Their story begins in New York City in the 1980s. The Dery brothers’ were born in Morocco and raised in Israel where they were greatly influenced by Middle Eastern cuisine. Eventually, brother David Dery arrived from Israel and opened his first kosher restaurant in Manhattan. His menu of Middle Eastern delicacies quickly caught the attention of both the Jewish and secular communities of Manhattan.
David Derry fondly recalls his early influence into cooking. “During childhood, my mom and aunt were always cooking something delicious that was ready for tasting. After learning kitchen skills for myself, I decided to share this experience and to pass it on with an extra unique twist of the Middle Eastern flavour and atmosphere. I drew upon all of the culinary secrets that I had learned over the years from my family and created a Mediterranean & American Menu that was second to none. After serving in the IDF, I moved to America, to build a brick-wall Upper west side kosher restaurant in NYC.”
“After starting our dream restaurant, we began to add healthier and perfectly natural ingredients to each exquisite dish. At the same time, I slowly began to absorb the beauty and flavour of my Jewish religion while learning more about my Jewish heritage. Sure enough, I found a connection with the Chabad community of Crown Heights. It was at that point that I decided to add an additional ingredient to our restaurant – sharing the incredible message of the Lubavitcher Rebbe. Now, the feeling of our restaurant is not only saturated with delicious dishes and aromas, but also with a taste of Torah and Mitzvot."
They integrate this into the overall dining experience by offering fun promotions, such as offering customers a free dessert for saying a Dvar Torah at their table. Overall, Kasbah has created a deliciously tempting menu featuring traditional American favourites as well as Kosher Middle Eastern specialities. Their menu offerings run from dishes including the classic deli pastrami sandwich, homemade hummus served with crisp pita bread, fresh tropical sushi rolls, to a sizzling King Moshiach Steak. Fans return again to experience and enjoy their famous signature dishes such as Brazilian Sirloin Steak, handmade beef cigars, and the Kufta spicy burger, just to name a few.
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Brick walls, antique chandeliers, and rustic finished woods transform Kasbah into a classic kosher steakhouse in NYC for couples, friends, reunions, family celebrations, and large group parties and events.