Jews Yen for Sushi
Courtesy Ceetay Asian Fusion
In what comes as no surprise to most Jews, the New York Times reports that sushi is a "runaway hit" among Jews. Not just secular Jews, but strictly kosher Orthodox Jews. The Japanese food's virtues include that it's pareve, light, convenient, and adaptable to the rules of kashrut. According to Rabbi Moshe Elefant of the Orthodox Union, 80 to 90% of kosher restaurants have sushi on their menus.
The Times notes that it's not just a fast food, but that sushi stations are de rigeur at weddings and bar mitzvahs, and that nowadays a Shabbat meal may begin not only with gefilte fish but also with sushi.
Ceetay Asian Fusion restaurant is the subject of an article over on Pacific Standard. Ceetay is owned by 42-year-old Israeli ex-pat Amir Chayon. A former aspiring actor, Chayon moved to the Mott Haven section of the Bronx shortly after having arrived in New York. Ceetay is the South Bronx's first sushi bar and it serves other types of "Asian fusion" food.
"I began to think the restaurant was less a symbol of sushi egalitarianism and more a symbol of a neighborhood in the midst of demographic change," Chayon is quoted as saying in the piece.