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April News

 
MANHATTAN
This press release was sent to us by the restaurant. "With kosher steakhouse and mixology bar Mocha Red firmly established in Union Square, Mocha Burger Express on the Upper East Side is being retired. Naftali Abenaim, restaurant group owner, said his focus is on full-service restaurants where customers can have an enjoyable time out, as well as excellent food and service. Mocha Red is located at 127 4th Avenue in Union Square. Mocha Burger is located at 496 LaGuardia Place in Soho. Mocha Bleu is located at 1399 Queen Anne Road, Teaneck, NJ. For the full press release and to weigh in, click here. Also, stay tuned for a new Mocha Burger location with more seats and a private party room in Midtown area of Manhattan.
 
It's an elevated dinner version of their popular cafe day menu. They are calling it Artisan Fare at Everyday Prices. It's a fast casual vibe where you order at the counter and the food will be run to your table. The price point is lower than Arba and more in line with Modern daytime prices. This will be attractive to young professionals and families. No reservations needed. Seating available indoors and outdoors. They open at 5pm but you can place an order now on www.toasttab.com/modern-bread-bagel/v3 and set it to any time between 5pm-9:30pm to see the menu and order for later. Click here for more more information, and to see the menu up close. Click here for their website. Under the IKC Supervision. Shomer Shabbos owned. Modern @ Night is located at 472 Columbus Ave (off West 82nd Street), New York, NY. Their phone number is (646) 775-2985.
 
MBB is opening another location in Chelsea next month. Click here for a clip of the owner, Orly Gottesman, outside of the store. Leave a comment to wish them luck! Modern Bread and Bagel's new location is at 139 West 14th Street, between 6th and 7th Avenue.
 
I know some of you have messaged me about this so let me add more information. Patis Bakery on 8th Avenue in Times Square has been supervised by the OU as well as Rabbi Avrohom Marmorstein, Rav of Kehal Minchas Chinuch and director of Mehadrin Kashrus. As of 5/5/22, the bakery parted ways with the OU and the Midtown location is currently under the sole supervision of Rabbi Avrohom Marmorstein, as are their Upper West Side and Upper East Side locations. Click here for more information.
 
Leave it to Talia's Steakhouse & Bar on the Upper West Side to do a Kosher Mexican Pop-Up Dinner. Delivery to Upper West Side, Upper East Side, Morningside Heights, Teaneck (Thursday), and Riverdale (Friday). For more information on the event, and Chef Angie, click here. Click here to make your reservations for dine in Wednesday and Thursday, call (212) 580-3770, or email info@taliassteakhouse.com. Click here to preorder for takeout and delivery. Local Pickup & Delivery for 5/5: $30 minimum order for delivery. $5 delivery fee from West 72nd-109th street. $10 delivery fee to Upper East Side, West 60-71st street, Morningside Heights (Columbia University). Pickup available at Talia’s Steakhouse, 668 Amsterdam Avenue (between 92nd-93rd street), starting at 4:30 pm. First delivery starting 4:30 - 5 pm. Final delivery time is 8:30 - 9 pm. Local Pickup & Delivery for Friday, 5/6. First delivery starting 3 - 3:30 pm. Final delivery time is 6 - 6:30 pm. For Deliveries to neighborhoods outside Manhattan: Wednesday: Fair Lawn & Thursday: Teaneck, Bergenfield and Riverdale. $75 minimum per order plus $15 delivery fee per order (tip for driver is included). Deliveries will arrive approximately between 5 and 6:15 PM. Kosher Supervision: Mehadrin Kashrus Directed by Rabbi Avrohom Marmorstein. Meat is Beit Yosef and Shor Habor. Talia's Steakhouse & Bar is located at 668 Amsterdam Ave., New York, NY.
 
BROOKLYN
Blue Grill Takeout store in Marine Park is currently closed for retail and only doing wholesale catering. We highly recommend that you encourage your shul, school, organization to support this local business so they can re-open again for the area. Click here to weigh in. Blue Grill Takeout Store is located at 3502 Flatlands Avenue, off Corner of Avenue N and East 35th Street, Brooklyn NY. Their phone number is (347) 702-4215.
 
From the owners of Cork & Slice in Cedarhust, and Safaniev brothers, comes "The Happy Slice Co.," a new pizzeria looking to bring a high quality product to the area, is now open! They literally opened their doors a short time ago for their soft opening. I'll be stopping by later to show you more. They have sandwiches, pasta, sushi and salads. It is in the former location of Mondo Pizza, at 509 Avenue P off Ocean Parkway. Click here to weigh in.
 
