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February Update

OPENINGS, CLOSINGS & NEWS...
National
The subject of many a Buzzfeed listicle, the 90s lunch box snack staple Dunkaroos are returning this summer. No exact date has been set as of yet. The snack consists of small cookies with a serving of frosting, and you are meant to dunk the cookies in the frosting for a satisfying sweet experience. Both the cookies and frosting come in a variety of flavors. The original was supervised under the OU, and they are in the process with General Mills (the Dunkaroos parent company) of acquiring a re-certification. Click here to see what everyone is talking about.
Manhattan
The Mansion NYC will be hosting another jazz event on Wednesday February 26th with Yaakov Lemmer and Frank London. Lemmer and London previously played a show at The Mansion in November. There will be VIP front row seats available for groups of 6 or more, complete with food service and premium wine. There will be an open bar with food by Bouef and Bun for the entire show. Book your tickets here. Check out the headliner's from last month's event, The Daniel Zamir Quartet here
The donut giant has just opened a new location on 6th Avenue in Manhattan. This is the newest expansion of Krispy Kremes in the city, which is slowly adding more and more locations, including a 24-hour Times Square flagship that is expected to be kosher. The store is kosher under the KOA. Click here to see the whole post.
NY Brat Factory Closes
After months of speculation and deliberation, NY Brat Factory has unfortunately closed. Initially the New York sausage eatery which catered to the Upper West crowd as well as Columbia students closed for a period due to damage from a water leak. Despite hopes that they would come back, sadly there will be no more gourmet sausages from the NY Brat Factory. We wish the owners best of luck in their next endeavor.
Brooklyn
The Midwood kosher pizza store has sold their Coney Island Avenue location to new owners who will not be keeping it kosher. However, Pizza Plus will reopen soon on Avenue U, and will be opening a location in Deal this coming summer. We wish them luck! Click here to see more.
Main House BBQ in Brooklyn will be hosting Saturday comedy nights featuring prominent Jewish comedians! Upcoming shows include the famous Leah Forster (Feb 8th - 2 shows), Elon Altman (Feb 15th), and SJ Tannenbaum (Feb 29th). Comedy nights are $40 and include popcorn and hot cider, with additional menu items available for purchase. The Leah Forster first show is sold out but tickets are still available for the 10pm show on the 8th. Book your tickets here
Boro Park's upscale supermarket Breadberry will be playing host to an outpost of the beloved gourmet kosher bakery Patis. Patis began in Lyndhurst, NJ and has been rapidly expanding since the start. They are also opening a location on the Upper East Side of Manhattan soon. Click here to see what everyone is saying.
Chocolatte, a chain of kosher coffee shops will be opening a third store on Franklin Avenue. This location will be in Crown Heights (along with the first). The second store is in Midwood. Chocolatte serves coffee and vegetarian food. We wish them the best of luck with the new store! Read more here.
Every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, get 20% off Day 5 Sushi in Brookyn
Available from 5pm-10:30pm. Can be used for dine in, take out and call in orders.
For those who like to order through their site- www.Day5Sushi.com- you can get 10% off anytime.
Free delivery with minimum purchase. Comfortable seating in the restaurant.
Located at: 1724 Coney Island Ave (off Avenue N) Brooklyn, NY 11230
(718) 513-6662 www.Day5Sushi.com
 
Crown Heights Coffee Offerings Expand
Almah Cafe, a new dairy/vegetarian coffee shop has opened up in Crown Heights! They are in early stages but already serving tasty food!
 
Want To Take Over a Turn-Key Restaurant in Brooklyn?
A well established and successful restaurant in a busy location with low rent is about to go on the market. The current owner has another opportunity in another field.
Asking for 85K. Monthly Rent: $2850 (Included tax and water) Lease: 5 year plus 5 year option. If interested, please reply to this email. Click here to see more.
 
