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December Review

OPENINGS, CLOSINGS & NEWS...
MANHATTAN
Last event sold out - 2 nights this time with a Singles Event!
 
We are so excited to share that The Mansion is kicking off the 2020 season at Jazz with the biggest star in Israeli jazz: Daniel Zamir and his quartet. Daniel Zamir is the #1 best-selling Israeli jazz artist of all time. His album Amen remains the best-selling Israeli jazz album in history, his other albums debuted at the top of the Israeli jazz charts, he received Israel's Prime Minister Award in 2010, has performed at jazz festivals everywhere, and has opened for stars like Sting. Daniel, dubbed the "father of Jewish jazz" by the Jerusalem Post, will be performing two extraordinary nights at the Mansion, Wednesday and Thursday January 22 & 23, with Thursday being a Singles Event for singles to meet and mingle in a new, never-done-before setting. Premium Open Bar included, as well as an appetizer bar by Brooklyn restaurant Boeuf & Bun. Click here to register and for more information or email them at: info@themansion.nyc. Follow them on Facebook here.
 
Noga Dairy Restaurant closes on the Lower Eat Side
Noga, one of the only Kosher eateries in the Lower East Side neighborhood of NYC has shut it's doors. Certainly a blow to the Kosher diners who live and work in the area.
BROOKLYN
Kosha Ro Sushi opens off Kings Highway
Kosha Ro on East 4th off Kings Highway is a new sushi restaurant in Brooklyn. This is the real deal. Tuna from Japan, Toro hand roll, and much more. Located at: 1878 East 4th Street, off Kings Highway. Under Vaad of Flatbush Available for online ordering on Grubhub. Open from 4pm-11pm, 718-664-0444. Site: www.KoshaRoSushi.com
Click here to watch the Facebook live video on our group.
Benjy's Smoked Fish has returned as a delivery service
Serving the same quality fresh and delicious smoked fish as their Brooklyn pop ups over the holidays a few months ago, Benjy's Fish is back. Just place your order by email or phone by Wednesday at 5PM and receive your delivery Thursday evening. 1 LB minimum order for free delivery.
Email to: benjyssmokedfish@gmail.com. Call: 917-524-7183
See menu, prices and more info at: benjyssmokedfish.com
BASH Now serving Breakfast
The new Bash Pizza is now serving breakfast and open from 8am to 8pm (serving breakfast all day). We got a peek at their new "breakfast" menu which will still be tweaked in the coming days, including adding Shakshuka, Belgian waffles and Avocado Toast to the menu by next week. Click here to see the whole selection and menu on Facebook. Located at: 3003 Avenue J (off Nostrand Avenue) Brooklyn, NY. 718-399-4860 www.BashPizzaMenu.com
Give me a Squeeze: New Juice Bar Opens in Midwood
Squeeze, a new Kosher smoothie and juice bar has just opened. It's next door to the 16th Street-Kings Highway subway station making it convenient for those heading to work or coming home. Under the supervision of Rabbi Mehlman. Located at: 1690 East 16th Street (across from Quentin Road) Hours: 6am to 8pm.
Click here to check out all the details!
A new Cholov Yisroel dairy, counter service restaurant has come to Marine Park. It takes over the corner location on 35th St, near Avenue N and Kings Highway. Now open under a soft opening.
Click here to see more. Located at: 3502 Flatlands Avenue
After we reported in our last newsletter that Meraki owners were looking for a buyer, the very popular falafel and Middle Eastern restaurant in Brooklyn has closed. As you can imagine, owning and operating a restaurant takes a huge amount of time and effort and the owners are working on more ventures and feel now is the right time to close it. For details on the space if interested in buying, click hereLocated at: 1671 E 13th Street (Off Kings Highway)
Brooklyn welcomes a new Mexican Place: Los Tacos
Bienvenida to Los Tacos! From the owners of Benny's Brick Oven on Avenue M, comes a new modern Mexican Kitchen with an Italian influence (former location of That Sushi Spot). It is counter service with all the classic Mexican items. Their food is super customizable so you can make it as spicy or as mild as you would like. My family and I went for a sneak peek the other week. Click here for a link to the menu and pics of what we had. Click here to see video at Los Tacos. They are open for both lunch and dinner, Under Rabbi Gornish. Located at: 2462 Nostrand Avenue, between J and K
Davry Enters the Boxing Ring
It was awesome to see Davry Kosher Sports Bar represent in the world of professional boxing. This was probably the first time a kosher restaurant has sponsored a professional boxer, especially on this big of a stage, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
We saw some great boxing matches, met tons of people in the boxing industry and have developed relationships, so I wouldn't be surprised if this wasn't the last boxing match we're going to be working on. And while Pro Boxer Titus Williams did not win the fight, he won us over with 7 gritty, slugfest rounds of non-stop action. It was probably one of the most entertaining fights of the night. To see more about the fight on our Facebook page click here. We had some great pre and post fight celebrations as well. Click here to see our post about the pre Party. Click here to see video of the after party.
