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September News, Events, Openings, and Closings

The popular pizza store in Queens and Brooklyn, Pizza Professor, will open another location under their franchise, on 47th Street in Manhattan's Diamond District in the new few weeks. Nice addition to the block. More details to follow. Click here to weigh in.
AO, an Organic Japanese restaurant is coming in the next few weeks. Dairy free and Gluten free. It's a fast causal concept they say you have never seen before with a focus in healthy eating and nutrition. Click here to weigh in. Located at: 1385 Broadway, New York, NY (off West 38th Street).
I did a little digging and here's what I have found out and been told from the parties involved. I called the restaurant and spoke to the mashgiach, Moshe. He directed me to the one who hired him. His name is R Sholtiel Lebovic, a Chabad-Lubavitch Chassid in Brooklyn who was hired by the new supervision, Rabbi Mayer Steinberg to kasher the kitchen and help get mashgichim. I have known Rabbi Lebovic and his company Go Kosher for many years and he tells me new owners have taken over and are Shomer Shabbat; they buy from Alle and the restaurant is closed on Shabbos. Click here for the contract from Rabbi Yisrael Meyer Steinberg of the Cup K (and to weigh in). This post is not to endorse or comment on the reliability of the kashrus. One must decide for themselves and ask their LOR. I am giving you the information I have discovered. The restaurant is located at: 1599 York Ave, New York, NY.
We're always getting asked what's open for Shabbos so this is a nice addition to the city. Click here to visit their website to register & prepay. Adult menu: $90 per person + tax & tip. Includes your choice of appetizer, entrée & dessert + 2 glasses of house wine. Children’s menu: $50 per child under 10 + tax & tip. Includes choices of entrée & dessert + 2 soft drinks or juice. Additional a la carte menu items available for pre-purchase. They reserve the right to cancel at any time. Seating times: 5:30-9:30pm. Click here for more information, including the full menu, and to weigh in. Reservations at www.unplazagrill.com or by calling (212) 223-1801. Private party space available. Located at 845 1st Avenue (at 47th St.), New York, NY.
Their Midtown location is now closed again. Unfortunately, the revolving door and story continues. They actually hope to be back open in a month or so in this Midtown location (perhaps with some changes), so stay tuned. Click here to weigh in. Their 2 other locations are open and they will deliver large catering orders to the city. Colbeh Great Neck is located at 75 N. Station Plaza, Great Neck, NY. #(516) 466-8181. Colbeh Roslyn is located at One The Intervale, Roslyn States, NY. #(516) 621-2200.
Persian Pop-Up Dinner at Talia's Steakhouse & Bar featuring Chef Nasrin Rejali! Monday, 9/19 - Friday, 9/23. Nasrin is one of the top Persian chefs in New York City and has been featured in some of the most prestigious media outlets. Available for dine-in, local takeout, deliveries throughout Manhattan, and NY/NJ suburbs. Reserve a table by calling 212-580-3770, emailing info@taliassteakhouse.com, or by clicking here. Click here to order takeout to enjoy this special feast at home! Daily Deliveries to NY & NJ Suburbs: Tues: West Orange / Livingston, Wed: Teaneck & Englewood. Passaic, Clifton, & Fair Lawn. Thurs: Riverdale & New Rochelle (Central Pickup) $75 minimum order & $15 delivery fee. Drop-offs from 5:00 - 6:30. Food will be delivered in insulated bags and can be warmed in oven (or microwave if needed). Please note: Shabbat takeout orders for Friday will be from 3:15 PM - 6:15 PM. Please email info@taliassteakhouse.com to inquire regarding Persian menu for Friday night dine-in Shabbat dinner hosted at Talia’s. Located at 668 Amsterdam Ave. (Bet. W. 92nd & 93rd St.) New York, NY 10025. Click here for more information and to weigh in.
Word is the Hale & Hearty Soups company went bankrupt, sold and are going kosher, under the OU. Could it be? Yes it could. Is it true? We will see. Click here to weigh in.
Marine Park, I've got good news and bad news: Tea for Two is no longer open for dine in service, but they are open and taking lots of parties and requests. With the staff shortage and lack of support for dine in, they felt this was a better use of the restaurant. It is a large space and great for parties. If you're looking to do a simcha or event, please consider this beautiful establishment, with indoor and outdoor space. Accommodating meat or dairy. Click here to weigh in. Located at 3217 Quentin Road, Brooklyn NY. # (718) 489-4205.
