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KOSHER IN THE NEWS
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 Arson Suspected in Fire at Fuego Restaurant in Montreal 

Fire at Fuego Steakhouse
Another Montreal's kosher restaurant has fallen victim to what is being suspected as arson. Fire broke out in the unfortunately-named Fuego Steakhouse ("fuego" means "fire" in Spanish) in Côte St-Luc neighborhood early morning on December 2. The arson squad is investigating as firefighters found an empty gas container on the premises. Fuego's owner Amir Toledano dismissed speculation that increased competition was a motive. Sources say the damage was so extensive the building needs to be demolished and rebuilt. With several kosher restaurants having been targeted earlier this year, the Jewish community is very concerned by this disturbing pattern.
(Source: CJAD 800 News & Montreal Jewish News)
 
 
Sushi Tokyo Creates a Large Sushi Menorah 
Even though we are a week removed from Chanukah, we wanted to show you another restaurant's impressive sushi menorah creation - this done by the chefs of Sushi Tokyo in Brooklyn for the Chabad of Sheepshead Bay. Kudos on a spectacular job! 
 
 
Mason & Mug Featured in Tablet Magaznie and Jewish Daily Forward
We have written before about Mason & Mug, the newly opened small plates restaurant and wine & beer bar in Brooklyn's Prospect Heights. Tablet Magazine and Jewish Daily Forward both published features on this unique restaurant and its "quirky but welcoming" vibe. Read in full at the links above.
 
 

Kosher Pop-Up Serves Artisanal Sandwiches to Crown Heights Crowd

The self-described hipster and Orthodox chef Yuda Schloss is the culinary force behind new pop-upJuda Schloss Hassid+Hipster eatery Hassid+Hipster, whose handcrafted sandwiches have been generating a buzz in Crown Heights' Chabad Hasidic community. He launched the takeout-only sandwich shop from his apartment last month, where he aims to bring traditional foods like brisket to the new age. The orders are taken over Facebook, and then can be picked up during set hours twice a week. Since his is not an official restaurant he can't get kosher certification, and customers trust him personally. The City's Health Department may also pose challenges since home-based food service is illegal in New York State. Yuda is now entertaining an idea of opening a real restaurant. Source: DNAIn

 

 

Newark Joins the Kosher Map

Owners of The Green Chickpea

The chances are you've never heard there is a kosher place to eat in Newark, and yet, there is The Green Chickpea, a Middle-Eastern restaurant on Hasley St., which opened last August. The are under the Vaad Harabonim of Flatbush, and offer shwarama, shnitzel and shish kebab as well as a variety of vegan options. The owners, Martin and Ronit Weber are not newbies in the restaurant business (they used to own 3 restaurants in Manhattan called "House of Pita"), and they saw the opportunity in opening a kosher place in the city, gearing for renaissance. The restaurant caters to both Jews and non-Jews, vegetarians and meat-eaters as the owners do not want to limit their customer base and simply want people to come for the good food, fast service and warm vibe. Read more in this article

 

 

Jewish Cooking Traditions are Alive at Spielberg's Mom's Kosher Restaurant in LA 
Read this heartwarming article about Leah Adler, Steven Spielberg's mother and proprietor of the upscale dairy restaurant Milky Way on Pico Blvd. in Los Angeles, as well as about their family's kitchen-centered Jewish traditions. car vinyl wrap
 

 

The Kosher Spot Fills the Void for Kosher Groceries in the Twin Cities

It is hard to imagine for us, spoiled New-Yorkers, the excitement of finding a jar of kosher vodka 

The Kosher Spot  Grocerysauce or ingredients for sushi on a supermarket shelf. For the Twin Cities Jewish community, where several kosher groceries and the area's only kosher food distributor closed in the past few years, the excitement is well understood, when 

"The Kosher Spot" opened in May to fill the void. The Kosher Spot is a tiny grocery store located in the heart of the Orthodox neighborhood of St. Louis Park in Minneapolis. It is a one-stop grocery stop, where the owners - the Weinberg family - try to get things customers ask for. In addition to serving as the valuable provider of kosher groceries, The Kosher Spot also has become a community gathering place. Read the full article here. The owners are also planning to open a kosher restaurant in the winter or spring of 2014.

