Jewdarphiles have long counted on us to provide them with the cutting-edgiest commentary on all things Jewish and pop-culture. Sometimes, though, an issue arises that requires us to break from our customary badinage and speak truth to power. Today, we address the intolerable shortage of kosher bar food that still persists in this, America’s richest, Jewiest city. But fret not, help is on the way, courtesy of the Clubhouse CafÃ©.
Opened a few months ago by the chef at Le Marais (the fancy, frogified, fleyshig, kosher kookery on West 46th, across the street from the CafÃ©), Clubhouse CafÃ© offers a palate-pleasing panoply of dishes and drinks, including a full list of bar food. Just in case you think our rave review is just a result of our own limited gastronomic horizons, when the place opened, Jewdar got comped to a free meal and brought noted gourmand (if gourmand is French for "jackass who complains if his food isn’t precisely how he wanted it") and Heeb publisher Joshua Neuman, who declared "This is the best kosher restaurant I’ve ever been to." And that’s from a guy who’s been dragged to a lot of kosher restaurants.
Last night Mr. and Mrs. Jewdar attended the Clubhouse CafÃ© media party, and we highly recommend the capirinhas and tiny hamburgers. We hear the full-sized ones are even better, a fact to which we’d be happy to attest if the owners want to call us back for another free meal, hint hint. Even paying full price, though, we strongly suspect that Clubhouse CafÃ© hasn’t seen the last of us.