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We said goodbye to the following restaurants this past year - over 60 places. Some were shockers and long time establishments. One may say it was not a good year for kosher restaurants, but this is just the industry cycle and we have a lot to be proud of and look forward to with nearly 100 restaurants opening in 2018 and surviving. Yes, "survival" is probably the best way to describe the kosher industry with many of their obstacles. Restaurants are expanding, opening more locations and doing well. So you can make it! There are hundreds of examples we don't always pay attention to, because they are consistent, do their job and it's not as sensational to talk about the successful ones. So while some have gone, we have hope for many of these restaurants and look forward to an even greater 2019.

New meat restaurant "Bakar" opens on Coney Island Ave
A new kosher steakhouse opened in Brooklyn this week!
We know for now that it's called 'Bakar' and is located on Coney Island between Avenues J&K. Stay tuned for more info..
Falafel King Opens
A brand new falafel spot just opened up in Brooklyn serving up shakshuka, hummus plates, falafel and more.
Located at 2111 Avenue U and East 9th street. Phone: (347) 713-1900
La Cuisine Closed
The takeout shop once located at 1911 Avenue M is now closed. It is up for sale, if interested, please reply back to this email. Equipped and in new condition, best location with heavy traffic.
Mustard Panini Bar opens
New meat sandwich shop opens on 462 Avenue P and East 4th, serving up deli paninis with house-made sauces and a wide variety of toppings. They also offer vegetarian options.
Hours: Sun-Thur: 11:00-11:00, Sat: 7:30-2:00 A.M. (718) 645-1888
Olive Tree closes
The kosher dairy restaurant formerly located at 2811 Nostrand Ave has closed.
New Amsterdam Burger & Bar update
Amsterdam Burger Co is moving and expanding on the Upper West Side and will now be called: "New Amsterdam Burger & Bar"
It's still about 4 months away, but the new 65-70 seat restaurant will be located at 680 Columbus Avenue (and 93rd) across from the new Trader Joe's. Click here to see some sneak peek photos!
Stay tuned for more details.
Big Bang Burger Closes
As much as we were all trying to avoid this from happening but it may have been inevitable. Big Bang Burger has closed.
Was located at: 426 Amsterdam Avenue (off West 80th).
Coffee Berry closes and is looking for buyer
The owner has informed us that the restaurant has closed for good and is looking for a buyer. Rent is roughly $13,000 a month including taxes.
Serious inquires only. If interested, please email: elan@gkrm.net
Best offer will be considered.
Chocolate Works closing
The Upper West Side has lost a few kosher restaurants recently, unfortunately Chocolate Works will be closing their doors at the end of the month. Next time you have a sweet tooth run over there and show some support.
They are located at 641 Amsterdam Ave. Phone: (212) 799-3630
Holy Schnitzel is coming to the Upper West Side
Holy Schnitzel, the popular New York franchise is opening up in the former location of Amsterdam Burger on the UWS.
The casual and reasonably priced restaurant will be opening in the first quarter of 2019 and will be serving their classics like the Cali Love, Holy Toasty and Tony Special (enclosed). This is the 5th establishment in their portfolio, with locations already in Cedarhurst, Staten Island, Brooklyn and Queens.
Much more details to follow. Located at: 654 Amsterdam Ave West 92nd.
Milk & Honey moved to new location
Milk & Honey formerly located at 22 W 45th street has relocated to 12 east 46th between 5th and Madison Ave.
NY Brat Factory under new ownership and supervision
Ny Brat Factory is officially under new ownership and new kosher supervision. Chef Meir Levy will continue to run the kitchen, the new owners will only handle the business aspects. The restaurant is now under the supervision of Rabbi Avrohom Mamorstein.
Located at 933 Amsterdam Ave, Phone: (646) 861-1452.
Paprika is looking for buyer
Paprika is looking for a buyer of their current location. The owners plan to relocate to a new spot as soon as they sell. For details click here.
Located: 56 East 34th Street (between Madison & Park Avenue). Phone (212) 679-1100
Seasons Supermarket Closes
Seasons Upper West Side has announced that they will close their doors to the public December 28th. Until then the store is selling everything at %50 off (excluding meat and sushi).
Located at 661 Amsterdam Ave. Phone: (212) 222-6332
Ah-Sah-EE Coming to Five Towns
For those not yet in the know, an acai bowl is a delicious frozen tropical fruit topped with all of your favorite toppings like granola, coconut, fresh fruit and more! It’s what breakfast dreams are made of. This new location is located at 351 Central Avenue (in between Coffee Bar and Sunflower Cafe) and will serve Acai Bowl, Smoothies, Coffee and more. The new cafe will be open around summer time.
Chimichurri Charcoal Kitchen is expanding
Tzvi, the owner, has decided to take over the lease of their next door neighbor and expand in the next 5-6 weeks. This is great news as the very popular chicken charcoal restaurant is in high demand and they will now be able to accommodate more customers and offer more spacious seating.