 

 

Preserving Jewish Tunisian Cooking TraditionsDining at Mamie Lily
"Mamie Lily" is the only kosher restaurant in Tunisia - a small 
6-table place housed inside an Italian villa in the sleepy seaside suburb of La Goulette. The owner Jacoube Lellouche serves the kind of food he grew up with - a mix of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern influences, while his 86-year-old mother LIly, "a library of Jewish Tunisian cooking" oversees the kitchen. With the Jewish Tunisian population having dwindled in the past 50 years, Mamie Lily serves to preserve the local Jewish cuisine tradition, at least for the time being. Read the full story here.
 
 

Forbes Writes about the Spread of Kosher 

An interesting article on Forbes.com "Is Kosher the Next Big Thing" looks into the mainstream appeal of kosher, and kosher foods becoming the next big trend. Read in full here.
 
 

Caterers Innovate the Kosher Offerings 

No more matza balls and knishes - with gourmet contemporary kosher cuisine on the rise, upscale caterers are re-inventing the kosher dishes. The article on bizbash.com talks about how kosher caterers address the needs and tastes of the modern, more sophisticated client. Read in full here.

 

Final Thanksgivukah specials & menus
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 FINAL THANKSGIVUKAH SPECIALS

Happy Thanksgiving
 
MANHATTAN
Abigael's is featuring special Thanksgiving menu - click here to view.

  

Only for Chanukah (11/27 to 12/05) - Sushi Menorah for $79.95. See flyer.

  

They are making fresh sufganiyot in-house - for every six you get one free! To ensure availability pre- orders are welcome.

  

Click here to view their special menu for Thanksgiving. They will be open from 12pm to 10pm that Thursday. Their regular dinner menu will also be available. 
 
View their Thanksgiving menu here.
 
They are offering an option of a prix-fixe Thanksgiving dinner at $32.95 pp (+ tax & gratuity), as well as menus for 10 or 15 people for home delivery.

  

Pitopia

For the holiday of Chanukah, they are offering a Falafel +Sufganiya Special for $5.95. One per customer, valid until 12/05/13. Print out the coupon here.

  

Introducing new prepared food specials for Thanksgiving and Chanukah. Click here to view their Thanksgivukah packages. 
Custom holiday gift packages available from their kitchen and pastry department. 
 
They'll be serving a special Thanksgiving buffet for $14.95 per adults, kids under 10 are 1/2 price. The buffet will include: Turkey Korma, Sweet Potato Pakoras, Tandoori Turkey Drumsticks, Naan, multiple vegetarian dishes, salad, and dessert. They will also offer a Turkey Dinner special to go along with their extensive menu.
 
They will serve traditional Thanksgiving feasts at six flexible seating times: at 11:00AM, 1:00PM, 
3:00PM, 5:00PM, 7:30PM, 10:00PM.  3 prepaid, prix fixe menu options - $32, $46, $55 per person. Kids menu is available at $25 per child (10 and under).  Catering packages are also available. 
For info on menus and prices, click here
 

BROOKLYN

Carlos & Gabby's

Featuring Chanukah fiesta - $325 for 25 ppl, advance orders strongly recommended. 

See the Brooklyn flyer here.

 

Chagall Bistro

Enjoy the holiday spirit of both Chanukah and Thanksgiving with their delicious food, a mentalist magician show, live music and other fun surprises. Five-course menu is $65 (+ tax & gratuity) and includes amuse-bouches, soup or salad, a choice of appetizer, a choice of main course, and a dessert. $35 wine pairing option available with choices for starter, main and dessert wines.Children get free kid's meal every night of Chanukah from 5-7pm (except on Thanksgiving). Reserve by email, Facebook or by phone. 

 

China Glatt

Enhance your party with special Chanukah platters starting at $39.95. See flyer.

Join China Glatt on Tuesday, Nov. 26 for a Pre-Chanukah Spectacular with Master Illusionist David Blatt. See flyer.

