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February Recap

OPENINGS, CLOSINGS & NEWS...PT 1
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
OPENINGS, CLOSINGS & NEWS... Pt 2
International
The international airline will be broadening their kosher options for flights going from the US to Tel Aviv! New features include a kosher kids meal, mid-flight snacks in Polaris and Premium Plus classes, kosher wines courtesy of Royal Wine, and expanded food options from providers such as Fresko. Read more about it in a post from our Facebook group by clicking here
Manhattan
Rothschild TLV (inspired by the city of Tel Aviv), will be opening up at 1129 Lexington Avenue (between 78th and 79th Street) in the next few months. Work is being done as we speak and they are expecting to open their doors to the public in the next month or two, so stay tuned for more details. Check out the exclusive announcement on our Facebook page here
Trader Joe's will be opening it's first Upper East Side location soon near the Queensboro Bridge. Their bid for the space was unanimously approved by the Community Board 8. The new TJ's will be taking over a space on 59th and 1st previously occupied by Food Emporium. More details from our Facebook group here
The original Vegan Food truck will be closing up at the end of March after over a decade of being in business. The owner has said that the rising costs of operating a small business has lead to his decision in conjunction with the closing of the Pennsy Food Hall, where he had his permanent stall. See all the details here on our Facebook page.
Brooklyn
Great news, Izzy’s Fried Chicken in Crown Heights has just gotten their FULL beer, wine and spirit license. they also have a new and expanded menu to include new items. So now you can enjoy an ice cold beer with your fried chicken, smash burger, submarine steak, marrow bones or Mac n "Cheese" balls. Read all about it here on our Facebook page.
Let's Go Loco For Los Tacos - CONTEST ($50 Gift Card)
The new Modern Mexican restaurant in Brooklyn would like to thank our readers for all their support and excitement over the past month. They would like to inform you of their updates, news and specials and to stay in touch with them through their Facebook page. As a token of their appreciation, they are raffling off two $50 gift cards from those who enter their contest. Click here for more info on how to enter.
Re-Confirmed: Patis Bakery is coming to Kings Highway in Brooklyn! After news broke of Patis expanding to both the Upper East Side of Manhattan, and Boro Park (where it will be in Breadberry) I recently re-confirmed after some speculation to the contrary that Patis is set to open still on King's Highway. Check out our confirmation Facebook post here
Falafal Shawarma Tanami Opening on Coney Island Avenue
We broke the news this week that Falafel Shawarma Tanami coming "back" to Coney Island Avenue in Brooklyn, thanks to the family behind Famous Pizza, and will be taking over the space once housed by Sushi Tokyo on Avenue J. Falafel Tanami already has a location on East 17th and Avenue M in Midwwod. Many more details to follow on their new store. Click here to see the breaking news on our Facebook group.
Located at: 627 Kings Hwy, Brooklyn, NY 11223
My Visit to TwiBar
I recently visited the new TwiBar Falafel on Empire Boulevard and Bedford Avenue in Brooklyn. It's vegetarian, gluten free friendly, and tasty. Check out the video of my visit here.
Located at: 140 Empire Blvd Suite 2, Brooklyn, NY 11225
Long Island
The Stony Brook area is looking for a kosher restaurant to come in and service their Jewish community. They have many full time kosher keeping students attending the school, and more who come during the week for medical/dental school. The Chabad Rabbi Motti Grossbaum is hoping to discuss this further with candidates looking for a fantastic opportunity.
Call Rabbi Grossbaum - 631-463-2912 if interested. See full details here
Chimichurri Charcoal Kitchen to open in Carle Place, Long Island
One of our readers spotted a sign bearing the Chimichurri logo in the Carle Place Shopping Mall, located near the Roosevelt Field Mall. This gave way to speculation of their opening. They have not opened yet and details are still being worked out. Stay tuned to our Facebook and Instagram pages for further developments.
For more information click here
New Location: 630 Old Country Rd, Garden City, NY 11530
SOS on Mr. Plov in Great Neck
It has been reported to me that the lights at the Bukharian Restaurant on Middle Neck Road have been out all week. We have reached out to the owners but have not heard back. They may be doing renovation. If anyone has official confirmation of their situation, please inform us. For more information please see our Facebook post here
Monsey
Monsey will be welcoming a new kosher Cafe and Dessert spot, Melt very soon. The restaurant will be located in Urban Square and will be opening behind current storefront. Check out the announcement here
Located At: 59 NY-59, Monsey, NY 10952
Rochester
Inspired Kitchen and Coffee, a new kosher cafe will be opening at the Louis S Wolk JCC of Greater Rochester under BVK. The all made from scratch restaurant will have their soft opening this Sunday February 16th, and the cafe will serve baked goods, paninis, pasta, pizzas, make your own salad and more. Challah will be available by end of next week. This is a sister venture to Inspired Catering also run out of the JCC. See the announcement here.
