I know a lot of people are already interested in hearing more about the place (which is not open to the public) and so here's some more information that we've compiled. I've already spoken to Owner/Chef Josh Kessler - who's quietly been on the group for nearly two years :) - and I may stop by for a few minutes today on my way home to check it out.
Meanwhile, here's the what, where and who.
Located at 211 E 46th St, New York, NY 10017
212-461-1001 www.barneabistro.com (Reservations accepted)
Under the OU
Open this week with a full menu along with several 9 Day menu items.
Restaurant About Us:
Owner/Chef Joshua Kessler, in collaboration with his passionate, inventive team, opened Barnea to invite diners inside a creative, immersive and elevated eating environment. It is a space that celebrates sense and enjoyment: evolving menus blend with crafted cocktails, curated beverages mix with musical atmosphere, delicious sounds absorb into decor—where texture is everywhere and the kitchen is open, with everything to show. Their cuisine begins with a dedication to fresh, seasonal ingredients and ends with attention to a full sensory experience–taste, texture and presentation. Each dish explores its elements with a variety of techniques, highlighting an array of taste and texture properties. Every plate is its own expressive design. Each menu is conceived for a surprising, complete and harmonious meal.
JOSHUA KESSLER, Executive Chef/Owner
Joshua Kessler’s career in food began with a decision to follow a deep-rooted passion for cooking. Family is a foundation for Josh’s culinary pursuits. He is surrounded by generations of expertise and talent in the food and hospitality business that both guided and energized his cooking ambition. While spending years working in the corporate insurance industry, Josh quietly pursued his dream–moonlighting in kitchens in and around NYC. In this early part of his path to becoming a professional, Josh spent time cooking at Mike’s Bistro (NYC). After graduating from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY Josh worked at Union Square Hospitality Group. Barnea is the culmination of a dream fueled by passion and desire.
The interior of Barnea Bistro is designed for synergy with its food. Centered around natural materials–wood, leather, marble–the space integrates texture with comfort to generate its contemporary atmosphere. Their open kitchen and tables build a balance between luxury and brasserie that welcomes all fashion.
Click here to see their Nine Days menu. For over 16 years, Talia's has been serving a special Nine Days menu. The menu will include an assortment of fish entrees, as well as pasta and other vegetarian cuisines. Talia's regular dinner menu will be available as well.
The new UWS burger joint has been struggling to survive its $13,000 monthly rent (not to mention the almost $60,000 per year for hashgacha and mashgiach costs). We were told if they do not see a change, they will have to think about closing. We put out a plea to our Facebook Foodie Community for feedback and help to see if we can keep this place alive and they came in droves. One successful week does not get them out of the black, but it's a start. We need to support our neighborhood restaurants and give them fighting a chance. And don't go because you feel bad for them, go because they offer a good burger at a good price. In an effort to gather a crowd Elon Gold stopped in before his Stand Up NY performance and Eli Leibowicz did a stand-up performance for the GKRF mini-meat up there. Furthermore, if there is someone who is interested in taking over the place or would perhaps want to be an investor/partner with some other ideas, please let me know. Located at: 426 Amsterdam Avenue (off West 80th), New York, NY. Phone: (212) 362-7386.
The Los Angeles-based chain, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, which has more than 1,200 shops globally, plans to open 100 franchise locations in New York over the next 10 years. It will open its first stores in Manhattan this year.
Dixie BBQ in Aventura, FL has taken over the location at 1316 Avenue J (formerly of Dougie's) in Flatbush. The eatery, which specializes in burgers, hot dogs, fried chicken and shakes, to open after the 9 Days at the end of July. Foozo Pizza, which is also opening a branch on Ave J, should be opening after Sukkos. Stay tuned for more details.
Congratulations to our good friend Janie Chaz, who is the new pastry chef at Glatt a la Carte! Come on in and check out her delectable treats. Located at: 5123 18th Avenue (entrance on 52nd Street), Brooklyn, NY 11204. Phone: (718) 438-6675. Web: www.NYGlatt.com.
Pescada Carne will be bringing in new partners and taking a month off to redo the bar area and floor. The Brooklyn restaurant will then be called "Pescada Steakhouse" in order to better reflect what the restaurant serves. They figured with many people away and the 9 Days soon approaching, this would be the best time to close and plan on a tentative re-opening date on August 1st.
After 73 years, the non glatt kosher deli closed this Saturday. But we are working hard to revive the location as a glatt kosher deli. Meetings are happening and an investor is interested...Stay tuned for updates.
