Shalom Chai Pizza

‘Randall’s Barbecue’ Takes a Foothold in Seward Park

Posted September 5, 2017 at 5:07 am

Shalom Chai pizzeria is three years in the grave, but its former Grand Street headquarters might soon go traif. From kosher dairy to barbecue, in fact. You’ll recall that the landlord of 359 Grand Street, the Seward Park Co-op, evicted the business in May 2014. That’s when first-timer Nathan Sklar signed a fifteen-year lease to impart a Mediterranean […]

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A Night inside Hanksy’s Virtual Wonderland on Grand Street [PHOTOS]

Posted October 17, 2016 at 5:10 am

Two weeks before Halloween, street artist Hanksy treated fans to a trick of the mind. Importing the Los Angeles iteration of his “Surplus Candy” exhibition to a virtual environment for three days only. Inside the now-gutted Shalom Chai pizzeria on Grand Street. Friday was opening night, boasting a deep line that queued around the block. But […]

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Hanksy’s Choose Your Own Adventure Virtual Art Show on Grand Street will Let You Relive ‘Surplus Candy LA’

Posted October 5, 2016 at 5:18 am

For Hanksy’s next trick, it’s an exhibit of an exhibit courtesy of virtual reality. The prolific street artist – who made a name for himself over the years by throwing up playful puns around the Lower East Side – will revisit his “Surplus Candy LA” event from last October. Next week, Hanksy will transform the […]

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Stalled Shalom Chai Followup ‘Tables on Grand’ Evicted by Seward Park Co-op

Posted March 1, 2016 at 9:28 am

Nearly two years on, the kosher replacement promised for the Shalom Chai Pizza space on Grand Street is apparently dead in the water. You’ll recall the rough conclusion that befell the dairy stalwart at 357 Grand. The Department of Health shut the place down twice in 2013 after inspections revealed numerous health violations (i.e. mice […]

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Lulav Vendors Ready for Sukkot on Essex Street [PHOTOS]

Posted October 6, 2014 at 10:24 am

The day after Yom Kippur traditionally kickstarts the bum-rush to the next Jewish holiday – Sukkot. As youngsters, our family would spirit down to the Lower East Side to pick up the Lulav and Etrog. Haggling with the Orthodox Jews on Essex Street who manned the tables that bustled with product. With the passage of […]

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Kosher Cafe Chosen to Replace Shalom Chai on Grand Street, Ending Hopes of Alex Raij and Eder Montero

Posted September 30, 2014 at 6:05 am

Kosher is the comeback kid down on Grand Street. Much of the neighborhood believed that the Seward Park Co-op board had telegraphed its latest play at the former Shalom Chai pizzeria at 357 Grand. Restaurateurs Alex Raij and Eder Montero were seemingly a shoe-in to replace the longtime Kosher eatery, having secured approval from Community […]

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Comfort Diner & New Spanish Restaurant in Shalom Chai Space Seek Liquor Licenses

Posted August 5, 2014 at 6:06 am

For decades, the low-rise strip of commercial retail on Grand Street has been relatively dry. Not much in the way of liquored-up nightlife, that is. Well, two Seward Park Co-op storefront properties within this stretch are now looking to obtain full liquor licenses. Both were part of the Kosher alliance of restaurants that broke up […]

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You Can Now Rent the Shalom Chai Pizzeria Space for $9,500 Per Month

Posted July 2, 2014 at 6:00 am

For Shalom Chai Pizza, closure is absolutely for real this time. The City Marshal paid a visit to Grand Street a couple weeks ago and seized the store on behalf of landlord Seward Park Co-op. Now the space is on the market. According to real estate listings, the 1,100 square-foot restaurant carries a price tag of $9,500 […]

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Embattled Shalom Chai is Evicted from Grand Street Just Before Shabbos

Last modified May 26, 2014 at 6:45 pm

Looks like the saga of Shalom Chai Pizza on Grand Street is drawing to a close. The last full service Kosher (dairy) restaurant on the Lower East Side just closed its doors. Forcibly so. Shalom Chai – frequented predominantly by the local religious Jewish population – has been evicted from 359 Grand Street. The Seward […]

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Seward Park Co-Op Chooses Non-Kosher ‘Comfort Diner’ for Former Noah’s Ark on Grand Street

Posted March 27, 2014 at 10:10 am

Holy Schnitzel will not be launching a Lower East Side outpost. The Seward Park Co-op has spoken, ultimately deciding to turn their collective back on the dwindling religious Jewish population in the neighborhood. A Kosher restaurant will not open at 399 Grand Street, after all. Traif is coming instead. The low-rise strip is to gain […]

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