Located at: 450 Rockaway Turnpike, Cedarhurst. Phone: (516)-371-3600.
Graze Smokehouse is expanding
Graze Smokehouse is expanding and taking over next door, at the former location of Mike's Burgers. This will allow Graze to have more seating, more of a display counter and probably a private party room up stairs.
Located at: 529 Central Ave. Phone: (516) 828-5000
Hibachi coming to the 5 Towns
"Hibana Hibachi" is coming to Long Island. Five Towns has become a hotbed of kosher restaurants in the past few years, and it just got better. They are waiting for final approval from the Fire Marshall but we're expecting to hear more information soon.
They will be located at 340 Central Ave, Lawrence.
Hunki's Pizza Closes
After 14 years of serving pizza to the community of Plainview, Hunki's pizza closes. They were located at 31 Central Park Rd.
Muscat Glatt comes to Five Towns
The owners of Cafe Muscat in Queens are bringing Muscat Glatt to Lawrence. They will be taking over the former location of Skewers Steakhouse on Rockaway Turnpike.
The spot will be a hybrid of take out, restaurant and catering for off premise parties. More to come..
Streats is open
The owners of DOMA Land & Sea and Cork & Slice opened up an international street food restaurant in Long Island. It will have a similar look and color scheme to their other restaurants but with a more a casual feel. Streat's menu items include the Streats Burger, Crispy Fried Chicken Sandwich, Cubano Sandwhich, Los Tacos, Market Shawarma Platter and much more. Located at 128 Cedarhurst Ave, Long Island.

Upper Crust is coming to Queens
Upper Crust, with already a popular location in Cedarhurst on Central Avenue, will be opening a second location in Queens at 6717 Main Street (where the former Carlos & Gabby's was). The new Upper Crust in Queens will be more urban, stylish and less diner-like as the other location is. Stay tuned for more details...
Japanica replaces Annie Chans in Queens
Replacing Annie Chan's on Union Turnpike, Japanica brings new Asian flair to Queens.
Click here for a menu and info.
Located at 190-11 Union Turnpike,Fresh Meadow. Phone (718) 740-1675
Sixty5 on Main is looking to turn kosher
A premier restaurant in Nyack, NY is looking to turn kosher and they are looking for an operator/general manger to run it.
This is very big news as there is nothing in Nyack (25 minutes east from Monsey) and to have a polished, waterfront locale with gorgeous ambiance, wine & spirits, plus live music and events, this is going to be a very cool, destination spot.
The owners are excited to make it kosher but they need an experienced team so they asked me to put out some feelers and see who has the experience and is available.
For serious inquiries please email elan@gkrm.net
Located at: 65 Main St, Nyack, NY 10960, click here for more photos!
Shari’s Bistro Brings Upscale Kosher Dining to Somers Point Water Resort
Having opened Nov. 30, the 1884 Victorian Mansion on the Bay Resort is serving dishes such as steak au poivre, veal marsala and duck a l’orange, all Glatt kosher. The restaurant is open 4-10 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Click here for more info!
Chez Rene et Gabin Opens
The brand new Kosher Tunisian Restaurant in Bal Harbour that just opened their doors to the public in the Carlton Terrace Condominiums on Collins Avenue. They have a restaurant in Paris and decided to open a second location in Miami. They're also open for Friday night dinner. Located at 10245 Collins Ave. Phone: (786)-838-8521
Foozo Opening New Location in Bay Harbor
Foozo's new location is expecting to officially be open next month in Bay Harbor, FL. Their current location is 2520 NE 186th Street, North Miami, FL 33180. Phone: (786) 916-2812
House Burger Kosher Opening in Hollywood
A new burger joint HBK is coming to Hollywood Florida! They plan to open their doors tonight for New Year's Eve. See our Facebook Group for more details.
New candy spot "The Chill" Opens in Aventura
Mark Aquinin, the owner of Fuego and Acqua opens "The Chill," a cute candy store right in the center of the Aventura Waterways complex.
Located at 3575 NE 207th St, Aventura, FL 33180
Sarah's Brick Oven opens in Skokie
Sarah's Brick Oven is a new kosher dairy restaurant serving a large variety of homemade dishes inspired by Italian and Mediterranean cuisine. Their menu items include brick oven pizza, pasta, paninis, malawach and more!
Located at: 4032 Oakton St, Phone:(847) 780-2626
A new 'build your own' sandwich shop opens on Pico
A new meat eatery called "The Kitchn" opens up between Pico Blvd. and Beverly Dr. (across from the car wash). Its a build your own sandwich shop with tons of meat options. Go check it out!
Express 15 opening soon
A new kosher Asian restaurant called Express 15 will soon open on Pico Robertson at the old milk and Honey location. More info to come..
New kosher restaurant coming to Cancun
A new sophisticated kosher restaurant is currently being built on the trip of Cancun, Mexico. We're still not sure what the cuisine will be like but from the looks of it we're excited already! Click here for a sneak peek video! More info to come..
Great Kosher Blog
Saturday, June 10, 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.