 

Glatt a la Carte

They will be serving a prix fixe Chanukah Thanksgiving dinner at $45.95 pp (plus tax & service fee). See menu here

 

El Gaucho Glatt

Thanksgiving and Chanukah Special: One glass of Wine with your entrée! Or, you can use their Chanukah gift coupon for $5 off any purchase of $50 or more (not valid on Sunday). Download the coupon here.

 

Essen NY Deli

They are offering Thanksgiving Dine-In Special for $29.95 pp, as well as Thanksgiving takeout dinners. Chanukah parties catering is also available. See flyer for details.

 

Nu Cafe 47

To enjoy Chanukah without gaining, Nu Cafe 47 is introducing protein pastries. High in fiber and protein, sugar-free (made with agave nectar), organic and gluten-free. See more here.

 

Pardes Restaurant

View their 4-course Chanukah/Thanksgiving menu here. The price is $80 per person.

 

Rolls Sushi & Salad

Chanukah Specials: Platters Half Fish Half Vegetable, 48pc $25, 80pc $48.  

 

T-Fusion Steakhouse 

Take the day off from cooking Thanksgiving this year and enjoy a special meal at T-Fusion. View their menu here. They will also feature a special prix-fixe Chanukah menu at $55 pp.
 
Wolf and Lamb will be serving Thanksgiving prix-fixe dinner menu, $69 pp (+ tax & gratuity). They will also add special winter menu items, available after Thanksgiving. View the new additionshere.
 
 
QUEENS & LONG ISLAND
Cho-Sen Garden in Queens, Cho-Sen Island in Lawrence, NY, and Cho-Sen Village in Great Neck, NY will be serving Thanksgiving dinner, available a la carte or prix-fixe for $30.95 per adult. View the menu here.
 
Fish Plate (Cedarhurst)
Chanukah specials: They're open this Saturday night serving a free latke with every main. 
Lunch Specials are served from 11:30 to 4:30 pm for only $8.99. Kids menu is only $5.99.  
Get 10% for every takeout order of $50 or more. Click here for the flyer with all the details.
 
Prime Bistro (Cedarhurst)
They will be featuring a special Thanksgiving dinner menu. A la carte menu is also available.
 
Traditions Restaurant (Cedarhurst)
They are offering a prefixed Thanksgiving Dinner menu at $29.95 per adult and $19.95 per child, as well as a Thanksgiving Takeout menu that feeds 10-12 guests.
 
 

NEW JERSEY

Etc Steakhouse (Teaneck) 

They will be open on Thanksgiving 3:30 pm - 8:30 pm with a special menu. Price is $60 pp + tax & tip. The highlights from the menu include: Olive Oil Poached Sweet Breads, Gnocchi, Pulled Veal Latkes, Short Ribs, Thai Curry Turkey Thigh, Mustard Glazed Hanger Steak, and more. View full menu here.

 

Fumio Grill & Sushi (Livingston)

Fumio Grill & Sushi offers a special Thanksgiving Package for 12. View here.

 
Mocha Bleu (Teaneck)
They will be open for Thanksgiving lunch until 3:30 pm.
 

Smokey Joe's BBQ (Teaneck)

View their special Thanksgiving and Chanukah party packages here. They have now stopped their online orders, but may have a few extra packages available, so call Aryeh or Moshe at the store.

Smokey Joe's will be open for service on Thanksgiving day 12 pm to 8 pm, and you can bring your entire family to the restaurant for a meal or a private party. Call  201-836-7427 to make arrangements. 

 

 

CHICAGO

Hy Life Bistro
Once again, they will be having a delicious buffet on Thanksgiving - reservations are filling up fast. Seating starting at 12 pm to 7 pm, $44.95 (adults), $22.95 (kids 4-12) + tax & gratuity. Click herefor details.
 
They invite you to join them in their dining room for the five course prix-fixe Thanksgivng Dinner, Seating from 11 am- 9 pm, $79/adult, $35/child (12 & under). Reservations required.
The Early Bird is Turkey Too! Join them for a reservation from 11 am to 4 pm and save. The early turkey special is the same succulent five course prix fixe for $65/adult and $25/child (12 & under).
Thanksgiving dinner catering available.

