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marissaj Jun 15, 2014 09:27 PM

We went to Pizza by the Bay on Jerome avenue. Does not say Kosher on the outside and its a very small store so easy to miss, although there is a car park really close by. The pizza was fantastic- easily best pizza in brooklyn and probably in the whole NYC area. Also, the french fries- omg the fries.. Home-made, home cut and proper belgian frites- a perfect crisp to them and beautifully seasoned with a salt/ paprika mix. They also do make your own salads, mozarella sticks etc. Highly recommend.

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    zsero RE: marissaj Jun 15, 2014 10:06 PM

    who certifies that it's kosher?

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      follick RE: zsero Jun 16, 2014 03:26 AM

      EDIT: looking at the wrong PIZZA by the Bay restaurant

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        MartyB RE: follick Jun 16, 2014 04:05 AM

        Menu looks kosher friendly. Google search results have many listing them as kosher. Appears to be chof-k



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          follick RE: MartyB Jun 16, 2014 05:15 AM

          I'm looking at the menu here:

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            MartyB RE: follick Jun 16, 2014 05:37 AM

            That is for downtown Mumbai, not Brooklyn USA!

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              follick RE: MartyB Jun 16, 2014 06:05 AM

              Yes, my mistake and my apologies. I have edited my post above.

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                davidg1 RE: follick Jun 16, 2014 04:58 PM

                the link to the place in Mumbai is still there

      2. re: zsero
        bigredesq RE: zsero Jun 16, 2014 11:35 AM

        I called the restaurant. The employee who answered the phone stated that the restaurant is kosher, and under the supervision of Rabbi David Navarro.

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          chicago maven RE: bigredesq Jun 16, 2014 02:53 PM

          I knew that it sounded too good to be true.
          for whatever it's worth, the cRc in Chicago does not recommend that certification.
          Oh well, what the second best pizza shop in Brooklyn?

          1. re: chicago maven
            elmoz RE: chicago maven Jun 16, 2014 04:37 PM

            I'm confused. Is it Kof-K as the menu MartyB linked to, is it a really Rabbi David Navarro, or was the employee messing with bigredesq by giving smicha to the guitarist from Jane's Addiction?

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              bagelman01 RE: elmoz Jun 16, 2014 05:35 PM

              I emailed the Kof-K and got a reply:

              Unauthorized use of your symbol?

              Yes it was and I spoke to the owner who said this error was made over a year ago and he is correcting it on this web site now. Thank you for bringing this to my attention.

              Rabbi Yehuda Rosenbaum
              KOF-K Kosher Supervision
              201 837 0500 x7
              201 491 4610 cell

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                CloggieGirl RE: elmoz Jun 16, 2014 06:30 PM

                Yeah. I saw that and thought, coincidence or second career?

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                  zsero RE: elmoz Jun 16, 2014 11:15 PM

                  There really is a Rabbi David Navarro, of Staten Island, and R Reuven Feinstein says he's reliable.

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                  MartyB RE: chicago maven Jun 16, 2014 04:55 PM

                  Oh no! I was going to have knishes as a side for dinner tonight when I noticed that Gabila's knishes have the chof-k hashgacha. I bought it from Costco but could have sworn that Brach's also sold these knishes. One of the nice things about shopping at places like Brachs, Gourmet Glatt and Seasons and other big kosher boxes is to not to have to look at each and every item that you put in your carriage like one must do when shopping at non-kosher stores. Is there a problem with chof-k that I dont know about or is it a chumrah thing?


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                    susiejane RE: MartyB Jun 16, 2014 05:16 PM

                    Gourmet Glatt sells Gabila's knishes.

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                      bagelman01 RE: MartyB Jun 16, 2014 05:39 PM

                      Please see my post above and Kof-K's reply to my question of whether this is an unauthorized use of their symbol.

                      According to Kof-K, the owner of the pizza restaurant admits to making this mistake more than a year ago and until I questioned it and contacted the Kof-K who immediately called the owner, the owner did nothing to remove the symbol from the website.

                      That said, if the owner knew the Kof-K symbol was being used on his menu/website without permission (even if originally posted in error) and did nothing about it for over a year, until he was caught, I wouldn't be trusting him, I don't care who he now claims is giving supervision.

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                        zsero RE: MartyB Jun 16, 2014 11:16 PM

                        Um, who suggested there was a prblem with chof-K?

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                  EmpireState RE: marissaj Jun 16, 2014 07:57 AM

                  What part of Brooklyn is this?

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                    marissaj RE: EmpireState Jun 16, 2014 04:19 PM

                    Very close to Sheepshead Bay. There were many extremely chassidsh/ Yeshivish people eating in the restaurant, and FWIW, my LOR said that Rabbi Navarro is fine....

                    ETA: I think zsero looked into this in 2011- see this post for what was said then: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/788024

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