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Openings, Closings, and News January 2022

 
Episode #14 of "It's Ok We're Jewish" Eliezer Jones and Solly Hess is the Kosher Restaurant episode and features and interview with yours truly. Click here for more information and links to the full episode. Click here for just the interview. I think it's a fun listen, let me know what you think.
MANHATTAN
So on the heels of the anti-Israel smear campaign from Yalla (which we'll talk about under the New Jersey section), the Upper West Side cafe was hit with three very negative reviews on January 10th, from what looks targeted. I will not say it's a shmear campaign because there's nothing funny about this. Click here for our post, with more information and screenshots of the offending reviews. We ask that you if you've been there, please review them. Honest reviews as always, but this is scary what people can do and how just a few reviews can lower a restaurant's score by many points. After I posted about this on Facebook, hundreds of five star reviews have been left by real customers for Modern Bread and Bagel. That is amazing and in combination with the Yalla story, it shows others that when you go after one of our own, we have their back. To see our thank you post, click here. As you know, I'm always pushing for people to give a shout out, let people know of your favorite restaurants. On Facebook, Google and yes, even Yelp. Let's not wait for something like this to happen to help. Modern Bread and Bagel is located at 472 Columbus Ave, New York, NY 10024. Their phone number is (646) 775-2985. Click here for their website.
For some more information on the closing of My Most Favorite Food on the Upper West Side, click here. Will they reopen again somewhere else? They hope so. Feel free to weigh in. They were located at 247th West 72nd Street, New York, NY 10023.
On January 1st, 2022, the National Kosher Supervision removed kosher certification from multiple 16 Handles locations, as well as Baya Bar and Baked Cravings. As of January 6th, however, Rabbi Aaron D. Mehlman of the National Kosher Supervision fully recertified the 1569 2nd Avenue and 325 Amsterdam (75th Street) locations of 16 Handles. Not word yet on the locations at 1161 1st Avenue (64th Street) or 2600 Broadway (98th Street), but the news about the first two is promising. For more information, or to weigh in, click here.
Congratulations to Mike Gershkovich and his staff at Mike's Bistro for being recognized as a Diner's Choice for Best Overall Restaurants in NY by Open Table. Well done and well deserved. To see the post, click here. Mike's Bistro is located at 127 East 54th Street, New York, NY (10022). Their phone number is (212)-799-3911.
An owner in the restaurant industry asked me if I thought people would be interested in a Pesach Program located in Manhattan. It could be great for travelers, tourists, locals who are working and can't get away but don't want to make Pesach at home or others who just don't want to travel and want to be wined and dined. It would be in a Manhattan hotel with gourmet meals, shul, shiurim, activities, day camp, whole nine yards. What do you think? Pretty cool, no? Click here to weigh in.
BROOKLYN
A kosher small crepe place just opened on East 15th off Avenue J. It is under the Tartikov Rav, Cholov Yisroel. Their number is (718) 844-6500. They are located at 1012 East 15th St Brooklyn NY 11230. Click here for our post, here for their website, and stay tuned for more information.
A lot of people have been asking about this new restaurant, "River K" on Coney Island Avenue, so here's the info. It is a Mediterranean dairy restaurant specializing in fish. They are open Saturday night (from 8pm-11p) and taking reservations. Click here for our post with photos and check out the comments for the menu and to hear about your fellow foodies experience there or to share your own. River K is located at 2013 Coney Island Avenue, Brooklyn, NY (between Avenue P and Quentin Road). Their phone number is (718)-690-3601. Under the supervision of Tartikov Rav, Rabbi Babad.
Sad to report that the pizza store, Mondo Wood Fire Pizza, is closed "for now" according to its owner. Mondo Wood Fire Pizza was located at 509 Avenue P Brooklyn, NY 11230. There phone number is (347) 702-5711. Click here to weigh in on this development.
Happy 3 years in business to Bravo in Brooklyn. In honor of their 3rd Anniversary, they are running a special for our readers. Get a full 18 inch pie for only $15.99!!! This special will last through Yeshiva Week. It is GKRF Group Special. Must mention the secret password "kosher foodies" to get the discount. Available any time this week. Call (347)-702-5121 to order (must mention specials). Kosher Bravo Pizza is located at 902 Kings Highway, Brooklyn, NY, 11223. For more information, and to check out a video, click here.
It will be an evening of Live Jazz on Tuesday, January 25th, Starting at 7:00 pm. Featuring: Steve Bluth and Marina Makarova. Reservations preferred. Call them at (347) -554-8811. For more information or to weigh in, click here. The Bay Cafe is located at: 2 Neptune Avenue (off Emmons and West End Ave.), Brooklyn, NY 11235
Wanna win $150 to Tea for Two in Brooklyn? Enter their Instagram giveaway for a chance to win LUNCH AND DINNER to the Marine Park dairy restaurant. Good luck. For more information, click here. They are located at 3217 Quentin Road, Brooklyn NY 11234. Their phone number is (718) 489-4205.
