After 13 years of business in the same location, The Prime Grill at 60 east 49th street will be closing its doors on Jan 18th. The Prime Grill was opened in 2000 by owner Joey Allaham and is the first restaurant of the Prime Hospitality Group.
A longtime restaurant employee, who declined to go into details, told thejfile.com that “The lease is over and the building owners do not want to renew the lease. They have a liability concern with the many customers visiting the restaurant.”
The restaurant will reopen within six months at 25 West 56th St, formerly home to the old Beacon Restaurant & Bar.
According to an email sent out by the restaurant on, December, 31st:
“The new venue will continue to feature the classic Prime Grill favorites that you have always loved. However, we will be using this opportunity to introduce a new generation of kosher cuisine including expanded menu options, a true wood brick oven (a rarity) and more private dining capabilities. The new facility will feature bi-level seating for over 360 diners as well as more private dinner and event potential. It will also feature a special wine themed private room with a premier collection of rare kosher wines. It was time for me to make a move, and the new Prime Grill will be bigger and better than ever”
“During the brief time that I am reinventing myself, from January 19th on, Solo, Prime KO and Prime at the Bentley (which will have a much larger kitchen and a private dining room with a private terrace) will be welcoming you with open arms and expanded lunch and dinner menus including Prime Grill Classics just in case you find yourselves craving our time-honored specialties.”
Dovber Blat told the jfile that “Prime Grill was the first upscale kosher steak house in the city. Before they opened, I would have my business meeting in bars and lobbies.
“There was no impressive kosher restaurant. Our business associates are used to high-end restaurants. I can’t take them to a place like Gottlieb’s,” he said.
Many well-known American businessmen dined at Prime Grill. It was not uncommon to see Jared Kushner or Ivanka Trump holding an important meeting at The Prime Grill . Donald Trump would eat there from time to time as well. It was reportedly Bernie Madoff’s favorite kosher restaurant. He had an office only a block away.
Yaron Levy of Pearl Productions, a high-end event planning company, told thejfile that “Joey Allaham and his Prime Hospitality Group revolutionized and changed the landscape of kosher fine dining in New York”.
“The New York Jewish business community owes him a great deal of gratitude,” he said.