The popular Manhattan sushi restaurant Tempura Sushi has taken the space on Avenue K and Coney Island Avenue. Click here for the video I took of the new premises; it's the former location of Cafe K and Taboun.
GKR spotted Corner Street Food opening at 1360 Coney Island Avenue, off Avenue J. Former location of the short lived Shawarma Tanami. Click here to weigh in.
Some dining in news from BRAVO PIZZA and Restaurant - Flushing Queen. They are expanding their space and have opened up seating in their sister restaurant next door, Trattoria by Pier 26 until 4pm everyday! They will soon be making a permanent walkway into the restaurant, for easy access to more seating for Bravo Pizza customers. Great idea. Click here to weigh in. Located at: 69-26 Main Street Flushing, NY. #(718) 261-0196.
Mana ain't falling from heaven anymore. Mana Brazilian Grill All You Can Eat will be closing their dine in service after tonight but they will remain open and only do catering going forward. Make your reservations now buy clicking here. Click here to weigh in. Located at: 185-01 Union Turnpike, Fresh Meadows, NY. #(718) 454-8000.
This falls into a nice category of cool, casual, but classy burger house with really nice steaks, nachos, tacos, poppers. Priced not as an upscale steakhouse. The burger had a good grind and fat to meat ratio (bun held up well), steak was cooked perfectly medium rare. Wishing them much hatzlacha and Mazal. Click here for a picture of me with owners Eved and Eddie, and here to weigh in. Click here for a video of the mezuzah going up, and here for a video of my first bite at the tasting. Click here for a video of the D'var Torah from Rabbi Daniel Cohen. The artisanal burger house Barbacoa had their soft opening 9/13/22. Click here to weigh in. For the menu, click here. Located at: 142 Spruce St, Cedarhurst, NY. Under the Vaad of Five Towns. (516) 240-1622.
We have been reporting about this over our social media channels for the past month, but in case you missed it, the Humble Toast and La Cucina Di Nava have been sold and is now under new ownership. The old ownership has ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO DO with the new ownership or restaurant anymore. As we have written in the past, please give the staff who are there and the new ownership every opportunity to succeed. Thank you. Click here to weigh in. Click here for more information. La Cucina di Nava is located at: 192A W Englewood Ave, Teaneck, NJ. The Humble Toast is located at: 1383 Queen Anne Rd, Teaneck, NJ.
We broke news a couple of weeks ago and it was picked up by most Jewish outlets. As you know, it's a sad situation if you've been following our investigation. In case you missed it, here is the official statement sent by the OK Supervision about their decision concerning Kosher Chinese Express of Manalapan, NJ. "OK Kosher has completed an extensive investigation into the events at Kosher Chinese Express in Manalapan, New Jersey. Kosher Chinese Express intentionally violated its obligation to the kosher consumer despite OK Kosher's having assigned multiple Mashgichim Temidim to this restaurant … The owner verbally admitted to bringing in the non-kosher items beginning with the nationwide chicken shortage in March 2022. HaRav Menachem M. Weissman shlit"a was consulted throughout the investigation and he ruled that kashering is necessary if you reheated the food using your own equipment, Consult a Rav about Kashering questions." Contact OK Kosher at (718) 756-7500 with any questions. To see the infamous video, click here. For the final verdict with details, click here.
I am thrilled and honored to once again be coordinating the 2nd Annual NJ Restaurant & Wine Festival, benefiting the amazing, non for profit, organization Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey. It was great last year; this year, even better! SAVE THE DATE: Monday, November 7th at Ahavath Torah Synagogue located at 240 Broad Avenue, Englewood NJ. Sample fine wines and unique cuisine from premier restaurants across the metropolitan area. VIP's come at 6:30 - 9:30 pm. Limited availability. Includes open bar and heavy Hors d ’Oeuvres. General admission is from 7:30 - 9:30 pm. Cooking demonstration by Joshua Massin. Guests must be 21 years old and over. General Admission is $100.00 per ticket. VIP Admission is $400.00; two (2) tickets for VIP Admission - Doors open 6:30 pm. A portion of your couvert will be used to combat hunger by providing kosher food to those in need in our neighborhoods. Please consider an additional donation to Jewish Federation to help with this effort. This event will go to support the variety of programs that JFNNJ provides to our local community and Israel. Tickets are now available. Click here to order. Click here to weigh in.