 

MIAMI BEACH

Rare Steakhouse

They will be offering special Thanksgiving Dinner menu with an option to order a la carte or get a prix-fixe menu ($85 + tax & gratuity).

 

 

NEW ORLEANS

Kosher Cajun NY Deli

View their Thanksgiving catering menu here.

 

 

CALIFORNIA
View their Thanksgivukah Menu here.
 
La Gondola Ristorante
Special Thanksgiving menus: click to view their Thanksgiving Dinner and Thanksgiving Takeoutofferings.
 
Pat's will be open for Thanksgiving from 3:30 pm to 9 pm serving their prix-fixe Thanksgiving menuonly. 
 
View their Thanksgiving takeout menu here.
 
Schwartz bakery and Deli now has a potato latkes special for Chanukah. Mini latkes are only $0.95 ea. and larger sized latkes are $1.25 ea.
 
Tierra Sur at Herzog Winery 
CHANUKAH ON THE BEACH! Tierra Sur invites everyone to celebrate Chanukah on the shores of Hollywood Beach at Chabad of Oxnard. It's a complete weekend get-away with food, fun and rooms at the shore. Arrangements have been made with two of the area's hotels to arrange the group rates. More details on the flyer.
Here is what is planned for the Thanksgiving weekend:
Thursday: Thanksgiving at Tierra Sur. Click for the menu.
Friday: Special Lunch Menu at Tierra Sur and first ever Shabbat Meal To-Go available for $50 (both Friday Night and Saturday Day meals available). 
Saturday: Herzog Saturday Nights presents MAGIC NIGHT with the world famous illusionist Johnny Ace Palmer. Special bar menu, cocktails, craft beer and more will be served. More details here.
Sunday: Take advantage of 'Black Friday Weekend' specials in their tasting room, and enjoy full service luxury at Tierra Sur.
To place your orders for Shabbat Meals and for more information, please contact Michael Gomez at (805) 983-1560 /mgomez@herzogwinecellars.com.
 
 
  

CANADA

Ashkenaz Cowboy

For the holiday season they have the addition of: Potato Latkes @ $1.25 ea, Vegetable Latkes @ $1.50 ea., a set of 48 Sweet Potato Balls @ $36. Their regular menu will be available too.  They will also be offering Chanukah party trays to be pre-ordered before Nov. 28. View the menu here.

 

Ernie & Ellie

Ernie & Ellie is now open on Saturday nights, and is offering a dining room super saver: 12 oz Broiled Rib Steak for $16.95. They are also offering a number of Chanukah takeout specials - see the menu here.

Eli's Restaurant in Washington, DC Has Found a New Location
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Eli's Restaurant Logo
Eli's Restaurant in Washington, DC has found a new location and will be moving to 2142 L Street, NW, Washington, DC 20037 (Former location of Jonathan's Gourmet Deli). 
As we reported earlier, Eli's Restaurant was forced out of their old location at 1253 20th St. NW due to the building demolition, and has been actively searching for a new home. The popular restaurant has been serving deli sandwiches, hamburgers and soup since 2004, and its potential closure has become an issue of concern for the downtown Jewish community. Now, as the new location has been assured, the kosher DC clientele will not be left hungry.
h/t: Dave Weinberg
 
Mike's Bistro is opening a location on Manhattan's Midtown East Side
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The ever popular Upper West Side establishment, Mike's Bistro, is opening a location in Midtown East at 127 East 54th Street (between Lexington and Park Avenue). Projected opening date is Spring 2014.

The new home of Mike's Bistro

 

Here is a rundown of the new Mike's Bistro:

* It will be twice size of its original location

* 180 seat establishment

* 25 seat bar
* 5 private rooms
* Taking over the location where Korea Palace used to be (see photo)

 

For more on Mike's Bistro, click here

 

Now, this is a very interesting development with Prime Grill opening their new location just 3 blocks away a few months ago. And with Solo 2 blocks away, this short block radius will become the new hotbed of kosher restaurants. This also gives the Upper East Side some extra and very much needed life. 

