jewish classics

2nd Ave Deli



2nd Ave Deli is one of the last hold outs in NYC of truly classic Jewish appetizing shops. It's actually not on Second Avenue anymore, but everything else will be the same. The long standing restaurant might not be as well known as Katz, but honestly this is a much more pleasant dining experience than being assaulted by 300 tourists and the food is fantastic. They specialize in overstuffed sandwiches & other kosher staples done the long, slow way like my Jewish grandmothers made. Sandwiches are stacked with chopped liver, pastrami, grilled salami & corned beef and can easily feed 2-3 people. Other traditional favorites include blintzes, pierogies, kreplach, potato pancakes & matzoh brei. Service is warm and while prices may look initially high keep in mind that portions are massive and meant to be shared. 


Address:   162 E 33rd St, New York, NY 10016

1442 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10021

Phone:  212-689-9000

Neighborhood: Upper East Side, Kips Bay

Price: $$


Kossar's Bagels & Bialys



Kossar's was opened in 1936 by Morris Kossar. Today it is the oldest remaining Bialy bakery in the United States. The establishment was taken over by new ownership in recent years but remains committed to upholding the traditions of this great Jewish appetizing shop. They offer a range of items to go or for dining in. In their cases you’ll find stacks of cream cheese, cured fish, loaves of babka, and fresh challah. You can choose from fresh bins of brick oven baked bialys and kettle boiled bagels. They will stack your bagel high with any combo of salmon, sable, white fish, or egg salad. For something a little modern, they have gooey chocolate babka French toast and pizza bagels. I look forward to many more years of their success. 


Address:  367 Grand St, New York, NY 10002

Phone: (212) 473-4810

Neighborhood: Lower East Side

Price: $$


Mile End Deli


I've often wondered why no one ever attempts to update Jewish food or make it hip. Just like any cuisine, Jewish food can be made cool. Enter, Mile End Deli.  Straight from Montreal these guys are smoking meat, putting it all over everything, and updating the food that I grew up loving in a Jewish household. They now have 3 locations, the best of which is a cozy diner with 4 tables, a few bar stools, and an open kitchen.  Judging from the lines you know that others have discovered how goddamn delicious the food tastes. Their smoked meat ends up on hash, poutine, and fresh rye bread piled high. They have offerings like chopped liver, reubens, and whitefish salad on bagels from their shop Blackseed. The Mile End team puts a real emphasis on monthly or seasonal/holiday specials so you will never get jaded with the food. Think smoked meat bao buns at Christmas and assorted latkes at Hannukah. 


Address215 E 4th St, New York, NY 10009

97 Hoyt St, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Phone:  (212) 529-2990

Neighborhood: Noho, Brooklyn   

Website :

Price: $$

Attire: Casual

Good for: monthly specials, meat, sandwiches, breakfast food, updated jewish classics