I got a first taste of Bass and Bourbon in Gowanus this past week. Chef Lior Hachmon let my family and I dine in the kitchen while seeing him create his magical dishes. To see a video of the rooftop and elevator, click here. To see a behind-the-scenes video with close-ups on pizza, pasta, and salad dishes, click here. To see the fish that puts the bass in Bass and Bourbon, click here here. For a sneak peak at the dessert, click here here. Bass & Bourbon is looking to open in March. They are located at 113 Hamilton Avenue, Brooklyn NY.
BRONX
Sending our prayers and condolences to those effected by the Bronx Fire Tragedy 1/9/22. Yashar Koach to Masbia Soup Kitchen Network and Boro Park Shomrim for bringing needed essentials such as food and humanitarian aid as they set up a Relief Station for the families and first responders. For videos with more information and to send your prayers and condolences, click here. New York's Governor posted a positive tweet about Masbia ad their involvement. For more on that, click here.
QUEENS
Just a reminder that for the time being, Pier 26 has been turned into a FREE COVID testing area for the community. The are located at: 69-26 Main St, Queens, NY 11367.
Stay warm and Get a FREE coffee while you're there. Get results on the spot. In the meantime, there is still plans to reopen the restaurant in the future. More details will follow
FIVE TOWNS
Congratulations to Doma Land + Sea for being named today among the Best Steakhouses on Long Island by NY Newsday. Kosher and non Kosher. This is the 4th time they've been named. Well deserved. Click here for more information and to weigh in. Doma Land + Sea is located at 490 Chestnut Street, Cedarhurst, NY 11516. Their phone number is (516) 881-7712.
NEW JERSEY
The Mediterranean restaurant in Englewood opened Sunday, 1/9/22 and is only taking reservations by phone. Click here to see their menu in our post and here for their website. They are located at 51 East Palisade Avenue, Englewood, NJ 07631. Their phone number (201)-408-5108. They are now under the RCBC
100s have rallied around Yalla to support them, after an anti-Israel smear campaign launched on social media, accusing Yalla of cultural appropriation. They need our support! We thank those who have helped, and encourage other to continue the trend. Click here for more information.
PENNSYLVANIA
During Yeshiva Week/Winter Vacation, CHICKIES is delivering to the following locations (weather permitting): Camel Back Resort located at 301 Resort Drive, Tannersville, PA 18372, Kalahari Resorts & Conventions located at 250 Kalahari Blvd, Pocono Manor, PA 18349, and Great Wolf Lodge located at 1 Great Wolf Drive, Scotrun, PA 18355. There is a $15 Delivery Fee Per Order. Click here to order. Please email grace.britt@chickiesfood.com with any questions, or call (201)-820-1555 ext 151. For more information, click here.
FLORIDA
Some of you may be familiar with Moti's Catering in Orlando. He also has a food cart and we are happy to announce for the first time that it will be rebranded and designed as a kosher stand in the famous Dezerland Park Orlando. It is called Dezerland Delights. I actually came up with the name. It will be located in Florida's Largest Indoor Attraction. 800,000 sq. feet of thrills & fun, including Go Karts and Axe Throwing. There is free parking and no admission needed to enter the building where the food cart will be. They are finalizing all the details but they anticipate to be operational in February. Not only that, this is not just some type of pop up but will be open throughout the year and will be available for bookings and private events. For more information, click here. Dezerland Delights will be located at 5250 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819. It will be under RCF Supervision.
"For one night only, Foozo Artisan Pizza is thrilled to welcome James Beard nominated chef Chef Einat Admony, of Balaboosta NYC. Chef Einat will cook alongside Chef Assaf Hadad at the kosher friendly wood-fired kitchen for an unforgettable 5-course Isreali inspired menu (see below). Upon arrival, guests will be greeted with a welcome drink and opt. to add on a wine pairing ($29.99). Additionally, fans can purchase a signed copy of her newest cookbook, Shuk ($25)." The event is Thursday, Feburary 3rd, 2022 at 6:30 PM. Tickets are $150. Spaces are limited, so book now. For more information, click here. To reserve your spot, click here. Foozo Artisan Pizza is located at 2520 NE 186th St, Miami, FL 33180. Their phone number is (786)-916-2812.
I can't say who yet, but it may be in time for Yeshiva week. It will be meat, probably be Chinese and American burgers, hot dogs etc. Located at: 3925 Lockwood Blvd, Orlando, FL. Click here to weigh in and stay tuned for more details.
Executive Chef Smiley presents a traditional 4 course Shabbos dinner at the Boca Raton synagogue Friday, January 28th, 2022 at 6:30 p.m. The synagogue is located at 7900 Montoya Circle. The event is open to the public and all those visiting for Yeshiva Week. For reservations, click here.
This illustration photo comes from their Interior Designer Micky Klein. Looks nice and sleek. The owner says he hopes to be ready within a month. Stay tuned, and click here to weigh in. Fialkoff's Pizza is located at: 9463 Harding Avenue, Surfside, FL 33154.