Huge Crown Heights Restaurant News. Get ready for CARBON! Awesome name for this charcoal chicken grill and bar restaurant that is opening in the next week or two. Let me say how proud I am of co-owner Bosh Boshnack, who has really risen in the industry to be a force of nature and some may say...freak of nature. He knows more then most. I've seen the menu, and this is going to be great for the neighborhood and entire borough. Much more details to come. Click here to see the images Bosh sent me, and to weigh in. Carbon will be located at 262 Kingston Ave, Brooklyn, NY (former location of Izzy's Fried Chicken).
 
I have been informed that the recently opened dairy restaurant "River K" on Coney Island Avenue has closed. I never got a chance to go and there were some nice reviews here. Always sad to see. They are looking for either a new partner, operator or new buyer. If interested, please message me. Click here to weigh in. River K was located at 2013 Coney Island Avenue, Brooklyn, NY (between Avenue P and Quentin Road).
 
I have confirmed that the newly opened, Dessert Island has closed. This is a shame with the warmer months coming, as the establishment offered ice cream, among other dairy desserts. Now, as one poster said, it is simply a deserted island. Click here to join in the discussion. Dessert Island was located at 2913 Quentin Rd, Brooklyn, NY.
 
 
QUEENS
After 17 years in the business, owners of Ganey Orly Bukharian Restaurant in Queens are looking to retire. And son Eytan Israelov, who has been working non stop for the restaurant and has a newborn, graduated from nursing school would probably like to deliver babies now after delivering so many meals. But they have built up a great business, loyal following throughout NY, NJ, CT and this is a great time for them to sell and for someone to continue their success. Any potential buyer would be lucky to keep the Ganey Orly name and tradition alive. All chefs and staff will remain. Here are the details and you can message Eytan with serous inquiries at (718) 200-9275. Let me though preface that Ganey Orly is open and is committed till the last second to their customers and nothing will change as they pursue opportunities. Outside deliveries will continue as planned. Square feet: 1,000 Sqft on the first side, fully built out kitchen, and 1,000 sqft basement with prep stations and a walk in fridge. Second side is roughly 1,100 sqft, used as a private party room. Also has its own kitchen. Rent: $8500 for both locations. Lease: 5 Years with a 5 Year option. Asking price: Please inquire but I will say it's reasonable. Click here to weigh in and wish them well. Ganey Orly is located at 65-37 99th Street (few blocks off of Queens Blvd.) Rego Park, NY.
 
Elite Cafe had their Grand Re-Opening on May 1st. My family and I went for lunch. Place looks great. I love what they did. In honor of the new look and updated menu they offered a free Mimosa for the adults and a free scoop of ice cream for the kids. Click here to check out photos of the Kornblum family sampling the updated menu. If the photos aren't enough for you, click here to check out the video. Plus, click here to see a very special boy get a birthday treat! Elite Cafe is located at: 72-28 Main Street, Flushing, NY. Their phone number is (718) 544-0307.
 
LONG ISLAND
Tru By Mur, the new dairy restaurant by MUR will be opening next month, May 25th. Reminder that MUR, the meat Mediterranean Urban Restaurant, is now closed until after the summer when they finish renovating the next building. They will be moving Mur into this magnificent, fully renovated restaurant, promising it to be unlike anything you've ever seen before. Click here for more about TRU, and to weigh in. Stay tuned. Located at 310 Central Avenue, Lawrence, NY.
 
NEW JERSEY
Tomahawk Steakhouse had its Grand Soft Opening on 4/27/22. Click here to see photos of the soft opening and look for the menu in the comments. Tomahawk Steakhouse is located at 700 Cedarbridge Ave, Lakewood, NJ.
 
Chickies is moving from their temporary current space (called FOODIE) during the first week of May, and into another temporary location, before they move upstairs into the permanent kosher food court. HOWEVER, coming into the original space is another new concept from Chickies, called GOLDIELOX!!! Cholov Yisroel bagel store. Salad Bar. Pasta. Pastries. Love the name. Much more details to come as construction begins on GoldieLox. In other news, Chickies is filling all positions for the upcoming season at Six Flags in Jackson, NJ. Looking for hard working, energetic, and customer service friendly individuals. All serious applicants, email: fresh@chickiesfood.com. Chickies' phone number is (201) 820-1555. The American Dream Mall is located at 1 American Dream Wy, East Rutherford, NJ. Click here to weigh in.
 
PENNSYLVANIA
Citron & Rose Tavern Market in Lower Merion welcomes new Executive Chef, Joe Fusco. Chef Joe's bio is rather impressive and includes working very closely with, and a consultant for Celebrity Chef Gordon Ramsay on the hit show Kitchen Nightmares. He was also worked at Macelleria Steakhouse, a Michelin reviewed restaurant and listed as one of the top 10 steakhouses in New York City. Citron & Rose closed on Wednesday, April 27, 2022 to allow for the transition into the new menu as well as the required staff training in order to be able to present this menu in the most professional manner possible to their valued customers. They are located at: 261 Montgomery Ave, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004. Their phone number is (610) 257-7577. Click here to weigh in, and here for their website.
 
