Review of Prime Avenue

by Frayda
Beef lo mein at Prime Avenue, Crown Heights

Prime Avenue is a fast-food meat restaurant, with Chinese, Mediterranean and traditional American fare. The Kosher Cactus ‘visited’ in June of 2021. (Actually, we ordered in. But we have been to Prime Avenue many times before, sooo…) This review was written in June of 2021.

Where is Prime Avenue located? What is the best way to get there? 

Prime Avenue external street view of outside at night
Prime Avenue is bustling at most hours of the day

Prime Avenue is located at 377 Kingston Avenue, between Crown and Carroll streets. 

You can drive there- if you cannot find a space directly on Kingston Ave, there is usually parking on the side streets. You can also take the 3 train- Prime Avenue is just a 2-minute walk from the Kingston Ave station. 

The restaurant is open from 12 PM- 12 AM Sunday- Thursday, 11 AM- 3PM on Fridays, and 9:30 PM- 12 AM on Saturdays. 

Prime Avenue is the result of a merger between Prime Wok, a chinese Kosher restaurant, and Prime Grill, a Kosher burger joint. Both, under the same owner, are now incredibly successful under the same roof. 

You can order online from Prime Avenue, and they can do local deliveries, usually within the hour. You can also order from JMenu, or call the store directly. Prime Avenue also caters events! You can look at their selection online, or call the store to inquire. 

Do I need to dress up to visit?

Not at all! Prime Avenue is a fast food place, with fast service. Although they do cater events, the store itself is a quick eat-in space, with a high turnover rate. Most of the patrons are students looking for a meal, hurried parents picking up food for their family, or the occasional couple out for a bite. Although the space is nice and simple, with dark wood and red accent pieces, it is not ‘fancy’ at all. 

Does Prime Avenue have outdoor seating?

chicken shnitzel salad at Prime Avenue in Crown Heights
Chicken Schnitzel on fresh salad…. what more can you ask for?

The restaurant recently put up a street-seating block outside. It can hold about 20 people, and is mostly protected from the elements- it does have a roof. It can get a little hot in Crown Heights in the summer, so keep that in mind if you plan on eating outside. 

What kinds of food does the restaurant serve?

Prime Avenue serves all sorts of meat dishes. Most of the menu is Chinese-style foods. Almost all the main dishes on the menu come with an optional side of either fries, fried rice or plain rice. The Hummus Plates come with a side of breads: pita, laffa or baguette. There are also plenty of different Appetizer options: Fries, Onion Rings, Roasted Vegetables, Crispy Mushrooms, Chicken Fingers… All the portions are generous and delicious. 

What is on the menu at Prime Avenue?

fried rice side dish at Prime Avenue of Crown Heights
If you’re looking for a side dish, FRIED RICE. You’re welcome.

The most popular item, by a mile, is Sesame Chicken. It is exactly what you think it is, only better: tender, flavourful chicken bites, perfectly breaded and fried, and dunked into a delicious sesame sauce. So good. In true Chinese fashion, these come with a side of plain or fried rice.

Shawarma. Easily customizable to your preference; you can select everything that goes into the pita. The actual shawarma chicken, which is the masterpiece of this dish, is fantastic. If you like it a little spicy, get the chimichurri dressing. You can always ask for the dressing on the side, and season to your taste.

Cholent /Kugel. Available on Thursday nights. Um, no thanks. Buuut- you could serve it for Shabbos, and I’ve heard from people who like to eat Cholent on Thursday (again, no, thanks) that Prime Avenue makes a mean cholent. Anywaaay. 

Hummus Falafel Plate. This dish is literally exactly what it says it is. It comes with a side of bread (get a laffa!), and you can order another side of Israeli Salad to compliment the dish. These falafel balls are delicious. Crisp, crunchy, perfectly textured on the inside… yum.

What else do they serve?

  • Chinese Appetizers
  • Grilled Appetizers
  • Salads
  • Soups
  • Chinese Style Chicken
  • Chinese Style Beef
  • Lo Mein
  • Chow Mein
  • Chinese Vegetarian 
  • Rice Dishes
  • Baguettes
  • Sandwiches
  • Burgers
  • Hummus Plates

Does Prime Avenue serve drinks?

There are a wide variety of sodas and bottled drinks available. Prime Avenue does not serve alcoholic drinks.

What is the service like at Prime Avenue?

classic burger with tomatoes onion and lettuce at Prime Avenue, Crown Heights
It’s a Beef, Lettuce and Tomatoes. It’s delicious.

The restaurant is not known as a fast-food place for nothing! Although at peak-hours you may have to wait for a delivery of food, inside the store the system is extremely efficient. You can order from the counter, pay, sit at your table and have your food order called within 10 minutes. Occasionally even faster, if the restaurant is quiet. Even when the place is full, the turnover is very high, and you should not have to wait too long for a table. The restaurant works cafeteria-style, with trays of food from the counter that you can bring to the table. Do yourself (and the next customer) a favor and remove your tray and trash when you’re done. Thaaanks. 

Is the restaurant wheelchair accessible?

Yes, Prime Avenue is wheelchair accessible! There is a slight ramp to get into the store, and a wheelchair accessible bathroom in the back. As mentioned, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the restaurant removed about 1/3 of the tables, and put up a street-seating block outside. This has had the added convenience of even more space to navigate around inside. 

Is Prime Avenue kid-friendly?

Broccoli Chicken, with a sweet and sour sauce

Prime Avenue is very kid-friendly. There are high-chairs in the restaurant for your convenience, and many options on the menu for kids of all ages. This is besides the fact that this is essentially a burger-joint, and what kid does not like hotdogs? You can choose from items like: Chicken Fingers, Mashed Potato, Hot Dog on a Bun (self-explanatory, I think), The New York Baguette (fried chicken in a sandwich!!), or even the humble Classic Burger.   

What Hashgacha is the restaurant under?

Prime Avenue is under the supervision of the CHK- Vaad Hakashrus of Crown Heights. All meat is Lubavitch shechita. All breads are pas yisroel.

Final Thoughts

Any time we are in a pinch, or running late or didn’t have a chance to properly arrange supper, this is one of our first options. The food is good, the service is fast, and the price is really decent. When we ordered-in just last week, the soup, salad, 2 drinks, chicken poppers with rice and burger came to just $59… And there were still leftovers. Honestly, not bad at all. 

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