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Openings, Closings, and News February 2022

 
MANHATTAN
The popular Israeli restaurant with locations in Queens and Brooklyn made their Manhattan debut on 1/13/22. Click here for more information, including a video and a menu in the comments section. Click here to check out a video of their "outdoor-indoor" seating area. Grill Point UES is located at 1215 Lexington Ave (off East 82nd Street). Their phone number is (646) 438-9494. Click here for their website.
In addition to its regular menu & nightly specials, UN Plaza Grill, the luxury kosher establishment, will now offer a new value-oriented $69 prix fixe menu featuring some of its bestselling dishes every night of the week. This three-course prix fixe menu will be available during normal operating hours, Sunday through Thursday, 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Click here to view the menu. UN Plaza is located at 845 United Nations Plaza, 1st Avenue and 47th Street. Their phone number is (212) 223-1801.
Mocha Red introduces the "Mocha Dream Lounge." It is a very cool, private party room with a speak easy twist. The MDL Seats 24, Standing 35. There is a private Bar and a great sound system. The possibilities are endless. Contact them for your next special event by calling (212) 419-8889. Click here for more information and a video. Mocha Red is located at 127 4th Avenue (corner of East 13th Street, Union Square), New York City.
Congratulations to Le Marais in Manhattan for ranking among the top steakhouses (even within non kosher) in NYC according to Eater. Click here to see the list. The iconic French Steakhouse has been going strong for decades and this is a well deserved recognition. Click here for more information. La Marais is located at 150 W, 46th Street (Between 6th Ave & 7th Avenue). Must call for reservations at: 212-869-0900.
Chef Jose "Tony" Guzman, long time sous chef of Abigael's Restaurant, was killed when he was tragically hit by a train the night of 2/16/22 in New York. Many of us knew Tony well. I was speaking with him every couple of months for the past 2 years finding him part time jobs and he was always soft spoken, respectful and appreciative. The family is in awe and has deep appreciation for everyone on our FB group for their good wishes and raising over $5000 to cover funeral costs. We send sincere condolences to his family and hope that his memory will be a blessing on them. For those who would like to pay to pay their respects, the viewing will take place this Sunday February 27th from 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm at Deriso Funeral Home 5012 4th Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11220. For more information, click here.
 
BROOKLYN
From the owner of Bison & Bourbon, their sister dairy and fish restaurant, Bass & Bourbon officially opened this past Monday. I did a taste test with friends a few days before and took lots of videos! Click here for video footage of the amazing rooftop view. For a look at the shul in B&B, click here. For a look at some of the upcoming appetizers, click here. Check out the salads by clicking here. To see the exciting entrees, click here. Check out the delectable dairy desserts by clicking here. They are accepting dinner reservations from 5pm-10:30pm. For reservations WhatsApp your name, number, time and number of diners to 718-855‑2277‬. They are located at 113 Hamilton Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11231.
A new Kosher pizza place opened on Coney and N. One of our members broke the news here, and another shared that they are under OK here. Click here for their website. Love Pizza Company is located at 1720 Coney Island Ave, Brooklyn, NY. Their phone number is (718) 885-4262.
Thanks to Philip Wolf, we got a picture of the new pizza store opening on Avenue U and East 23rd, huge for the Sheepshead Bay and Bedford Bay community. Click here to weigh in, and stay tuned for more information.
We spotted an upcoming Carvel and Cinnabon store opening on Kings Highway and East 13th in Brooklyn. Across from Sunflower Cafe. No official confirmation yet on supervision, but this comes on the heels of news that the new location on Coney Island Avenue and Foster Avenue will be kosher under Chof-K. Stay tuned and click here to weigh in.
 
QUEENS
The name comes from the owner's name Malkiel and Malki Palki is the cute nickname his wife calls him. I like this place already. I recently learned about this restaurant from a member on our Facebook Group. So anyone who lives in Rego Park and surrounding areas, this is your chance to support a new kosher restaurant in the area. Besides sushi, they serve salads, wraps, juices, milkshakes. Lunch specials offered until 4m. They are currently only take-out and when the weather improves, they will have outdoor dining. Click here for more information and to see their menu in the comments. They are inder the Vaad Harabonim of Queens (VHQ). MalkiPalki is located at 63-55 Alderton St (near Queens Blvd), Rego Park. Their phone number is (844) 444-8074.
 
