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March Openings, Closings, and News

Now THIS is how you judge restaurants. This one New Yorker ate 200-plus bagels from citywide shops over the course of 13 months and is now ranking the bagels. Congrats to Modern Bread and Bagel on the Upper West Side for being named 6th Best Overall In NYC. That's pretty cool and validating, especially since it's all GLUTEN FREE. Click here for more information, and click here for the full article. Visit them from 8:30am-3pm or next door at Thyme and Tonic for everything vegan. To order in-store pickup or local delivery, click here. To order nationwide shipping, click here. Modern Bread and Bagel is located at 472 Columbus Ave (off West 83rd) New York, NY. Their phone number is (646) 775-2985.
From Josh Kessler, owner and chef of Barnea Bistro comes his newest culinary adventure: BONITO. Bonito opened 3/28/22 and is located in the Chelsea area. It is a chef-driven, fine-dining restaurant with a casual and welcoming atmosphere. They are located at 31 West 17th Street (off 6th Avenue), NY NY. Their phone number is (212) 209-8822. Click here for our Facebook discussion and here for the menu post.
1982 Coffee Roasters Food Truck has recently opened and has been rolling out on the streets. First, some of you weren't even born by 1982. The truck is normally stationed at 18th Avenue Park, on 18th Avenue and 56th Street. It is open from 11am-3:30pm. Click here for exclusive photos and to weigh in. Click here to see the menu and order online after 11am. Some of you may know, they have had a brick and mortar store for years on 13th Avenue and 54th Street.
Click here for the exclusive menu reveal from the new Cote De Boeuf Steakhouse in Boro Park which opened 3/20/22. I was there this past week and check out the videos of the 40 ounce steak and smoked brisket. They are located at 5326 13th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY. Call (347) 295-2413 to make your reservations.
Akimori Sushi in Brooklyn has come up with this cute Handroll Kit. A delicious activity for family, friends and office for lunch or dinner, this is top notch, highest quality sushi. Makes around 12-14 handrolls, depending on how much goes into each. That’s good for up to 4 people. Cost $95, can be purchased online. Click here for more information. Click here for Akimori's website, and click here to order pick up and take out. Akimori is located at 557 Kings Highway, Brooklyn, NY 11223. Their phone number is (347) 462-2320.
The Brazilian concept is coming back to Union Turnpike. The paperwork has been signed, the rabbinical certification has been received and we can now give you all the details. Get ready for MANA: Brazilian Fusion and Bar. Under new ownership, it will be Glatt Kosher under the VHQ. It will offer the very popular "All You Can Eat" feature as well as a full a la carte menu. The restaurant will no longer house Hibachi tables so there will be more space for indoor dining and parties. Click here for our announcement. Click here to reserve a table for this week. Mana is located at 185-01 Union Turnpike, Fresh Meadows, NY. Their phone number is (718) 454-8000.

Bagel Boss Carle Place Has Closed...Looking for a new location
After almost 3 decades years, Bagel Boss on Old Country Road in Carle Place, Long Island, closed on 3/31/22. According to this article, the owners have decided to retire and the Shopping Center is going under renovations. Sources say to be on the lookout for Bagel Boss to re-open with a brand new look and management in the fourth quarter of 2022. “It has been an absolute honor and privilege to serve the Carle Place community for the past 30 years,“ says Adam Rosner, Founder of Bagel Boss. “From baby namings and birthdays to graduations, weddings and beyond we have become an iconic estasblishment to so many and look forward to re-opening.“Bagel Boss was located at 43 Old Country Rd, Carle Place, NY. Click here to weigh in.


Did you guys know that Peppercrust was taken over a few months ago? New ownership has worked hard to further improve their menu and the food looks great under Chef Hicham Khiri. Click here for more information. Peppercrust is located at 253 NY-59, Suffern, NY. Their phone number is (845) 533-5370.
Mike's Chicken closed the week of Purim to get ready for their brand new, and much larger location at 700 Cedarbridge Avenue. Click here to weigh in.
