GREAT KOSHER DINING

Sharpen your pencils and ready your notepads because this month we have a handful of new restaurant openings to share with you. The new trend seems to be opening a second restaurant location, as Pescada and Kasai have done. Some owners are opening an entirely new type of venture. These include Abigael’s Chef and owner Jeff Nathan, who’s bringing kosher artisanal fried chicken to Brooklyn, and the owners of Falafel off the Korner, who are opening the cozy Israeli spot, Amba.

It is also worth noting that many up and coming restaurants are choosing to specialize in just one particular area as opposed to offering a little bit of everything. Many kosher restaurants try to please all of their customers by providing items across the spectrum, like serving sushi and pizza in the same space – a practice you would never see in Japan! The new Raw Poke Bar in Florida offers just Poke Bowls which we have yet to see in the kosher culinary space. Jeff Nathan will be doing a specialty fried chicken shop. Lolli Bop Café& Play
offers a space for kids to hang out and let their imaginations run wild. Whichever places you choose to frequent this year, we hope you enjoy the experience – and don’t forget to let us know how it was!

MANHATTAN

Amba– The Financial District is about to get another kosher restaurant! Opening in late July, Amba “Fidi” will be a cute, little Israeli spot located at 160 Pearl Street (right off of Wall Street), serving falafel, schwarma, and other Israeli specialties. For those who work in the area, Amba will offer delivery to lower Manhattan within a two mile radius. The restaurant will be under the supervision of Rabbi David Navarro of Staten Island. Brought to you by the owners of Falafel off the Korner.

Subaba– The expected opening date for Subaba restaurant near Yeshivah University in the Heights is in mid-July. The restaurant will be serving a variety of cold cuts, schnitzels, grilled chicken, steaks, and salads. The restaurant owner describes it as a more gourmet version of the Subway chain, Glatt Kosher, in a clean, comfortable, beautiful environment. Subaba will be located at 2565 Amsterdam Avenue.

BROOKLYN

Chef Abie Sandwich Spot– Chef Abie Maltz of
Nu Cafe 47 opened a new place in late June called Chef Abie Sandwich Spot. The space used to be his take-out and gluten free market, however he has now decided to switch gears and start making delicious, American style comfort food. Some of his specialties include Egg Rolls, Chili Dogs, The Abie Sampler, Chef Deluxe Burgers, and Pulled Brisket Sandwiches. Chef Abie, while culinary trained, brings a homemade, home-style flavor to delicious, familiar, food. The restaurant is located at 4726 New Utrecht Avenue, off 48th Street.

Jeff Nathan’s Artisanal Fried Chicken– If you haven’t already heard, Chef Jeff Nathan of Abigael’s on Broadway is opening an Artisanal Fried Chicken restaurant somewhere in Brooklyn. We cannot yet reveal the exact details but can tell you that this will be huge! We’re talking about succulent, juicy chicken with just the right herbs and spices, 18-hour brines and more. Jeff is the Director of Culinary Development at Empire Kosher Poultry and thus will only be using Empire chicken, which is 100% organic and vegetarian fed, antibiotic and hormone free. Jeff has traveled across the country recently formulating recipes for his new venture and we can’t wait for you to see it. Stay tuned for more details of the concept along with the name and location.

Pescada Second Location– Pescada announced in early July that they are opening a second location in Brooklyn. We cannot yet reveal all the details but we can tell you that they will have a party room available for all occasions which can hold up to 130 guests. You can call 347-702-5711 to book your simha today. Pescada is currently located at 509 Avenue P in Brooklyn, NY.

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.

Hannah Levy is head of Social Media and Marketing at Great Kosher Restaurants.
Follow @GreatKosherRestaurants on Instagram for drool worthy kosher food pictures.

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From meat pizza pies to barbecue ribs, now’s the time to go out and dine! Explore your neighborhood locally or go on an adventure outside of town. There are plenty of options to choose from.

BROOKLYN

Prime Pizza & Grill
The Prime Hospitality Group have reopened their Prime Pizza location which was formerly Pizza da Solo and later the Prime Chefs Club Room. The new store, called Prime Pizza and Grill, is now serving unique meat pizzas and flatbreads as well as traditional grill items. Some pizzas include dairy free cheeses like Almond Ricotta and Soy Mozzarella. Customers can also enjoy Charcuterie like Beef and Duck Prosciutto, Bresaola, Salami and “Pepperoni”. If you are looking for a unique pizza experience, Prime Pizza & Grill is just the thing! Supervision under OU Glatt. Located at 1202 Avenue J in Brooklyn.

Main House BBQ Smokehouse
Coming soon to Mill Basin, this Texas-style BBQ joint has a modern twist. Serving up premium craft beers on tap, this is a much anticipated restaurant opening for the area. Main House BBQ will be located at 6001 Strickland Avenue near Strike 10 Lanes bowling alley. That way, you can both brush up on your spin and get your BBQ fix. Under the supervision of the OK.

Sushi Fussion– The Sushi Fussion
that we all know and love in Flushing, Forest Hills, Great Neck and Manhattan is now open in Brooklyn! Located at 722 Kings Highway, this
new branch will serve sushi and meat dishes including Hibachi made items. Opening day is set for June 15th. Under the supervision of the OK.

PENNSYLVANIA

Citron & Rose Tavern & Market– The New Tavern, a Main Line restaurant standby since the 30’s, has closed and will be reopening as a kosher restaurant and market. David Magerman, owner of popular kosher Philadelphia restaurants like C&R Kitchen and The Dairy, purchased the space and plans to reopen it as Citron & Rose Tavern & Market. The plan is to serve C&R dishes as well as kosher versions of classic New Tavern dishes. The market part of the restaurant will include a kosher take-out section. Former owner Nick Zarvalas will be staying on to advise. The venue will also be available to host events and parties.

CHICAGO

Evita Grill Argentinian Steakhouse– We revealed on our Facebook group Great Kosher Restaurant Foodies, that Elias Michel Barnatan, the restaurant owner of Pi-Chi-Klin in Buenos Aires, is opening an Argentinian steakhouse in Chicago. The name Evita Grill is an ode to Argentina (but don’t cry for her). Fast progress is being made and the expected opening is sometime in July. Evita Grill will be located at 6112 N Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL.

FLORIDA

MeaToast – A new kosher restaurant, called MeaToast is now open at 222 – 71st Street, between Collins and Harding Avenue. Located in North Beach (or NoBe) the venue is the only kosher dining option in the area, which is  in the middle of popular Miami Beach and Surfside. Late-night orders and deliveries will be made a priority. Although it’s rare that a Miami restaurant opens after the season is over, we welcome this
new development!

CALIFORNIA

Origin Cafe– Origin Cafe, a fresh and fully organic restaurant is a new hot spot to try out on Pico. The cafe is fully on board with the farm-to-table concept. Chef Aaron prides himself on serving up both diverse and distinct dishes that are sure to be memorable and savory. The current menu features a large variety of tea, fresh squeezed juices and coffee. Also consider their fresh and fun take on classic and favorite Israeli dishes. Options include Sabich, Shakshuka, and Mission Fig Salad with Blue Cheese and Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette. Origin Cafe is located at 8532 West Pico Boulevard in Los Angeles, California.

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.

Hannah Levy is the head of Social Media and Marketing at Great Kosher Restaurants. Follow @GreatKosherRestaurants on Instagram for droo-worthy kosher food pictures.

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