New Brooklyn Restaurant Alert: "Toast Beef"
The New Deli Panini Bar Just opened last week. Click here to see pics on our Facebook Group Located at 2107 East 9th, between U and V. 718-513-6161 Upder Supervision of Kehilah Kashrus and Sephardic Beit Din meat only.
Bronzini Sushi store front for sale
Bronzini Sushi Restaurant located on Avenue M is for sale. Click here to see a Facebook Live video with more info. 1815 Ave M, for those looking to buy.
FIVE TOWNS
Cakes and Crumbs in Lawrence has revealed their new breakfast and brunch menu
There are some new menu items at the popular Central Avenue bakery/cafe. They've added soups, pastas, fish, and breads to their original breakfast, brunch, and bakery options. Don't forget to check out their selection for Shabbos and Chanukah.
Hours: Open 8am-7pm. Located at:310 Central Avenue, Lawrence, NY 11559. Phoen: (516) 284-6888. Click here for the full menu. We are also running a contest on our Instagram click here for all the details. Website: cakesandcrumbsbakery.com
Five Fifty is Now Serving Lunch!
Under Chef Jose Soto, Five Fifty in Cedarhurst will be open for lunch throughout the week from 11am-3pm.
Some new Items include: Steak Open Faced Sandwich, Cauliflower/Asparagus Puree, Mushroom Ragout, Steak & Eggs, Braised tongue sandwich,Fried chicken sandwich.
Located at: 550 Central Ave, Cedarhurst, NY 11516
(516) 374-0550. www.FiveFiftyNY.com. Click here for more pictures.
The New Coffee Bar Re-Opens in Lawrence
After a few months of updating Coffee Bar reopens as... The New Coffee Bar, stay tuned for all the information. All we know right now is that They will still offer much of what everyone loves about them reasonably priced classic dairy fare, with pizza, pasta, salads, fish, wraps, sandwiches, paninis, dessert, etc in an inviting and comfortable atmosphere. Located 345 Central Ave, Lawrence, NY 11559
Apron Masters Kitchen Opens for Business in Woodmere
We are happy to report that the gorgeous cooking center is officially open for booking private events! You can make your birthday, holiday party, Bar/Bat Mitzvah, corporate event or other special occasion into an unforgettable experience with a personalized culinary event. They offer commercial kitchen rentals, cooking classes and lessons for all ages as well!
They're also excited to introduce their new Culinary Director, local resident, Naomi Ross! Contact them at events@apronmasters.com to book your next event!
Located at: 956 Broadway, Woodmere, New York.
Jerusalem Mini Market is now under the Vaad of the Five Towns
Due to popular demand the well established market is now
officially certified Kosher. Make sure to go show your support!
They offer fresh pitas and borekas, made in house every day.
Located at: 698 Central Ave Cedarhurst, New York 11516. Click here
to see more.
Judd's Memphis closes in Cedarhust; looking for new location
After the great success of his pop up last week Judd wrote, "Hey guys, it's me Judd. Thanks for all the love & support you've shown me constantly over the years. Just wanted to give you an update straight from me....I left the Cedarhurst location about a month ago because rent was way too high, and I am currently looking for a new location (anyone have a good spot because we are excited to open again under the right circumstances). Some of you may not know this, but Judds has been around for a few years before we actually opened a brick and mortar spot, So we are still doing what #judds was founded on - great flavors, a great brand, fun catering, and pop-ups across the nation (where should I go next 😁)? We just came off of 2 SOLD OUT pop up nights in a row at Mechys gourmet in Brooklyn thanks to the [GKRF facebook group]! In the meantime, keep watching me on tripping kosher and popping up all over the US. Thank you all for your continued support. Please don't pay attention to the haters and the trolls. Positive vibes only 😎. Peace and love." Click here to see the post.
