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
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
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
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
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
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
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
E34th st & Park Ave
Grand Central Station
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
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?
(And just so we’re clear, this was just the best of Manhattan. We can discuss the other boroughs in another post.)