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July Review

OPENINGS, CLOSINGS, SPECIALS & NEWS
BROOKLYN:
Bay Cafe, a restaurant very near and dear to us as we worked with them over the past year and helped their transition to becoming a Kosher eatery, is closing. Due to a number of factors, many of them forced by COVID, owner Larisa Aronov will be moving to Canada to be with her other half Billy who has been stuck there for the past few months. We will miss them very and wish them all the best in their future endeavors. Click here for the whole story.
A new meat takeout place has opened up in Marine Park on 3502 Flatlands Ave. Blue Grill, formerly a dairy cafe has rebranded as a go-to for meat takeout food for Shabbat and all week. Check out our Facebook group for their flyer and videos.
The Brooklyn burger place is changing with the times. Bad news: 18th Ave location has officially closed. Good news: "Upside Now," their Express location on 13th Avenue is open and serving with their regular menu for takeout and delivery and there are plans to open up more "Upside Now" locations, with one coming very soon. They claim that modern model chain consists of: Contactless self-serve kiosk ordering, Fast casual with exceptional quality, All their best foods with easier access, & Happier meals at happier prices. Meanwhile, Upside Now is located at: 4621 13th Ave - (718) 489 9909 www.upsidecraft.com. For questions or business inquiries, contact UpsideTimes@gmail.com. Click here for a post from our Facebook group.
Pescada Steakhouse on Avenue P has closed and a pizza store will be taking its place, hopefully in time for the 9 Days. The meat restaurant had a great run, many great experiences were had there and many felt that it was very underrated. We'll have more details about the new store as we find out. They are located at: 509 Avenue P (Between East 5th & Ocean Pkwy.) Click here to see a post from our Facebook group.
The former Coney Island Steakhouse is strictly a market shoppe now and re-opened recently for the first time in months. We wish them well. The store sells mazza, charcuterie, dry aged, fine cuts of meat and other specialties. Located at: 1385 Coney Island Avenue. Phone: 855-522-2527. Click here to see the post on our Facebook group.
I know many have posted, asked, wondered about the new taco restaurant which opened up in Brooklyn (Nostrand and K) earlier this year but has been closed since March. They will, Be'ezrat Hashem, re-open in September as a dairy restaurant, under the same name and be a Taqueria Pastaria. Plan is the have cheese quesadillas, real nachos and cheese as well as homemade in house pasta. It will basically be a modern Mexican kitchen influence but lots more details to come. We wish them haztlacha and much success. We'll be there to support. Click here to see the post on our Facebook group.
TwiBar Falafel in Crown Heights has closed, up for sale. The Brooklyn falafel Mediterranean store made a valiant effort to re-open, but they have decided it is time to close and sell the store. The establishment is 1700 square feet, with free parking spaces in front. Rent is $4500 a month for a 10 year lease. Including all new equipment. Asking price is $60,000. Located at: 140 Empire Blvd, Brooklyn, NY 11225. Message me if interested. Click here for a post from our Facebook page.
Breadberry recently suffered from a partial ceiling collapse on Friday morning, and here's the latest with the Boro Park supermarket. See statements from the store and a quick summary of the highlights:
  1. In store shopping is temporarily closed
  2. Online ordering is open at www.Breadberry.com
  3. Catering dept. is fully open. Please email goodfood@breadberry.com or whatsapp to 347-338-0725 to place your orders
  4. Deli, Bakery, Fish & Sushi depts. are closed
  5. Some Produce & Grocery items may be currently unavailable
Please contact customer service at: service@breadberry.com for further info. Click here to see the full statements on our Facebook page.
MANHATTAN
For the past eight years the Upper West Side has enjoyed the food and dining experience provided by Grill 212. Unfortunately, due to COVID they will be shutting down. They wish everyone lots of love and to stay safe. Click here to see the post on our Facebook group.
Alibaba, another longtime favorite of the Upper West Side has recently lost their lease, said the owner. The past few months have been very difficult on many restaurants and sad news such as this provides us with reminders to support the places we love in these difficult times. Click here to see the story on our Facebook group.
In non-restaurant news, Whole Foods will open its latest New York City location on Friday in Brookfield's Manhattan West development, according to sources familiar with the matter. It will be located at: 450 West 33rd Street in Hudson Yards. Source: Bloomberg News. Click here to see the post on our Facebook group.
QUEENS
Under the awning which bore the name Chopstick appeared recently a new sign foretelling the coming of "Fortune," a new Glatt Kosher Chinese Restaurant coming soon for the residents of Rego Park to enjoy. We'll keep our ears open for any updates. Check it out on our Facebook group here.
