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January Review Part 2

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.
Phomennoodles of Crown Heights closed their doors for a final time this Sunday, January 26th. The pan-Asian restaurant was known for their authentic takes on Pho (of Vietnam) and Ramen (of Japan). With Boru Boru closing in 2019 this marks an end to Ramen/Pho focused kosher eateries in the NYC area. Click here to see what everyone else is saying. We are sad to see you go.
Some of the staff of Tevere 84, the beloved Italian meat restaurant on the Upper East Side for decades and which closed in April, has taken over the location where Cafe Venezia used to be on Coney Island Avenue and Avenue J in Brooklyn. The 2 story restaurant, which had a fire a couple of years ago, could possibly have a different name than Tevere. Click here to see the post about it in our Facebook group.
Five Towns
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. If interested, please reply to this email. Click here to read more.
Ramapo/ Rockland County
Coming in 2021 Evergreen Kosher Market will be taking the lease from the Stop & Shop at Pacesetter Park in Ramapo. The existing supermarket's interior and exterior will be redone to accommodate Evergreen's extensive kosher offerings. No timeline has been set for Evergreen's opening. A statement from Stop & Shop said the store was not meeting financial expectations and would close when its lease expires on Aug. 31. Click here to see the full post.
New Jersey
The American Dream Mall in East Rutherford, NJ (right next to MetLife stadium) is in full swing. This is more than just a mall and includes an Amusement Park, indoor Ski Slopes,and an Ice Skating Rink! There is even a water park on the way soon! Best of all they have now moved within the mall to: FOODIE!⁠
⁠FOODIE is a wall, enclosed store, which will be the home of Chickies at the American Dream for the foreseeable future, especially up to the time they open upstairs at the Kosher Food Court after Pesach. Besides for the Chickies Classics (chicken fingers, poppers, sandwiches, fries), this location will serve a variety of different products including Salads, Wraps, Snacks by World of Goodies, Bakery items and much more. ⁠
They will be open this week from 11-8 and on Sundays and busy Holiday times going forward. To see more info, including videos of the new space click here.
⁠Foodie is located in Court A, one concourse level down from "Big Snow," the mall's all year round ski slope.
Located: 1 American Dream Way, East Rutherford, NJ 07073
The New Jersey university has just opened a Vegetarian-Kosher cafe in the campus Hillel. The cafe is open to the public and is highlighting a kosher vegetarian take on the infamous 'Fat Sandwiches',large subs overstuffed with meat and french fries. The cafe also serves pizza, and a Vegetarian Matzo Ball Soup! Click here to see the whole post.
Rutgers University has another kosher option coming its way. This one courtesy of New Jersey and Rock legend Jon Bon Jovi. The Rock N Roll Hall of Famer and his family in conjunction with New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has launched the JBJ Soul Kitchen. The focus of JBJ Soul Kitchen is charitable. There are no prices on the menu, instead the restaurant encourages those who can afford to do so to pay $12 or more for a locally sourced meal, to cost of which goes to help others who cannot afford their meals. The basic idea is pay what you can. There will be kosher options available as well for diners. JBJ Soul Kitchen currently has two other locations. Click here to see more.
Mike from Mike's Burgers just announced that he is opening up at The Palisades mall.
More info here on our Facebook group
Located at: 1000 Palisades Center Dr, West Nyack, NY 10994
They also announced that they will be returning to Cedarhurst very soon!
It will be owned by Ephrat and Benny Lieblich, from The Gusto Kitchen Catering Company. Conveniently located between Interstate 95 and Merritt Parkway and a 3 minute drive from the Metro North, the restaurant is hoping to open end of March, bli neder. Cuisine will be Middle Eastern with North African and Indian influences. Click here to read more about it. There will be approximately 20 seats and will be counter service. The ambiance/decor will be farmhouse style.
Address: 357 Whalley Avenue, New Haven, CT 06511
Milt's Barbecue for the Perplexed (aka Milt's), a famed Chicago kosher BBQ establishment has new ownership! Longtime employees Bryan Gryka (Chef and Manager of Milt's) and Ryan Evans (the General Manager) have taken over the restaurant from original owner Jeff Aeder. For the last seven years Milt's has donated the majority of their profits to charity. While the restaurant will still certainly have a charitable focus some of the system will change under the new ownership. Both parties (Aeder and Gryka/Evans) are very excited about the new direction and ownership. Click here to see more.
