The word “Kosher” in Hebrew means “fit,” as in, this food is “fit to be eaten.” Kashrut — or Jewish dietary law — has a set of rules by which all Kosher foods must abide. The food at Fleishik’s follows all of these rules. Because we’re Kosher.
Geshmak is a Yiddish word which means “delicious, tasty, something you crave.” Kosher food can be all of these things, and part of our wish here at Fleishik’s is that our food makes you say “geshmak.” Use our hashtag, #geshmak. Then tell your friends what it means. Go ahead. Do it. It’s a fun word.
Cows, sheep, deer and goats... these animals have “cloven hoofs” and “chew cud,” which are two of the primary reasons why these animals are all Kosher and can therefore be served here at Fleishik’s (lucky them!). Pigs do have cloven hoofs, but they do not chew cud. Therefore, pigs are not Kosher. Chickens, turkeys, and ducks are Kosher. Eagles, vultures, and bats, on the other hand, are not Kosher (but who wants to eat an eagle anyway?). Sea creatures with fins and scales are Kosher. Shellfish and scavenger fish? Not Kosher. Beyond that, the animals need to be raised, harvested/slaughtered, shipped, handled, inspected, prepared, and served in a very specific way. In other words, we pay very close attention to the food that is served here. So enjoy. (Also, in observance of Shabbat, we’re closed an hour before sunset on Fridays until just after sundown on Saturdays.)
All Kosher establishments have a Mashgiach on site at all times. Our Mashgiach is a Rabbi whose job it is to ensure that our kosher establishment abides by the Kashrut (kosher rules, see above). Of course, there is more to Kashrut and Kosher foods than outlined here. Please talk to our Mashgiach if you have any questions or if you just want to say hello. Our Mashgiach is very friendly, happy to chat, and always here (literally, we can’t be open if he isn’t).