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By: Elan Kornblum, A.k.a. “the Restaurant Guy”
After three decades in operation, Great American Health Bar (GAHB) will now be a Shomer Shabbat restaurant under OK supervision. GAHB is owned by the same people who own Cafe Classico up the stairs, which has always been closed on Shabbat and under the OK. While the dairy, health-oriented restaurant downstairs has been a fixture in Midtown for years, frequented by celebrities and business customers, many kosher diners have been reluctant to eat there, dissatisfied with, or wary of, the reliability of its kashrut supervision. GAHB’s new certification by the OK is likely to be a game changer that proves to be the right decision for the enterprise. The restaurant is located at 35 W 57th Street.
After much anticipation and speculation, Mexikosher’s Manhattan branch location has finally been revealed. The Upper West Side is now the new home of Chef Katsuji Tanabe’s Mexican Kosher casual restaurant. The restaurant is now officially open with regular hours of 11am-11pm, Sunday to Thursday, and there are already lines out the door. There is currently one other Mexikosher branch, on West Pico Boulevard in Los Angeles. This year we will also see the opening of Baranda, Tanabe’s more upscale, forward dining restaurant. Mexikosher NYC is located at 100 West 83rd Street, and is under OU supervision.
The newest dairy restaurant brought to you by the Prime Hospitality Group has opened. Service Station, located next door to the Bentley Hotel at 500 East 62nd Street in NYC, has been transformed from an old gas station into a fully updated space including an outdoor patio, full bar, and wood-burning pizza oven. Operating under the supervision of the OU, the restaurant is serving up a full menu of Italian cuisine, including handmade pizza
(gluten-free available), pasta, soup, fish, appetizers, and more. Service Station is open for breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, and happy hour with seasonal seating for up to 200 people.
The hottest, newest restaurant in Borough Park has just opened its doors for business. Urbana is a trendy spot with a totally updated menu that is atypical of kosher dairy cafes. Think Wild Mushroom Polenta with freshly shaved Parmesan and basil oil, or a Whole Roasted Bronzini filled with mushroom and leek confit, Yukon Gold mashed potato, red grapes, and pistachio. And, you can’t forget about the brick oven pizzas and inventive appetizers. The restaurant has a rustic but modern vibe to it, with exposed brick walls, DIY-style lighting, and a fabulous ambiance. Urbana is located at 1305 53rd Street off 13th Ave in Borough Park, and is under Tarnipol Beis Din supervision.
Pescada has opened its second location, on Ocean Avenue, right off of Avenue M. The decor is quite similar to Pescada’s original location, with sophisticated, sleek white tables and chairs, grey walls and blue accents. The extensive menu is the same as in the original location, as well, offering plenty of salads, appetizers, fish, pastas, desserts, and a full espresso and smoothie menu. The large party room in the back can accommodate
70-80 people. Pescada Avenue M is located at 1776 Ocean Ave off Avenue M, and runs under the supervision of Rabbi Y. Gornish.
You may already know about Mountain Top Steakhouse in the Chalet Hotel from last summer. Well, this year, the owner of Mountain Top has decided to open a dairy restaurant called Chalet Cafe which is open during the day, and then runs as a steakhouse at night. As the restaurant is located in a hotel, the meat and dairy dishes can be prepared in completely separate kitchens. Dishes like the Cubed Mozzarella Sticks and Middle East Panini come highly recommended. The menu boasts a full line of pastas, salads, appetizers and desserts, as well. Chalet Cafe is located at 50 Chester Road on the Chalet Hotel grounds.
Brickell Kosher Deli
Under the Kosher Supervision of Rabbi Chaim Lipskar from the Rok Family Shul of Chabad Downtown Jewish Center, Brickell Kosher Deli offers “Make-Your-Own” sandwiches, salads, and wraps. You can also choose from unique chef’s specials like their Pulled Brisket Sandwich with grilled onions, horseradish dressing, pickle, and Homestyle potato wedges. Breads are provided by Zak the Baker. The deli collaborates with great culinary minds like Chef Yos of Hassid + Hipster. Eat-in and take-out options are available. The facility is located at 35 SE 9th Street 2nd Floor.
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 at www.GreatKosherDeals.com,
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