Soho's Going Kosher, and Looking Beyond Savoy

As yet further evidence that Jewish food is edging its way into the limelight, Soho is on track to get 3,000 square feet of kosher dining.

Back in April, the Post reported that a couple of financiers had signed a lease at 323 West Broadway to open a "hip, young" kosher restaurant. Last night, Eater attended CB2's SLA meeting and learned more about the establishment, which promises to bring "hot" "high-end" kosher dining to those not fortunate enough to live in the vicinity of Zabar's.

Thus, the menu will be bereft of pork and shellfish, and cooking will cease Fridays at sundown in observance of the Sabbath. There will also be pre-cooked and pre-paid meal options for those who are more assiduous in their adherence to Jewish law, and can't use appliances during their weekly day of rest. The restaurant's owners, B & Y Restaurant Group, will likely be approved for a license, so expect the Manischewitz to flow.

Elsewhere in Soho, Time Out sat down with Peter Hoffman and learned of the chef's plans for the new restaurant he'll open in the space Savoy has occupied for 21 years. "It's going to end up striking a chord somewhere between ... Back Forty and Savoy," Hoffman told the magazine. Because of how drastically Soho has changed, the idea is to "grab more of the people who are walking down the street." Expect the second floor to be "fun and festive," as well as some dishes designed for family-style dining, and possibly some communal tables.

Interestingly, Hoffman also revealed that he submitted an unsuccessful bid for the Union Square pavilion, which will soon be home to Don Pintabona's City Farm Café. Pintabona, Hoffman said, "has no history of working with the Greenmarket farmers, no relationship with the people who are there and no skill set to amplify the market movement by having the restaurant placed in the middle of Union Square. I think that the city lost a tremendous opportunity by not giving that to us."

Given that Hoffman spent 15 years on the market's advisory board, one could argue that he makes a fair, if bitter, point. As the B & Y guys might say, there's something about the Parks Department's decision that isn't quite kosher.

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