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Rectangles now under Cup-K

Rectangles, the Yemenite restaurant on the UES is now under the supervision of Rabbi Israel Mayer Steinberg.

Rectangles
1431 1st Avenue
New York, NY 10021
(212)744-7470
http://www.rectanglesrestaurant.com/

Disclaimer: Cup-K Restaurants are open on Shabbat.

Popularity: 5% [?]

Bohjan now Cup-K

TAG has confirmed that Bohjan is now certified Cup-K

From their site:

Shiva Natarajan’s Bhojan is a Kosher Vegetarian restaurant serving fresh, healthy and satisfying meals. We highlight dishes from the North and West of India, namely Gujarat and Punjab, which are famous for their distinct vegetarian offerings.

Bohjan
102 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10016
(212)213-9615
map
http://www.bhojanny.com

Popularity: 8% [?]

Loving Hut is now kosher

Loving Hut, a 100% all vegan restaurant near Penn Station is now certified Kosher by Rabbi Israel Mayer Steinberg of the Cup-K.

Loving Hut

348 7th Avenue (between 29th and 30th)
New York, NY 10001
(212)760-1900
http://www.lovinghut.us/newyorkcity/
map

Popularity: 10% [?]

Rabbi Israel Mayer Steinberg of Vaad Harabonim Lemeshmeret Hakashrut

I get a lot of searches recently looking for more information on him and his kosherness/validity.  Does anyone have more information?  PLEASE share in the comments what you know as well as which restaurants he is supervising and I will compile a list of everything and post it soon.

I read here that he allows restaurants to be open on Shabbat which is a no-no for the Frum community.  His reasoning is that it gives Jews (non-orthodox, obviously) the choice to eat somewhere that is at least kosher instead of going elsewhere.  I can see how this may be a semi-OK excuse for somewhere outside of NY but in NYC there are many kosher and non kosher places and this is a pretty lame excuse.

As far as I can find he is the overseeing Rabbi at

  • Little Lads
  • Chickpea (6th Ave & 14th Street locations)

Like I said please drop me a line in the comments and let me know what you know so we can get to the bottom of this!

Popularity: 100% [?]

Little lads is also kosher again

FYI – Little Lads at 120 Broadway (map) is now kosher again under the supervision of Rabbi Israel Mayer Steinberg.

PS. I am seeing a lot of searches wondering about the validity of his kashrut as well as the kosherness of the Vaad Harabonim Lemeshmeret Hakashrut. Anyone reading this care to tell us what you know?

Popularity: 5% [?]

Chickpea is now Kosher again!

In breaking news, two of Chickpeas stores are kosher again.  The locations have now been verified as Glatt kosher (yay!!) under the supervision of Rav Israel Steinberg of the Vaad Harabonim Lemeshmeret Hakashrut.

  • 688 6th Avenue (22nd Street) map
  • 210 East 14th Street (3rd Avenue) map

Does anyone want to guess how soon it will be until they decide to change their name and go un-kosher again?

I’ll give them two weeks, max.

[via koshertopia.com]

Popularity: 8% [?]