We've reported it before but nice to see more confirmation. Bravo Kosher Pizza from Manhattan confirmed again in the Daily Voice that they are coming to American Dream Mall in East Rutherford, NJ this Spring. Click here for more information. Meanwhile, It has been confirmed to me by Chickies that along with their fried chicken concept, Falafel & Chips and Little Dumpling, that these 2 concepts as well as others, will be under the Chickies group and will be kosher when the Kosher Food Court opens, hopefully in a few months. Click here to learn about the soft serve already available at Geoffrey's Cafe in Toys "R" Us, and click here for a video of the family checking out the soft serve. Click here for a video of us at Chickies. Click here for more information.
Salt Steakhouse is opening a casual option next door to the steakhouse, serving appetizers and sushi. It will be open for lunch and have music nights on Thursday and Saturday nights. Salt Steakhouse is located at 15 Morris Ave, Long Branch, NJ. Their phone number is 732-813-SALT. Click here for more information and to congratulate them, and click here to make reservations.
If you’re traveling to Orlando For Pesach, you need to keep this name: Klein's Rentals. They offer over 150 kosher rental items and a dozen services in the market. From freezers, barbecues and hot plates to cookware, tables and chairs to cribs and more!
Their Services Include: * Personal Shopping * Mail Delivery Service
* Year-Round Storage * Kashering * Pool Privacy Tarp Installation
Delivered and picked up from your Orlando villa.
Call (407) 440-1104. Click here for more information and here for their website.
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South Florida finally gets to taste what we Northerns have been enjoying for decades, and Surfside finally gets a pizza shop back after many years. The store opened its doors at 2:00 pm on 3/31/22. From then up until Pesach, they will be offering only their spicy and sweet slices, pies and fries. An expanded menu, including breakfast will come in May. Click here for pictures and to weigh in. Fialkoff's is located at 9463 Harding Avenue, Surfside, FL. Their phone number is (305) 397-8324.
Say YES! The new Yes Supermarket in North Miami Beach be opened on 3/31/22. Both this location and Miami Beach Market are now under the ORB. Click here for an inside look! In the video, the Manager/Mashgiach Rabbi J giving us an exclusive view at the massive, warehouse, Costco like supermarket. Click here for a video of opening day! The North Miami Beach location is at 555 NE 167th St. The Miami Beach Market location is at 555 Arthur Godfrey.
As of 3/29/22, Shawarma Elbaz Era opened their doors to the public for the first time. Click here to weigh in. Shawarma Elbaz is located at 17010 West Dixie Highway, North Miami Beach, FL.
If you remember, they were open before Covid in Aventura and closed with promises they will be back with a new home. Now that it's official, we can announce the good news that the fried chicken concept from Sushi Addicts owner, Imri Shwartz, will be taking their talents to Hollywood with an expected May opening. It will be located at
4051 Stirling Road, Hollywood, FL Inside Chevron Gas Station (formerly Cafe 56). Click here to weigh in.
The owners of Bissaleh are opening a new Chinese and Sushi Restaurant in theHallandale Beach area, called Woks N Rolls. That area is bursting. Restaurant will be opening after Pesach. Woks N Rolls will be located at 850 W Hallandale Boulevard, Hallandale Beach, FL. Click here to weigh in.
Grove Supermarket in Surfside opened 3/24/22. They are located at 9467 Harding Avenue. Click here to weigh in and here for a sneak peak video inside the store.
Besides ZUMA By MUR which we have reported coming to Aventura 2024, MUR is opening another restaurant with the same name, Mediterranean Urban Restaurant in Sunny Isles in 2023. Click here for a better look at the illustration of what the 130 seat restaurant is going to look like, and to weigh in. Click here for more illustrations and information. The current MUR location is at 310 Central Avenue, Lawrence, NY. Their phone number is (516) 260-6341.