Good news for extended residents and guests: CASA CAVA Pizza and Restaurant in Monticello will remain open for the foreseeable future. Click here to weigh in. Located In The Mountain Mall, 520 E Broadway Monticello, NY. #(845) 655-5888. Available on the Curbngo app so order in advance or at their in store kiosk for faster ordering.
New Haven, CT, you've got yourself a new dairy restaurant called Ricotta Pizza & Bakery. Owned by Israeli Americans Jacob Atia and Nadav Adad, the restaurant offers traditional Ashkenazic baked goods like knishes, spinach rolls, and chocolaty rugelach, all baked in house. The menu features a sweeping variety of veggie pizzas. Click here to weigh in and for exclusive photos from their Opening Night. Located at: 1203 Chapel Street, New Haven, CT.
Get Picnic Packs at Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands on Thursday, September 28th. Pick-up at Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands 5513 S. Cloverdale St. Pre-order a picnic pack from Muriel's and they'll bring it to you at the farm from 2-7pm.
Includes: 4 sandwiches (choice of Tuna Salad or Egg Salad Sandwich), 4 Chocolate Chip Cookies, 1 Quart of fresh fruit, tub of pickles, and 4 servings of chips. Requires a 1 day lead time to order. Prepaid package. $84 per package (serves 4). Click here to order and here to weigh in. Email catering@eatatmuriels.com with any questions. Under the Vaad of Seattle / Cholov Yisroel. Located at: 5041 Wilson Ave S, SEATTLE, Washington. # (206) 721-5866.
SMASH HOUSE had their soft opening to the public Wednesday, September 7th. They offered a limited pre-launch menu featuring a $5 smash burger (add $1 for cheese). Doesn't include delivery fee. Take out/Delivery only @ubereats. Click here for more information, including a copy of the menu. Located at: 1550 NE 164th Street, North Miami Beach, FL. #(305) 351-9545. Click here for their website.
As we reported a couple of weeks ago, Roadhouse in Boca was sold and has opened up under the name SOUTH STREET. It's an owner from NY and he has big plans for the space. He just sent me the new menu and I love the names of many of the items (I see he likes to word play). Click here to take a look. Right now, they are in their very soft opening phase, but look out for Grand Opening details coming soon. Located at: 7000 West Camino Real, Boca Raton, FL. #(561) 544-8100. (Please note that Carmela's, Rave Pizza and Oak and Ember are still under the current ownership).
It looks like Ziva's Kitchen in Pampano Beach has closed. Sad, I heard good things about them. Ziva's was located at 2900 W sample Rd., Pompano Beach, FL. Click here to weigh in,
There is a new Kosher food truck under the ORB called CARNIVORE! Great name. Click here to check out their menu. This Saturday night they will be outside of Escape Lounge in Fort Lauderdale (300 SW 1st Avenue). Meanwhile, you will be able to find out where they are and order here starting next week. And on Sunday, September 18th at 3:00 PM, Carnivore will be at Chabad Southwest Broward's Rosh Hashanah Honeybee Workshop; a hands-on High Holiday experience for kids. Click here for details, and here to register. For parties and inquires, call (407) 435-6395.
Soho Deli in Aventura is installing a charcoal grill in their space to provide their customers with that delicious charcoal flavor. You pick it, they will grill it. Here is owner Shlomi Ezra going over the plans. Click here to weigh in. Located: 19010 Northeast 29th Avenue, Aventura, FL (next door to their Soho Asian restaurant). # (305) 931-8883. Click here for their website.
Congratulations to Dovid Lieder and Lieder's Takeout Shop on Pico Blvd, as the 1st of September was their 1st day with their expanded takeout section. They took over the next store over a year ago but we happy to see they have been able to provide a more expansive array of delectable Shabbos items for their customers. Click here to check out the spread and to weigh in. You can place your orders with their takeout department via phone (310) 909-7223 or email your order to: Pico@orderlieders.com . Located at 8721 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA. Under the Rabbinical Supervision of OK.