 

And it should be interesting to see what Mike does with his 72nd location and if he does move out of the area, which will leave a big hole in the Upper West side dining scene (especially with Estihana's recent close). It should be fascinating to see what effect this will all have. 

 

The rapid movement we have seen with upscale places in Manhattan the last couple of years is amazing. It used to be that the top kosher restaurants would stay in their location for years, even for just the fear of moving and jeopardizing their stronghold. But perhaps with the economy more stable and kosher consumer loyalty strong as ever, these restaurants can take the risk. 

 

Nevertheless, this is big news for corporate and business kosher diners as it gives them another upscale choice to take their clients for business lunch and dinners.

 

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Chanukah Event at Brooklyn Nets game at the Barclay Center
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Jewish Heritage Night Flyer
On Tuesday, December 3rd, the seventh night of Chanukah, CTeens
(Chabad's global Teen Network) will be hosting a Jewish Heritage Night
at a Brooklyn Nets basketball game, to be held at the new Barclay Center. 
Highlights of the night include: Pre-Game, Primetime grand menorah lighting, a Halftime performance by the world-renown Macabbeats,and a National Anthem performance by Benny Friedman. The event starts at 6:30 pm. To purchase tickets, please click here. Kosher food will be sold throughout the game at the Kosher Food Court. This promises to be a truly special evening, bringing together people from all over tri-state for a fun event for the whole family. "Great Kosher Restaurants" is proud to be a sponsor. 

 

 
The Loft Steakhouse to replace Bistro 1310 Next Week
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 The Loft Steakhouse

The Loft Steakhouse, an upscale restaurant in Boro Park, Brooklyn is a reincarnation of Bistro 1310 under new ownership. Not only will the name being changing but the owners have also brought on board Executive Chef Boris Poleschuk, an acclaimed top-rated chef who starred in Hell's Kitchen TV-series. Boris Poleschuk will be redesigning the menu expertly pairing each cut of meat with sauces and accompaniments. 
The restaurant will feature two kitchens: the downstairs prep kitchen, where the butchering is done, the vegetables are chopped, and sauces and stocks are prepared, and the upstairs kitchen, which is used for finishing and plating dishes. There is a private party room upstairs for events and celebrations.
 
Bistro Burger to Open in Great Neck in less than 2 weeks
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Renovations at Bistro Burger
The opening of Bistro Burger is soon approaching. The owners of 
Bistro Deli (which was in Great Neck) and Meat Me (which was in Manhattan) are working hard and the renovations of the premises are going full steam (see picture on the right). They plan on opening a couple of days before Thanksgiving. Stay tuned for the grand opening.

Holy Cow Creamery Opening Soon in Los Angeles
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Holy Cow Creamery
A new ice cream shop is joining the kosher restaurants family lining up on W. Pico Blvd in Los Angeles. Holy Cow Creamery is planning to open within a week, and will be under RCC (Cholov Yisroel) supervision. They are set to offer "a unique twist, blending ice cream and sweets together with your much loved comfort foods". 
Behind-the-Scenes with Abigael's at Barclay's Center in Brooklyn
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A few days ago, we visited the Barclays Center with VIP, behind-the-scenes access, where Abigael's on Broadway has taken over the basketball arena. All the restaurant and stadium favorites are available at their concession (which at times the line stretches far and wide). They also are the exclusive caterer for kosher in all the suites, 40/40 club and a full buffet in the Calvin Klein Room. Upscale kosher food has now taken watching a basketball game to a whole new level.
Abigael's at Barclays
 
 
Carlos & Gabby's Opening in Miami
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Carlos & Gabby's opening in Miami

Carlos & Gabby's, a popular restaurant chain with locations in Brooklyn, Queens, Five Towns and Riverdale is heading down south. In February 2014, they will be opening another restaurant at 740 - 41st Street on Miami Beach's kosher restaurant row. They will be in the former space of Sam's Deli (pictured here). Even though kosher Mexican is not unheard of in Florida, Carlos & Gabby's, which is known for their delicious and extensive menu at reasonable prices, will be well-equipped to face the competition at this prime location. But that's not all, stay tuned for more surprises from Carlos & Gabby's.
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