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November Openings and Closings


ALENbi is Now Open in Crown Heights
The newest and hottest Israeli Restaurant in Crown Heights is officially open! Chef Elior Balbul has worked with mega chef Meir Adoni in Israel and this restaurant is something that the Kosher world has not really seen yet. It is gourmet Israeli food with a twist. You're encouraged to share plates to get the full experience and taste all of the bold and different flavors. I was there last week and some of the highlights were:  Cauliflower Steak, Carpaccio Egel, and the Israel Souvlaki. The open kitchen restaurant has only 50+ seats, counting the 6 seats at the bar that will be used as a chef's table. Click here to view photos. Located at: 887 Nostrand Avenue, Brooklyn, NY. Phone: 347-529-3739
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Basil Secures New Kosher Certification
Basil is re-opening today at 5:30pm, after a brief 24 hour hiatus, under the Kosher supervision of the OU. The dairy restaurant recently hired a new chef and revamped their menu, which includes all of their popular favorites as well as cutting-edge dishes. Click the link here to read more about it. Located at: 270 Kingston Ave. Phone: 718-285-8777

Bubble Bam Closes... And Reopens
Bubble Bam closed last month, but for those whose bubbles had burst it's time to blow a new one, because Bubble Bam is back (with a bam)! And now serving breakfast in addition to it's old favorites like the Bubble Waffle, Paninis, Wraps, Coffee, Tea, Ice Cream, Milkshakes and more. Located at: 822 Kings Highway, Brooklyn, NY. Phone: 718-758-5597

Burgers + Q Opens in Brooklyn
Shloimie Fischman made his dream come true last week with the soft opening of his new craft burger joint  Burgers + Q. With a unique and delicious menu of appetizers, burgers and sandwiches and refreshing drinks this is an exciting new addition to the Brooklyn food scene. Click here for the review and photos, click here to view menu. They're open and serving until their hard opening in a few weeks. Located at: 4726 New Utrecht Avenue, Brooklyn, NY.

Davry Kosher Sports Bar Opens on Kings Highway
About 2 months ago we told you about another Kosher sports bar coming to Brooklyn and we are pleased to report that they are now open! With the new basketball season upon us, this will be fun. They will have about 18 TV's and seating for 70 including a small bar when you first come in. Located at: 722 Kings Highway, Brooklyn, NY.

Halftime Grill Closes
Halftime ran out of time and after a year and a half, there is no more show at Halftime Kosher Sports Bar in Marine Park as it  unfortunately closed it's doors. Located on Flatbush Avenue and Avenue N.

Mazza & More Expands
After much success with their new storefront over this past summer in Allenhurst, NJ, Mazza & More has expanded their current Brooklyn location. They have just opened for counter service, with items like meat pizzas, salads, sushi and more! Located at: 410 Avenue M, Brooklyn, NY. Phone: 718-354-8007

Mozzarella Opens in Crown Heights
New dairy restaurant has opened at 265 Troy Avenue, Brooklyn, NY. They are currently in their soft opening phase. Their hours will be from 9: AM- 11:00 PM everyday with a full breakfast, lunch and dinner menu. h/t Tuli Weber

Meal Mart of Boro Park Closes
For many years Meal Mart of Boro Park has served the neighborhood with delicious takeout. Sadly, they have now closed for good. To read more about it click here.

Moses Grill Bar Opening Soon
From the people who brought you My Grill Bar, Joseph Dream Burger and Retro Grill comes the newest member of the family, Moses Grill Bar! At the former location of Crisp Grill at 3004 Ave L (and the corner of Nostrand Ave), Keep an eye out for the upcoming opening of Moses Grill Bar soon.

Muscat Market Turns Non-Kosher
The recently opened Muscat Market in Brooklyn (2613 Avenue U), sadly closed as a kosher supermarket on Friday November 3rd in the afternoon and has re-opened under the name "Cherry Hill Supermarket" (like the one Sheepshead Bay) and will no longer be kosher.

Sixteen Handles Closed
The Avenue J location has recently closed their doors for good.

The Original Brooklyn Bagel Gets New Ownership
The Brooklyn mainstay of the bagel scene is under new ownership. Coming soon will be a remodel of the store and new new products coming soon. They have just launched a really nice ordering online website www.theoriginalbrooklynbagel.com (a mobile app will be coming in the next few weeks). Mention "Great Kosher Restaurants" on Thursday and Friday and when buy a dozen bagels, you'll get a FREE Challah. Located at: 2835 Nostrand Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11229. Phone: (718) 253-5928

Bakery "Gourmandises de France" Opens on the Upper East Side
Craving the perfect croissant or a delectable eclair? You can now get authentic French breads and pastries on the Upper East Side. The genuine French Boutique Bakery is located at: 1437 First Avenue (between 74th and 75th). Under the OK Supervision. Click here to view their menu. Click here to view more pictures.