Modern Bread and Bagel is set to open their location in the Los Angeles Valley of Woodland Hills. They want to give you a little sneak preview by offering a LIMITED menu for pre-order this WEDNESDAY (Sept 14)! All orders can be made by clicking here. Must be made by 5:00pm 9/13/22. Pick up will be from 10am-4pm on Wednesday IN PERSON at The Village at Woodland Hills! I heard it's 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. It will be under IKC, same supervision as the current location. Click here to weigh in. Located at: 6360 Topanga Canyon Blvd #1200, Woodland Hills, CA. (20 minutes from Sherman Oaks).
L.A., you've finally gotten a NY deli. SCHWARTZ'S DELI & BBQ is open! Stop in or click here to order online. Dine in, Take out, Delivery available. Have you been there yet? Click here for their website, and here to weigh in. Located at: 8820 West Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA. #(310) 777-7577.
The new Patty Smash Go from the owner of Simon and Joe's (located next door) opened in August. They specialize in smashed burgers and chicken sandwiches. Very popular trend we're seeing more of in the kosher industry. Love the taste of smashed burgers; great addition to the neighborhood. Click here for more information, plus a video. Kosher Supervision by Va'ad Hakashrus of Las Vegas (Chabad). Located at: 3720 W Tropicana Ave, Las Vegas, NV. Phone/Whatsapp: 725-248-5556. Email: hello@pattysmashgo.com.
Kosher Chinglish is asking the public for help to find a mashgiach in order to keep the restaurant open. Flexible shifts as needed; typically 2 shifts a day: 10:30am - 3:30pm and 3:15pm - 10:15pm. $20/hr + benefits after 3 months. Email info@chinglishlv.com to apply. (Borrowing the image from Alan Lieberman's book.)
Yes, we recently started and if you want to be like the young kids and be cool, please follow us. We have fun, quick videos of many of the restaurants you have all visited. I may even dance a little. Click here for the link, and here to weigh in.
Well, I'm back...but I want to go back. I'm hooked. I've tasted the cruise life and it was awesome. There's so much to say and show you but if you have 3 minutes, my office and I put together this fun video of my time on the cruise. Click here to see it and weigh in with any questions. I know the main question is 'how do I find out about the next Kosher fresh program cruise from Royal Caribbean?' So, nothing official has been announced. There is a very strong possibility, they will be having 1, 2 or even 3 ships leaving Orlando or Miami over the span of the 2 weeks of Yeshiva Week, but it would be premature to announce anything. The best, easiest and fastest way to book is to get on the email list of travel agent Sharon Gratt Leeds; she will get the go ahead from Royal and tell me, but if she has your information, she can book you right away. This fresh Kosher package will be limited and will sell out fast. Price of rooms depend on cabin, the ship, destination (around $2000-$2500 per couple) and the kosher package (3 fresh buffet meals every day) was $50pp per day, not sure if that will change. Click here for the link to fill out preliminary information and she will get back to you.
Get ready to cruise on the high seas with 5 upcoming Royal Caribbean International Kosher cruises, yes, 5!
See Yeshiva Week pricing here and Summer pricing here.
I recommend you email travel agent, Sharon Leeds at sharon17.travel@gmail.com for with the following information as soon as possible.
  • Legal Names and birth dates (for every member of your party)
  • Cabins you desire
  • Credit card information for initial deposit ($250 per person) and Kosher meals (see below)
  • Preferred seating time for Kosher dinner meal - first and second choices (5:00pm, 6:30pm, 8:00pm)
  • Best email and phone number where you can be reached
The "Wonder of the Seas" 7-night cruise departs Sunday, January 15, 2023 or Sunday, January 22, 2023. Sailing from Orlando (Port Canaveral), Florida. Itinerary: St. Martin, St. Thomas, Coco Cay (on Saturday). The "Quantum of the Seas" Alaskan cruise departs Monday, August 7, 2023 OR Monday, August 14, 2023. Sailing from Seattle, Washington. The "Oasis of the Seas" northeast cruise departs Sunday, August 20, 2023. Sailing from Bayonne, New Jersey to Bahamas. To be added to Sharon's newsletter, click here. Click here for important FAQ about the kosher package. For more information, click here.
Great Kosher Blog
Monday, September 25, 2023
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.