Holy Schnitzel on Main Street is now serving the impossible burger! And to keep it fully vegan the're being drilled with their own utensils. So to try the new meatless burger the world is going crazy for, come to Holy Schnitzel Queens today! Just in time for the 9 Days. Located at: 72-22 Main Street, Flushing NY 11367. Phone: (718) 793-4659. Web: www.HolySchnitzel.com.
After much anticipation (and the closing of the LA location) the Flushing, Queens MexiKosher location has opened in the former home of Bedford Kitchen. The restaurant is cash only so make sure to stop by the ATM before you stop in for a bite. Located at: 69-44 Main St, Flushing, NY 11367. Phone: (212) 580-6200x718. And soon Bagel Boss will be moving in next door under the supervision of the VHQ.
The Central Avenue burger restaurant is closed for renovations after being ravaged by a fire the other week. Hopefully they will be back in business soon! Graze, the eatery next door, was shut for inspection but reopened shortly after. Located at: 531 Central Avenue, Cedarhurst, NY 11516. Phone: (516) 341-7150.
Yalla had their soft opening last week, serving hot dogs, hummus, salads, grilled chicken, shawarma, falafel, and other favorite Israeli dishes to come. Keep an eye out for their opening soon. Located at: 206 W Englewood Avenue, Teaneck, NJ 07666.
You can now order online with Snap's! Hungry after a long day at Six Flags Great Adventure? Order as you leave the park and you'll have dinner ready by the time you drive the 15 minutes to Snap's. Located at: 84 Hillside Blvd, Lakewood, NJ 08701. Phone: (732) 370-4745. Web: www.SnapsKosher.com.
The organic French cafe near Sesame Place in Newtown has moved out and will soon be re-opening in the Comcast Tower in downtown Philly. Watch for the opening of their new home. Located at: 1701 John F Kennedy Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19103.
The fine Chinese restaurant closed their doors last week. But the story doesn't end there... China Bistro Express in Hollywood, FL is scheduled to open at the end of July. As for the Aventura residents, there are plans underway to open another location back in Aventura on US 1 which will be a mix between an express and full service sometime in 2019.
MEX Mexican Grill has decided to no longer operate as a kosher establishment. The restaurant is remaining open, but effective June 11 it is NO LONGER kosher certified by Kosher Miami. Located at 16850 Collins Avenue, Sunny Isles Beach, FL 33160.
Dino's Middle Eastern Cuisine Opens in Houston
Serving dishes like eggplant, hummus, falafel, borekas, salads, kabobs, chicken liver, chicken breast, schnitzel and hamburgers, the new middle-eastern grill brings Israeli cuisine to Houston. Located at: 9419 Glenfield Court, Houston, TX 77096. Phone: (832) 667-8592.
Danelo Italian Closes Shop
Sadly, after two years, Danelo's Italian Restaurant, the cholov yisroel eatery in Dallas, says goodbye. Hopefully something new will fill its void soon.
Hasiba is a new Middle Eastern restaurant from Or Amsalam and Alex Phaneuf, the duo behind Lodge Bread Co. in Culver City. The restaurant opened on West Pico Boulevard near La Cienega Boulevard on Friday. Hasiba is named for Amsalam's Moroccan grandmother, and was inspired by a recent trip to Israel. It was designed to mimic a hummusiya, an Israeli neighborhood restaurant that focuses on hummus and pita bread.
New Cafe Opens in Montreal
At the new Café de L'Avenue, directly across from the Scotia Bank in the Cavendish Mall, they serve a variety of coffees: café filter, macchiato, flat white, red eye, chai latte, espresso shots and many more. You can have a delicious breakfast of bagels, wraps or Greek yogurt. Lunches are a large variety of salads, soupe du jour, quiche and sandwiches. Or if you're looking for something sweet, try the brioche, cakes, tartes, mille feuilles, muffins, cookies or biscuits. Located at: 5800 Cavendish Blvd, Cote Saint Luc, QC H4W. Phone: (514) 485-2233.
Owner Assaf Ben David and experienced Executive Chef Matthew Butcher has opened this 150 seat, 5 star restaurant as their website says with an "infusion of style, elegance and charm." The site goes on to quote the chef saying: 'We've turned the kosher meal into a heavenly experience, an assault on your senses of the sweetest kind. We are the change you've hungered for and the enticing adventure you deserve. We also think that everyone should be able to eat like a king, without needing to be royalty to afford it. Value for money is at the core of our beliefs. While a delicious dining experience comes at a cost, it needn't cost the earth." Address: 67 Kooyong Road, Caulfield North, VIC, Australia 3161. Phone: (03) 9500 8216. Email: email@example.com.
