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Kosher Restaurants at NYC Restaurant Week 2013

nyc-restaurant-week-2013-kosherIt should come as no surprise, but once again, there are no kosher restaurants participating in the NYC Restaurant Week (3 weeks really) sponsored by American Express, starting July 22nd ending August 16th.

NO KOSHER RESTAURANTS ARE PARTICIPATING

last wrote about this last summer, and nothing has changed.

 

Here’s my theory:

Restaurant Week requires restaurants to offer 3-course prix fixe meals for $25 lunches and $38 dinners. While these prices mean that non-kosher fancy restaurants will likely not make much of a profit during this time period, they will be able to give diners a fancy experience at a reasonable cost. For kosher restaurants, since the overhead of kosher food and certification is higher, margins are lower, and for them to offer prices this low for a 3 course meal, they will undoubtedly take a loss.

Can you imagine getting a 3 course dinner at Le Marais, Prime Grill, J Soho, Abigael’s, Mike’s Bistro, etc. for $38 per person? Of course not! They would be taking heavy losses.

Hence why no kosher restaurant could ever participate given these terms.

 

What do you think is the reason behind the lack of kosher restaurants participating in Restaurant Week? Comment below. Would love to hear other theories.

 

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7 Responses to “Kosher Restaurants at NYC Restaurant Week 2013”

  1. I was hugely disappointed as well.

    July 18, 2013 at 12:38 pm
  2. There has to be room to make this work. Anyone playing the “they won’t let me” or “they won’t work with us” card simply sucks at pitching the concept!

    July 18, 2013 at 1:47 pm
  3. LilMissCakes #

    I think some restaurants could make it work, but the portions would have to be small and people might be disappointed.

    July 18, 2013 at 5:23 pm
  4. Sarah Klinkowitz #

    A tasting menu, a set of amuse bouche with a drink -SOMETHING! It is beyond time for the kosher kids to play ball!

    July 21, 2013 at 11:01 am
  5. let’s all start a kosher restaurant week!!

    July 22, 2013 at 7:37 pm
  6. it stinks :( those restaurant week menus are all awesome and we can’t even participate. it’s a shame to be left out.

    July 22, 2013 at 10:19 pm
  7. Elan Kornblum #

    I keep forgetting to talk to the restaurants about this or at least I find out too late to do anything about it each year. I’ll ask them why the don’t participate. I wonder if they’ve said no, or just never been approached. And your theory of the upscale places might ring true but not for the mid level places, which tells me they haven’t been approached or haven’t been properly sold on it. Let’s do something about this for next year but early on.

    July 23, 2013 at 2:16 am

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