FIVE TOWNS
This is a fun foodie event, perfect for spouses and friends.
Apron Masters Kitchen Presents: A Cooking Class & 5 Course Dinner with Shiloh Winery. Prepare and enjoy a 5-course meal alongside winemaker Amichai Lourie, with instruction from the amazing chefs at Apron Masters Kitchen. Happening, Wednesday, March 2nd. Starts at 7PM To 10PM. Doors open for meet & greet with Hors D ’Oeuvres at 6:30PM. $150pp. 20% gratuity added. Get 10% off with code: GKRF.
Open to ages 21 and above. Click here for more information If you have questions, you can email events@apronmasters.com or call (516) 569-2665. To book, click here. Apron Masters is located at 956 Broadway, Woodmere, NY 11598.
After a month or so of a limited menu, Chickies stretched their wings and flew. There full menu is now available. Mascot Mr. Chickie was at the Grand Opening, along with fun and DJ entertainment. For more information, click here. Click here to check out the party and the menu in a video. Click here for a behind the scenes look at the kitchen. Click here for a quick video of the mascots shaking their tailfeathers. Click here to see the food, presented by Cheryl, Charlene, and Sammy. Chickies is located at 566 Central Avenue, Cedarhurst.
MUR, Mediterranean Urban Restaurant in Lawrence has taken over the next building to them. They will be moving Mur into this magnificent, fully renovated restaurant, promising it to be unlike anything you've ever seen before. But wait there's more... here comes TRU by MUR. Upscale Mediterranean French Italian dairy place specializing in sourdough brick pizza, Italian pasta, French dishes with Mediterranean twist of flavors. Full bar with 80 seats. This will go into the current location of MUR. Stay tuned for more information and click here to weigh in. MUR is located at 310 Central Avenue, Lawrence.
 
NEW JERSEY
It's happening this Tuesday, get your tickets now. Less then 100 tickets available and everyone is a VIP this year!
Get $10 off with our code: GREATKOSHER
Being held on Tuesday, March 1st in New Jersey at the Hilton Meadowlands! Click here for tickets.
This year's all-inclusive VIP experience will feature all the incredible wines you've come to expect, with food that's been curated by two amazing, award-winning chefs Michael Solomonov of Zahav restaurant in Philadelphia, PA, and Gabe Garcia of Tierra Sur at Herzog Wine Cellars in Oxnard, CA, all prepared by renowned caterer Michael Schick Caterers! To accommodate everyone and make sure there is plenty of room to move around, guests are welcome to join them between 3pm and 9pm, no special tickets necessary. There will be a limited number of tickets sold this year so they can focus on providing the highest level of detail. Don't miss out on this magical, once-in-a-lifetime event! Please note, KFWE is a 21+ event. No persons under 21 (including infants/children) will be allowed entry. Click here for the food menu, click here for the wine list. KFWE will be located at The Hilton Meadowlands, East Rutherford
The high end restaurant SALT will be building a wine library in collaboration with Herzog Wine Cellars that should be completed by March. They are also doing a private label bottle of wine with Herzog, called Four Barrels, where they handpicked their own blend and it will be produced strictly for SALT Steakhouse. There will be an exclusive five course dinner and wine event with Amichai Lourie of Shiloh Winery, 7:00 pm Sunday, February 27th. The dinner is being prepared by executive chef Pinchas Frank. The cost to attend is $250 per person. For tickets, click here. SALT is located at: 15 Morris Ave, Long Branch, NJ 07740.
Monday Feb. 28, Kalamata Cafe is having a Karaoke night. Featuring Devorah Schwartz and Nechama Cohen. Night out for Teens starts at 6pm. Night out for Women starts at 8:30pm. Admission fee: $25. Click here for tickets. Food sold separately. Click here for more information. Kalamata is located at 21 S Hope Chapel Rd, Jackson Township, NJ 08527.
Credit GKRF Group Member, Kimberly Korn Hershenson who has been working really hard with Taalib the owner of Pizzeria Halt in Cherry Hill NJ. As of 2/15/22, the new vegetarian/vegan pizza shop in Ellisburg Circle, is now under the certification of Rabbi Schwartz of IKC. For more information click here. For their website, click here. Pizzeria Halt is located at 1596 Kings Highway Cherry Hill, NJ 08034. Their phone number is (856) 375-2327.
A new food truck in New Jersey has been bought and being converted to kosher by restaurateur Elie Y. Katz, our East Coast Correspondent. He is looking for an operator to run and manage it. No investment needed. Call/Text (201) 715-5179 or reply here.
 
