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May Openings, Closings, and News Part I

MANHATTAN
Nice write up recently about the new gelato shoppe coming soon from Noi Due that we spoke about the other week. It has some good info about the Noi Due Restaurant Group as well. Click here for the full article. Noi Due Gelato is opening this summer at 489 Columbus Avenue, between 83rd and 84th streets, right next door to Noi Due Café which stands at 491 Columbus Avenue. Noi Due Gelato will feature over 100 Italian recipes with everything made from scratch. Feature items at the new spot will also include sorbet, homemade waffles and a chocolate fountain. There will also be daily specials and special holiday flavors. Seating will be outdoors only. Click here to weigh in on the article, and here for the Noi Due website.
 
Due to high demand, Talia's popular singles night is back! Enjoy unlimited sangria and Talia's homemade Cholent plus a Live Jazz Music Duo. The full bar will be available for those who want to purchase additional drinks. Talia's Jewish Singles Night will be on Thursday, May 26th at 9:00 PM for singles age forty and up. The attendance Fee is $27 (Total of $29.16 including fees). You must have Eventbrite ticket to attend. For tickets, click here. Talia's is located at 668 Amsterdam Ave. (Bet. W. 92nd & 93rd St.) New York, NY. Their phone number is (212) 580-3770.
 
Mocha Red in Manhattan launched their new menu 5/17/22 with DJ Alex. To check out the new menu, click here. click here to weigh in. Meanwhile, tonight, 5/19/22, come to Mocha Red for DJ Alex, starting at 8:00 PM and going until close. Mocha Red is located at 127 4th Ave (off East 13th Street - Near Union Square), New York, NY. Their phone number is (212)-419-8889. Click here for their website.
 
New prix menu features renown Israeli Guest Chef Bengingi; starting Sunday, May 22, the UN Plaza Grill will take diners’ taste buds on a journey around the world with the debut of its Global Chefs Collaborative Pop-up series, an exploration of the world’s most intriguing cuisines. Every month through the balance of 2022, a chef with expertise in cuisine from a specific country or region will collaborate with UN Plaza Grill Culinary Director Ines Chattas to create a three-course menu showcasing representative dishes, ingredients, and techniques. The first such collaboration will be with Ben and Zikki, the husband-wife chef team whose menu of their native Israel’s food will be available from May 22 to June 2. For the menu, click here. For other information about the event, click here. Priced at $77 for the three-courses with a glass of complementary house wine. The menu will also be priced a la carte so items can be mixed with the regular dinner menu. The UN Plaza Grill is located at 845 1st Avenue (at 47th St.), where on-site parking is available. Click here for their website. Their phone number is (212) 223-1801.
 
BROOKLYN
Mazal Tov and Hatzlacha to Bosh. Welcome to the Carbon Charcoal Grill & Bar Era in Crown Heights! The Grand Opening was 5/10/22, and they did great. Click here to check out this video of me chilling with Bosh behind the scenes. We were in the kitchen, chewing the fat, having some fun before we sat down for some research eating and taste testing. To view pictures and descriptions of what we tried, click here. Click here for the menu. Carbon Charcoal Grill & Bar in Crown Heights is located at 262 Kingston Ave, Brooklyn, NY (former location of Izzy's Fried Chicken).
 
Apparently Avenue U runs on Dunkin. A new kosher Dunkin Donuts is opening soon. One is going to be on Avenue U and West 6th. How do we know? Our spies told us, and by that we mean one of you. Take a bow Isaac Z. To see his pictures of the premises, and weigh in, click here.
 
From Brooklyn, NY we have exclusive photos of the soon to be opened, MARGEZ Bar & Grill. The waiter service restaurant will be having a Friends and Family tasting today, May 19th, and they are looking to have their Soft Grand Opening, Sunday, May 22nd. For more information click here, and stay tuned because we'll have more updates as opening day approaches. Margez is located at 1018 Avenue M, off Coney Island Avenue.
 
One of our GKR Brooklyn WhatsApp members spotted this and sent it over. Mimi and Jack's is coming soon to 1114 Coney Island Avenue, off Avenue K. Looks like there serve dessert items, such as ice cream, cookie dough and candy. Perfect timing for the summer months. They will be under the CRC Kosher. Stay tuned for more details, and click here to weigh in.
 
