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By: Elan Kornblum, A.k.a. “the Restaurant Guy”

A great idea doesn’t stay hidden from the kosher-eating world for long and lately we’ve seen some exciting innovations that are sure to be appreciated by all of you.

One hot trend popping up this month is the kosher
sports-themed restaurant. If you love sports, ice cold beers and an unlimited supply of chicken wings, you’re in luck. These sorts of restaurants are opening up all over the
tri-state area after Pesach. Look for them in Manhattan (Promenade Grill is to go fully kosher), Brooklyn (Halftime Grill) and the Five
Towns (Courtside Grill). Currently, there are only two Kosher
sports-themed restaurants and they are located in New Jersey (“Stinger’s” in Long Branch and the “Doghouse” in Teaneck.)

Here are a few restaurants that have opened this past month and a few more that are opening up very soon!

Brooklyn Artisan Bakehouse & Café– This specialty bread shop has been around for almost a year now and their breads are currently available in most kosher supermarkets. Owner Levy Krinsky wanted to utilize the front of his store, which has simple, elegant décor, along with an “L”-shaped bar. He thought it would be a great idea to open a cafe that specialized in homemade breads topped with the finest ingredients. In early April, the café began rolling out their coffee and espresso lines, homemade pastries and grab-and-go items. Discover it at 529 East New York Avenue in Crown Heights.

Cork & Slice – Describing themselves as a ‘modern Italian kitchen’, the people behind Cork & Slice are doing everything possible to ensure that rings true. One way they are accomplishing this feat is with an authentic pasta maker, guaranteed to make fresh,
al dente pasta every time. The restaurant also serves salads, appetizers, pizza, and fish. To top it all off, they have a full bar, replete with wines, craft beer and cocktails. Cork & Slice is open now at 477 Chestnut Street in Cedarhurst.

The Mitbach– The newly opened Mitbach is delivering on their promise to bring Chef Table quality meals to diners. Menu favorites include the Breakfast All Day, (a sunny-side-up egg over a pancake), the Roasted Artichoke Soup with artichoke crisps and the Winter Gnocchi with butternut squash, feta, brown butter & herbs.
Try it at 306 East Saddle River Road in Airmont, NY.

“Bakerie” & “Meat”– Daniel Branover, the owner of Basil Pizza & Wine Bar, has his sights set on opening two exciting ventures this summer. We reported over a year ago on ‘Meat’, Basil’s fleishig counterpart, which is now on track to open within the next five months. ‘Bakerie,’ which will be a marketplace of sorts, is set to open in early summer. It will be an eclectic spot serving “finer baked goods” and pastries with Italian and French influences. Visit it at 252 Albany Avenue in Crown Heights.

Bison & Bourbon– Following the hipster trend of turning a large open space into a destination, three Crown Heights residents have joined forces with the owner of a current Gowanus hotspot to create Bison & Bourbon. The exposed brick walls lend a relaxed vibe to the space, which will be serving up unique bar food items and a variety of drinks, including cocktails, beers and of course, bourbon! The restaurant can hold up to 200 people between both their upper and lower levels, plus 100 more through outdoor seating. It will be located at 191 7th Street in Gowanus.

Halftime Grill– The opening of Halftime Grill is fast approaching! The sports bar will have 20 chairs and 15 bar stools. The kitchen will serve American-style bar food like burgers, wings, miniature chicken and other finger foods. Coming soon to 2112 Flatbush Avenue in Marine Park.

NY Brat Factory– Finishing touches are being made to the sign, the paper has been taken off the windows and shiny aluminum equipment adorn the side room. The corner restaurant is awaiting final inspection before the gas is turned on and then NY Brat Factory will go into soft mode. Opening right after Pesach, look forward to a unique menu with homemade bratwurst, sausages, corn dogs, pastrami, brisket, onion rings and more. Look for it at 933 Amsterdam Avenue in Manhattan.

Elan Kornblum, a.k.a “The Restaurant Guy” is the publisher of Great Kosher Restaurants International Magazine and its accompanying website, www.GKRM.net. The 2015 edition, available on www.GreatKosherDeals.com, has 256 glossy pages and provides a visual description with menus to over 200 top kosher restaurants alongside 400 stunning high resolution color photos. Kornblum’s top ranked website, award winning newsletter, comprehensive app, and hugely popular Facebook Foodies page makes sure everyone is up to date on the latest restaurant news.