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January Review

OPENINGS, CLOSINGS & NEWS...
MANHATTAN
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 at the Mansion, Wednesday January 22. 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.
Patis is an artisan bakery and cafe with a flagship location in Lyndhurst New Jersey, specializing in European and American pastry, breads, ice creams, macarons and chocolates. Last year they started selling their goods from the The Art House Hotel on the Upper West Side. And now they are adding another location in Manhattan, a stand alone store, on on Lexington and East 88th on the Upper East Side. No details yet of their expected opening date. Click here to see the discussion on our Facebook group.
BROOKLYN
Back in November 2018, we reported that a new sports bar was coming to Brooklyn. Construction, city red tape, construction, yada, yada, yada, we are here in January 2020 and they are almost done with the construction. They are looking to bolster their staff with a talented chef, so if this is something that interests you and you have experience, message me or email elan@gkrm.net. The restaurant will have at least 8 TVs, 44 seats inside (an additional 25 outside when Spring decides to roll in) and the best way I can describe their menu is elevated bar food with beer on tap and bottles. They will have a full liquor license and will be open from around 3pm till midnight, with later hours on Thursday and Saturday night. Under the OK Supervision. Located at 674 Rogers Avenue (off Clarkson Avenue). Click here to see the whole post.
Main House has opened up a fully heated large outdoor tent!
The Mill Basin Smokehouse and BBQ Restaurant recently opened their fully heated and insulated, outdoor tent in the back of their restaurant. Their main night for the new tent is Thursday nights which features their popular Chulent and Hookah flavors! Get ready for hot food and chill vibes. It's $40 per Hookah (from Hookah Studios) for as many people at your table. There's nothing else like this in the country so grab your friends and start the long weekend early.
For updates, see the FB event page here, but you must make reservations to secure a table. Located at: 6001 Strickland Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11234 (718) 673-8773
Los Tacos is in Full Swing!
Since their soft opening a few weeks ago, the Mexican restaurant is not fully open for lunch and dinner. Click here for a link to the menu and pics of what I had on my last visit there. Click here to see video at Los Tacos. Los Tacos also has a few new items on their menu click here to see them. Under Rabbi Gornish. Located at: 2462 Nostrand Avenue, between J and K.
Gowanus’s Bison & Bourbon now under new ownership
The warehouse-set restaurant was recently purchased by Shneur Minsky, a Brooklyn businessman who has partnered with chef Lior Hachmon. There will be some changes to the menu but many favorites are expected to stay. The most notable changes will be to the bar which is about to expand big time thanks to Gabrieel Sadeh of the Tel Aviv Whiskey Bar & Museum.The restaurant will remain under the supervision of the OK. Click here to see the whole post.
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.
Cafe Hadar Closes Temporarily
Café Hadar is a casual cafe with a garden patio providing a broad menu of kosher dairy comfort fare for over a decade. But they are closed right now for personal reasons. Stay tuned for more information. 
Bakar Closes Temporarily
Bakar Steakhouse & Butcher Shop has closed temporarily. More information will be forthcoming after Yeshiva Week. They are located on Coney Island Avenue, off Avenue J.
FIVE TOWNS
Cakes & Crumbs Bakery in Lawrence is expanding their dining room and adding more items for a fuller menu! We got these photos from Cakes & Crumbs as they have taken their kitchen from the upstairs and moved it downstairs to allow for more seating as they become more of a restaurant and cafe. Think Cheesecake Factory. They expect to re-open in about any day now. We'll post more details as they become available. Click here to see the whole story.
5 Towns Restaurant for Sale
1000 square feet with basement
Monthly Rent - $3000 plus tax, Newly renovated
All appliances are new, working condition, Long lease
Asking 180K negotiable.
If interested, please reply to this email.
Student & Regular Lunch Special at Tamar Grill in Hewlett
Offering a variety of options beginning at just $6. Tamar offers Falafel, Burgers, Chicken nuggets, and Shawarma. All with sides and a drink, probably one of the best deals in the 5 Towns so don't miss out! Lunch special is from 10:30am - 3pm.
Good for all students...but must show Student ID. They are many non student specials as well.
Located at:1305 Broadway, Hewlett, NY 11557
516-730-3355 click here to see the full post. Click here to see my last visit at Tamar. https://tamar-mediterranean-grill.business.site
QUEENS
BH Burgers & Co has opened their doors in Rego Park! Featuring an extensive menu of burgers, salads, and sandwiches, this eatery is getting lots of great buzz on the heels of their grand opening this month. Go check them out and welcome them to Queens.
