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Why Aren’t You Eating? The Tastiest Spots for Jewish Food in NYC

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New York City covers all the bases when it comes to Jewish food, from overstuffed sandwiches at Pastrami Queen to soul-satisfying matzo ball soup at Ben’s Best Kosher Delicatessen. Make Jewish mothers proud and feast at the best Jewish restaurants in the city.

Russ & Daughters

A spin-off of the 100-year-old shop, the retro-style Russ & Daughters Cafe offers authentic Jewish comfort food (top-shelf smoked fish, matzo ball soup) and features an open kitchen and soda fountain bar, perfect for a traditional egg cream or tasty cocktail. The Russ & Daughters restaurant and takeout counter at the Jewish Museum is a gift to uptowners and anyone who wants to spend the day on Museum Mile. What to order: the smoked salmon board. 127 Orchard Street (between Rivington and Delancey Streets), Lower East Side; 1109 Fifth Avenue (at 92nd Street), Upper East Side

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Shalom Japan

Jewish and Japanese flavors are fused together in creative small plates and offered in a quaint, low-key space. What to order: matzo ball ramen with foie gras dumplings. 310 South 4th Street, Williamsburg

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Matzo ball ramen at Shalom Japan

Knish Nosh

Originally developed by Eastern European immigrants in the early 1900s, knishes make a great on-the-go meal. Knisheries are practically extinct in NYC, although this Rego Park gem is still kicking after 65 years in business. What to order: the original potato knish, of course. 98-104 Queens Boulevard, Rego Park

Pastrami Queen

Eat like a monarch with royal-size combo sandwiches, fried or baked potato knishes, matzo ball soup, and garlic fries. What to order: the pastrami and corned beef sandwich. 1125 Lexington Avenue (between East 78th and 79th Streets), Upper East Side

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The Pastrami Queen lives up to its name. / Photo by Doreen L/Yelp

2nd Floor

The owners of the iconic 2nd Ave Deli have expanded upstairs to the—you guessed it—second floor. Courting millennial night owls, chef David Teyf offers dressy comfort food and tasty dishes that riff on the deli’s history. Craft cocktails round out the menu. What to order: the Upper Eastsider cocktail with vodka or gin, celery soda, ginger, lime, and mint. 1442 First Avenue (between East 74th and 75th Streets), Upper East Side

Weiss’s Kosher Bakery

This is Borough Park’s go-to bakery for delicious kosher pastries, breads, and treats; Weiss’s legendary doughnuts never disappoint. What to order: the chocolate babka and a doughnut. 5011 Thirteenth Avenue, Borough Park


Yuppies and yentas of all ages have been filling the seats at this 24-hour Ukrainian haunt since it first opened its doors in 1954. What to order: Beet the heat with cold borscht or warm up with a piping plate of short rib pierogi. 144 Second Avenue (between East 8th and 9th Streets), East Village

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Going to Veselka for brunch? Order the salmon latke eggs Benedict. / Photo courtesy of Veselka

Izzy’s Smokehouse

Trade in beef rib for brisket at New York’s only kosher smokehouse. Izzy’s cozy digs are perfect for feasting on the Southern menu—without the Jewish guilt. What to order: the sliced brisket sandwich with sides of smoked beans and pickles. 397 Troy Avenue, Crown Heights

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