Brooklyn, say hello to Latifa’s Kitchen: Catering and Take Out store which opened the first week of May, offering Middle Eastern Cuisine. Click here for more details and a video. Daily homemade meals as well as for Shabbos and Holidays served on Thursdays & Fridays or ordered in advance. Latifa's Kitchen is located at 707 Avenue U, Brooklyn, NY. Their phone number is (718) 233-8202.
 
As the Chief Foodie Officer (CFO) of Shulamith School for Girls of Brooklyn of Brooklyn, I'd like to invite you and any alumni to join us the Annual Dinner at Bison and Bourbon in Brooklyn. Wednesday, June 1, 2022 at 6:30 PM. Special memorial tribute to Dr. Susan R. Katz A”H, the founding principal of Shulamith High School. To make a reservation of to place a journal ad click here. For more information, or to weigh in, click here. Deadline to RSVP: May 26.
 
The date is set. Sunday June 12th, 2022 (pending park approval but we've been approved for the last 4 times). Located on the corner of Avenue S and East 33rd at the Great Lawn in Marine Park, Brooklyn. We got the whole day but most likely from 12-3pm. Much more details to come. We've had some great parties, let's make this one the best one yet. Lots of fun surprises. (Rain Date: Sunday, June 19th) Click here to weigh in.
 
BRONX
This is pretty insane! I went to the game with my son, and suddenly, we were eating kosher restaurant food at Yankee Stadium Legends Dining Club kosher buffet like "real people." Waiters came over to you to ask if you need anything, brings drinks, etc. Bottom line, I can never go back to concessions. The kosher food is made in house. There are 60 kitchens in Yankee stadium, 1 is designated fully kosher, under the Star K Supervision. Click here for a video of us checking out the club, and here for a video of Max and I chowing down. For more information, plus another video, click here.
 
LONG ISLAND
5 Towns Foodies, you may be noticing some work being done on Central Avenue. On Monday, May 4th, SLSHology started work on their new location hopefully opening before the end May. It will feature the popular "real fruit juice" slushie menu that they have at Roosevelt Mall plus soft serve ice cream. It will be located at 346 Central Ave, Lawrence, NY. Under the Vaad of 5 Towns. Click here to weigh in.
 
Seasons Express is offering a special. Get 2 Regular Pies + 2 Fries for $44.99. Started yesterday, 5/18 at 1pm going until Thursday, 5/19 at 8pm. For your convenience you can order in store on their kiosk or in advance on the Curbngo app for any items from the "convenience" store. Curbside pickup is available. Seasons express is located at 700 Broadway in Woodmere and 50 Doughty Blvd in Lawrence. Text orders to (516) 666-9900. Click here for more information.
 
"Make Shavuot Legend-dairy" on Tuesday, May 24th at 7PM with Apron Masters Kitchen 4 course hands on cooking and dining experience. GKRF 10% off special! Reduced pricing for GKRF members. Normally $120pp. Get it for $109*/pp with code: GKRF (*plus tax and tip). Click here to reserve. For more information, click here. ADDED BONUS: If you refer 5 friends and they put your name when they sign up your ticket will be free. ADDED BONUS: If you refer 5 friends and they put your name when they sign up your ticket will be free. Contact them with questions by calling (516) 569-2665 or emailing events@apronmasters.com. Apron Masters is located at 956 Broadway, Woodmere, NY.
 
Tru By Mur, the new dairy restaurant by MUR will be opening in a couple of weeks, on Wednesday, May 25th. There's going to be a special tasting on Monday, the 23rd that maybe we'll do a contest for. But a reminder that MUR, the meat Mediterranean Urban Restaurant, is now closed until after the summer when they finish renovating the next building. They will be moving Mur into this magnificent, fully renovated restaurant, promising it to be unlike anything you've ever seen before. For more information about TRU and MUR, click here. TRU is located at 310 Central Avenue, Lawrence, NY.
 
You've heard the song, you've heard the rumors but here is a reported confirmation by one of its principal owners. BINGO is indeed coming to Long Island, to the Burnside Commons shopping center on Burnside Ave. in Inwood, expected to open in spring 2023. Click here to see the full article in Long Island Business News. For those of your without a subscription, click here for more information. Bingo Wholesale, a bulk supermarket concept similar to Costco, is coming to Long Island. The company leased the 61,669-square-foot space formerly occupied by Stop & Shop at the Burnside Commons shopping center on Burnside Ave. in Inwood. Bingo Wholesale is a subsidiary of Israeli supermarket chain Osher Ad, which has 20 locations in Israel. Bingo opened its first U.S. store in Brooklyn in 2016 and has since opened two other stores in Lakewood, N.J. and Monsey, N.Y. The Inwood location will be the company’s fourth U.S. store and its first on Long Island. The new Bingo Wholesale store in Inwood is expected to open in spring 2023.
 
