Why Did NYC Lose 15 Kosher Restaurants In 2018?

Why Did NYC Lose 15 Kosher Restaurants In 2018? by the Forward

“Everyone knows opening a restaurant is a tricky business. Only 21% of restaurant start-ups survive past 15 years, the average restaurant lifetime is 4.5 years, and 17% of restaurants fail within their first year of business. In the kosher community, all of those percentages are a whole lot higher.

2018 was a particularly terrible year, with 15 kosher restaurants closing up shop. Veteran Manhattan kosher restaurants — midtown’s Cafe K, the Upper East Side’s Italian restaurant Va Bene, and Amsterdam Burger on the West Side — shuttered their doors this year. The gourmet kosher supermarket, Seasons, on the West Sider; Basta, an Israeli artisanal pizza spot in midtown east; Maoz, a vegetarian falafel chain throughout Manhattan — all closed.”

Read more here.

Kosher Burger Concept Opens In Crown Heights

A new Kosher burger concept, named Boeuf & Bun, has opened in Crown Heights at 217 Kingston Avenue.  The new spot has been self-proclaimed as an “artisanal burger lab” serving high-end gourmet burger options. The main focus lays in quality, which is why all burgers are ground in house, nothing is premade or prepackaged (including the custom sauces). After a long, unsuccessful search for the best Kosher bun on the market, Australian owner Tzemach Woolstone decided to make his own.

One burger, called ‘The New Yorker,’ is topped with pastrami, cabbage slaw, and horseradish. There is also a lamb burger with olive tapenade and cumin garlic aioli.  There are a few non-burger options such as seasonal soups, tacos, and a slow-cooked beef sandwich. For more information and photos of Boeuf & Bun, check out their Facebook page here



Top North Fork and Hamptons Bakeshops

Hapmtons.com compiled a list of the top ten bakeshops to visit this year in the Hamptons and North Fork. From breads and pastries  to cookies and cakes, here are a few bakeries to visit in the area:

Ye Olde Bakeshop: This bakery is mostly known for their giant linzer tart cookies, but the cinnamon buns, cinnamon cookies and cherry turnovers are also worth the trip.

Simon’s Beach Bakery Cafe: This bakery has been around for nearly 25 years and recently underwent a renovation. They acquired a liquor license, have a larger selection of baked goods and are also serving kosher breakfast and lunch foods.

Levain Bakery: Levain Bakery’s famous chocolate chip cookie can now be found in Wainscott. Aside from their amazing six-ounce cookies they also offer an assortment of rustic breads. As a nice touch, the products that are not sold during the day are donated to the needy.


To see the full top ten list of bakeshops click here 

In Search of Kosher Operator for East Broadway

Bowery Boogie reports  plans are in the works for a Kosher restaurant at 171 East Broadway on the Lower East Side.

“Spearheading the effort is Madison Jackson developer Michael Bolla, who is single-handedly angling for the cultural restoration of Jewish Lower East Side. He enlisted longtime business partner Ron Castellano for the endeavor. The local architect, whose conversion credits include the Jewish Forward Building and the forthcoming Jarmulowsky Bank hotel, spent $1.5 million restoring the space. Both are now on the prowl for potential investors and operators.”