July 02, 2015

  • 5 Kosher NYC Restaurants To Die For

After over a decade of eating out in NYC, I've learned that mom and pop establishments are the true gems in this city of brusque service. NYC has so much to offer in a world class, international restaurant scene. I've eaten at restaurants in every borough, save Staten Island (next on the list). My eager, foodie friends have invited me (dragged, really) for BYOB at “Curry Hill”, for Pan Asian eats in Queens, for French-inspired brunches in Park Slope, and Jamaican food in Windsor Terrace. For those seeking Kosher restaurants, NYC has you covered. The following are some of the most popular and delicious Kosher establishments in Gotham.


Buddha Bodai
5 Mott St. New York, NY 10013

Buddha Bodai is nestled in Chinatown, close to City Hall. Usually packed during peak hours, it serves vegetarian Chinese cuisine, with mushroom, fake meats, seitan, tofu, and lots of Chinese veggies like bok choy. The vegetarian barbecue pork is melt in your mouth good, as is the dim sum. The menu is huge, with over thirty items, all conveniently translated. Dining there with a vegetarian friend, I couldn't tell that that the meat was fake, finding the texture more pleasing than chicken-- and I'm a gal who loves her wings.


Tiffin Wallah
127 E 28th St New York, NY 10016

In the Murray Hill neighborhood, Tiffin Wallah is a popular South Indian Vegetarian Restaurant which is also Kosher. The dosas/appetizers are recommended, and the weekday lunch buffets are delicious. There are a variety of curries to choose from, and service can range from average to very friendly. Either way, my significant other cannot stop talking about eating there.


2nd Avenue Deli
162 E 33rd St New York, NY 10016 

2nd Avenue Deli is over in Midtown East, near Murray Hill. It's often compared to Katz's Delicatessen, but is Kosher certified unlike the famous eatery. Reviewers rave about the Kosher sandwiches, matzoh ball soup, complementary pickles and cole slaw. The Kosher deli was also rated highly by Zagat, making this critically acclaimed and popular, unlike the majority of the films shown at Union Square.  


Grill 212
212 W 80th St  New York, NY 10024 

Grill 212 on West 80th Street is another great option. The cozy, hole in the wall restaurant is family-owned and Kosher certified, serving Mediterranean styled food. The falafel, kufta kabob, shawarma, Yeminite meat soup, and an all you can eat salad bar are stand outs. Reviewers rave about the friendly service, and the down-to-earth, homey ambience. 


Quintessence
263 E 10th St New York, NY 10009

Quintessence is a Kosher and raw vegan option in the East Village. Serving whole, organic foods with an international twist, it is popular for the health conscious. The portions are smaller sized, so foodies with larger appetites may prefer one of the aforementioned restaurants. Stand outs are the Tapas, banana cream pie, and homemade ice cream.


16 Handles
153 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003
428 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10016
1569 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10028
....and additional locations 

Finally, if you're looking for a sweet follow-up, 16 Handles is a delightful frozen yogurt chain with many Kosher certified flavors. It's self serve, and I spent an embarrassingly long time debating between the swirls, finally settling on birthday cake (like creamy, whipped peaks!) .

Kosher restaurants are up against steep competition, as it's difficult not to compare to home cooked meals made by family and friends. I highly recommend these restaurants for their own unique takes on Kosher.


More Articles From Living in NYC

  • Throwback Thursday: New Amsterdam

    At the end of the 1600s, the Dutch colony of New Amsterdam—the forerunner of what is now New York City—was largely similar to what we see today in that it was built on commerce and that it hosted a religiously- and ethnically-diverse population. Becau

  • Throwback Thursday: The Cloisters

    Far up the coast on the west side of Manhattan (some would say, “cloistered away”) is the dramatic Cloisters. This extension of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (the full description of this facility is in another entry), is in Fort Tryon Park with dram

  • New Amsterdam NYC: A Primer

    At the end of the 1600s, the Dutch colony of New Amsterdam—the forerunner of what is now New York City—was largely similar to what we see today in that it was built on commerce and that it hosted a religiously- and ethnically-diverse population.

  • A Guide to Going Green for Your NYC Apartment

    From our Partners at Platinum Properties Going green is a great way to save money and do your part for the environment at the same time. Whether you are moving to a new apartment or simply want to revamp your current one, here are the best ways to make your NYC apartment more environmentally frie...

  • TBT: A History of The Cloisters NYC

    Far up the coast on the west side of Manhattan (some would say, “cloistered away”) is the dramatic Cloisters. This extension of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (the full description of this facility is in another entry), is in Fort Tryon Park with dram

  • Best Places in NYC to Watch Fourth of July Fireworks

    The day that every American loves is almost upon us. This year, Macy’s annual 4th of July Fireworks is returning to the East River. Where are you planning to enjoy the spectacular fireworks from this year? Not decided yet? Well, here are some...

  • More Articles

Find the Perfect NYC Apartment or Home

Search Now

Portal YN

NYC Concerts, Theater, Sports Events

Buy Tickets

Events YN