Our beloved Marani Georgian Restaurant in Rego Park, Queens opened up on July 14th for the first time in practically 4 months! They will have outdoor dining for about 20-30 patrons, depends on reservations, so seating is limited. They will also be available for takeout. Hours: Sunday 12:30pm-10pm, Monday - Thursday 4:30pm-10pm. To make reservations, call 718-569-0600. You can see their full menu at www.maraninyc.com. Located at: 97-26 63rd Road (off Queens Blvd), Rego Park, NY 11374 (10 minutes from Flushing). Click here to see our Facebook group with photos.
Thanks to the reporting skills of Lisa Neuman, the group was updated on the status of several new restaurants in Queens. Firstly is the appearance of "Crazy Meat" whose sign advertises glatt kosher South American Sandwiches. Next, the former location of Annie Chan's has broken up into Grill House and smaller storefront called "Sweet Moments." Meo Hibachi is under new ownership & management who have renamed it Kampai but appear to be maintaining the Hibachi theme. Lastly, we saw the new Fortune Sushi, the Japanese meat & sushi spot which is the only restaurant of this new lineup that is actually opened. We hope send you more updates as they progress. Click here to see the post from our Facebook group with pictures.
LONG ISLAND
The owners of Chimichurri and Five Fifty in the Five Towns have decided to change their Kashrut Supervision from the Vaad of Five Towns to Mehadrin of Five Towans, led by their Rabbi Rav Yehuda Eliyahu. Rav Eliyahu is a very well respected Tzadik and Talmid Chocham who will be maintaining nothing less than the highest Kashrut standards. To contact the supervision, please email: mehadrinoffivetowns@gmail.com Click here to see a post from our Facebook group. Located at: 450 Rockaway Turnpike, Lawrence, NY 11559. Call: (516) 371-3600. Five Fifty is located at: 550 Central Ave, Cedarhurst, NY 11516. Call: (516) 374-0550
Introducing "Mur," a cool Israeli modern cuisine restaurant with Executive Chef On Mishan, a classically trained chef from Cordon Bleu in London. He's opened several restaurants in Tel Aviv such as Urbano Food Lab, as well as a chain of chef burger places and was the resident chef of Me'shuga. The meat restaurant will be located at 310 Central Avenue, Lawrence, NY (former location of Cakes and Crumbs Bakery). Opening soon after the 9 Days. Stay tuned for more details. Under the Supervision of the Vaad of 5 Towns. Click here for more information from our Facebook group.
CATSKILLS/UPSTATE NY:
Izzy's BBQ Addiction Food Truck was all systems go and rolled into town last weekend in the Catskill Mountains. They set up camp in Loch Sheldrake at the foot of the lake near Sushi Tokyo. Picnic benches and all. Located at: 1188 NY-52, Loch Sheldrake, NY 12759. If you're a bungalow colony, day camp or in a complex, and want the truck to come to you, contact them at: catering@izzyssmokehouse.com. They are also catering siyums for the 9 days and will travel to your location in NY or NJ. Check out our Facebook group for details, here for their menu, and here for pictures.
The Humble Toast Food Truck "Summer Love Tour" has begun. The truck was running on all cylinders and after their weekly Sunday stop in the Hamptons, they made their way up north to the Catskills for a few days last week. They were parked in this lot next to the Le Chocolat Building in Woodridge at 13 Broadway. If you are looking for the modern deli truck to come to your colony upstate, please email them at: Info@thehumbletoast.com. Located at 1383 Queen Anne Road, Teaneck, NJ 07666. Call 201-897-3080 or click www.thehumbletoast.com. Click here to see the post from our Facebook page.
WESTCHESTER
Sad news: Rye Town Hilton, host to thousands of Jewish simchas and decades of Pesach programs is closing on July 20th. A result of COVID. Click here to see a post on our Facebook group with the article with more information about the long time Westchester hotel.
MONSEY
A new cafe has opened its doors in Monsey going by the name "Melt." This cafe seems to be an extension of Melt's ice cream shop and plans to serve a variety of dairy dishes. Click here for a post from our Facebook group.
NEW JERSEY:
WELCOME BACK to Chickies at their Six Flags Great Adventure location which officially reopened Sunday July 5th for the 2020 season! Chickies will be serving a full Glatt Kosher menu under the under the strict supervision of the the Kof-K! Chickies is located right next to the “Superman Roller Coaster” For more information please call 201-820-1555 or email: fresh@chickiesfood.com. Check out our Facebook group for details and here to see pictures from opening day.
JSOR, the supervising agency for the Jersey shore area, has announced that Rita's Ices is no longer under their supervision. Interesting that they wrote "we are sorry to announce," so it sounds like the decision came from the store. This does not affect other stores or franchises, which are independently operated. Click here to read the announcement on our Facebook group.
Welcome "Prime Kosher Sports" to the beach of Deal, NJ. The company which has concessions in Citi Field, MSG and other areas, has a food truck featuring items from some of our favorite establishments. Chickies, Abeles and Heyman, among others. Hours: Monday - Thursday 11-8, Friday 11-5, Sunday 12-8. Supervision Under JSOR. Check out the menu, and behind the scenes action on our Facebook group here and more pictures here.