Los Angeles
The Eastern Los Angeles Cafe has rented their space out to another business and will no longer stay in business. A sad loss for the kosher scene in LA. Asher Caffe and Lounge was a dairy restaurant that served breakfast and lunch. Click here to read the rest of the story.
Express 15, an kosher Asian fast-food restaurant has been bought by the LA eatery Beverly Hills Thai. The new restaurant will be serving kosher takes on Asian Street Food such as ramen, pho, and other noodle dishes. It is set to open soon. Click here to see the rest of the post.
HJ's Cafe, a restaurant located in the Mirowitz Center in Covenant Place has begun to offer kosher food in addition to their non-kosher selection. HJ's has created two kitchens in order to accommodate both offerings. HJ's kosher options are dairy and certified by Vaad Hoeir of St Louis and has full-time kosher supervision. Click here to see more.
So a couple of owners have brought this up to me recently and I think it's worth a conversation between owners and customers. There seems to be a disconnect and misconception of the reasons why one should not be bringing their own own wines to restaurants. Granted, some states and restaurants are BYOW, but in Manhattan especially, it has been happening more frequently where customers have been upset or questioning the reason when the restaurant won't allow them to open their own bottle.
There are many reasons why, from state laws, to restaurant entitled to charge what they feel is acceptable and the customer deciding if they want it, to being a problem with bringing in non mevushal wines or even mevushal as a slippery slope to allowing any wines. Click here to see the very active conversation on our Facebook group.
Lee Fisher Shares his LA picks
"As 2020 Yeshiva Week is here, here’s an updated and slightly expanded list of [his] recommendations in LA. These are just [Lee's] humble opinion (and [he] just picked one in each category). [He] also including a mini list for “The Valley” ,on bottom." Click here to see the list.
Kosherica Yeshiva Week Review
GKRF Facebook Group member Annette Cohen-Dahan was lucky enough to experience a cruise with Kosherica! She had a fantastic time, and was even able to convince her cruise-averse husband (who also had a great time) to go on another one again soon! Sounds like they had an enjoyable time and the food was fantastic
Looking forward to hearing about their next trip. In the meantime please see her full review of the experience here
East Meets Mid-West and America meets Argentina for one night of Smoke & Fire! All happening as a Pop Up at the new Senders Smoke Joint on January 28th!
Chef Alexander Remer, Senders Smoke Joint
and Chef Uri Elbaum, Evita Steakhouse
with Naftali Hanau, Grow & Behold Meats
and bourbon poured by Shlomo Blashka and Royal Wine
The chefs will be cooking from their regular menu plus a special 1-night only pop-up menu.
Event starts at 7pm and will go until close or they sell out, regular service is at 5pm.
Senders Smoke Joint is located at 190 West Englewood Avenue, Teaneck, NJ, 07666
(201) 357-2255 -
Bordeaux - Steak & Wine House welcomes Chef "Avner" Nerwin Guzman and would like to invite you on Monday, February 3rd to a unique dinner event
(only 50 seats will be available for this dinner)
This internationally renowned celebrity chef from Paris will tantalize your palate with a finely curated six course dinner. Wine pairings by distinguished sommeliers
Featuring Gabriel Geller (Manager of Wine Education for Royal Wine Corp.), Amichai Lourie (Wine Maker at Shiloh Winery), Tal Bendor (From Tulip Winery יקב טוליפ)
Reserve now and join them for unparalleled fine kosher dining experience. For more info from our Facebook group, click here.
$200 pp + Tax & Tip. For Reservations: 718-942-4040
Located at: 1922 Coney Island Avenue (Off Avenue P), Brooklyn, NY 11230
Laffa Bar and grill is hosting a Tu B’shvat sip & paint couples night out. (Singles are welcome to join too).
Saturday night, February 8th at 8pm.
Enjoy unlimited hot buffet and wine. All supplies are included.
$130 per couple. Space is limited click here to RSVP and please pay by Feb 5th.
Located: 1326 Peninsula Blvd, Hewlett, NY 11557
Preview a variety of Carmel Wines at the bar at no cost and then you can order them for a discount with your dinner!
Happening this Thursday January 30th from 6pm-10pm.
Located at: Located at: 141 W 69th St (off Broadway)
New York, NY 10023
(212) 712-2223
Make your reservations now!
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.
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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.