Skip To Content

New Kosher Bakery in Brooklyn, Plus All the Weekly Dish

Brooklyn’s getting a new kosher bakery this summer. Danny Branover, the Lubavitche owner of Crown heights kosher wine bar , will open the yet-unnamed shop nearby, DNA Info reports. More to come.

New Kosher Market in N.J.

Meanwhile, another kosher market’s opening in Clifton, New Jersey, home to a sizeable Orthodox population. Seasons, a kosher chain with stores across New York City and Westchester, will take over a 55,000-square-foot former Acme store. Seasons also plans to open in Baltimore and Lakewood, New Jersey this year. “We’re an upscale supermarket that happens to be kosher,” Seasons CEO Meyer Gold told

Two New Bagel Shops in Greenwich Village

We don’t think Black Seed has much to worry about, but the East Village is getting two new bagel shops. Bagel Belly, whose “Coming Soon” window signs promise hand-rolled, kettle-boiled bagels, will open this month at 114 Third Ave. at 14th Street. A block east, Tompkins Square Bagels is building out the former Open Pantry, a 45-year-old grocery and coffee retailer that closed in 2014.

Schmaltz in Cleveland

Just a bit west — Cleveland, Ohio — local chef Jeremy Umansky is getting ready to unveil Schmaltz Deli, which will goose old-school cooking with hip twists — Japanese koji culture to cure corned beef, for example. Cleveland Scene reports that broth for Umansky’s signature matzo-ball soup will be made from chicken feet in a pressure cooker. Stuffed cabbage will be made using fermented cabbage leaves. Latkes will involve a labor-intensive process including a waffle iron, “leaving them impossibly crispy and littered with nooks and crannies to cradle the applesauce or sour cream.” And that sour cream will be cultured in-house.

Prime KO Rebranded

Prime KO on the Upper West Side is no longer. The restaurant’s been rebranded as Prime West in its old West 85th street location with a new chef at the helm. Edward Boarland worked at Paris kosher resto Le Rafael; Prime West owner and founder Joey Allaham explained to New Jersey’s Jewish Link that “Prime West was a way of bringing the Prime Grill concept to the West Side.” Our translation: Prime KO wasn’t very good.

Deli on the Potomac

Return of the living deli: Potomac Village Deli, which closed its longtime Potomac, Maryland, location in 2006 to focus on catering, will reopen in nearby Gaithersburg this spring, says Bethesda Magazine. Owner Adam Greenberg says the deli will offer pastrami, corned beef, turkey and brisket, along with matzo-ball soup and knishes. Bagels will come from one of Greenberg’s other businesses — Bagels ‘N Grinds in Hanover, Maryland — whose $50,000 water filtration system emulates NYC water for better bagel baking.

The Pickle Movie

Image by Courtesy of The Pickle Recipe

This movie might leave a sour taste — or maybe it’s dill. The Pickle Recipe, a caper involving a Jewish family’s secret pickle formula, premiered at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival this month.

“Better-than-average cast and an irresistibly warm spirit… But critics will rightly complain about the predictable storytelling,” kvetched the Hollywood Reporter.

Kosher Chili Cookoff

More than 30 teams will participate in the sixth annual The Houston Kosher Chili Cookoff, which attracted 3,500 people last year. If you’re in town on February 28, head to the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center, 5601 South Braeswood. Among the activities: a jalapeño- eating contest. Proceeds benefit area Jewish nonprofits.

Michael Kaminer is a contributing editor at the Forward.

I hope you appreciated this article. Before you go, I’d like to ask you to please support the Forward’s award-winning, nonprofit journalism during this critical time.

Now more than ever, American Jews need independent news they can trust, with reporting driven by truth, not ideology. We serve you, not any ideological agenda.

At a time when other newsrooms are closing or cutting back, the Forward has removed its paywall and invested additional resources to report on the ground from Israel and around the U.S. on the impact of the war, rising antisemitism and the protests on college campuses.

Readers like you make it all possible. Support our work by becoming a Forward Member and connect with our journalism and your community.

Make a gift of any size and become a Forward member today. You’ll support our mission to tell the American Jewish story fully and fairly. 

— Rachel Fishman Feddersen, Publisher and CEO

Join our mission to tell the Jewish story fully and fairly.

Republish This Story

Please read before republishing

We’re happy to make this story available to republish for free, unless it originated with JTA, Haaretz or another publication (as indicated on the article) and as long as you follow our guidelines. You must credit the Forward, retain our pixel and preserve our canonical link in Google search.  See our full guidelines for more information, and this guide for detail about canonical URLs.

To republish, copy the HTML by clicking on the yellow button to the right; it includes our tracking pixel, all paragraph styles and hyperlinks, the author byline and credit to the Forward. It does not include images; to avoid copyright violations, you must add them manually, following our guidelines. Please email us at [email protected], subject line “republish,” with any questions or to let us know what stories you’re picking up.

We don't support Internet Explorer

Please use Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge to view this site.