MONSEY
Monsey members, do you know about Dolcetto Kosher opening? This kosher steakhouse is under the helm of Chef Zach Hess. They are under Strict Hashgacha of the Tarnupal Beth Din. Click here for more information, or email them at Info@Dolcettokosher.com. Click here for their website. Dolcetto is located at 800 Chestnut Ridge Road Chestnut Ridge, NY.
 
NEW JERSEY
Lakewood gets juiced up! Jus by Julie had their Grand Opening Wednesday, May 11, 2022! They offered free passion iced tea with every purchase. Sounds refreshing. Jus is located at 700 Cedarbridge Ave, Lakewood NJ. They are open from 9:00 am – 6:00 pm. Click here to weigh in about the opening.
 
Smokey Hill is taking their name seriously this Thursday night. Lag Ba'Omer is going to get really Smokey with delicious smoked meats from the authentic southern comfort steakhouse. Live music featuring singer songwriter Sholom Mordechai Benstein. Make your reservations now. Click here for more information. Smokey Hill is located at 681 River Ave, Lakewood, NJ. Their phone number is (848) 245-0339. Click here for their website.
 
Akimori, the high-end sushi restaurant, is coming back to Norwood Avenue this summer. Get ready for Summer 2022! For more information, and to weigh in, click here.
 
Comedy Night at Senders on May 31st; only two weeks away! Come join their comics for a night of laughter and good! $20 reservation/minimum food purchase per person. Don’t forget they are BYOB and offer stemware and a bottle opener at no additional charge! @goldbergcomic Whatever you do don’t laugh with your mouthful. Featuring Bruce Lipsky, Adam D Shandler, Helaine Witt, and Goldberg. Click here for more information. Click here for their website. Senders is located at 190 W Englewood Ave Teaneck, New Jersey. Their phone number is (201) 357-2255.
 
The Kosher Stand at Camden Yards, where the Baltimore Orioles play, is no longer under the Star-K. This was first reported by Baltimore Jewish Life: I spoke with the Star K to see if there was another supervision who has taken over and they did not know. I won't make a joke about their playing prowess, or lack their of, but this is not good news for Orioles fans. Click here to weigh in on this development.
 
FLORIDA
Have Lag Ba'Omer plans? Px Mediterranean Grill has live music performed by Noam Agami and Yossi Bouzouki on Thursday, May 19 at 8:00 PM. Where comfortable shoes, and prepare to get crazy, as there has been known to be some dancing. For reservations, call (954) 280-0050. To weigh in, click here. Px Grill is located at 3558 N Ocean Blvd, Ft Lauderdale. Click here for their website.
 
Both locations of Lenny's Pizza have a Thursday special for Lag Ba'Omer,. In Hollywood get two regular pies, 1 order of your choice of either fries or garlic rolls, and 1 bottle of soda all for only $22.99. Lenny's Pizza in Miami Beach features 2 sixteen inch pies, 2 orders of baked ziti, 2 garden salads, and 1 order of fries all for only $69.99 plus tax. This offer is only available at the Miami Beach location. Lenny's Pizza (Hollywood) is located at 6600 Stirling Rd. (Off N 66th Ave) Hollywood, Fl. Their phone number is (754) 888-9642. Lenny's Pizza (Miami Beach) is located at 544 Arthur Godfrey Rd (between W40th & W41st), Miami Beach. Their phone number is (305) 397-8395. Click here for the Lenny's Pizza website.
 
Last night, The Cave Bar and Grill had Akiva Schechter at 8:00 PM, and DJ Eli at 10:00 PM, but the Lag Ba'Omer fun isn't over yet. tonight, May 19th, The Cave is hosting a Lag Ba'Omer Schvitzathon. The fun starts at 8:00 PM with a $10 cover for all ages. Grab a burger. Grab a beer. Grab a seat. It's music time. The Cave Bar and Grill is located at 5650 Stirling Road, Hollywood, FL. Their phone number is (954) 888-8112. Click here for their website. Click here to weigh in on the event and share your experiences.
 