Abaita means home. The quaint looking and unassuming exterior actually looks like it could be someone's house and the neat and comfortable look is seen throughout the restaurant. Their is an open kitchen to your right when yo first walk in so you can choose to sit by the bar and see the action or you can sit in their intimate dining room of about 45 seats. The space is not huge so seating is limited but it certainly gives off a cozy, homey feel. Masterfully utilizing ingredients and techniques in creative ways, Chefs David Egidio Donagrandi and Sruli Subar use and describe their dishes with several elements and layers. There is more than just one note or tone here, it's like a symphony of ingredients. Located at 145 East 49th Street (between Lexington and 3rd Avenues), New York, NY 10017. Make your reservations at www.EatAbaita.com.
Big Bang Burger is constantly making additions and changes to better serve their customers and they're now serving beer! Next time you stop in for a burger or hot dog wash it down with a cold brewski! Located at: 426 Amsterdam Avenue (between West 80th & 81st Street), New York, NY 10024. Phone: (212) 362-7386. Web: www.BigBangBurgerNYC.com.
The Cheese Guy has a pop up in Soho sampling and selling their cheeses, olives and cheese sandwiches, like their delicious truffle pecorino and viney sheep cheese sandwich. They expect to be open at least until the end of June, possibly throughout the summer. Located at: 449 Broadway, New York, NY 10013.
The new dairy cafe on 72nd Street on the Upper West Side had a soft opening and was open for dinner... but then put paper up in the windows and took down the grand opening sign. We'll see if they end up opening in a little more time.
The new burger joint is up and running in the spot formerly occupied by Frappe and Wrap on the corner of E 17th Street. With fast and friendly service in their cool and spotlessly clean shop, it;s the perfect place to come grab a burger. Located at: 1702 Avenue M, Brooklyn, NY 11230. Phone: (347) 713-6819.
Fans of the Florida favorite will be excited to hear that the 1,200 square feet artisanal pizza cafe that will be located on the corner of Avenue J and Nostrand Ave in Brooklyn, currently has construction under way and should be open by the end of summer. Located at: 3003 Avenue J (corner of Nostrand Ave), Brooklyn, NY 11210.
Kaff Bakery is moving to a new location and celebrating this Sunday, June 3rd. Bring your children and treat them with balloons, goodies and face painting! Located at: 1906 Avenue M (corner of East 19th Street), Brooklyn, NY 11230. Phone: (718) 951-2602.
There is a new ice cream parlor on Ave J and Coney Island Ave! So as the weather warms up you can cool off and visit Zucki's Ice Cream for a fun and cool treat. Located at: 1364 Coney Island Avenue (off Ave J), Brooklyn, NY 11230.
The Queens location of celebrity chef Katsuji Tanabe's Mexican fusion cuisine chain, Mexikosher, is just about ready to open in the former location of Bedford Kitchen on Main Street. Located at: 69-44 Main St, Flushing, NY 11367. Phone: (212) 580-6200.
The future is here! Impossible Foods, the maker of the plant-based Impossible Burger, received its official kosher pareve certification from the OU, the world's largest kosher certification agency, enabling a new level of kosher cheeseburger. The Impossible Burger contains no animal ingredients. The burger looks and tastes like ground beef but is made only from plant ingredients. The burger gets its beef-like attributes from the use of a soy root-derived molecule called "heme". And Cork & Slice expects to be adding the kosher cheeseburger to their menu very soon! Located at: 477 Chestnut Street (between Spruce St & Cedarhurst Ave), Cedarhurst, NY 11516. Phone: (516) 837-7788. Web: www.CorkandSlice.com.
Gili's Kitchen Opens in Jacksonville
Chef Gili offers international cuisine made from the freshest quality ingredients in their self-serve restaurant, catering and takeout, bakery and butcher! Located at: 126 W Adams Street, Jacksonville. Florida 32202. Phone: (904) 540-2383. Web: www.GilisKitchen.org. And a dairy eatery called Sabra's Cafe will soon be opening in Jacksonville too.
Metro Detroit has a new kosher chinese takeout restaurant, Wok in Cariout! This is a new venue for Chef Cari and her husband Yisroel Rosenbloom. Chef Cari has been involved with the Detroit food scene for years and has a reputation for using the freshest ingredients and being authentic when creating dishes from cuisines around the world as well as maintaining the highest kashrus standards. Wok in Cariout is no different... Chef Lee will be doing most of the cooking in the new state of the art kitchen and everything is fresh, everything is made from scratch, including the sauces. Located at: 15600 W 10 Mile Rd, Southfield, MI 48075, next to Prime 10 in the New Orleans Mall.
