Kosher-FoodsLast month, I schlepped out on a very cold winter evening with my fellow kosher foodie friend to Chelsea Piers. We weren’t there to learn more about the incredible amount of activities for families that Chelsea Piers has to offer. We were ready to sample the kosher cuisine of some of New York’s restaurants and caterers and leave room to sip Kosher wine from around the world.

If you are in New York next year for the 6th Annual Food and Wine Experience, I highly recommend that you attend this event. One of our favorite finds that evening was meeting world class chef pastry Chef, Ehud Ezra, of Basil restaurant in Crown Heights (Brooklyn). Ehud Ezra was a pleasure to speak to and here a is a quick review of what you will find when you go to Basil for a lovely kosher Italian meal.

Basil was one of the most memorable booths at the 2011 Kosher Food and Wine Experience. It was impressive both for its unique flavor combinations and its world class Pastry Chef, Ehud Ezra, who makes his own real butter croissants daily from scratch.


His creative chocolate mousse was nuanced with a delicious combination of brandy, frangelico, and hazelnut. Paired with crushed sugar-coated hazelnuts on top and a half-chocolate meringue finger, it made me wish that he would open a location closer to my home.

Located at 270 Kingston Avenue, in Crown Heights, it is just the right place to go with hungry kids after tromping through The Children’s Museum 1 block away. But beware one look at the dessert menu and you may find yourself back sooner than you imagined, you know…just to know how amazing the Lavender Dusted Funnel Cake or the Pumpkin Panacotta is. Bon Appétit!

Thank you to Laura Goldsmith, contributing writer to, for her detailed review.