Pomegranate, the elegant Glatt Kosher restaurant opened this month at 71-51 Yellowstone Blvd. in Forest Hills, NY. The restaurant serves Bukharian cuisine under the supervision of Vaad Hakashrus of Queens. About 50,000 Bukharian Jews, coming from Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, now live in the US, with the largest community having settled in Queens. The cuisine of the Bukharian Jews is known for subtle flavors developed with herbs, onion, garlic, peppers and many vegetables. Pomegranate's menu features many Bukharian and Middle Eastern specialties, from a large variety of Kebabs to such distinctly Bukharian appetizers as Manti (steamed dumplings), Samsa (Fried pastry with a meat filling), Achik-Chuck salad (made of spiced tomatoes and red onions), and Shurpa soup (cubed lamb in a rich, hardy broth). Click here for their menu.
Eighteen Restaurant in NYC Under Renovation
Upper East Side's Eighteen Restaurant is now undergoing renovations with some big changes. Their kitchen is still open for online ordering, and deliveries are also available. Stay tuned for exclusive photos and details.
Riesterer's Bakery and Cafe in West Hempstead, NY Turns Kosher
Here is news we always like to hear about: non-kosher establishments turning kosher! Riesterer's Bakery and Cafe, located at 282 Hempstead Ave in West Hempstead is now certified Kosher under the supervision of Vaad Hakashrus of Queens. This "Long Island tradition since 1931" offers over 75 types of cupcakes, various baked desserts and custom cakes for all occasions.
Blue Star BBQ to Open in Rockville, MD in January
Kosher diners in the Greater DC area will soon enjoy more variety, as the owner of the popular Eli's Restaurant in Washington, DC is now opening Blue Star BBQ in Rockville, MD. "It's a combination of a lot of places," owner Sina Soumekhian tells the blog, Kosher Nexus. "We're trying to combine barbecue flavors with different kinds of hamburgers and sliced beef, all combined into one venue." Some of the Texas-inspired menu items will include standouts like pulled brisket tacos, barbecue brisket and burger sliders, veggie-stuffed turkey burgers, sliced meat sandwiches and combination platters with two or three meats and sides including baked beans, corn on the cob, cornbread, grilled pineapple and guacamole. Blue Star will also serve salads, soups and desserts courtesy of Sunflower Bakery in Gaithersburg. Blue Star's location is that of the old Siena's, a kosher staple in Rockville that Soumekhian used to own, which recently moved to Twinbrook Parkway after news broke that the building where it was located would be torn down. Soumekhian says he was able to work out a three-year extension with the property owners, but plans on moving Blue Star to a more permanent location if it's successful. The restaurant will provide dine-in seating and carry out. "We're hoping to bring authentic flavors of Texas barbecue into the area and put brisket on the map." Blue Star will serve lunch and dinner from 11am to 9pm, Sunday through Thursday, 11am to 3pm, Fridays and will be closed Saturdays. Stay tuned to their website www.bluestarkosher.com. (h/t Kosher Nexus and H. Wasserman).
Fuego BBQ and Smokehouse Opens in North Miami Beach, FL
Fuego BBQ and Smokehouse, a new player in the North Miami kosher dining scene, located at 2520 NE St. opened yesterday, January 27. Their menu is inspired by both American and Mexican cuisines and features a selection of grilled specialties (such as back ribs, steaks, skewers, etc) and gourmet burgers in addition to salads, sandwiches and mostly meat-based appetizers. Click here for their menu. The restaurant is under the supervision of Kosher Miami and is open for lunch and dinner Sunday through Thursday, and on Saturday nights.
"The Difference" to Open in Los Angeles, CA
After 18 and a half years, Milk 'n Honey, not to be confused with
The Milky Way across the street on Pico Blvd. (and owned by Steven Spielberg's mother) was recently sold, making the way for a meat restaurant called "The Difference: Grill and More." We'll let you know when it opens.
Toronto Hotels Serving Kosher
Starting this week, The Windsor Arms Hotel located at 18 St. Thomas St. in Toronto will be serving kosher dinners 3 days a week (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday) from 5:30pm to 10:00pm, available by reservation. Three-course prix-fixe meal is $75, and is served under the supervision of COR - Kashruth Council of Canada. Park Hyatt Toronto has also been offering kosher dinners at select evenings available by reservation, under the same supervision.
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