Another Brooklyn Restaurant For Sale
Turn-key restaurant available in Brooklyn. 10-year lease. $7K a month rent. 3,400 square feet. Fully equipped kitchen. Ready to be sold as is. Owner is moving to a different state and is looking to sell soon. See details here
Five Towns
Tamar Grill, a Mediterranean restaurant in the Five Towns, has closed it's doors after a few months of business. The owners have chosen to focus on their other business ventures and will be selling the restaurant. Reach out to Elan at elan@gkrm.net for more details if you are interested in purchasing. Click here to see the whole post.
New Jersey
A Slice of Life in Fairlawn
Fairlawn, New Jersey is about to play host to a new pizza place courtesy of owner Zev Rocklin! More details to come but the restaurant is set to open soon!
Monsey
The beloved kosher take-out Nussy's Cuisine in Monsey is moving to a larger location! They are already open in the better location! Check out their menu here
Florida
ChillN, a Florida Ice Cream parlor that uses liquid nitrogen to create its product is making their Aventura location kosher! The ice cream store was featured on the Food Network, and is well loved. Check out their Aventura location and let us know how it is! Now under KDM. Check out their website here
Los Angeles
Suduch, an Israeli toasted style of sandwich is getting an LA debut thanks to Israeli resatuarant chain Suduch Factory who are bringing a location to the City of Angels. No word yet as to an opening date. Check out their menu from Grubhub here
Texas
H-E-B, a San Antonio based grocery store is opening a location in Meyerland, a neighborhood in the Houston area. The grocery store will be hosting a wide range of international kosher packaged goods as well as kosher meat, sandwiches, coffee, sushi, and a bakery. This is a great addition to the neighborhood which was recently hit hard by Hurricane Harvey. More info on the store here
Toronto
The Kosher Forward campaign, an endeavor of the University of Toronto's Hillel to make kosher food more accessible on campus has had a victory. Kosher options have been added to three buildings around the campus. Food options include kosher sandwiches and salads. The win comes after a long campaign and student activism. Thankfully options are now available for kosher-keeping U of T students. More info can be found here
SIDE DISHES
Famed late night host and stand-up comedian Conan O'Brien stopped by Charcoal Grill & Bar recently for a meal. We are not sure what he ordered but we're sure it was quite delicious knowing Chef Lenny. The Los Angeles based Israeli-inspired restaurant was happy to host O' Brien and he even took a picture with customers! Last month Tom Felton of Harry Potter fame was spotted at La Gondola. I guess when in Lala Land... Click here to see more.
A few weeks ago I got to spend a lovely Shabbat with my family on the Upper West Side. We stayed at a hotel and had all of our meals at Talia's Steakhouse, who host weekly prixe fixe Shabbat meals. The food was delicious and the company was even better. I loved taking the time to go away and just being with my family. Of course the food was fantastic too. Read all about it here
As I mentioned last month the American Dream Mall in New Jersey is in full swing. I went on a tour with my family last month. Of course we tried some of the fantastic kosher food options there like Chickies. Check out some of our photos and videos from the Nickelodeon Park here, the indoor skating rink here, the indoor ski slope here, and Chickies here. The water park is opening soon. Yep this is all under one roof!
We posted to the group a question. How did they like their pizza, more well cooked or just a little bit done. Check out the photos below. The Overwhelming majority preferred a little bit done (B)! Anyway you slice it, we always welcome good pizza here at GKRF!
 
UPCOMING EVENTS
Brooklyn
Blue Fin Tuna & Sake tasting at Kosha Ro Sushi February 5th
TONIGHT! - Feb 5th
The Brooklyn sushi store is doing another 200 pound Blue Fin Tuna & Sake tasting this Wednesday night, Feb 5th at 7pm.
Here are the details: Guests will view their chefs breakdown an entire sustainably raised Pacific Bluefin Tuna. The event will begin promptly at 7pm followed by a full tasting of the Maguro including O toro, Chu Toro, and Akami. The price of the event is only $72 ALL INCLUSIVE of tax & service fee. Please email reservations, requests, questions to KoshaRoSushi@gmail.com
Located at: 1878 East 4th Street (off Kings Highway), Brooklyn, NY 11223
(718) 664-0444 kosharosushi.com
Queens
TOMORROW NIGHT! - Feb 6th
The Great Kosher Restaurant Foodies Group Dinner Club will be kicking off their first ever dinner at the Bukharian eatery Ganey Orly on February 6th at 7:30PM. The club will meet once a month for a group dinner at a new restaurant and enjoy some of the most popular dishes. Check out the full details here. If you would like to join this month please text Eytan Israelov at (718) 200-9275. Cost is $50 per person.
Impossible Night at Elite Cafe With Judd's Memphis Kitchen
In conjunction with Elite Cafe in Queens, Judd of Judd's Memphis Kitchen will be hosting a vegetarian barbecue night, with a focus on the Impossible Burger on Tuesday February 11th and 6:30PM and 8PM. For $45 you get an appetizer, a main, dessert, and a drink! Check out the menu below:
Appetizer (Choice of 1): Loaded nachos, loaded fries, meat flatbread 
Mains (Choice of 1): 100 dollar elite burger, stuffed meat lasagna, beef tacos, meat lovers pizza, meat and cheese ravioli with vodka sauce, 100 dollar elite burger Caesar salad 
Desserts (Choice of 1) (comes with scoop of ice cream): Hazelnut crepe with maple butter, Belgian waffle with maple butter 
Drinks (Choice of 1): Hot apple cider, Elite chocolate drink, lemonana
 