SOUTH FLORIDA
THE CAVE KOSHER BAR & GRILL had a soft opening party on 2/10/22.
There was live music, free tasting, half off drinks. The Cave is under the ORB Supervision. For more information, click here. For a cool video and images from opening night, click here. The Cave is located at 5650 Stirling Rd, Hollywood, FL.
We recently broke the news that the Long Island based MUR (Mediterranean Urban Restaurant) will be opening a beautiful 300 seat restaurant in Miami next year. Stay tuned for much more news.
Ziva's Kosher Kitchen bought the former location of Nava's Kitchen at The Festival Flea Market in Pompano Beach, FL and opened the first week of February. For more information or to weigh in, click here. They are located at 2900 W Sample Road, Pompano Beach 33073. Their phone is (954)-822-5748.
"The D in Delicious" a bakery, chocolate, and fudge place, has recently opened in Boca. One of the owners was the chef for President Bush senior and they sell "Barbara Bush" chocolate chip cookies, her favorite. Everything in store is ORB kosher supervised / Not Cholov Yisroel /Closed on Shabbos. They are located at 6018 SW 18th Street C9, Boca Raton, FL. Their phone number is (561) 245-8363. Click here for more information and here for their website. Photo credit: Reader Eugene Rosenthal.
Sunday, February 27th at 8:30PM, Krudo is hosting an event. Attendees will be enjoying the finest sushi and fish along with tasting wines from all prominent regions within France with Menachem Israelivitch, Head winemaker for all Royal Wine Co France.
$150 per person / Limited space with 40 seats available. To RVSP call (786) 440-5483. For more information or to weigh in, click here. Krudo is located at 17092 W Dixie Hwy, North Miami Beach, FL 33160.
If you’re traveling to Orlando For Pesach, you need to keep this name: Klein's Rentals. They offer over 150 kosher rental items and a dozen services in the market. From freezers, barbecues and hot plates to cookware, tables and chairs to cribs and more!
Their Services Include:
* Personal Shopping
* Mail Delivery Service
* Year-Round Storage
* Kashering
* Pool Privacy Tarp Installation
Delivered and picked up from your Orlando villa.
Their phone number is (407) 440-1104. Click here for more information and here for their website.
From restaurateur Ami Shabbo Shabbot comes KOSHER-CHOBEE, a meat waiter service restaurant located at 4975 Okeechobee Boulevard (corner of Haverhill) in the Westwood Shopping Center. They expect to be open in about 6 weeks. Stay tuned for more details to follow. Click here to weigh in.
Introducing "Shawarma Elbaz" from Singer Benny Elbaz (Gad's father). Coming soon to North Miami Beach at 17010 W Dixie Hwy, Ste D, North Miami Beach, Florida. Click here for more.
Former Senator and Vice Presidential Candidate, the Honorable Joe Lieberman was at Bissaleh Miami in Hallandale Beach, FL 2/13/22. Posing here with owner David Sibony. I was told that Mr. Lieberman said it was one of the best restaurants he's ever been to.
Fun fact: I once picked up Joe and Hadassah Lieberman at the airport in Puerto Rico when they attended a Pesach program I put together. To see pictures, click here and check out the comments section.
(Regular Shabbos info is in the flyer)
For the 2nd year in a row, Chef Shimi Alon from MEAT BAR and Grill House will be catering Pesach meals at the magnificent Trump International Beach Resort
Spots are limited. Call to reserve meals: (844) 521-7800
Meals for Passover are served in their banquet space.
Passover Lunch is available April 16-17 and April 23-24
Passover Seder Dinner is available April 15–16 and April 22-23
Meals may be purchased whether or not a guest has an overnight stay. Prices below are for meal only, see website for accommodation options and rates.
Lunches: tax and gratuity included
$207.54 Per Adult per lunch / $136.20 Per Child (age 3 -12) per lunch
Dinners: tax and gratuity included
$324.28 Per Adult per dinner / $220.51 Per Child (age 3 -12) per dinner
Private Dining Option- Reserve a private room from the resort’s meeting space to celebrate as a group. Menus for private dining will be the same as offered with the package or a la carte meals.
For pricing and to reserve space for a private space:
please contact their catering team at (305) 691-5612 or (305) 692-5649
Located at: 18001 Collins Ave, Sunny Isles Beach, FL 33160
Hotel Direct: (844) 237-7124 / (855) 736-9909 / www.trumpmiami.com
 