Located at: 1200 Edgewood Ave, Rochester, NY 14618. (347) 524-2433
New Jersey
Follow up to last newsletter's post. Zevy's Pizza, a new kosher pizza store is set to open up in the North Jersey Suburb of Fairlawn at the end of February. Owner Zev Rocklin is hoping to make his mark with not just your traditional slices, but some unique ones as well. Toppings will include onion rings, french fries, penne ala vodka, and much more! Learn more here
Located at: 10-16 River Rd, Fair Lawn, NJ 07410
Long a food item of envy, the seafood tower is now available for kosher eaters thanks to Mocha Bleu in Teaneck. With mock versions of shellfish favorites, Mocha Bleu's tri-level tower includes Lobster Mac N' Cheese, Crab Cakes, Calamari, Breaded Shrimp and much more. If you want a truly unique kosher experience check out their Mega Seafood Tri Level Tower. More details available here. Yes, they even have cocktail sauce.
Florida
South Florida Says Kampai to Hibachi- CONTEST (Includes airfare)
Kosher Hibachi is finally coming to the Miami area! Kampai Hibachi will be opening up soon, after much anticipation from the Florida Foodie community. If you're excited like we are, enter a contest for tickets to opening night. Oh and if you're from out of town they will fly you down! Entrance instructions here
Karne In Waterways, Aventura Updates Menu
The Waterways meat eatery Karne, has a new menu. They have replaced their sushi bar options with meat pizzas, such as the Karne, which has ground beef, shishito peepers, caramelized onions, and more! Check out the new menu here
With a focus on roasted chicken, Le Coq will be bringing fun fresh flavors to the North Miami Beach kosher scene. They have just been certified by Sunshine State Kosher. More details to follow soon. Check out more on our Facebook page here
Located at: 19202 W. Dixie Highway, North Miami Beach, FL 33180, where Ruthy’s Place used to be for so many years.
Boca's Cinnaholic just turned 2 this month! We look forward to many more years of enjoying their sweet treats. See the owner Naomi's post here. Happy birthday Cinnaholic!
Turn-key restaurant, Levy's, available for take over in Hollywood, Florida. This long time Israeli establishment is a favorite among kosher Floridians. Address: 3369 Sheridan St, Hollywood, FL 33021
Phone: 954-610-0194. See here for more details and contact info.
Texas
The Jewish community in Houston, Texas will be hosting their 9th annual Houston Kosher Chili Cookoff on March 1st! The Cookoff will be held from 12-4PM at Beth Yeshurun Synagogue. Check out the Facebook group here for more details
Las Vegas
Sad news out of Sin City, as the Durango Drive kosher restaurant has closed and will be replaced with a non kosher restaurant. Read more about it here.
SIDE DISHES-INTERESTING STORIES FROM OUR FACEBOOK FOOD GROUP
Happy Birthday Mr. Spielberg!
We want to wish a very special happy 103rd birthday to Mr. Arnie Spielberg, husband to late Kosher restaurant owner Leah Spielberg of The Milky Way. Arnie is also the father of GKRF members Nancy and Sue Spielberg, and their little known brother Steven :) Check out the Fiddler on the Roof themed celebration at their restaurant here. Until 120 Arnie!
Cash or Credit?
Recently an increasing number of restaurants have implemented additional charges for using a credit card to pay and some owners have even asked for patrons to pay exclusively in cash. This lead to an interesting debate on our Facebook group that you can read here. Let us know what you think!
The Cost of Values
Miriam Gitelman, the wonderful owner of Coco Jolie, and GKRF member, posted an impassioned and informative video about the cost of ethically running restaurants and food-based businesses (especially kosher ones). The video should help members and business owners understand why certain behind-the-scenes decisions are made. Please watch her video here
UPCOMING EVENTS
Brooklyn
Main House Comedy Series to Continue
After the rousing success of their shows with Leah Forster, Main House will be continuing their comedy series with stand up sets from Elon Altman on Saturday February 22nd, SJ Tannenbaum on Saturday February 29th, and Eli Lebowicz on Saturday March 14th. Saturday night is comedy night at Main House! Book your tickets here
If you want to see some of Leah Foster's set from last week, click here
Happening, Wednesday, February 19th at 7:30PM for $100 and 15% gratituity you can have as much sushi as you want from Day 5. For years, Day 5 Sushi and their chefs have been synonymous with top quality sushi and with the tasting craze going on, they want in. Check out the details 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
General Admission - $125 / Group General Admission- $100
VIP Admission Ticket- $200

KFWE LA will be held at Hollywood Palladium: 6215 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
Check out the preview video here
 
 
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
 
Toronto
Kosherlicious February Prix Fixe Special at Prime on Avenue & Bistro Grande
Prime on Avenue and Bistro Grande, sister restaurants out of Toronto are bringing you a new "Kosherlicious" menu. 
Prime on Avenue has a 3 course pre fixe menu for $69 CAD offering delights such as Pulled Brisket Tacos and Pavlova. Click here for menu.
 
