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RESTAURANT OPENINGS & UPDATES

By: Elan Kornblum



MANHATTAN

Mocha Burger Sub Express

Mocha Burger has expanded with a new location on 2nd Avenue between East 83rd and East 84th streets. The menu features all of Mocha Burger’s best dishes including Beef Chili Nachos and Satay Skewers. Steaks and sliders are also offered, along with their signature burgers. They’ve also included a full Sub Menu, complete with guilty pleasures and healthy options. You could go for the Mocha Crunch Sub, a deep-fried Chicken Cutlet with a super crunchy batter, classic toppings, and signature MB sauce, or the Tel Aviv Hottie with grilled chicken, Israeli spices, salad, and tahini. Another addition to the menu is their Vegan-approved items such as the Veggie Meatless Beef Burger, Garden Salad, and sides. Mocha Burger Sub Express is located at 1603 2nd Avenue and is under the OU Supervision.

BROOKLYN

Alenbi Modern Israeli Cuisine

With a projected early-December opening, Chef Elior Balbul’s new restaurant, Alenbi, is set to start serving Crown Heights residents very soon. You can expect a true modern Israeli menu from Chef Balbul, who previously worked with Chef Meir Adoni at his renowned Tel Aviv restaurant, Blue Sky. Think super creative dishes with impeccable plating and modern cooking techniques certified kosher under the OK. Stay tuned to the Great Kosher Restaurant Foodies Facebook Group for Alenbi updates, including the opening date!

Dougie’s Avenue J

What seems to be the most anticipated kosher restaurant opening of the Fall is just about here. Rest assured: The moment the first Fire Slammers and Onbelievable Onions hit the table we’ll be there to capture it for you. This will be Dougie’s sleekest location ever and we can’t imagine the euphoria that will unfold when the doors finally open in early November. Dougie’s Brooklyn is located at 1316 Avenue J, in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn.

Upside Craft Burgers

We have some new information on the restaurant formerly known as El Gaucho Glatt. One of our spies noticed a sign for Upside Craft Burgers in the window of the 18th Avenue establishment. Looks like it will be a “craft” burger joint that promises to be a cool, casual place to hang out. They are calling it a “fine, casual” dining experience. The restaurant is located at 4102 18th Ave in Brooklyn, a few blocks off of Ocean Parkway.

Yummy Grill

Flatbush residents get ready for the new Yummy Grill, coming soon to Avenue J! The Mediterranean-style grill will be opening up in the former Odradeks location. According to their sign, Yummy Grill will be serving roasted salads, shawarma, hummus, falafel, and fresh smoothies in true Israeli tradition. We expect that they will have lunchtime student specials too.

NEW JERSEY

The Gelato Bar

Can’t decide if you want to go out for a pint or a scoop? You don’t need to choose anymore. At The Gelato Bar in West End, Long Branch, they’re serving up gelato just for adults! These alcohol-infused gelatos are all pareve and made with real liquors. Please note that
The Gelato Bar is located inside the West End Bar & Grill,
which is not kosher. The Gelato Bar itself is certified kosher under the J.S.O.R. All of the flavors are made in small batches with pure spring water, natural cane sugar and all natural ingredients. The Gelato Bar is located at 100 Brighton Avenue in Long Branch, NJ.

The Juice Theory

The Juice Theory on the Jersey Shore has been open for a few years now selling their cold-pressed juices and small vegan items. Recently they expanded to a larger store on Brighton Avenue in the West End area of Long Branch. The store sells juices, smoothies, sandwiches, salads, vegan desserts, snacks, and more. Popular items include their Acai Bowls and “Make Your Own Salad” option with a choice of proteins. Its main focuses are breakfast and lunch but on Mondays nights a prix fixe dinner option is offered. The Juice Theory is located at 87 Brighton Avenue and is now under supervision of the JSOR.

The Panda’s Barn

The Panda’s Barn, formerly Hawaii’s Kitchen, has an extensive menu with all the classic Chinese favorites –
plus entrees with a twist. Menu items include Chicken Stuffed Jalapenos, Char Siu Rib Tidbits, Red Curry Beef, Peking Deep Fried Duck, Moo Shu Vegetables, and more. The restaurant offers dine-in, take-out, delivery and catering possibilities. The Panda’s Barn is located at 229 Raritan Avenue in Highland Park, NJ and is under the supervision of the Vaad of Raritan Valley.

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.