Congratulations Jenifer Yehudis Shwartz, owner of The Maven Baker for winning the 2022 "Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream Pitch Room Competition!" This year's round of finalists included three StartUP FIU alumni. Each entrepreneur presented innovative products and concepts, highlighting South Florida's best and brightest. @startupfiu is proud to support local community members such as Jenifer, a phenomenal representation of Miami's outstanding, local small businesses. Maven Baker is located at 1629 South 21st Avenue, Hollywood, FL. They will also be having a Passover Pop-Up. Click here for more information. The Pop-Up will be located in Chevron station, 5411 Stirling Rd, Hollywood.
From the owner of Chai Wok, comes Chai Berry, which will be located next door to the aforementioned Chinese restaurant (in fact their former private room). They will be opening on Monday, April 25th. It will offer wraps, sandwiches, salads, smoothies, juices, acai and poke bowls. Sounds berry good to me. Click here for their website, and here to weigh in, and stay tuned for more information. Chai Berry will be located at 1688 NE 164th St,, North Miami Beach, FL.
Congratulations to Shlomo Danziger, the first Orthodox Jew who was elected Mayor of Surfside 3/15/22! Click here for more information.
Mazal Tov to Café Noir on their expansion! We've been telling you and showing you that they have been busting at the seams and this extra needed space is going to be so useful. Click here to check out a video of the scene at the Hollywood dairy restaurant. Beautiful sushi and saki bar coming soon. Opens at 8am. Outdoor Patio Seating Available. Café Noir is located at 3000 Stirling Road, Hollywood, FL 33312> their phone number is (954) 584-5171.
One of our members, posted a video on our "Great Kosher in Florida 2" WhatsApp Chat. He went to ARTISANKO in Midtown Miami to pick up some dinner. It's owned by Sammy Friedman, who I know from 20 years ago who does POSH Events. In fact, he runs the catering for Chabad at Midtown Miami. Small world. Meanwhile, ARTISANKO is open Sunday-Thursday11-3, 5-10. Click here to see the video and to weigh in. Click here for their menu. Artisanko is located at: 221 NE 29th Street, Miami.
Must have experience with hand-stretched pizza dough and wood peel to the oven. Seeking a hardworking, reliable individual, and works well with others. Must maintain a clean work area and work well under pressure. Competitive Pay, must have reliable transportation. Serious inquires only! No Drama. No Friday Nights! Email: Lennyspizza41@gmail.com. Please share with friends and community chats.
There's a new 24/7 Florida oriented WhatsApp chat, called The Florida Scoop. I joined the week of Purim, and it's pretty cool. Highly recommend you join for interesting news with everything about Florida. Click here for more information and here for the link.
Cleveland Heights bagel lovers are set to get a kosher option when Nubeigel opens this summer at 2254 Lee Road. Nubeigel is headed by baker and chef Josh Admon. For more information, click here. For their website, click here. For an article in Cleveland Jewish News, click here.
Last week's special dinner event in collaboration with California-based Kosher winery Covenant Wines and Owner and Founding Wine Maker, Jeff Morgan was SOLD OUT! HOWEVER, they're extending this incredible wine pairing menu and forthcoming new dishes from Executive Chef Phil Kastel all this week, April 3rd - 7th! Reservations available now on Resy.com. Click here for more information. Milky Way is located at 9108 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA. Their phone number is (310) 859-0004.
The last surviving brother of the Entenmann family, founders of Entenmann's baked Goods, died on 2/24/22 at the ripe old age of 92. His delicious creations graced Shabbos Kiddush's across the world. For more information on Charles and the role Entenmann's played in Jewish households, click here. Eat and Entenmann's Pastry in his memory, and click here to share what you're eating and what memories you have of Entenmann's.
Click here to check out these pictures posted by Tzvi B. of Gal Gadot making Hamantashen with her daughters.
News12 and CBS2 and News 12 stopped by Masbia Soup Kitchen Network in Boro Park about the situation they are in. Basically, the government funding for their supplies was just cut right before the holiday, which is the worst possible time. Now they need your help! Click here for our post with the full article and episode, and here for their website now taking donations. (Also, check me out on Naomi's Nachman's show by clicking here!)
Great Kosher Blog
Monday, May 29, 2023
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