The 10 Best Kosher Restaurants In New York City

Homemade Falafel with Tahini Sauce and Greek Salad | © Austin Kirk/Flickr
Homemade Falafel with Tahini Sauce and Greek Salad | © Austin Kirk/Flickr
Photo of Elena Calvo
9 February 2017

With such a prominent Jewish population, New York City is full of outstanding kosher food. Here, we profile 10 of NYC’s best kosher restaurants, exceptional for their food, service, and tradition.


Bar, Middle Eastern, Kosher
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Image Courtesy of Pitopia
Image Courtesy of Pitopia
An Orthodox Union-certified eatery, Pitopia offers Mediterranean classics such as falafel, fresh salads, shawarma, and a hummus bar, alongside schnitzel, soups, sandwiches, and fries. This venue is perfect for a casual lunch on the go, with high-rise tables and large windows perfect for people-watching as you enjoy your meal.

Ben's Best

Deli, Restaurant, Kosher
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Ben's Best Kosher Delicatessen, Rego Park
Ben's Best Kosher Delicatessen, Rego Park | Image Courtesy of Ben's Best
Ben’s Best was founded back in 1945 as a restaurant and catering business in Rego Park, New York. Nowadays, it’s best known as a no-frills deli serving traditional Jewish food such as chopped liver, pastrami, batter-dipped fried chicken, and trimmings like potato salad, coleslaw, and, of course, pickles.

Café Nana

Cafe, Restaurant, Kosher
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Shakshuka | © cyclonebill/Flickr
Café Nana offers kosher Israeli- and Mediterranean-inspired cuisine, including a variety of sandwiches, salads, and pastas. The most popular dish is shakshuka, a Sephardic dish with North African roots. Located on the second floor of Columbia and Barnard’s Hillel Center, this casual eatery is decked out with silk pillows, hanging lamps, hookah pipes, and comfortable sofas.

Mike's Bistro

Bistro, Restaurant, American, Contemporary, $$$
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Mike’s Bistro serves lunch in four courses, including a salad, the soup of the day, a selection of meats, and a dessert. The dinner menu offers hearty dishes such as duck breast, a rib eye roast, lamb chops, and more. Chef Michael Gershkovich was born in Rome but grew up in Flatbush with an orthodox Jewish family, so his dishes are finely crafted in accordance with kosher regulations.

Eighteen Restaurant

Restaurant, Kosher, $$$
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Hummus | © Basheer Tome/Flickr
This glatt kosher restaurant serves kosher food according to a stricter set of regulations. At Eighteen Restaurant you’ll find sushi and grilled meats, alongside special holiday menus and a separate catering menu. Choose from platters featuring hummus, babaganoush, matbucha, and tahini.

Upper Crust

Restaurant, Kosher, $$$
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Pizza | © russellstreet/Flickr
Upper Crust is one of the few restaurants in New York City that offers kosher brick pizza. The selection includes eggplant Milanese, fire-roasted tomato, mozzarella cheese, and ricotta. Perfect for a casual lunch or dinner, Upper Crust has an impressive Italian menu with something for everyone.

Abigael's on Broadway

Restaurant, Kosher, $$$
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Abigael's On Broadway, New York
Abigael's On Broadway, New York | Image Courtesy of Abigaels
Abigael’s on Broadway is a large restaurant with an international menu of spicy Latin dishes alongside Pan Asian specialties. Accommodating up to 350 guests on two levels, this restaurant is casually elegant, and kosher.

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