The weather is warming up, Pesach is behind us and summertime is approaching which can only mean one thing – new restaurants! Many restaurants wait until after the holidays to open their doors. Business can finally get moving at a steady pace and they can test out the waters in their new space. Summer is always a popular time for restaurants to open because people want to have new and adventurous experiences once the temperature rises. If that means trying out the new restaurant on the block or even miles away, diners are up for anything. This month, we tell you about old restaurants being reborn and completely new restaurants that are just starting out.


Mexikosher– Chef Katsuij Tanabe of Los Angeles is opening a second branch of Mexikosher in New York City. This opening is long awaited. Great Kosher Restaurants hosted a few highly successful pop-ups with the Mexican/Japanese Chef at Pitopia. The main response to the pop-ups was, “When will Mexikosher be opening in NYC?” Later this year, our wishes will finally come true. We’ve known about this for quite some time now but the details surrounding the new NYC Mexikosher branch are still hush-hush.We actually know the location but we have been sworn to secrecy, so you’ll just have to follow us closely for further information. However, we’ve hidden the details under a park bench in Manhattan… Whoever can find it will get the first carnita off the line at the
new Mexikosher!

Promenade Bar and Grill
The Promenade Bar and Grill is currently open and serving customers! They now boast a full liquor bar, a sushi bar and an entirely kosher menu! Customers can order wings, burgers, chicken and more while watching theplayoffs. Supervision is under the OK. Promenade Bar & Grill
is located at 344 3rd Avenue (off of 25th St.).

Sunflower Café – The restaurant’s third location is now open on the Upper West Side. The café is known for their consistent service and authentic Israeli dishes. Sunflower Café is located at 676 Amsterdam Avenue between 92nd and 93rd streets.


Dougie’s– The fast food chain Dougie’s is opening on Avenue J later this month. Look out for their famous poppers
and chicken wings! Dougie’s is located at 1316 Avenue J.


MeO Japanese Hibachi – A new kosher Japanese Hibachi restaurant is opening soon in the former Meatos / Shipudei Tzipora location. They will be serving sushi and steak as well as hibachi. MeO Japanese Hibachi is located at 185-01 Union Turnpike in
Fresh Meadows, NY.


Baranda– For those on the West Coast, Chef Tanabe is opening a completely new concept restaurant called Baranda. Named after his two daughters, Barbara and Miranda, Baranda, will be an upscale California style restaurant opening towards the end of the year.

Elan Kornblum, a.k.a “The Restaurant Guy” is the publisher of Great Kosher Restaurants International Magazine and its accompanying website, The 2015 edition, available on, 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.

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