A Manhattan restaurateur says the leaders of an Upper West Side synagogue are acting like “La Kosher Nostra” — threatening to destroy his business if he doesn’t allow their $1.8 million legal dispute to be heard in religious court.
Losing his kosher seal would be a death blow to Allaham’s food empire — which includes the kosher steakhouse Prime Grill on Madison Avenue, the Upper East Side rooftop eatery at the Bentley, and the Yorkville gourmet-food store Prime Butcher Baker — since many of his customers are religious Jews. Joseph Allaham — whose kosher restaurants draw celebrities like Madonna and Ricky Martin — says officials from the Lincoln Square Synagogue promised to yank the kosher certification from his eateries if he didn’t comply with their demand to go before their preferred Jewish arbitrator, according to court papers.
Allaham has been fighting with the modern Orthodox synagogue — where US Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan had her bat mitzvah — over a catering deal that went bad.
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