We all know the old staples of the Boston kosher scene: places like Kosher Wok (formerly Taam China), Cafe Eilat, Rami’s and Milk Street Cafe. Boston’s kosher restaurant options have never been as extensive as New York’s, but we’ve always had reliable places to get our nosh on. Recently, it seems like there’s been a resurgence in kosher restaurants in Boston, but not everyone seems to know about the new options available.
Just this week, Veggie Crust Brookline launched (or relaunched). Located on Cyprus Street, the restaurant is now under the Vaad (KVH-Kosher) as of Dec. 3. Offering Indian cuisine and pizza, it will be a great addition to the community. Best of all, it will be Chalav Yisrael and Pas Yisrael. For those in Cambridge and Somerville, there’s a petition for its sister restaurants Veggie Crust Somerville and Dosa & Curry to get certified kosher as well. Hopefully the interest in the Brookline location will convince the owners that going kosher in Camberville will be a worthwhile endeavor.
With a couple locations downtown, by CHLOE offers a modern, vegan twist on a classic fast-food joint. They offer salads, burgers, fries and snacks that are 100% plant-based and certified kosher by the International Kosher Council (IKC). Milk Street Cafe will always have a special place in my heart, but it’s nice to have more than one option.
In Arlington, Zhu Pan-Asian Vegan Restaurant offers a variety of dishes made with vegetables, soy protein and seitan. It can be harder to get to without a car, but luckily they deliver to most of Cambridge and Somerville. I personally love getting the General Tso’s soy protein with a Thai iced tea. Thanks go to Rabbi Dolinger’s Lighthouse Kosher for supervising Zhu.
Another less-known choice is The Red Lentil in Watertown. The Red Lentil was noted as one of Boston’s best vegetarian restaurants by Boston Magazine and is now certified kosher by Lighthouse Kosher. From shepherd’s pie or nachos to pizza or miso soup, The Red Lentil offers a wide variety from many different traditions. While a little out of the way for a lot of us, it’s great to have the option of an award-winning restaurant that also happens to be kosher.
I will certainly miss some of the kosher restaurants that we’ve lost over the years. Donuts with a Difference in Medford was my go-to place to grab some treats. When Jerusalem Pita closed this August, I was shocked — it was one of my go-to places for a date. Still, Boston has a bunch of newer restaurants to be excited about, and I especially hope the new Kosher Veggie Crust gets a lot of enthusiastic support.
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