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

Posted on: March 27th, 2014 at 10:10 am by

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Noah’s Ark Deli closed after the 2013 high holidays

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 the midtown-based Comfort Diner.

From what we understand, the ordeal wasn’t a pleasant experience for the owners of Holy Schnitzel, who were strung along for weeks awaiting a final decision. The bureaucracy. We are told they’re looking into possibly expanding elsewhere, but not necessarily the Lower East Side.

For the last decade, Noah’s Ark Kosher deli served Jewish comfort food at 399 Grand. Its reign came to an abrupt end before the high holidays last fall. They closed temporarily, never to reopen.

That leaves the Shalom Chai pizzeria all alone on the block…

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