MICHIGAN
Michiganders, get ready for FRESS IN. From owners Cari and Yisroel Rosenbloom of "Wok in Cari Out," comes their new fried chicken, fish and chips concept. Opening soon after Pesach. It will be located at 25900 Greenfield Road, Oak Park, MI. Stay tuned for more and click here to weigh in.
 
CHICAGO
Sarah's Tent Skokie opened their New Bakery on Thursday, 2/24/22! Parve & Dairy Cholov Yisroel. Click here for photos! Sarah's Tent is located at 4020 W Oakton, Skokie, IL. Their phone number is (847) 674-8008.
PITTSBURGH
The Pittsburg Jewish Chronicle reported it first on February 7th, 2022. Elegant Edge Catering's Food truck is switching to Asian fusion food. The food truck is parked in Legacy Plaza at Carnegie Mellon University's campus. For more information, or to weigh in, click here.
 
CINCINNATI
Their mission "is to encourage the habit of healthy eating, living a well-balanced lifestyle and spreading the knowledge we have about the benefits of the Mediterranean Diet." The owners, Lainey and Yair, are the creators of Café Alma, providing nourishing and delicious food. For more information, click here. Café Alma is located at 6111 Montgomery Road Cincinnati, OH. Phone number is (513) 351-0000
 
LOS ANGELES
On 2/11/22, the news broke that after 21 years, Orange Delite & Grill's meat menu was no longer being offered. This resulted in an outpoor of "NOOOO!!!!" Owner Brooke Laniado Hecht heard those cries and has thus decided to stay meat after all. You did it! For more on Brooke's decision, and to express your gratitude, click here. Orange Delite and Grill is located at 13628 Ventura Blvd (Between Woodman Ave. & Ventura Canyon Ave.), Sherman Oaks, CA 91423. Their phone number is (818) 788-9896. Click here for their website.
Manhattan based Modern Bread and Bagel on the Upper West Side of Manhattan is opening a location in the Los Angeles Valley. Construction is under way and they have a target opening for May 2022. It will be under IKC, same supervision as the current location. The Los Angeles location will be in a really nice area with tons of retail shopping. It will be cool to have a Kosher spot in such a mainstream shopping center. To weigh in, click here. The new location will be located at 6360 Topanga Canyon Blvd #1200, Woodland Hills.
Unfortunately, due to the restructuring of their new endeavors, Hasiba and Lodgebread will no longer be Kosher LA certified AFTER Friday 2/25/22. Click here to view their statement and to weigh in.
Milky Way LA Presents: Movie Night Featuring "On the Map." Happening on Sunday, March 6th, 2022. Special guest appearance by filmmaker Dani Menkin and Executive Producer Nancy Spielberg! $64 per person. Pre-paid dinner includes assorted concessions/popcorn/candy, an appetizer course, selection of three entrées, and dessert. Limited Seating. Click here for more information and here to reserve your spot. Milky Way is located at: 9108 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035.
 
