In a rundown of great kosher New York eateries last month, Jspace overlooked what the New York Daily News said could be “the world’s coolest kosher restaurant,” because it hadn’t opened yet. Showing just how fast Jewish and kosher food is changing, Mason & Mug had its grand opening in Brooklyn’s trendy Prospect Heights on last week.
Illustrating just how new the restaurant is, it doesn’t even have a Yelp page yet. Even so, Mason & Mug has received bountiful hype in both Jewish and mainstream media, and had a soft opening preview last week.
The restaurant is the brainchild of Itta Werdiger Roth and Sasha Chack, both veterans of the Jewish food world. Roth is the force behind the Hester, a questionably-legal pop-up kosher supper club and cabaret for a largely Jewish crowd, which is hosted periodically in Ditmas Park (presumably, her new venture will at least offer the chance to cook in the same place every day). Chack is the former head of food and beverage for the 92nd St Y.
Their restaurant is Chalav Yisroel, including breads that are Pas Yisroel. It features manly small plates and tapas; a photo posted to their Facebook page shows a menu featuring spicy chickpeas, carrot-ginger soup, fish tacos, bahn mi (with tofu instead of the traditional pâté), and several cured fishes served with rye bread.
As for drinks, Mason & Mug has a lengthy list of beers and kosher wines.
Early reviews on Facebook praised the restaurant’s “food and atmosphere,” and the “explosive flavors and textures” of the sandwiches.
Mason & Mug joins a new generation of kosher restaurants like Pardes, a French bistro in another not-traditionally Jewish Brooklyn neighborhood (Boerum Hill).