and a half years, Milk 'n Honey, not to be confused with 

The Milky Way across the street on Pico Blvd. (and owned by Steven Spielberg's mother) was recently sold, making the way for a meat restaurant called "The Difference: Grill and More."  We'll let you know when it opens.

 

  

 

Toronto Hotels Serving Kosher

Starting this week, The Windsor Arms Hotel located at 18 St. Thomas St. in Toronto will be serving kosher dinners 3 days a week (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday) from 5:30pm to 10:00pm, available by reservation. Three-course prix-fixe meal is $75, and is served under the supervision of COR - Kashruth Council of Canada. Park Hyatt Toronto has also been offering kosher dinners at select evenings available by reservation, under the same supervision.

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Certified Angus Beef Hits Shelves and Menus of Prime Hospitality This WeekCertified Angus Beef
Available for the first time in kosher restaurants, The Prime Hospitality Group is proudly serving Kosher Certified Angus Beef this week. The CAB brand starts with high-quality Angus cattle that then must pass 10 science-based specifications to deliver great taste. "We are so excited to be the first Kosher establishment to be offering the Certified Angus Beef brand to our customers. We pride ourselves on presenting our guests with the most innovative and delicious Kosher creations and now we are at the forefront of yet another groundbreaking change for the Kosher community," says Joey Allaham, owner of Prime Hospitality Group. Kosher Certified Angus Beef will be served at The Prime GrillPrime KOand Prime at the Bentley restaurants, and it can be purchased at the Prime Butcher Baker store. 
 
 
Pitopia Named Best Falafel Place 2013 by Midtown Lunch.com
Pitopia
Congratulations to Pitopia for earning the title of the Best Falafel in Midtown Manhattan based on readers' voting on MidtownLunch.com. Competing with non-kosher joints in the category, and having passed the runner-up by almost 10%, Pitopia has proven how loved and popular their falafel is. The top spot is well deserved!
 
 
 
REMINDER: New York Kosher Food & Wine Experience 2014
Kosher Food & Wine Experience 2014
Now in its 8th year Kosher Food & Wine Experience has grown to be the destination for winelovers and foodies the world over. KFWE is the premier kosher food and wine show with events in NY, LA, London and most recently Miami which was a tremendous success and drew over 600 people in its inaugural year!  "As we do every year, we try to add something new and exciting and this year we went really big!" noted Jay Buchsbaum, VP of Marketing for Royal Wine Corp. "New this year is the addition of a luxury yacht which will be docked at Pier 60. The Hornblower Hybrid, one of New York's most modern yachts features two floors and will dazzle with a Dessert Pavilion featuring the largest variety of delectable sweets KFWE has ever offered, a complete selection of dessert wines and an expanded mixology bar!" The yacht will remain docked at Pier 60 for duration of the show and guests are welcome to come and go between the two areas as they please throughout the evening. 
For a limited time, save $20 off each ticket you purchase when you use promo code $20OFF.
KFWE NY is set for February 24, 2014 at 6:30pm at Pier 60 - Chelsea Piers, NYC. Tickets are available online and will not be sold at the door. To buy tickets visit or to find out more information please visit www.kfwe2014.com

 
Controversial California Law Requires Gloves During Food Prep in Restaurants  Controversial California Law
A new law in California went into effect January 1st (although it won't be enforced for 6 months) mandating that chefs and restaurants employees wear gloves when handling ready-to eat food. But many chefs are not happy with this sweeping law and say it can do more harm that good, including kosher restaurant chef and owner, Alex Reznick from Ditmas Kitchen and Cocktails. View the CBS video here or click on image.

  

RESTAURANT OPENINGS & CLOSINGS (Jan. 15)
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 New Name Contest for Sarit's Cuisine and Grill in Brooklyn

Sarit's Cuisine & Grill, a contemporary meat restaurant that has 
Sarit's Cuisine & Grill
recently opened in place of Jerusalem Steakhouse at 1316 Ave M in Brooklyn, is looking for a new name. You can submit your suggested name on our Facebook Contest post here or just reply to this email with your recommendation.  If your suggestion gets selected, you will get a $100 gift certificate to the restaurant you named! Their creative menu features such starters as Jicama Quinoa and Kale & Beet Salad, in addition to their appetizing grilled specialties like Entrecote or Short Ribs. To learn more about Sarit's and to better come up with a name, check out their menu and information here.


U Cafe on the Upper East Side Goes Into the Catering Business
We were told about a month ago from the owner that come 
New Year's Day, U Cafe was going to do catering only and will not be operating from their store front anymore.  For all who enjoyed their fare, you can still place your catering orders by reaching them at the their phone number, 212-427-8223
Stay tuned for more details on the catering company.


Marani Georgian Restaurant Opens in Queens

Marani

Marani, a one-of-a-kind restaurant which opened at 97-26 63rd Rd. in Rego Park a few months ago, is offering kosher foodies an opportunity to enjoy authentic Georgian cooking. Georgia is a country on the crossroads of Western Asia and Eastern Europe, with a cuisine slightly differing from others in the Caucasus region - for example, it uses a lot walnuts and pomegranate to create some of its signature flavors. While offering plenty of meat choices from a range of kebabs to such specialty dishes like Chakapuli (lamb braised with tarragon, mint and olives), Marani's menu has enough to satisfy the vegetarians as well with its extensive variety of vegetable-based appetizers. While the main restaurant is meat, they have a basement section with an open dairy kitchen and a small seating area, serving a selection of Khachapuri - traditional Georgian dish of cheese-filled bread. The glatt kosher, Shomer Shabbos restaurant is under the supervision of SKO-USA (Rabbi Aharon Chein).

 

 

Update on Dairy Restaurant in Philadelphia SuburbThe Dairy Demolition

After purchasing a building at 321 Montgomery Ave in Narbeth, PA to house the Dairy Restaurant (a dairy sister of the upscaleCitron & Rose) last summer, the owners started renovating it, with plans to open the location in a few months. However, as they started the work, they found out that nothing supports the roof, so they ended up stripping the old farmhouse almost to the bones and are now undertaking a complete remodeling job. Meanwhile, their dairy catering business has been operating for over a year through Six Points Events.

 

 

New Kosher Restaurant Opens in Houston, TXGreen Vegetarian Cuisine
Green Vegetarian Cuisine opened a few days ago in Houston, as announced by Houston Kashruth Association. The new restaurant is located at    
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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