QUEENS
Japanica Has Closed
One of our group members informed us that Japanica has closed. They were open for a little less than a year on Union Turnpike in Fresh Medows. It goes to show you that the restaurant business is not easy and don't forget to support your local stores. Stay tuned for more information.
RIVERDALE
Ember by Smokey Joe is holding their opening event on Tuesday evening, December 24.
Enjoy their new menu followed by a comedy show. Doors open at 7pm, entertainment starts at 9pm. Call 718-543-2100 to RSVP.
Located 5693 Riverdale ave, Riverdale, NY 10471.  Cost before event $100, cost at the door $120. Click here to see the full post.
NEW JERSEY
Chickie's spreads their wings to American Dream Mall
Watch out New Jersey Chickie's is taking over!! This is the 4th venture for Chickie's from the main store, to six flags, a food truck, and now a location in the American Dream mall. Go check them out!
Located at: 1 American Dream way, East Rutherford, NJ, 07073. Click here to see what everyone is taking about.
Sender's Smoke Joint Opens in Teaneck
We told you last month about the newest Teaneck smokehouse, Senders. They are now in their soft opening phase with Chef Alexander Remer. Click here to see food pictures as well as their menu. Open nightly from 5pm-10:30pm
Located at: 190 West Englewood Avenue, Teaneck, NJ 07666
The Friday Shuk is coming to Teaneck...
Teaneck, you're going to be Shopping at the Shuk. Introducing The Humble Toast's Shaboosh Friday Shuk, a mix of classic and modern Shabbat dishes, challahs, dip, sides, pastries, flowers and more.
Beginning January 3rd from 9:30am-2pm.
Tell all your friends in shul...
PS. They're open Saturday night from 8pm-11pm.
Located at: 1383 Queen Anne Road.
Teaneck, New Jersey 07666 201-897-3080
www.thehumbletoast.com. Click here to see the full post.
Bakerister, a new Cholov Yisroel Cafe in Linden, NJ
The Bakeristor Cafe is a new Chalav Yisroel and Pas Yisroel Artisan Food and Drink Establishment. Bakerister hopes to be a place to satisfy your sophisticated palate and your yearning for a good dish and a great drink. With the growing demand for succulent high-quality Kosher breakfast and lunch, gourmet coffee, delicious fresh baked goods and great service, The Bakeristor’s vision is to be just that.
Located at: 221 W St Georges Ave, Linden, NJ 07036. Click here to see the full post.
Yapchik reopens in Lakewood after construction
After 3 months of being closed from a kitchen fire, Yapchik, the Heimishe Hangout for Hebrews reopened this past Sunday at 12noon. There was entertainment and prizes for the whole family, sample tasting and photo booth! And one really big hoagie. Stop by and welcome them back.
Located at: 1757 Madison Avenue. https://yapchik.com732-987-6800
A New Dairy eatery in Jackson, NJ Esty's Besty's
Esty's Besty's, formerly of Cherry Hill, NJ opened in their new location for the first time in Jackson, NJ (near Lakewood) in the NPGS Plaza. Everything they make is made fresh and with love and pride. Esty's Besty's offers vegetarian and vegan options as well as pizza, the Impossible Burger and other favorites! 
Located: 2080 W. County Line Road at Brewer's Bridge Road Jackson, NJ 08527
Call: 848.261.4717
Capri Kosher in Manalapan closes after 5 years
Capri Kosher Italian Cuisine in Manalapan, NJ recently announced on their Facebook page that they are ceasing restaurant operations in their store, yet they will continue to operate in catering.
PENNSYLVANIA
New Food Truck Rolls into Allentown
There is a new kosher-parve food truck certified by the LVKC (Lehigh Valley Kashrus Commission) that opened round 6 months ago. The food Truck is parked in the lot of the Allentown JCC, where there's ample free parking.