Hungarian Kosher Foods is under new ownership after 45 years but it's still alive and kicking! Click here to check out the video from our East Coast correspondent, Elie Y. Katz, on his recent visit to Chicago. Located at: 4020 Oakton Street, Skokie, Illinois. Phone: (847) 674-8008.
Co-owners Moshe Plotnik and Yaniv Sides are opening Café Coeur, a new kosher Italian-American restaurant and sushi bar this Fall. The restaurant will be serving gourmet pizza, pastas, salads, fish and a sushi bar, as well as alcoholic beverages but without a full-service bar. The 2,300-square-foot space will have approximately 70 seats in the Creve Coeur area and will be open for lunch and dinner Sunday through Friday and will offer delivery options, as well as catering. Located at: 10477 Old Olive Street Road, St. Louis, MO 63141.
The former home of Fleishik's is the new home of the Middle-Eastern Grill, "Charcoal". Looking forward to see how the foodie scene in LA keeps evolving. Located at: 7563 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036.
POKe'LOGIC Re-brands As "Nature Bowl"
POKe'LOGIC in Beverly Hills is re-branding and changing it's name to "Nature Bowl" and will remain Kosher LA certified. Please be advised that any stores under the name POKe'LOGIC, such as the one in Hollywood, is NOT kosher certified. Located at: 8326 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills, CA 90211. Phone: (323) 452-0487.
The new 40 seat casual dairy restaurant in Midtown East from Chef Sruli Subar and Egidio (David) Donagrandi should be opening in the next week or two and we're looking forward to seeing what they're bringing to the neighborhood. Located at: 145 E 49th St, New York, NY 10017.Web: www.eatAbaita.com.
Boutique Butcher, an upscale Butcher Shop that specializes in the finest cuts of meat, dry aged beef, and exquisite burger blends, followed by a full service butchery and fresh mazza every Thursday and Friday. Located at: 311 Avenue U, Brooklyn, NY 11223. Phone: (718) 333-9500. www.boutiquebutcherny.com. Click here for the live video I did yesterday with over 5,000 views.
Cafe Latte Opens in Williamsburg
After Pesach a new cafe opened on the border of Bedstuy and Williamsburg, Cafe Latte. Serving all the regular cafe fare like salads, sandwiches, wraps, pastries, coffee and more. Located at: 83 Franklin Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11205. Phone: (718) 625-2233.
A new Asian fusion restaurant has opened in West Orange. The Asian eatery will feature both Chinese and Japanese menus and though primarily geared for takeout they will have a few tables for sitting in. Located at: 478 Pleasant Valley Way, West Orange, NJ 07052. Phone: (973) 324-8000.
The Cholov Yisroel, dairy restaurant called "Sage Fine Dining" made it's debut today at 5PM. We've been told "top of the line" sushi among other fine dairy dishes will be served. They're located in Orchard Plaza at 1610 Route 35 South in Oakhurst, NJ. Phone: (732-695-3122). They are also opening a Sage Express Grab 'n Go at the Deal Sephardic Network at 244 Norwood Avenue in Deal/Oakhurst.
For someplace to eat on those family trips to Sesame Place, make sure to visit Papillon Cafe.
Papillon, a 100-percent organic, French inspired cafe, located in Newtown Township, PA (20 minutes from Sesame Place) is under rabbinical Shomer Shabbos supervision. Located at: 254 N Sycamore St, Newtown, Bucks County, PA. (215) 944-8066.
Chinese restaurant Chai Wok, with already one establishment in North Miami Beach, has opened up their second location in Surfside, FL. Hatzlacha to Donny Gordon and his staff on their newest location. Surfside has almost everything, and now it has a Chinese restaurant too. New Surfside store is located at: 225 95th Street (off Harding Avenue), Surfside, FL 33154. Original NMB location: 1688 N.E. 164th Street (Between NE 16th & 17th Ave), N Miami Beach, FL 33162. Phone: (305) 705-2110. Web: www.ChaiWokMiami.com.
How Sweet, the kosher candy superstore in the greater Miami area, had a Grand Opening under new ownership. They have every kind of candy imaginable like Homemade Cookies & Cakes, Cholov Yisrael or Parve Ice cream & Sorbet, Popcorn, Fresh Fruit Smoothies & Milkshakes, Nutella & Delinut Crêpes as well as plan your private parties, offering Bounce Houses, Petting Zoo, DJ, Face Painting, Cotton Candy & Popcorn Machines, etc. Located at: 3575 NE 207th St, Aventura, FL 33180. Phone: (786) 320-5268.