Alex Medjuck has taken his traveling pizza shop to Champions Gate and is taking pre-orders from January 20th until January 30th. Click here to pre-order. Pick up only from 8836 Cruden Bay Court, Four Corners, FL 34747. Open on Friday afternoon and until late Saturday night. Under the supervision of Orthodox Vaad of Orlando. For more information, click here.
The Boca Raton franchise is running a very social special to be entered for free cinnamon buns for a year! To enter this giveaway, you must take a photo with you and a Cinnaholic item of your choice and tag @CinnaholicBocaRaton and #CinnaholicBocaRaton. The more people in your photo, the more entries you get, so bring your friends! Contest ends 1/25/22. For more information, click here. The store is located at 141 NW 20th St Boca Raton. Their phone number is (561) 617-7277. Click here for their website.
Guess who's among the most booked restaurants in all of Miami Dade on Open Table (Kosher and non kosher)? None other than FUEGO BY MANA in North Miami. Not surprisingly and what an achievement out of thousands of restaurants. That's pretty awesome and really amazing work to the owners and staff. For more information and to weigh in, click here. Fuego is located at 3861 NE 163rd St. Aventura, Florida 33180. Their phone number is (786) 520-4082.
GKRF member Mark J Schwartz was flying to Florida when suddenly a man collapsed with a seizure on the flight. Mark, who was wearing a kippah, sprang into action, and was able to help until they landed and medics arrived. Fortunately, the man is fine and has had seizures prior, but very scary. Mark is a proud Teaneck Deputy Mayor, a River Edge Firefighter and a Teaneck Ambulance Corp Member as well as the NJ Link co-publisher and kinda affiliated with Sender's Smoke Joint (wow, that's a big business card). Nice job Mark. Proud that you jumped in to help. For video footage, and to weigh in, click here.
LOS ANGELES
Currently unemployed football player, Antonio Brown dined at La Gondola last week. Click here for our post with pictures of him with owner and chef Nir Weinblut and son Jonathan Weinblut. The comments section is blowing up! As a kid I always imagined actors and athletes walk around everywhere in Los Angeles. Truth is, there's probably no other kosher restaurant in the country that gets more sports stars and celebrities like La Gondola. Dine out this week, you never know who will stop by. La Gondola is located at 9025 Wilshire Blvd (Corner of N Wetherly Dr.) Beverly Hills, CA 90211. There phone number is (310) 247-1239.
PALM SPRINGS, CA
The Lakewood Scoop put out a press release on January 17th, spotlighting Reb Shayale's Kitchen, a new kosher eatery in Palm Springs. Their previous article from January 3rd (click here to read) broke the news of this take-out eatery with a seating area. On the 17th, Satmar Rebbe, Rab Aron Teitelbaum put a mezuzah up at the already popular establishment. For more information, click here. Reb Shayale's Kitchen is located at 250 East Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92264.
MINNESOTA
Deliveries are now available from the Chickies in Mall of America! You can order now by clicking here. They will be delivering to the communities of St. Paul, St. Lois Park, Minneapolis, and surrounding areas. For more information, click here. Chickies i located in the Southside Food Court level 3. The Mall of America is located at 60 E Broadway, Bloomington, MN 55425.
DALLAS, TEXAS
Big foodie event coming up this Sunday! Tell all your friends. Alert the media. An exclusive fine dining experience brought to you by Palate Catering and Chef Joel Kalter Manning Longini, aka Yoelish the Poilish. Their are two seatings, one at 5:30 and another at 7:30. It's $100 per person. Limited seating is available. To RSVP, call (972)-945-2345. You can also email Sales@palate-catering.com. Click here for more information. The event is located at 7989 Belt Lime Rd., Suite 154, Dallas, TX.
HOT TOPICS
Reservations are hard to get and restaurants are at capacity. They literally can't fit more people in their restaurant and the system isn't taking more reservations when they are fully booked. Which is why when someone books a reservation and doesn't show up, or cancels an hour before or shows up an hour late (for whatever reason), it makes it very difficult for the restaurant. For this reason, Asiatiko in Aventura, FL, The newest, hottest restaurant in all of Florida has been charging a $25 REFUNDABLE deposit for all reservations up to 2 weeks before your reservation. You get charged when you book it and AFTER you dine at the restaurant, it gets credited back. Because of Yeshiva Week, where the stress is multiplied, they charge a $45 REFUNDABLE deposit. If you show up, you get it back. If you don't show up or don't cancel within 12 hours of the reservation, you don't get it back. It is clearly written when you make the reservation. If you don't want to do that, don't make a reservation. Tons of people who would gladly go in your place. Also, many fake credit cards are given so it can't be charged day of or after the reservation. Need a long time period before canceling to try and fill reservations and move things around. Not fair to ask them to do it 2 hours before your reservation and it's very busy. And I'm sure if you show proof that your flight is canceled they will refund you. They are not looking to screw people. They just don't want to be screwed themselves. For more on this, and to weigh in, click here.
 

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