Click here to see more pictures and info on our group
MARYLAND
Yum! Star-K Certified Croustille Café French Bakery Plans Pikesville Chanukah Opening
Croustille Café will offer a variety of French pastries as well as other bakery specialties, baked daily on the premises, including freshly baked breads, bagels, baguettes, French breads, and croissants. The café section will serve dairy and parve breakfast and lunch menu options, such as bagels with toppings, overstuffed sandwiches, custom-made-salads and store-made ice cream. Click here to read all about it.
FLORIDA
New South Florida Restaurant Alert: King David
King David Mediterranean, is anew Moroccan and French Restaurant. They opened 3 months ago in the Carlton Terrace Condominium. Click here to watch the Facebook Live video. They are open during the week from 10am - 10pm and they offer prepaid Friday Night Dinner and Shabbat lunch as well as catering. Shabbat meals start at $30 a person!
Located at: 10245 Collins Avenue, Bal Harbour, FL 335114. 305-397-8736 Under KM Supervision Pas Yisroel
MED joins the list of Kosher establishments in Lincoln Eatery
MED is a Israeli inspired meat establishment. They offer a variety of Hummus plates, as well as kebabs, schnitzel and even vegetarian options. Everything is pretty reasonably priced so make sure to go check them out.
All kosher restaurants in The Lincoln eatery are under MDK Supervision, Rabbi Spitz. Located 723 Lincoln ln, N Miami Beach. Click here to see more.
VISH, vegetarian, hummus restaurant,
well known in NY, opening in Surfside
Vish will be a chummus place bringing the spirit of Chummus Eliyahu which is a staple in the Israeli restaurant business to Florida.
Located at: 9454 Harding Avenue. More details to follow.
Click here to see the full post on our Facebook Group.
Lenny's Deli in Miami Beach has sold to the owners of Pita Loca from South Beach.
No word yet on what they are planning to do in the new Miami Beach location. The store was located at: 4017 Prairie Avenue (off 41st Street), Miami Beach, FL 33140 Meanwhile, Lenny-Norma Reiz is back to solely concentrating on his Lenny's Pizza store, which is around the corner, especially with the "season" coming and tourists about to swarm the area. The colder it gets up North, the busy they are there. Click here to read more.
New Restaurant on the 'Street's of Surfside
Chef David Benrey is opening up "Street Kitchen" in the former location of Backyard BBQ on Harding Avenue, which moved next door into a much bigger space.
It will consist of fried chicken, rotisserie chicken, braised meats, hamburgers and David’s food and famous specials. They will also have aged steaks. Click here to see the full post.
They hope to open in the beginning of 2020.
Live Music now at Karne
Karne, opened in June in the former location of Fuego, which moved to North Miami Beach. Karne is still part of the family as it is owned by the father of Mark Aquinin of Fuego, They will now be having live music every Wednesday night! Bring your family and enjoy a night out
Located at: 3585 NE 207th St Ste C3, Aventura, FL 33180. Click here to see our recent post about them.
DETROIT
New Restaurant Alert
Great news for Detroit foodies. Daniel Kohn, caterer extraordinaire and purveyor of fine sushi and great burgers at Kravings is opening a sit-down Italian American dairy restaurant...alcohol included! Can't wait for this...it will be so nice to have this option for the Detroit community. Stay tuned for more information. Click here to see the post and comments on our Facebook Page.
CALIFORNIA
Pico Kosher Deli Closed for Remodel
We got the word from Lee Fisher our California corespondent, who reported that, "Pico kosher Deli is closed for the month of December due to remodeling. When they reopen they will be under the Rabbinical supervision of the Rabbinical Council Of California (RCC)". Stay tuned for more information.
Click here to see his post on our page.
The Kosher Cookie Company now has a completely Pareve bakehouse dedicated to Cookies!
Bibi’s Bakery in Los Angeles launches the Kosher Cookie Company just in time for Chanukkah! Ten percent of the proceeds will be donated to Tzdakkah. The Kosher Cookie Company will ship nationwide. Click here to watch a video about them. Click here to visit their website
TORONTO, CANADA
Qool and Que closed temporarily
Both Qool and Que Restaurants have closed. The dairy restaurant offered sushi, salad, personal pizza, burgers, pasta and dessert. While the meat restaurant offered a variety of burgers and BBQ items. Stay tuned for more information.
