Way back in January, Jeffrey Chodorow signaled his intentions to partner with the owners of the legendary Borscht Belt resort Kutsher’s to open Kutsher’s Deli in Tribeca. Many wondered aloud what Le Chod would do to Jewish cuisine, and now, thanks to last night’s CB1 meeting, we need wonder no more.
The Tribeca Citizen got its hot little hands on Kutsher’s menu, and it amply illustrates Zach Kutsher’s description of the restaurant as a “modern Jewish-food-inspired bistro.” Daily specials include Yiddish Shepard’s Pie, which involves beer-braised flanken-style short ribs with a potato and spinach kugel crust, and Kutsher’s meat loaf, which contains thick-cut beef bacon. There are platters of lamb, varnishkes, fried chicken, falafel-crusted salmon, and Moshe Peking’s Sizzling Beef, which entails five-spice-rubbed short ribs and moo shoo pancakes. Knish dumplings, reuben sliders, sushi rolls, “ghetto-style” artichokes, and sephardic tuna niçoise are scattered throughout the menu
It’s a big menu for a big space: There will be 120 seats in the dining room and 35 in the bar area. Will it be a more successful attempt at global/modern Jewish food than Octavia’s Porch, where we couldn’t even find a decent latke? We’ll have to wait a while to find out, as Kutsher’s won’t open until at least September. But there doesn’t seem to be any pig on the menu, so if nothing else, it will be a bit more kosher than Traif.
[Via Grub Street]