Best of Kosher New York

Every so often I get asked on Facebook and especially on Twitter what I recommend for breakfast, lunch, or dinner in places all over, particularly in “the city”. I figure, let’s get my top picks down in one post, and if you guys disagree – the comment section is open below for you to debate my choices. These are my personal choices, but I know that in most of these categories, most of you will agree.

Best of Kosher New York (Manahttan)

  • Best Kosher Pizza
    Rosa’s Pizza
    Lobby of Empire State Building, entrance near W33rd st & 5th Ave.

    Rosa’s is a hidden treasure within the Empire State Building, a place that only the locals tend to know about. My favorite is their margarita slice which uses fresh mozzarella and basil.

  • Best Kosher Burger
    1) Kosher Delight
    Broadway between W36th st & W37th st

    I know that not many will agree with this pick, but frankly I crave their Double Delight burgers with their fresh-off-the-grill flavor. It’s fast food, definitely not glamorous, but this is one thing that I always order there.

    2) Wolf & Lamb
    10 E48th st between 5th and Madison Aves.

    W&L has a menu section just for “Gourmet Burgers” which makes my mouth water just thinking about it. Their options include Grass-fed Beef, Turkey Portobello, Lamb, and Ground Ribeye burgers. I highly recommend adding Pineapple Tempura onto your burger of choice.

  • Best Kosher Sushi
    1) Estihana
    221 W79th st. off of Broadway

    Any place that offers Seabass in sushi is a place I want to be. Enough said.

    2) Mr. Broadway
    Broadway between W37th st and W38th st.

    Despite being a deli, Mr. Broadway is one of those kosher restaurants that offers a little bit of everything. This might come to you as a surprise, but their sushi is really good. I’m a particular fan of the simple Atlantic Roll: Tuna, Mango, and Avocado.

  • Best Kosher Steak
    Prime Grill
    60 E49th St. between Park and Madison Aves.

    PG has it’s own private dry aging room, which means it’s steaks are perfected in house. A particularly different and tasty treat is their Chimichurri Marinated Hangar Steak, which is quite salty, but oh so flavorful.

  • Best Kosher Sandwich
    Schnitzel Express
    W39th st & Broadway

    With an entire menu of custom hot schnitzel sandwiches, you can’t go wrong with whichever of the 8 flavors you choose. My faves include the Italian, American, and Mediterranean flavors. Their add on sauces are quite good as well.

  • Best Kosher Bagels
    H&H Bagels
    Corner of Broadway & W80th st.

    Not only does H&H have the best bagels in town, they’re open 24hrs. Try the blueberry or cinnamon raisin plain – straight out of the oven. They’re great. No comparison anywhere else.

  • Best Kosher Italian
    Noi Due
    143 W69th St. off of Broadway

    Noi Due has a great atmosphere and it’s entire menu is not only authentically Italian, but quite tasty. It’s a great date place, or for Sunday brunch.

  • Best Kosher Deli
    Mendy’s Deli
    E34th st & Park Ave
    Grand Central Station
    Rockefeller Center
    Atrium – on E57th between Park & Lexington Aves.

    Mendy’s is well known from Seinfeld, and for good reason. Their deli meat is plentiful and tasty, and their 4 Manhattan locations can attest to that. Their soups are good too. But in case anyone asks, a soup and half a sandwich is a meal.

  • Best Kosher Vegan
    64 W23rd st. off of 6th Ave.

    Terri has an interesting menu with sandwiches (on awesome rosemary focaccia bread), wraps, and salads. I particularly like the Hummus & Avocado wrap, as well as their Beet salad. They also make many health drinks that are very popular.

  • Best Kosher Chinese
    Eden Wok
    E34th st. between Park and Madison Aves.

    A mainstay across from the Stern College dorms, Eden Wok offers the only true Chinese restaurant in the city. Their vegetable steamed dumplings are ridiculously good, as well as their Chicken w/Broccoli, eggrolls, and the Lo Mein dishes.

Now it’s your turn. Do you agree / disagree with this “best of” lineup?
Comment below.
(And just so we’re clear, this was just the best of Manhattan. We can discuss the other boroughs in another post.)


About the author

Dani Klein

Dani Klein is the founder of YeahThatsKosher, is passionate about global travel, good kosher food / restaurants, social media & the web, technology, digital marketing, and spending time with his friends & family.

Dani has an MBA in Marketing and works in the Social Media Marketing field for a large media agency.

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