What do you think when the word kosher comes to mind? Maybe nothing but a restriction. And while it’s true that to be a certified kosher, an eatery must abide by certain binding rules, for instance, no shellfish and pork; dairy products and meat do not belong in the same kitchen. And most often, it implies that you’d be deprived of one or the other.
But this is New York City we’re talking about. And in New York City, the Jewish deli is alive and thriving, now more than ever. There are so many kosher restaurants in this city that are so good. There’s a very big chance that you’d never guess whether you’re missing something or not.
There are Jewish restaurants and cafes opening up in hip and trendy places, all over New York City, lending themselves flawlessly to the rules. Now you don’t have to catch the next bus from NYC to Ithaca or Philly to get your kosher fix. And with so many options serving the very best of kosher food, that it’ll be hard for you to decide where to nosh.
Go for: smoked fish, matzah brie and amazing coffee
541 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024, USA
Shelsky’s of Brooklyn
Go for: bagels with spread and knishes
141 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11201, USA
Go for: khachapuri, kebabs and khinkali
97-26 63rd Rd, Rego Park, NY 11374, USA
2nd Ave Deli
Go for: matzo ball soup, corned beef on rye and umami-bomb mushroom-barley soup
162 E 33rd St, New York, NY 10016, USA
Go for: falafel, fresh salads, shawarma and schnitzel
43 E 34th St, New York, NY 10016, USA
Ben’s Best Kosher Delicatessen
Go for: chopped liver, pastrami, batter-dipped fried chicken
96-40 Queens Blvd, Rego Park, NY 11374, USA