The event is reservation only and located at 7228 Main st, Flushing, NY 11367. Call 516-668-5923 to reserve, or make a reservation on our site via Elite Cafe's page here
Manhattan
A Tu B'Shevat in Italy
Noted kosher Italian eateries Noi Due Carne and Noi Due Cafe are hosting special Tu B'Shevat menu specials at their restaurants on Monday February 10th aka Tu B'Shevat. Cafe's menu includes a broccoli soup, a pistachio crusted salmon in apricot sauce, and a peanut butter mousse. Carne will have shave cauliflower, spicy chicken meatballs and pasta, and a warm sticky toffee date cake. Check out the menus for Carne here and Cafe here
Enjoy romance in the city that never sleeps with UN Plaza Grill’s Day of Love. Join them on February 15th for a six course dinner with 3 wine pairings, starting at 8:30PM then a party from Midnight to 2AM with drinks. The cost is $150 per person. Between all the food and drinks, this is a great deal for a romantic evening you and your partner will not forget. Call (212) 223-1801 to RSVP.
New Jersey
In honor of this momentous occasion, the upscale NJ restaurant would like to invite you for a seven course anniversary dinner celebration on Tuesday February 11th. Their menu will feature their most popular and requested dishes, from our culinary trip around the world paired expertly with wine.
To make a reservation, please call 201-357-5677 or visit them online at www.etcsteakhouse.comPrice per person is $130 for courses and wine. Tax and Gratuity not included.
Florida
The South Florida Bukharian eatery will be hosting a live music event February 5th at 8:30PM featruing Israeli singer Yanive Dahan, keyboardist Adam Gil and on the Dabrouka Ilan Gozlan. Go and enjoy good music and great food. Space is filling up so make your reservation by calling 305-974-0545
KFWE - NY and LA
NY KFWE - New York Kosher Food & Wine Experience
On February 17th, this year's New York Kosher Food & Wine Experience (KFWE) will be held at Chelsea Piers.
KFWE will be held between 5:30PM and 9:30PM for VIP Ticket Holders and 6:30PM and 9:30PM for General admission.
Restaurants participating this year include:
Reserve Cut - VIP Experience, Buffalo2Go, Elegant Desserts, Fruits by Pesha, Graze,Great Falls Bistro, Grow & Behold, Judd's Memphis Kitchen, Koshe Poke, Le Marais, Marani, Chef Moishe Brown, Pelleh Farms, Silver leaf Caterers, Sushi Tokyo, T Steakhouse, Taam Eden Bakery, The Hangry Heifer, The Loft, The Rebbe's Choice, UN Plaza Grill, Urban Pops, Wall Street Grill, Weiss Brothers Catering & Event Planning, West Wing/Diamond Caterers, A Taste of the Mediterranean from Ta'amti, Tirat Zvi Sandwich Bar.
Click here to see the full list
Go to www.theKFWE.com and use promo code GREATKOSHER to save $15 off the ticket price. This event will sell out!
VIP Price- $200 + $8.59 ticket fee / General Admission Price- $125 + $5.97 fee
Purchase here
LA KFWE - Los Angeles Kosher Food & Wine Experience
The Los Angeles KFWE will be held on Wednesday, February 19th from 6:00PM-9:30 PM.
GKRF has a Special $20 discount for members when you put in the promo code GREATKOSHER
Book your tickets here
Regular Pricing:
General Admission Ticket - $125
Group General Admission - $100
VIP Admission Ticket- $200
Plus service charges
KFWE LA will be held at Hollywood Palladium: 6215 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
Check out the preview video here
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