It was early August and the “Nine Days,” the period of mourning for the destruction of the Second Temple in Jerusalem 1954 years ago. One of the refrains to mark the mourning period is to avoid meat which makes this a bonanza for kosher dairy restaurants and, of course, pizza stores. My wife and I decided to try the new Bass & Bourbon at the mouth of the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel. These are the same owners as Bison & Bourbon located in the Gowanus/Park Slope area.
The 3-story restaurant was, as expected, crowded. The food met our expectations for an upscale kosher dairy restaurant (great fish dishes) but what was especially enchanting was the view from the third-floor garden dining which the owners told us was reserved for larger groups (parties of four or more). Bass & Bison is, of course, not the only upscale kosher dairy restaurants with several excellent restaurants in Manhattan and Brooklyn, but a welcome addition to the kosher food scene, particularly in the New York area.