Fine Kosher Dining Scene Emerges in Crown Heights

Dishes at Brooklyn Artisan Bakehouse in Crown Heights (Photos courtesy of Brooklyn Artisan Bakehouse via The Jewish Week)

A Jewish Week story by Chaim Levin and Hannah Dreyfus explores the neighborhood that some consider the next culinary hotspot in NYC – Crown Heights. In recent years, the artisanal kosher dining scene has emerged there as “seemingly the next evolution amid the neighborhood’s changing demographics, a unique confluence of chasidic and bohemian culture.”

Gabriel Boxer of Kosher Guru comments on the new appeal of the neighborhood: “People used to come [to Crown Heights] for religious reasons — now they’re trekking [there] for culinary reasons.” The Jewish Week notes that Crown Heights is the headquarters of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement.

Perhaps a sign of this new status is the upscale kosher pizza war that ensued earlier this year between local restaurants Calabria and Basil Pizza & Wine Bar. Besides pizza, what are some of the other culinary offerings found in Crown Heights?

The Brooklyn Artisan Bakehouse, which opened last year, serves buttery cinnamon buns and carefully crafted subs on fresh bread. Izzy’s Smokehouse, opened in 2015, serves Texas-style barbecue and richly smoked meats. Boeuf & Bun, an artisanal hamburger joint across the street from Basil, opened in January 2014 and today serves up kosher burgers with such toppings as grilled pineapple, truffle mayonnaise and pickled beets to upwards of 1,000 people a week.

How has the quality and appeal of fine kosher dining changed in the past few decades? And why do experts believe that Crown Heights, home to the Chabad community, make for the perfect location for this burgeoning food scene? Find out in the full story at The Jewish Week.

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