Big Bang Burger Grand Opening
The Upper West Side got it's newest burger joint on November 16th with the Grand Opening of Big Bang Burger. Watch the video by clicking here for the link. Located at 426 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY. Phone: 212-362-7386

New Dairy Restaurant BASTA Opening
Coming soon to Midtown East is a new upscale dairy restaurant called BASTA. It will be on East 34th St between Park & Madison and will feature an exciting new Italian menu.

Noga Opening in the Sago Hotel on the LES
Nestled on Orchard Street in the Lower East Side is the beautiful new boutique Sago Hotel, and they will soon be hosting Noga - an upscale dairy restaurant. This is going to be exciting. Here are the highlights of the not-yet named restaurant. The owner promises it will be kosher like you've never seen before... super high end. Think tapas for apps and full entrees featuring homemade pasta, risotto, fresh fish, daily from the markets. The restaurant will sit 65 and have a heated rooftop for 40 more people. The restaurant will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and offer VIP service.

Pitopia West Side Closes, Now on East Side as Part of "Midtown Kosher"
With their recent move to the East Side to join their other sister menus, Eden Wok, Kosher Poke, Teriyaki Wok, Sushi Donut Shop; Pitopia and Buffalo2Go has closed their West Side location. Click here to order from any of their six varied menus. Visit at: 43 East  34th St, New York, NY. Phone: 212-725-8100

Prime at the Bentley Closes
On November 9th, Prime at the Bentley had their last hurrah and served their last dinner. Sadly, all the Prime locations and restaurants have now all closed.

Va Bene Closes Temporarily for Maintenance
Due to maintenance issues Va Bene is temporarily closed. They do not have an estimate when they will reopen as of yet, but do not worry, they are not closing.

Don Gaucho Opens in Hewlett
Taking over the space formerly occupied by The Living Room, Don Gaucho Argentinian Steakhouse & Bar is currently in their soft stage of opening. Located at: 1230 Broadway, Hewlett, NY. Phone: 516-837-0510

Salsa Metsuyan Reopens Pareve in Teaneck  
Salsa Metsuyan in Teaneck has reopened and this time even healthier! This time they're all pareve; serving sushi, salads and Mexican themed tapas, tacos, burritos, poke and bowls. For protein there is a variety of fish, eggs and tofu add-ins. Located at: 192 W Englewood Avenue, Teaneck, NJ.

Beast BBQ Turning into "306 Southern Barbecue"
We've been receiving a lot of questions about Beast BBQ and now we have some answers! The restaurant is changing their name to 306 Southern Barbecue. They have taken their next door space and broken down the wall to make for more spacious seating. Renovations should take about another 3 weeks. They have added the CRC as a supervision, alongside the OU. There will no longer be waiter service, rather order at the counter. Besides for smoked meats, they will be adding more items to the menu that are family friendly. Chef Moshe Wendel is no longer there and they have hired a new chef who is excited and eager to get this new restaurant opened! Hours will be from 12:00 PM - 1200 AM. Located at: 455 Route 306, Wesley Hills, NY.  

Meat & Eat Opens in North Miami
New Restaurant opened in Miami. Located at: 13448 Biscayne Boulevard, North Miami, FL. Under Rabbi Golowinki (Chabad). Click here for pictures of the restaurant.

Sushi Kraze Prepares To Open
Construction is done and the furniture and equipment is on its way. They hope to have a soft opening over Thanksgiving and be fully open by early December. Sushi Kraze will feature sushi, sashimi, poke and tempura. They will be focusing on streamlined takeout but also have tables, chairs and an eating bar for eat-in availability. They will be located at: 705 NE 167th Street, North Miami Beach, FL - corner store in shopping center (opposite end of Jerusalem Pizza).

Milt's Extra Innings Grand Opening
Milt's Extra Innings say they are driven by three goals: solid service, engaging social interaction, and fantastic food. Think creative kosher deli sandwiches, grab-and-go salads, wraps, Shabbos meals, and more for a rotating menu. They believe in giving back; 100% of their proceeds go to a different charity every month. Through a partnership with Keshet, they proudly employ a team of hardworking individuals with learning disabilities who play vital roles in the restaurant while achieving their full potential. When you eat at Milt's, you enjoy some deliciousness, you cheer on the underdog, and you make a difference. Located at: 3409 N. Broadway, Chicago (next door to Milt's) www.miltsei.com. It will be open daily from 11am - 7pm. Under the cRc Supervision. Click here to read more about it.

Mazal'rella Beverly Hills Closes, Reopens as Meatos Bistro Chic
As of October 29th, Mazal'rella closed its doors and reopened as a meat restaurant, Meatos Bistro Chic, for dinner on Thursday, November 9th at 6pm. With dishes like Fried Chicken, Cowboy Steak and Bolognese Pizza, Meatos is sure to begin an exciting new chapter. Located at: 111 North La Cienega Boulevard, Beverly Hills CA. Phone: 424-343-0134

Jacob's Deli Brings You Jacob's Curry
For an Indian Fusion dining experience (casual take out with seating) keep an eye on Jacob's Deli who will soon be adding a new menu for as limited time. Located at:1470 Centre Street, Thornhill, ON. Phone: 905-597-1127

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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.