Here's a statement from the New Jersey deli: "It’s never easy to say goodbye, but we have decided to close our doors...We wish you and your families love, peace, health, happiness, and from the bottom of our hearts, a great big THANK YOU. Due to the worldwide pandemic we have no choice but to close our doors indefinitely. Please be safe. Thank you. We love you." To read the full statement click here to see it on our Facebook group.
Encouraging signs that New Jersey's mega American Dream Mall has plans to reopen as soon as it's safe to do so and with all the right precautions. We hope the kosher food court follows as well. Click here to read the article on our Facebook group.
FLORIDA
Sardina shared that they have closed due to Covid- 19. They served fresh fish with a creative twist. We wish them much success for the future. Click here to see the full post.
The Mediterranean grill spot closed its doors this month as a result of Covid-19. Their presence in Palm Beach Gardens will be sorely missed. Click here to see the full post.
If you remember, there was a Bissaleh in Sunny Isles, Florida many moons ago. Well, the owner remained in Florida and helped open Alma Grill in Hallandale Beach. They have decided to close Alma and will reopen soon after the 9 Days with a new restaurant called "Bissaleh Meat." It will have a fun, fresh and exciting menu. Click here for a post from our Facebook group.
BALTIMORE
Soft opening of Croustille Cafe French Bakery in Baltimore. This bakery contains both a pareve and dairy kitchen and their quiches and pastries look delicious. Their grand opening is anticipated to be at the beginning of August. Click here for a post about it on our Facebook group.
LAS VEGAS
What happens in Vegas...very often gets catered by Jerusalem Mediterranean Chefs Table. The story is that a certain well known Instagram figure was taking a private plane the other day and he had food delivered from Jerusalem. Click here to see the video, spread, and exclusive photos of the restaurant delivery van at the airport. That's Vegas baby!
Exclusive Las Vegas News: Table 613, a new concept from the creators of Ariela's Pizza & Kosher Kitchen, arriving 8/19/20. Just a teaser with more info to come. But what shall it be? Click here to see the post on our Facebook group.
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
A new food truck has been spotted around Hollywood serving Falafel to pedestrians. This summer is definitely the reign of the Kosher Food Truck! Click here to see a post from our Facebook group.
A new meat spot has opened up in Los Angeles going by the name shmorg! They serve all different types of smoked meats and grilled delicacies. Click here and here to see posts about it from our Facebook group. Located 7117 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA. 323 847 5269
Just in time for the summer comes Star Juice, a new place to refresh with smoothies and acai bowls on Pico Blvd. They have both indoor and outdoor seating available. Click here and here for post from our Facebook group.
Schwartz Bakery, aka "Dairy on the Go," is going to be opening now for breakfast starting July 14th. New hours will be from 9am-6pm during the week. Available for pickup with outdoor seating available. They are located at: 8622 W. Pico Blvd. (off Sherbourne Drive), Los Angeles, CA 90035. Call (310) 659 0465 order online at: www.dairyonpico.com or email schwartzbakery@aol.com. You can also find them on Postmates! Click here for their menu on our Facebook page.
CHICAGO
Check out the new digs from Sarah's Brick Oven Pizza in Skokie, Illinois. The remodeling looks so cute and cool. Just a reminder - they are now open for outdoor AND indoor seatings (with restrictions). New summer menu items are here as well. Located at: 4032 Oakton St, Skokie, IL 60076. Call 847-780-2626 or click sarahsbrickoven.com. Click here to see a post from our Facebook group.
TEXAS
On July 13th, The Market in Dallas was notified that one of their vendors who had been present in the restaurant on Friday, after closing, tested positive for Covid 19. The owners have decided to close for a disinfect/cleaning/quarantine period and will be closed until further notice. They plan to take every precaution to test all members of their staff and assure the safety of their customers. Click here to see a post from our Facebook page.
SEATTLE
We regret to report that Bamboo Garden, a longtime staple of kosher food in Seattle will be closing at the end of July. They became kosher about 20-30 years ago and has will be sorely missed by the community, including those who worked to make it kosher in the first place. Click here to see a post from our Facebook group.
ISRAEL
Due to issues resulting from the current Coronavirus crisis which continues to send shockwaves throughout the restaurant industry worldwide. Even in Israel, Meat & Wine Co has shut down. Click here for a post from our Facebook group.
For the first time, the dish Foie Gras has been certified as Glatt Kosher by the Israeli Rabbinate. Previously it had only been available as non-Glatt Kosher but an inspection and certification of a slaughterhouse in Hungary has assured that the animals are treated in a way to maintain their Kashrut and thus enabled the dish to be imported to Israel. Click here for a post from our Facebook group.
 