Their dairy counterpart Bistro Grande has the same 3 course set up for $49 CAD with choices like Shawarma Tilapia and House Made Ravioli. Click here for menu.
This deal is available until February 27th, so check it out and let us know.
OPENINGS, CLOSINGS & NEWS... PT 3
Manhattan
Only a few tickets left!The Mansion NYC at Union Square will be hosting another kosher jazz event this Wednesday February 26th with Yaakov Lemmer and Frank London. Lemmer and London previously played a sold out 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. Regular admission also includes an open bar with food by Boeuf and Bun for the entire show. Book your tickets here.
Kasbah Unveils New Catering Party Menu!
The famous Kasbah BBQ Grill on the Upper West Side has a brand new catering menu! They offer a variety of different platters from Sushi to Wraps. to Finger Food. You can get platter sizes of lots of Kasbah favorites like the Texas Nuggets and Rumaki. Click here to see their whole selection.
Located at: 251 W 85th St, New York, NY/(212) 496-1500
For nearly 2 decades, Talia's Steakhouse on the Upper West Side has been open for Seders and Chol Hamoed and they are now accepting reservations for Pesach for you and your family to attend. You can join them for a communal seder lead by a Rabbi or Yeshiva Graduate, or have your own private seder at one of their tables. They will be hosting this both nights. Learn more and RSVP here. Address: 668 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY/ (212) 580-3770
Formerly known as Emes Charcuterie, Modena Salumi has teamed up with Reserve Cut in Manhattan to bring their cured meats to the downtown restaurant. Check out my video with Reserve Cut owner Albert Allaham, and Modena Salumi founder Elly Miller at KFWE NY
Brooklyn
Isabella is bringing on new menu items and staff under the guidance of Executive Chef Daniel Rivera. New dishes include Turnip Soup, Ouefs Mayonnaise (Eggs Mayonnaise) and Dutch Baby (dessert). Check out the announcement on our Facebook group here
Address: 3217 Quentin Rd, Brooklyn, NY/347-673-7799
Eggcelent News in Brooklyn, Runny Yolk to Open Soon
Speaking of Chef Daniel Rivera, he will be opening his own restaurant in Marine Park, a Breakfast and Lunch spot, offering gourmet breakfast sandwiches, homemade buttermilk biscuit sandwiches, "sausage" egg and cheese etc. Chef Rivera recently converted to Judaism and we are exited to welcome his restaurant to the scene and welcome him to our tribe. Runny Yolk will be located at 2928 Ave P, the old location of Rolls Sushi.
A new Rita's Ice is opening on East 7th and King's Highway. This is the same owners as the location on Avenue M and will also be kosher. The new location is set to open in the next 3-4 weeks. See the post which brought the new location to our attention here. Credit to SY Alerts for spotting the new location.
Avenue M is now home to a new kosher pizza shop, Focaccia. Focciacia pizza uses a wood fired oven, and has a large selection of pizza, calzones, and much more! We wish them much luck. Go try it and let us know what you guys think of their pizza! See the announcement here
Located at: 1316 Avenue M, Brooklyn, NY
Queens
Good Fortune for Fresh Meadows
Fortune Chinese Takeout is opening up a sushi shop across the street from their current location! Grand Opening was Monday Feb 24th.
Located 181-24 Union Tpke, Fresh Meadows, Queens/718-210-5475
New Jersey
Soon to open on Forest Avenue in Englewood, New Jersey, Jerusalem Express Pizza will be serving up slices. No confirmation yet if this will be Kosher but all signs point to yes. More details to follow soon so keep an eye out! More on our Facebook group here
Char'Q, New Lakewood Restaurant Seeking Line Chefs
Char'Q, a new upscale fine dining concept in Lakewood is looking for line chefs to help create a one of a kind dinner experience with a scratch kitchen restaurant (where all dishes and products come from raw ingredients). With an emphasis on Charcuterie, Char'Q is sure to be something unique to the kosher world. For more info on the job opportunity, click here
Here's something to make your day a little sweeter! FOODIE, the Chickie's headquarters at the North Jersey Mall, has just added a few new products to their shelves. Welcome, pastries by Butterflake Bake Shop and candies and snacks by The World Of Goodies. More items to come soon. Just another reason to stop by.
Chickies in Foodie is located in Court A, one concourse level down from "Big Snow," the mall's all year round ski slope. They are open today, tomorrow and Sunday and every Sunday and secular holidays going forward. More updates to follow about the food court coming after Pesach. Check out the announcement here
Located at: 1 American Dream Way, East Rutherford, NJ 07073
Florida
The Hollywood Supermarket is excited to have their food available at SAGE Market on 41st Street in Miami Beach. Items available include Shabbos Take Out, Sandwiches, Salads, Wraps, Baked Goods, and Friday Carving Station. This allows SAGE, which used to only open on Thursday and Friday for shabbat take out, to be open during the rest of the week with fresh kosher food for customers. For more information see the announcement on our Facebook here
Good reviews are coming in for Cafe 56 in Hollywood, which recently came under new management. The restaurant re-opened in mid-February. We wish the new owners all the best and look forward to sampling the food again!. See a positive review from group member Ben Yoshia here
Initially under the supervision of Sunshine State Kosher, Le Coq Miami (which reported the opening of in our last newsletter) is now being supervised by Kosher Miami. Please see the announcement here. Le Coq Miami Located at: 19202 W. Dixie Hwy, North Miami Beach, FL, 33180
Turn-key restaurant, Levy's, available for take over in Hollywood, Florida. This long time Israeli establishment is a favorite among kosher Floridians. Address: 3369 Sheridan St, Hollywood, FL 33021
Phone: 954-610-0194. See here for more details and contact info.
Los Angeles
