Never fear. Brooklyn is here!

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When I tell people I live on the Upper West Side, I get a very typical response: “Ahh…the heart of the Jewish world.” But with all due respect to Supersol, Estihana, Gan Asia, etc., we aint got nothin’ on Brooklyn.

I woke up on Sunday morning to my roommate asking me if I wanted to go out to Brooklyn and pay a visit to Burgers Bar (when you are 22, you can wake up late enough for it to be time for lunch).

Because it took over an hour to get out there, we decided, after eating our luscious burgers, to explore the Jewish wonders of Coney Island Ave.  I’ve honestly never seen anything like this.  It felt as though every single restaurant was kosher, and it wasn’t just your stereotypical schwarma and pizza joints.

There was actually a kosher Mexican restaurant!  Carlos and Gabby’s has ventured into territory no kosher businessman has ever entered. Most Mexican cuisine is either dairy, meat or dairy and meat.  I didn’t go into the restaurant to check how they accomplish the almost impossible task of kosher Mexican, but it impressed me nonetheless.

Then, we saw the Holy Grail of kosher supermarkets, Pomegranate (I’d give you a link but I can’t find a website for it).  If you have ever been in a kosher market, the first question that pops in your head is whether or not this place would pass a health inspection.  This is not the case with Pomegranate.

Pomegranate looks like a normal supermarket, feels like a normal supermarket, smells like a normal supermarket, has the prices of a normal supermarket, but everything is kosher.  It literally has every single mainstream product that happens to have a hechsher (kosher certification) along with your typical Israeli/Jewish products.

If this were Newsies, I would be Jack Kelly and Coney Island Ave. would be Spot Conlon.

Posted on September 23, 2008

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9 thoughts on “Never fear. Brooklyn is here!

  1. ahuvag

    ooohh..Kosher Mexican! I loved this post, and find it funny as someone currently living in Jerusalem, that NY can still be considered as the Jewish Capitol!

    (Crazy we just posted a really similar blog on jerusalemite!)

  2. matthue

    We were debating in the office whether kosher Mexican restaurants should ideally be meat or dairy. I said dairy, because everything Mexican should (I’m sorry, vegan idealism) be slathered in melted cheese, just slightly browned. Not to mention, of course, the fried ice cream.
    But then someone pointed out that Mexican charhouse in Jerusalem that always smells amazing…What do you guys think?

  3. Jnas08

    Kosher Mexican places should be Meat. Granted, Tex-Mex food is one of the hardest things to make Kosher, but if you gotta pick one side it’s meat. Cheese is basically just part of the sauce on top, you can’t have a Kosher Mexican Dairy place (vegan idealism, or not).

  4. Ezekah

    [Jnas08]Kosher Mexican places should be Meat. Granted, Tex-Mex food is one of the hardest things to make Kosher, but if you gotta pick one side it’s meat. Cheese is basically just part of the sauce on top, you can’t have a Kosher Mexican Dairy place (vegan idealism, or not).

    You’re forgetting bean burritos.

  5. bem

    Just saw the title and viewed it, I thought it would be about the elections. Jackie Mason said it best, we as older ones have a handle of things and need to educate others on who has and will help America and Israel – McCain/Pallin

  6. The Doctor

    Or Obama/Biden. No matter who you ask, you’ll only get their opinion as to who’s “best.” Personally I think both are, and there are other issues in this election that draw a greater distinction between the candidates.

  7. Ezekah

    [bem]Just saw the title and viewed it, I thought it would be about the elections. Jackie Mason said it best, we as older ones have a handle of things and need to educate others on who has and will help America and Israel – McCain/Pallin

    Claiming that all old people have the same opinions is just as silly as claiming that all blacks or all women have the same opinions.

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