LAS VEGAS
I'm thrilled to announce that Ariela Lyttle of Ariela’s Pizza and Kosher Kitchen will be opening a ghost kitchen, delivery only, quick-service American meat grill at the end of the month, called Bochur Burger. It is under Va'ad HaKashrus of Las Vegas. Their hours are Sunday - Thursday: 11:30am - 7:30pm. For more information or to weigh in, click here.
What's better than a Wine Sommeliers? THREE! Kosher Chinglish now has THREE professional wine enthusiasts to guide you on your next wine tasting or food paired meal in Las Vegas. Kosher Chinglish proudly present the certified graduates of the globally esteemed WSET Level 2 Award in Wines from the Wine & Spirits Education Trust. It is one of the most respected and admired wine certifications worldwide in the hospitality industry. Each candidate have received additional accolades on their certifications for their exceptional high marks on their examinations. The owner, Ken: 𝐏𝐚𝐬𝐬𝐞𝐝 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐃𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧. Regina and Kitty 𝐏𝐚𝐬𝐬𝐞𝐝 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐌𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐭. Click here for more information. Kosher Chinglish is located at 8704 W Charleston Blvd, Ste 103, Las Vegas NV 89117.
 
TEXAS
From the Vaad Hakashruth, Nibblits & Nosh is now under the supervision of the VAAD of San Antonio and is committed to providing great Kosher food to that community. On Sundays, 3-6pm they will be at the JCC: 12500 NW Military Drive. On Tuesdays 5-8pm, they will be at Rodfei Sholom: 3003 Sholom Drive. On Thursdays, 5-8pm they will be at Chabad La Cantera, 15511 Oak Grove Drive. For questions or comments please contact the VAAD at GoKosher2Day@gmail.com.Click here to weigh in.
 
SIDE DISHES
Want a Private Chef in a Box? Say hello to www.Dailycious.com. The cute sounding company is about to shake up the gourmet meal delivery service. From the owner of Shiloh's Steakhouse in Los Angeles, DAILYCIOUS has been working, testing, cooking, packaging and perfecting these meals for a year and they are excited to bring it fully to the market. They are not TV dinners, they are chef driven hearty meals. Right now they're just delivering to the West Coast, basically CA, NV, AZ, UT, OR, ID, NM or WA. SPECIAL DISCOUNT: Click here to order or or use code: GKR60OFF at the checkout. You will get $30 off on your 1st two orders. They are under the OK Supervision. Click here for more information.
Non-Gebrokhts gourmet meals serves for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Under Rabbi Itchel Krasnjansky and a dedicated team of Mashgichim. Your spot at Pesach in Hawaii is on a first-come-first-serve basis, as this program is exclusive to the first 150 guests. Access to Shul, minyanim, shiurim and lectures. Prices are all-inclusive: there are no extra hidden charges. Held at the Trump Hotel Waikiki: Oahu’s only Forbes Travel Guide 5-star hotel! They have secured incredibly reduced prices for deluxe hotel rooms and 1, 2, and 3 bedroom suites – which include full kitchens and dining area. The Trump Waikiki is in the heart of the exciting but relaxing Waikiki district, and is directly across the street from the beach, with easy beach access. For any questions about the Trump Hotel or reservations, please contact Patsy Narimatsu, Pesach in Hawaii's sales contact, at her direct line: 808-683-7405 or 808-292-7157‬. To discuss "Pesach in Hawaii" program, please call Rabbi Itchel at 808-478-8891 
For more info, email: pesachinhi@gmail.com or go to pesachinhawaii.com Tell all your friends and start making your reservations!
 
FEEL GOOD STORY
Om 2/16/22, Adina Goldberg posted to Facebook a story about a true chesed performed by some of you! After a medical appointment that went overtime, her parents were stranded in Westchester, the land that kosher delivery forgot. She reached out on the group, and you guys all clamored to help. Someone sent them food from Nussy's Cuisine, and the family was truly touched! To read the full story, click here.
 
CALL TO ACTION
Many of us heard the news that our Foodie Friend, Miriam Pascal Cohen (from OvertimeCook) is in desperate need for a kidney transplant. First, I want to send good thoughts, prayers and Refuah Shelama to her and ask you to please keep her name in mind when reciting tehillim: Miriam Baila Bas Nechama. She has been in touch with Renewal, an amazing organization that help facilitate kidney transplants. I have worked with them in the past and fortunately we have members whose lives have been saved because of them. So we turn to you and encourage you to please get involved and be tested (it's just a cheek swab) to see if you're a match for Miriam or someone else on the donor list. Please click here to contact them, call (718) 431-9831x209 or email R24352@renewal.org. Click here to weigh in.
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