I want to wish a mazal tov to Bibi's on Pico-Robertson for making Eater's list of Best Shakshuka's in Los Angeles. If you haven't tried it yet, you now have even more reason to. I know I will be having some on my next trip out West. Located at: 8928 W Pico Blvd,Los Angeles
Texas
The Jewish community in Houston, Texas will be hosting their 9th annual Houston Kosher Chili Cookoff on March 1st! The Cookoff will be held from 12-4PM at Beth Yeshurun Synagogue. Check out the Facebook group here for more details
SIDE DISHES
In a landmark decision, the Justice Ministry in Israel has allowed the Chief Rabbinate to indict those they find committing Kashrut Fraud. This means that business owners who represent their products as kosher without proper authorization, or if they are mislabeling the products will be fined 2,000 NIS. The members of the rabbinate enforcing the laws have recieved special training from the Public Security Ministry and are working in conjunction with many other government bodies including the Agriculture Ministry. For more details on the enforcement, and origins of the ruling please read the Facebook post here
Famed Frequent Food Network Figure Anne Burrell paid a visit to the kosher Miami bakery and cafe, Zak the Baker last week. Burrell, who is known for her flashy hairstyles and for hosting the television series Worst Cooks in America, seemed to enjoy her visit. Check out some photos here
Naomi's Pizza in Queens Celebrates 50th Anniversary.
Since 1970, Naomi's Manna Kosher Pizza has been a pillar of the Queens community. They celebrated their 50th anniversary last week at the Kew Gardens restaurant with family and friends. We look forward to many more years of Naomi's! See the article here
Recently a member from the group paid a visit to Dylan's Candy Bar in Manhattan and was delighted to find a kosher macaron spot called Dana's Bakery (under Kof-K) located in the store. Many of the store products in Dylan's are kosher friendly, so if like Mike you need to satisfy your sweet tooth in NYC visit Dylan's/Dana's. See the post, photos here
We want to send our condolences to the family of long time GKRF group member Norene Gilletz, a pioneer of kosher cooking in Canada who wrote numerous fantastic cookbooks. She will be remembered as a mentor, friend, author, businesswoman, and of course chef. Baruch Dayan Haemet. Please see fellow member and colleague Levana Kirschenbaum's touching tribute to her here
It seems a family of 14 people ate at Backyard BBQ & Brew in Surfside, Florida last month on what was supposed to be a pre-paid Friday Night Dinner, to the tune of $1500 and their credit card was declined. We ask if this is you or you know the family, to please call the restaurant ASAP to take care of this matter. Thanks so much. For the original announcement please see the Facebook post here
UPCOMING EVENTS
Brooklyn
Main House Comedy Series to Continue
After the rousing success of their shows with Leah Forster and Elon Atlman, Main House will be continuing their comedy series with stand up sets from SJ Tannenbaum this Saturday February 29th, and Eli Lebowicz on Saturday March 14th. The shows are held in their fully heated outdoor tent, and tickets come with popcorn and cider.
Saturday night is comedy night at Main House! Book your tickets here
Kosha Ro Sushi will be hosting another Blue Fin Tuna and Sake tasting on Wednesday February 26th 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.Chefs will show their mastery in making sushi/sashimi and will surprise their guests with specials such as hand rolls, tuna tartar and some seared delicacies.
The price of the event is only $100 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 / More details here
Bais Rivkah invites you to an uplifting Melave Malkah Kumzitz (Men Only) benefiting the Bais Rivkah Scholarship Fund featuring Singer Yehuda Green
Details: Motzei Shabbos / February 29, 2020 at 8:30PM
At Gruit (252 Empire Blvd, Brooklyn NY 11225 - Corner of Rogers Ave)
$250 in Advance/$300 at the door
Sixth Annual Shushan Auction From The Jewish Learning Initiative of the Brooklyn College Hillel
On Sunday March 15th at 6PM the OU's Jewish learning Initiative of the Brooklyn College Hillel will be hosting their 6th annual Shushan Auction. The event will be held at the Kingsway Jewish Center (2902 Kings Highway). There will be a dairy buffet, as well as children's entertainment.
Admission is $25 for adults and $15 for children ages 4-12. Includes complimentary auction tickets worth $30 and a free gift.
Manhattan
Wall Street Grill and Great Kosher Restaurant Foodies will be hosting an event for singles 30-55 on Sunday March 22nd from 2PM - 5PM. Tickets are $50 if you book before March 15th, and $60 after then.
The event is RSVP only so please contact WALLSTREETEVENT2020@gmail.com if you have questions, or click here to buy your ticket.
Address: 128 Pearl St, New York, NY 10005
Long Island
Purim is in the air at Apron Masters Kitchen in Woodmere, NY.
Under the tutelage of Apron Master Culinary Directory, Naomi Ross, they are going to have a Hamantaschen class in their state of the art, modern kitchen.
On Wednesday, March 4th at 7pm. 2 hours Class. Ages 10 and up - $59pp
Space is limited to reserve now. (516) 569-COOK (2665)
events@apronmasters.com Located at: 956 Broadway, Woodmere, NY 11598
Chicago
Off the heels of their successful singles event, Evita Argentinian Steakhouse in Chicago has now put together a 6 course tasting and wine pairing for everyone.
Wednesday, February 26th at 7:30PM
Curated by Shulim Knobloch from Kol Tuv Kosher Foods Inc, prepared by Executive Chef Uri Elbaum of Evita
RSVP through Groupon here (Listed at $300 but through Groupon it’s $198 for two people)
Restaurant located at: 6112 North Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL
(773)-463-8482. More details here. Click here
Toronto
Kosherlicious February Prix Fixe Special at Prime on Avenue & Bistro Grande
Prime on Avenue and Bistro Grande, sister restaurants out of Toronto are bringing you a new "Kosherlicious" menu. 
Prime on Avenue has a 3 course pre fixe menu for $69 CAD offering delights such as Pulled Brisket Tacos and Pavlova. Click here for menu.
 
