||Golden's Restaurant & Deli
A Unique Staten Island Experience!
have taken many things as mementos: towels, silverware, soil, flowers,
pictures etc. But when Ray Pannone decided to move from Brooklyn to Staten
Island, there was one thing he felt he couldn’t leave Brooklyn without:
the subway! To hear him tell it, he bought the old subway car as a clubhouse
for his children and intended to feature it in his backyard. His wife,
however, had other ideas about this potential “folly.” Undaunted, Ray took
his train and with it created the centerpiece of his then new restaurant,
literally placing it smack dab in the middle of the floor; and for the
past 19 years, there it has remained to the delight of all who have encountered
it. In retrospect, one could call it a stroke of genius. What better
way to connect to the past and impart that traditional old New York flavor
to an old fashioned kosher deli? Long before MacDonald’s even thought of
the restaurant play center, diners have been enjoying the unique experience
of sitting and eating in an actual relic of the past, a flashback through
train also functions as a room divider, sectioning off the dining area,
with its wood edged tables and chairs, and the take out area, with its
long glass display counter. It is a clean and bright room with both traditional
hanging salamis and more contemporary neon accents. The room is large enough
not to be overwhelmed by the train, which seems right at home in its central
location. In all, the setting is warm and congenial, perfect for casual
dining. But, Ray has decided it is time for a change and is currently expanding
his restaurant into two adjacent stores, which will effectively double
the current 140 seating capacity. The new layout will integrate the added
space with the existing and will also include a bar area. The new enlarged
restaurant will allow the closing off of areas for parties of different
biggest news for kosher diners, however, is the fact that for the first
time in its history, Golden’s is under the supervision of a rabbi, Rabbi
Avraham Fishelis. Using the principle of the Shtar Mechira, where the ownership
of the restaurant is sold to a non-Jewish person every Friday before Shabbos
and then reverts back to the Jewish owner after Shabbos (to prevent the
Jewish owner from profiting from work performed on Shabbos), Rabbi Fishelis,
as well as other Orthodox rabbis, makes use of this form of sale
to enable hitherto unsupervised kosher restaurants that remain open on
Shabbos to be available to Jews who could not feel comfortable eating in
an establishment that did not have any supervision. For his part, Ray maintains
that he has always been vigilant about the kashrus in his store, but did
not know how to reconcile that, with the fact that he had to keep his store
open on Shabbos, since it is located in a commercial area (the Staten Island
Mall) that sees most of its business on the weekends.
those who eat only glatt kosher meat, the fact that the strictly kosher,
but not glatt, Hebrew National meat is served at Golden’s is another issue
for them to consider. However, Golden’s menu is extensive enough that there
are plenty of other possibilities to order, e.g. the grilled chicken dishes
(Empire chickens are used exclusively), salad platters, three egg omelettes,
smoked fish, pancakes, blintzes and French toast.
food served in Golden’s reflects generations of handed down recipes. The
restaurant cures its own corned beef and smokes its pastrami in brick ovens.
Only the freshest and best quality meat makes the grade at Golden’s. The
sandwiches are stacked high with lean, thinly cut slices of meat, which
are delicious, particularly the corned beef and pastrami. Family influences
on traditional dishes such as the stuffed Cabbage with its raisins offer
a glimpse into the family’s hiemishe past, and add a homelike touch. Their
popular potato pancake is made with cooked potatoes and then fried to a
golden and crispy brown (Passover style) and is served with applesauce.
the baked goods come from Teena’s Cake fair in Brooklyn (located on Ralph
Ave.). . The apple strudel, for example, is served in a humongous portion
and comes packed with large chunks of apple. Jello, Fruit Salad and Baked
Apple are other desserts. Dietetic selections are also offered.
in the Kmart Shopping Center of the Staten Island Mall, Golden’s is minutes
away from the Outerbridge Crossing and an approx. 10 minute drive to the
Goethals Bridge going into New Jersey. It is the only kosher meat restaurant
in all of Staten Island and has successfully survived for the last nineteen
years because of its professional service and delicious, high quality food.
While other restaurants have come and gone, Golden continues to enjoy
loyalty from its patrons and that fact speaks volumes.
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