Located at: 63-24 99th Avenue, Rego Park, NY 11374
Phone number: 347-832-0404
NEW JERSEY
Chickie's continues their pop ups at American Dream Mall
Watch out New Jersey Chickie's is taking over!! Chickie's has been doing pop ups will continue to do so in American Dream till their location is completed probably after Pesach. This is the 4th venture for Chickie's from the main store, to six flags, a food truck, and now a soon to be 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.
South Side Sandwich Shop In Lakewood Now Has New Owners
Recently purchased from former owner Yosef Mutterperl, Chef Yitzy and a group of restaurateurs will now be running South Side in Lakewood. They are open to feedback and looking to keep what you love about the trailblazing smokehouse but build upon the legacy with new favorites. Make sure to stop by and give the new owners a chance! Click here to see the whole post.
Kalamata in Lakewood Opens
One of our members wrote earlier this month "We just ate at Kalamata in Lakewood /Jackson. It’s their soft opening - really nice menu daily/fish/ pasta . The food was good and service was excellent . Nice space too. I highly recommend it !" Click here to read more about them. Kalamata offers a wide pastas, wraps, pizzas, and so much more. They took over the location of 'Rays Real Pizza'. Click here to see the post on our page.
New Chinese Restaurant Coming to Teaneck
Make some room for another Chinese take out restaurant, this one taking over a non kosher Chinese Place on Queen Anne Road (next door to Sammy's). After a renovation, the restaurant is projected to open in March. Much more details to follow. Click here to see more.
FLORIDA
Bagel Cove Opens in Hallandale Beach
Sunshine State bagel staple Bagel Cove has opened a kosher location in Hallandale Beach. As a member of the group informed us, they are currently in soft-opening mode and have a limited menu. The chain, known for their handmade bagels, has another location that is not kosher located in Aventura. This store will be Cholov and Pas Yisroel under the supervision of Aleph Kosher.
New meat eatery Alma Gill & Bar has opened in Hallandale beach. Customers can look forward to Israeli- influenced cuisine with a heavy influence on the meat with offerings such as Entrecote Ribs, Hummus with Shawarma, and Lamb Skewers, as well as an extensive wine list. Alma is located at 501 Silks Run suit 1130, Hallandale Beach, FL 33009
Ramona's Cafe Closes in Boca Raton
One of our members shared with our group. "We thank all our customers for their patronage. Due to a very hard and delayed opening, Sam and I are forced to close our restaurant
as of Jan 8th. For all those who supported us through this endeavor, we truly thank you. Sincerely, Sam and Ramona" we wish them luck on their next endeavor. Click here to see the full post.
Street Kitchen is about to open in Surfside
As we mentioned previously Chef David Benrey is opening "Street Kitchen" in the former location of Backyard BBQ, which moved next door to a larger space on Harding Avenue. Meanwhile, Street Kitchen 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 their Instagram. Located at 9460 Harding Ave Surfside, FL 33154. Go check them out and make sure to share with us what you got!
MED joins Lincoln Eatery Food Court in South Beach
MED is an Israeli inspired meat establishment and is the 4th establishment in the Food Court opened under the same ownership as Marble & Rye, TYO Sushi & Smoke'd. Meanwhile, MED offers a variety of Hummus plates, as well as kebabs, schnitzel and even vegetarian options. Everything is reasonably priced so make sure to go check them out before or after the beach and shopping. All the kosher restaurants in The Lincoln eatery are under MDK Supervision, Rabbi Spitz. Located 723 Lincoln Lane. Click here to see more.
Friendship Cafe opens in Fort Lauderdale
New Cafe opened this week with staff of mostly individuals with special needs. Friendship Cafe and Falafel gives Adults with Autism a place to work, and helps train them in different aspects of the Kitchen and front of the house management. The menu includes falafel pitas and hummus platters, along with vegetarian shawarma, pastries, sandwiches and coffee. Click here to read more. 1306 East Las Olas Blvd. Fort Lauderdale, FL 3330. Tel: (954) 999-9676 Email: lasolas@friendshipcafefl.org
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.
SIDE DISHES
A Shabbat in Halifax
We broke the news last Friday morning on our Facebook group that passengers from an El Al flight were stranded in Halifax, Nova Scotia over Shabbat after the plane was forced to make an emergency landing to due smoke in the cabin. One of the passengers on the flight was group member and gave us live updates. In a heart-warming turn of events volunteers in New York including those from Long Island's Gourmet Glatt and purveyor Chop-A-Nosh and the Halifax Chabad stepped in to create as haimish a Shabbat as possible for the stranded Shomer Shabbat passengers. With help of a group of Observant Jewish pilots and excellent coordination the food was able to get to the passengers and a Shabbaton of sorts occurred amongst the stranded El Al flyers. A happy ending to what could have been an upsetting and frustrating situation. Click here to read more.
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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