Breaking News: After a foray into deli, Zak will be bringing back the old dairy cafe in about three weeks. Located at: 405 NW 26th St, Miami, FL 33127
Moshe Shawarma Opens
Vegas has a new Mediterranean grill that opened just a 15 minute drive from the strip at the former site of Kiton Kitchen. Serving falafel, shawarma, kebobs and more middle eastern dishes. Located at: 6840 W Sahara Avenue (at S Rainbow Blvd), Las Vegas, NV 89146. Phone: (702) 577-1211.
Alex Remer, formerly of Fireside in Monsey, is now in LA and at the new Osher Bar & Grill. Osher is an American bar and grill featuring gastropub classics, paired with craft beer and cocktails in a vibrant and modern setting. Glatt kosher under the Supervision of Rabbi Simkin of North American Kosher. Located at: 8657 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035. Phone: (424) 302 0050.
Celebrate Mother's Day at Abigael's! Make your reservation today while tables and private rooms are still available. Every mother gets a complimentary $10 gift card (to be used at the next visit)! And get your mother a gift like Abigael's Gift Cards, Chef Jeff's Cookbooks & Signature Knives or for more great gift ideas, click here. Opening this Sunday, May 13th at 4:30PM. Located at: 1407 Broadway (between 38th & 39th Streets), New York, NY 10018. Phone: (212) 575-1407. Web: www.Abigaels.com.
This Mother's Day, Sunday, May 13th, treat your mother to a delicious meal at Talia's. Serving a unique Sunday brunch from 11AM - 3PM followed by a special dinner service and a special cocktail menu and Mama Mia! - buy any cocktail and your second drink is on us! For the menus click here. For all reservations please call (212) 580-3770 or email them at
Join the Kosher Culinary Center in celebration of our mothers with a special Mother's Day Brunch from 9AM to 1 PM this Sunday, May 13th. To make your reservation today call (718) 338-1110. Located at: 2359 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11234. Web: www.koshercul.com.
Starting this Sunday, Mother's Day, the Marine Park, Brooklyn restaurant will start serving dishes like "Plea
Sach Ko" - Cambodian beef ceviche salad, Vietnamese "Umami & Spice" - fish sauce caramel chicken wings with pickled vegetables, "Bun Bo Hue" - spicy Vietnamese beef soup and "Som Tum - Thai green papaya salad with tuna, salmon and sea bass green curry sate. You can guarantee a seat at the table by reserving for this Sunday or you can try your luck by entering this exclusive contest by clicking here and get to try all of these authentic Asian dishes and other surprises. Hours: 12PM - 11PM. Located at: 3223 Quentin Rd, Brooklyn, NY 11234. Phone: (718) 627-8325. Web: www.tfusionsteakhouse.com.
Take your mother to brunch at Ditmas Boca for Mother's Day! Serving a special menu to treat your special mother. Located at: 21077 Powerline Road, Boca Raton, FL 33433. Phone: (561) 826-8875. Web: www.ditmasboca.com.
MANHATTAN Gourmandises de France
They are offering a La Colombe small Coffee for .70 cents with any purchase on Wednesday & Thursday (4/18-4/19)
*Click here to view the Facebook Post
UN Plaza & Grill
Celebrate Yom Ha'atzmaut with the UN Plaza Grill (available Wednesday & Thursday- 4/18-4/19) with their $70 Prix fixe menu (plus tax & tip)
Choice of Appetizers
* Soup du Jour
* Caesar Salad
* Chef’s Selection of Sushi
Choice of Entrée
* Sesame Crusted Salmon served with Asian vegetables in a Miso Sake Broth
* Chicken Paillard served with potato confit and winter vegetables in Dijon au jus
* 10 oz Filet Mignon served with homemade French fries
Choice of Dessert
* Crème Brulee
* Trio of Homemade Sorbet
* Chocolate Soufflé
Dinner will be accompanied by your choice of 1 glass of white or red wine
Featured winery - Shiloh Winery of Israel
LONG ISLAND / QUEENS
Meo Japanese Hibachi
$70 Prix Fix of most of their menu. Here's the menu:
$70 MENU (get samples of all these)
- Chicken Scepters
- Chicken Katsu
- Beef Sliders
- Mixed Garden Salad
- Samba Blast
- Gyoza Sampler
- Premium All American Prime Ribeye.
- Hibachi Lamb Steak
- Korean Chicken
- Hanger Steak
- White Meat Chicken with Glaze.
- Hibachi Fried Rice.
- Hibachi Noodles.
- Hibachi Mixed Vegetables
- Chocolate Souffle
- Lava Cake with ice cream
- French Macarons
- Red Wine
- Unlimited Soft Served Beverages