Off the success of their North Miami Beach location, make way for Bambu Pan Asian Kitchen coming to Boca Raton in a few weeks. They will be located off Route US 441 South at Sandalfoot Square Shopping Mall. Click here to weigh in.
 
TEXAS
Do we have any Houston Texans here? Did you know there's a new kosher restaurant coming your way, called CASA Bar & Grill. Looking to open in a week or two. Their home is your home and they will offer dine in, take out and catering with a private event space. Serving items such as smoked blackened salmon, crispy rice, brisket tacos, short rib empanadas, Chili Cauliflower Bites, Panko crusted chicken tenders, Caesar Salad with Casa chili chicken strips and much more. Stay tuned for more. To weigh in, click here. Casa Bar & Grill will be located at 5711 Bissonnet Street, Bellaire, TX.
 
BAHAMAS
Looking to go to the Bahamas for Shavuos? Grand Hyatt Baha Mar is excited to announce “Shavuos in the Bahamas” where they will be offering holiday meals each day. Join them and celebrate the holiday in Paradise with gourmet meals catered by their famous Kosher restaurant Cinko Asian Latino Grill. The food and beverage package will include the following meals: Shabbat Dinner, Friday June 3rd, breakfast/lunch/dinner, Saturday, June 4th - Monday, June 6th. A continental breakfast will be available from 7:00 AM to 10:00 AM. The lunch buffet will be available from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM. The dinner buffet will be available from 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM. All-inclusive price per person (for meals only) comes to $789++ for Adults, $394++ for Children, ages 6-12, and under $197++ for kids under 5. To reserve Shavous meals, please click here. Should you have any dietary requirements or allergies, please let them know in advance. For reservations of 15 people or more (including kids), please contact them directly at kosher@bahamar.com. Hotel Offer: Stay 3 nights, get the 4th night free! Click here for more information on this special offer. Click here for the restaurant and hotel website. For more information, click here. The Grand Hyatt Baha Mar is located at 1 Baha Mar Blvd, Nassau, The Bahamas. Their phone number is (242) 788-7376.
 
INDUSTRY NEWS
Pizza World Owner Darren Melamed gave away a a free Large Cheese Pizza this past Sunday, for any donation ($36 and up) towards the Kevurah of Howard Weiss, who Darren described as "my mentor and predecessor of the original Los Angeles pizza place, right here, Kosher Nostra." Click here for the link. "Howard opened Kosher Nostra in 1978. He was known for his witty humor, creativity, violin playing (people said he was like Tevya from Fiddler on the roof), his quirkiness and his intimidating persona. He then opened a very popular fast food Chinese restaurant Peking Tam. After that, he opened/built the largest chain of six kosher restaurants; two in the valley, two on Pico along with the existing two(which I became the manager of). At one point earlier on, he opened another Pizza place in Palm Springs. Two other pizza stores, grew out of Kosher Nostra; his pizza cook opened La Pizza in the valley and one of his pizza guys, who I had worked with, went to be the main guy at Pizza Mayven on LaBrea. His best accomplishment, was marrying his sweet wife Rachel in 1986. Howard’s health issues and care he needed of late have squandered much of his funds. Please join me in helping out this Los Angeles icon, in helping carry out his final wish; burial in Israel. BDE." Click here to weigh in.
 
Grubhub featured a promotion for free lunch on 5/17/22. A lot of people took advantage of it, and the influx meant that … not a lot of people were happy. It was a good thought, but the execution could have been better. Still, it worked out for me. Click here to see where I ordered from. As for the rest, new ideas don't always work the first time. If at first you don't succeed, try, try again, as the old adage goes. Click here for examples of how restaurants handled the influx of orders.
 
Before you get all the emails and calls, get a head start and tell everyone you did your part to help Hatzalah saves lives. We should never need them, but if you do, you know there always there. Be there for them. One of the Hatzalah members from Queens is Yossi Davidov, owner of Burger Spot, smashed burger in Forest Hills. He is raising money for Queens & Great Neck Hatzolah. He would appreciate if you contributed through this link. No amount is too little and it goes to helping out the community. To show support and weigh in, click here. Thank you very much, and may your generosity be a reward for health and happiness.
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