Maddie Gittens did a write-up in The Burgs News: Accessing kosher food can be hard enough for local members of the Jewish community, let alone for those who have trouble leaving their homes. However, for the past 50 years, Jewish Family Services of Greater Harrisburg, Inc. has provided a solution with its Finkelstein-Cohen Kosher Meals on Wheels program. To celebrate, the organization will hold a “50 Years of Caring” event on June 9, featuring keynote speaker Michael Solomonov, an award-winning chef. Jewish Family Service’s “50 Years of Caring” event will take place at the Alexander Grass Campus for Jewish Life (formerly Dixon University Center) at 2986 N 2nd St., Harrisburg. Click here for more information. To purchase tickets and sponsorships, click here or call (717) 233-1681. Click here for the full article click here.
 
FLORIDA
Hallandale Kosher Grill is a new restaurant in South Florida and open for Pesach. Under ORB. Glatt Kosher; Pas Yisroel. Click here to weigh in. They are located at 645 West Hallandale Beach, Hallandale FL.
 
Boca Raton, good news! The Lenny's Pizza sign is up! Our detectives agree that this means they are getting closer to opening. Click here to check it out or weigh in, and we'll update you on further progress. They are located at 9070 Kimberly Blvd, Boca Raton.
 
From the owner of Chai Wok, Chai Berry opened it's doors on April 25th in North Miami Beach. They offer wraps, sandwiches, salads, smoothies, juices, acai, and poke bowls. Click here for their website, and here for the review from one of their first costumers! Chai Berry is located at 1688 NE 164st., North Miami Beach.
 
A new Organic Grocery, Vitamin Shop, and Kosher Market in Coral Springs. As reported by CoralSpringTalk.com: High-quality organic groceries, personalized service, competitive prices, and more can all be found at one of Coral Spring’s newest homegrown businesses, Nutrition Smart. The market will have its Grand Opening later this month, where there will be tons of free giveaways, health services, raffles, and more. Nutrition Smart is located at 5651 Coral Ridge Dr. in The Shoppes at Heron Lakes, replacing the former business Tunie’s. For more information, or to weigh in, click here. To check out the full article, click here.
 
The ORB (Orthodox Rabbinical Board) is happy to announce that after a long hiatus the kosher stand at the FLA Live Arena will be reopened at section 112. Come join in the fun tonight for the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs when the Florida Panthers play the Washington Capitals. Rav Levi Feigelstock broke the news here, as did David Barman here. Click into either to share your joy. The FLA Live Arena is located at 1 Panther Pkwy, Sunrise, FL.
 
LOS ANGELES
Milky Way LA is showing their blue and white and love for Israel. Let them help you get the Israel Independence Day party started! Join them before you head out to celebrate. Price fix menu, Israel bubbles, music and more! Happening Wednesday, May 4 and Thursday, May 5! Click here to see the menu. Click here to reserve your spot on Resy.com. The Milky Way is located at 9108 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA. Their phone number is (310) 859-0004. Click here for their website.
 
CLEVELAND
Mendel Segal told me a few weeks ago he has something big going on but I didn't realize it was this big! First reported by clevescene.com. The restaurant will open in the former home of Lucy’s Sweet Surrender. The building on Chagrin Boulevard is across the street from Van Aken Districtl. The Shaker spot will be a little more upscale than your typical roadhouse. It will be full-service, but family friendly, with items like brisket, smoked pastrami, giant beef ribs, beef back ribs, smoked veal brisket, lamb ribs, smoked turkey, burnt ends and smoked chicken. In addition to the foods coming out of the pit, the restaurant will offer non-BBQ foods like soups, salads, wings, burgers, fish and steak. To drink, there will be plenty of craft beer and a full liquor license. For more information, and to weigh in, click here. For a link to the full article, click here.
 
BAHAMAS
During Pesach, I had dinner at Cinko Asian Latino Grill at the Hyatt, the only Glatt Kosher Restaurant in the country. Guys, I don't know if you realize how cool and lucky we are to have a place like this. A stunning, open kitchen restaurant open all year round including prepaid Shabbos meals in a hotel in the Bahamas! The Bahamas! Click here to see a video of me exploring the hotel, kitchen, and dining room with the general manager and head chef as my guide. Click here for a video where I go through the appetizers and give a close-up on the menu. Plus, there's a cameo from the Rabbi who made it all possible. For the final video featuring the entrees, click here. To see photos of the dishes and descriptions, click here. For more information on Bahar Mar, click here. To make reservations, click here. Hours of Operation: Sunday to Thursday 5:30pm to 10pm. Friday Sit-down Service / Saturday Takeaway Only. Shabbat meal reservations must be in by Thursday 12:00pm. To reserve Shabbat meals CLICK HERE. Shabbat Dinner will be a sit-down service. The takeaway is only for Saturday Lunch, and this can be picked up from Café Madeleine between 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM.” Children Under 5 Eat Free. Cinko is located at: Grand Hyatt Baha Mar (1 Baha Mar Blvd, Nassau, The Bahamas). Their phone number is (242) 788-1234.
 