NATIONAL:
Over fears of new spikes in COVID-19 infections, New York City has decided to move forward with phase 3 & 4 but delay indoor dining restrictions indefinitely. which means we will need to wait a little bit longer for indoor dining.
I have been speaking with the owners of www.FloridaKosherVillas.com and www.LakewoodHosts.com and they have been working on this for quite awhile and are very excited about finally introducing it the public. So if you’re wanting to take a trip across the country, do it in style and comfort with one of their spacious rentals with the Jewish consumer in mind - dishes, cutlery, hot plate, s'forim, other Jewish items all there waiting for you. Or perhaps you need it for an extra bedroom or office for a short term. Their 5 Star Certified team can set you up with a vehicle that has everything a frum, Shomer Shabbos family would need. Here are some example photos of an RV. If you'd like to rent a RV or Travel Trailer, text them at (347) 991-3140 or send them an email request at: thekosherrvguy@gmail.com and you’ll soon be on the road to the vacation of your dreams. Click here for more pictures from our Facebook group.
 
Faceboook Live From Florida
I have been in Florida since July 8th, and so check out some of the places I stopped at along the way, all while wearing a mask and social distancing.
 
26 Sushi & Tapas- Click here to watch my Facebook live from 26 Sushi. 
 
Florida Kosher Villa- Click here to watch my live from there.
 
Backyard BBQ- Click here to watch my live from Backyard BBQ.
 
Bubbys Fish N Chips- Click here to watch my Facebook live from Bubby's Fish N Chips.
 
Cinnaholic- Click here to watch part 1. Click here to watch part 2. 
 
Chicken N Bucket - Click here to watch my Facebook live from Chicken N Bucket. 
 
Fresko- Click here to watch my live from Fresko
 
KC Market- Click here to watch my Facebook live from KC Market.
 
Kosher Kingdom- Click here to watch my Facebook live from Kosher Kingdom. 
 
Krudo- Click here to watch part 1 of my Facebook live from Krudo. Click here to watch part 2. 
 
Lincoln Eatery- Click here to watch my Facebook live from Marble & Rye, Med, TYO Sushi, and Smoked in Lincoln Eatery.
 
My Food Body Mind- Click here to watch my Facebook live from My Food Body Mind.
 
Pita Hut- Click here to see my visit to Pita Hut. Click here to watch how to order online from Pita Hut. Click here to see the food we got. 
 
So Heavenly- Click here to watch how to order online from So Heavenly. Click here to see the food we got. 
 
Sushi Addicts- Click here to watch my Facebook live from Sushi Addicts.
 
The Carrot- Click here to watch my Facebook live from The Carrot.
 
Wok’d- Click here to watch my Facebook live from Wok’d.
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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.