WINDSOR, CANADA
Not Such "Mazel Tov" news..
We just heard that dining at "Mazal Tov" Restaurant in Windsor, Canada (20 minutes south of Detroit) ended a couple of weeks ago. Owner Mazal and her team from now on will only be doing kosher catering after 23 years operating their dining establishment, albeit open only a couple of times a week. This is sad news for those in the area. We wish them much hatzlocha going forward. Click here to read more.
SIDE DISHES:
Food for residents of Jersey City
We were all shaken to the core when news broke out of the despicable, cowardly, heinous targeted murder of those in a Jersey City kosher supermarket. This from my friend, David G. Greenfield, who is the CEO of Met Council. He writes: "The only kosher supermarket in Jersey City is gone. So, we at Met Council partnered with Mayor Stephen Fulop to bring free kosher food from our warehouse to residents of Jersey City today." Click here for the whole post.
"Douglas Miguel Rodriguez did not always make sandwiches and stock shelves at a kosher supermarket in Jersey City.
Thousands of miles away, in Guayaquil, Ecuador, his hometown, Mr. Rodriguez was a middle-class family man who worked as a financial manager for an insurance company, his brother, William Rodriguez Barzola, said. But he lost his job when the company went under and Mr. Rodriguez, struggling financially, moved to New Jersey with his wife and daughter. His lack of English proved a barrier to a white-collar job in his adopted home, his brother said, so he had to settle for whatever he could get to pay his bills."- New York Times
A GoFundMe campaign, set up to benefit the family of Miguel Rodriguez has almost reached it's goal. The funds raised will help his family cope with the loss of their dear father and husband. Click here to see more on our Facebook page and for a link
One of our members Chana Chava Mizrahi wrote "...I want to share a really incredible experience we had last Sunday at Upper Crust in Lakewood. My husband and I had just come from my husbands base to meet my grandmother for dinner. Hubby was in full Air Force uniform. As soon as we walked in the door, a Jewish waiter was all over us. He was very excited to see the uniform, and was like “WOW, that’s actually a real uniform!!! You actually serve!!! And you’re frum!!! That’s amazing!!! Thank you so much!!!!” He was super attentive throughout our meal, coming by every so often to make sure we were enjoying (we were! Their food is delicious) and ask if there was anything else he could do to make our meal any better. As we were finishing, he brought a HUGE dessert and told us it was on the house, and thank you so much for your service. It was so nice and felt so good to be so appreciated! My husband then went to pay our bill, and a frum man on line to pay HIS bill saw my husband in uniform, and approached him to shake his hand and thank him for his service. He then paid for our entire meal, including the tip!!!! It was a truly heartwarming incredible experience, at a great restaurant. I think I should make my husband wear his full uniform from now on when we go out "
There were a few hundred hungry wedding goers that are very thankful to Chickies French Fry and Chicken Bar Food Truck.
This is a crazy and remarkable story. A fire emergency broke out a wedding hall's kitchen last night and forced all the guests to evacuate. Happen to be that the Chickies Food Truck was at the wedding, setting up to provide the guests some snacks at what was supposed to have been at the end of the night.
But with hundreds of guests without any food, the Chickies Food Truck ramped it up and proceeded to cater the entire dinner for the guests.
Here was the scene that night, as the crowd was eating, enjoying and they even danced outside of the hall in honor of the chosson and kallah.
Happy Chanukah from Great Kosher Restaurant Foodies. May your menorah shine as bright as your future.
Click here to see our very first Menorah Thread!
Here's a sushi menorah from Sushi Tokyo Kings Highway. Call 718-434-2444 to order.
Meanwhile, another reminder to never leave your candles unattended or near anything flammable. Make sure to check your smoke alarms.
This week's Hot Topic...
SOUTH FLORIDA CANCELLATIONS and NO SHOWS
It's unfortunately that time of the year when South Florida restaurants have to deal with the ugly side of the industry where customers feel they have a right to make reservations and cancel them at the last minute or not even show up.For the love of God, if you have double booked a reservation or if you know you won't be able to make a reservation, do not let it just fly by, please call up and cancel ASAP with as much as time as possible. Click here to see the full post.
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