You can now keep kosher and rock it hotel-style in the Bahamas. I can now attest to the fact that it is awesome there because we went to Kosherica Bahamas for the holidays. Click here to check out this video which sums up the trip! But you don't just have to take my word for it. The Nassau Guardian did a whole write up on this exciting new travel opportunity: Atlantis Paradise Islands in the Bahamas introduces TLV Kosher Catering in partnership with Kosherica Glatt Cuisine. In partnership with renowned Kosherica, Glatt Cuisine, Atlantis is offering new signature kosher dining services available through TLV Catering. Click here read the full article, and here to weigh in. Kosherica is taking reservations for next year and you can email them at aliza@kosherica.com. See you in Paradise in 2023.
 
INDUSTRY NEWS
GKRF, urgent request, a family needs our help! Emergency Relief Drive For Fire Victims: 8 children left without home. A massive blaze destroyed a Boro Park home but BH, the family of 10 miraculously were saved. The 2-alarm blaze ripped through their Boro Park home on Friday night during Pesach. Please help this family of ten in urgent need with clothing, shoes, supplies, housing, food and more. Masbia Soup Kitchen Network is raising much needs funds. Please join me and click here to donate here. Click here for more information plus a video. Thank you very much and may the family be comforted and may you be rewarded by your generosity.
 
R Eli Weinberg A"h (long time owner of Taam Mevorach on Avenue U) passed on Sunday, May 1st. The levaya was Sunday 11:30am @Meisels 3868 Poplar Ave, Brooklyn, NY. Besiros Tovos שבעה בבית של אלי ומלכי. Shiva will take place at: 3742 Cypress Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11224. May the family be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem and be spared from any more sorrow. Click here to weigh in and express condolences. ברוך דיין האמת
 
We woke up again to devastating news on Monday, May 2nd. With much sadness we have learned of the passing of Rabbi Zecharia Wallerstein, zt"l, Founder and Director of Ohr Naava. Baruch Dayan Ha'Emes. May his memory and tireless work be remembered for generations. May his neshama have an aliyah and his family be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem. Click here to weigh in.
 
Mazal Tov to the Herzog family for an awesome writeup in the May/June 2022 edition of The Tasting Panel Magazine, (plus a nice shout out to Milky Way LA and their manager Stephanie Wilson!). The tagline reads "Keeping the Faith: By implementing vertical integration and creating lasting relationships, The Herzog Family sustains a legacy that dates back to the 19th Century. The article is by Eric Marsh. Click here to view our post with images of the article, or click here to flip through the entire magazine.
 
Book now to secure the last rooms. Btw, I remember Rabbi Steven A. Weil as a pulpit rabbi in Detroit and amazing to see his rise through the Jewish world. Dynamic speaker. The cruise runs from June 27 - July 4 2022. That's seven nights on the MS Amaseus Brilliant, with stops in Slovakia, Hungary, Austria, and Germany. Plus, there's a Pre-Cruise option in Prauge. Accepting only 120 guests. Also, coming soon, a Mediterranean Cruise in August, with stops in Ireland, Scotland, Norway, England. All pricing and information can be found here. Contact them at (305) 695-2700, call toll free at (877) 724-5567, or email information@kosherica.com. For more information, or to weigh in, click here.
 
I have a unique opportunity I want to bring to you. For many years GKR has had a float in the Celebrate Israel Parade. For the past 2 years, the parade didn't happen but this year it's back (Sunday, May 22nd - which is just a few weeks away) and I'm hoping we can do a float again. Click here for photos from previous years where the restaurant logo appears on the float and you get to have at least 2 people to be on the float. It costs many thousands to do the float, but if we get places to chip in evenly it's reasonable. It doesn't have to be a restaurant, but anything food or kosher related would be good. If you're interested it would be only $500. Let me know ASAP if interested as we have limited space. Ideal for Manhattan restaurants and ones with multiple locations. It's seen by tens of thousands of people in person and on TV.
 
Right after Pesach, we hit a milestone, and given all the Pesach content I posted, it's no wonder why. We have just hit 68,000 members on the Facebook group. Amazing feat as we keep growing and climbing. Still the largest kosher food group in the world. And together with our sister Instagram account, we have over 100,000 contacts. Pretty cool. Thanks for being with us. Click here to check out our post announcing this impressive feat., and to weigh in.
 
 
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