Their dairy counterpart Bistro Grande has the same 3 course set up for $49 CAD with choices like Shawarma Tilapia and House Made Ravioli. Click here for menu.
This deal is available until February 27th, so check it out and let us know.

 

KFWE EVENT RECAP
Kosher Food and Wine Festival - NY
So I'm sure many of you, like me, are recovering from the annual BIG KIDDUSH last week at Chelsea Piers. To think you have over 100 types of food, hundreds of wines to sample is pretty awesome. The VIP area was also very cool, gorgeous venue, delicious steak, sliders, beef tacos, champagne flowing, I had a great time. If you would like to see my full thoughts on the event please click here to read more
While I couldn't be there in person, I was definitely there in spirit. Nice showing this year from the Los Angeles edition of the Kosher Food and Wine Festival (KFWE). Our friends at Charcoal, The Bacon Guys, La Gondola, and The Boulevard put on a fantastic show! Looking forward to hopefully going next year. Check out some photos here. Check out the recap from our LA correspondent and Top LA Foodie, Lee Fisher. Click here to read all about Lee's VIP experience and feel like you were there right along with him.
 
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The Restaurant Guy Elan�Kornblum, also known as "The Restaurant Guy" is the Publisher and President of Great Kosher Restaurants International, the award-winning, full-color worldwide publication and its accompanying website. �Elan�has covered the kosher restaurant industry for the last 10 years and is the leading authority when it comes to kosher restaurants.