With more than 30 TVs, Courtside Grill has opened in Cedarhurst, the first kosher sports restaurant in the area.
Joey Hoenig of Lawrence and Steve Kuritzky of Woodmere opened the place a few weeks ago in the space that used to house Brasserie Halevi.
“Watching an exciting game in the company of others might happen on every corner elsewhere,” Kuritzky said, “but in the kosher world, this is unique.”
It’s a restaurant ahead of a bar, stresses Kuritzky, who worked with the Vaad HaKashrus of the Five Towns and Far Rockaway and the community to garner support.
Kuritzky, an attorney by day, coaches high school basketball at the Hebrew Academy of the Five Towns and Rockaway. Hoenig is the athletic director there. They also coach a kids’ Five Towns basketball league. “Our lives are intertwined with sports,” Kuritzky said, “so opening this place made sense to us.”
Courtside Grill offers a full kosher menu from soup and salad ($4.95 to $8.95) to burgers and wraps ($10.95 to $14.95), to wursts, hot dogs and small plates ($7.95 to $18.95). Kuritzky said the most popular items so far have been chicken and red-velvet waffles, the burgers, as well as a foot-long hot dog wrapped in kosher (beef) bacon.
In the opening month it was packed during the NBA championship games, said Kuritzky, who anticipates a crowd for the soccer semifinals. If customers don’t want to be around televisions, there’s designated space in the restaurant.
For now, Courtside Grill is open only for dinner. Starting next week, the hours for Courtside Grill are Sunday through Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to midnight, Friday 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Saturday the hour after the Sabbath ends to 1 a.m.
602 Central Ave., Cedarhurst; 516-341-0755, facebook.com/thecourtsidegrill/timeline