Best Kosher Restaurants in NYC

October 25, 2016
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by Zagat Staff

Here are the top-rated kosher restaurants in New York City.

Orwashers Bakery
Bakery · East 70s · $
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.2 · Service 4.0

A “traditional” kosher bakery “the way it should be” , this circa-1916 UES vet and its UWS spin-off offer “outstanding” Jewish-style loaves ( “best raisin-pumpernickel ever” , “off-the-charts challah" ) and sweet “treats galore” , including custom-filled jelly donuts that some could “kill for” ; while the original has an old-time” feel, the newer locale is more modern with seats and expanded offerings (sandwiches, salads).
Orwashers Bakery
West 80s
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.2 · Service 4.0

A “traditional” kosher bakery “the way it should be” , this circa-1916 UES vet and its UWS spin-off offer “outstanding” Jewish-style loaves ( “best raisin-pumpernickel ever” , “off-the-charts challah" ) and sweet “treats galore” , including custom-filled jelly donuts that some could “kill for” ; while the original has an old-time” feel, the newer locale is more modern with seats and expanded offerings (sandwiches, salads).
Liebman’s Deli
Riverdale · $
Food 4.3 · Decor 3.0 · Service 3.9

If “you’re nostalgic” , this Riverdale kosher deli is a circa-1953 destination for “the gamut of Jewish comfort food” – notably “excellent” overstuffed sandwiches – dispensed by an equally “old-fashioned” staff; even though the decor’s “completely lacking” , it’s “a real treasure” in the nabe.
Reserve Cut
French · Financial District · $$$$
Food 4.3 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.0

“Who knew that kosher could taste, look and feel glamorous?” marvel fans of this “beautiful” Financial District steakhouse's “excellent” beef, sushi and French-influenced dishes; prices may induce “sticker shock” , but the “knowledgeable” staff makes sure you’re “happy.”
Ben's Best Kosher Delicatessen
Breakfast · Rego Park · $$
Food 4.3 · Decor 3.0 · Service 3.7

For an “authentic artery-clogging experience” , look no further than this circa-1945 Rego Park Jewish deli known for “old-time” kosher fare “and lots of it” ; the “oy!” decor is “just what you’d expect” , but “Queens prices” and “OK service” compensate.
Mill Basin Deli
Flatlands · $$
Food 4.3 · Decor 3.5 · Service 4.0

“Old-style deliciousness” lives on at this ’70s-era deli on the Flatlands–Mill Basin border, home to Jewish “standard-bearers” like “overstuffed sandwiches” piled high with pastrami; a wall of paintings for sale lends “arty” appeal, and though costs skew “high” , the “hearty” fare leaves most “satisfied.”
Pastrami Queen
East 70s · $$
Food 4.1 · Decor 2.7 · Service 3.5

“Outstanding pastrami” is the claim to fame at this “reliable” UES deli that's the “real thing” for “overstuffed sandwiches” and other kosher “basics done right” ; seating is “almost an afterthought” in its “cramped, dingy” space, so regulars say “takeout is best.”
2nd Ave Deli
East 70s · $$
Food 4.1 · Decor 3.2 · Service 3.7

Comfort food “like Bubby used to make” “insanely good” “overstuffed” sandwiches, “healing” matzo ball soup, “unbelievable” knishes – are the claim to fame of these traditional kosher “nosheries” ; the setups are “basic” , the service “no-nonsense” and the tabs “not cheap” , but for a “true Jewish deli experience” they’re real “crowd-pleasers.”
Hummus Place
Middle Eastern · West 70s · $$
Food 4.1 · Decor 3.0 · Service 3.7

Those who like their hummus “silky” and their pita bread “fresh” and “warm” kvell over the vegetarian offerings at these “popular” Israelis (the Upper Westsider is kosher to boot); decor is nearly “nonexistent” , but the grub's “filling” and tabs are “terrific.”
Hummus Place
Middle Eastern · West Village · $$
Food 4.1 · Decor 3.0 · Service 3.7

Those who like their hummus “silky” and their pita bread “fresh” and “warm” kvell over the vegetarian offerings at these “popular” Israelis (the Upper Westsider is kosher to boot); decor is nearly “nonexistent” , but the grub's “filling” and tabs are “terrific.”