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The 10 best Kosher restaurants in New York City

With such a prominent Jewish population, New York City is full of great kosher food. Here we introduce 10 of NYC's best kosher restaurants that are exceptional for their food, service, and tradition.


The Pitopia restaurant, certified by the Orthodox Union, 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 tall tables and large windows perfect for people watching as they eat.

Pitopia, 1369 Broadway, New York, New York, USA +1 212 792 6765

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Ben's best

Ben's Best was founded in 1945 as a restaurant and catering company in Rego Park, New York. Nowadays, it's best known as a no-frills deli that serves traditional Jewish food like minced liver, pastrami, breaded fried chicken, and side dishes like potato salad, coleslaw, and of course, pickles.

Ben's Best, 96 -40 Queens Blvd, Queens, NY, USA +1 718 897 1700

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Café Nana

Café Nana offers kosher Israeli and Mediterranean inspired cuisine with a selection of sandwiches and 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 furnished with silk cushions, hanging lamps, hookahs, and comfy couches.

Café Nana, 606 W 115th St., New York, NY, USA +1 347 244 0033

Shakshuka | © cyclonebill / Flickr

Mike's Bistro

Mike's Bistro serves four-course lunch, including a salad, the soup of the day, a selection of meats and a dessert. The evening menu offers hearty dishes such as duck breast, rib eye roast, lamb chops and much more. Chef Michael Gershkovich was born in Rome but grew up in Flatbush with an Orthodox Jewish family, so his dishes were made according to Kosher guidelines.

Mikes Bistro, 127 E 54 St, New York, NY, USA +1 212 799 3911

Eighteen restaurant

This smoothly kosher restaurant serves kosher food under more stringent regulations. In the Eighteen restaurant you will find sushi and grilled meat as well as special Christmas menus and a separate catering menu. Choose from platters of hummus, Babaganoush , Matbucha and tahini.

Eighteen Restaurant, 240 E 81st St, New York, NY, USA +1 212 517 2400

Hummus | © Basheer Tome / Flickr

Smooth A La Carte

Chef Mark Green takes care of the cuisine in the upscale kosher restaurant Glatt A La Carte. This eatery offers a variety of international dishes, from classic steaks to sushi, baby cabbage and red quinoa salad, diced watermelon and Campari tomato skewers, and more.

Glatt A La Carte, 5123 18th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, USA +1 718 438 6675

Upper Crust

Upper Crust is one of the few restaurants in New York that offers kosher stone pizza. Choices include aubergine milanese, fire-roasted tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, and ricotta. Perfect for a casual lunch or dinner, Upper Crust has an impressive Italian menu with something for everyone.

Upper Crust, 422 Central Avenue, Cedarhurst, NY, USA +1 516 341 7211

Pizza | © russellstreet / Flickr

Abigael's on Broadway

Abigael's on Broadway is a large restaurant with an international menu of spicy Latin American dishes and Pan-Asian specialties. Seats up to 350 guests on two levels, this restaurant is casually elegant and kosher.

Abigael is on Broadway, 1407 Broadway, New York, NY, USA +1 212 575 1407

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Murray's falafel

Murray's Falafel & Grill offers delicious Mediterranean and Middle Eastern specialties, from falafel to hummus and shawarma. This place is great for a casual lunch or takeout dinner and is a local favorite for a delicious meal on the go.

Murray Falafel, 261 1st Ave, New York, NY, USA +1 212 533 1956

Falafel | © momo / Flickr

King David Kosher

A lounge and restaurant, King David Kosher is an elegant event space popular for sweet sixteen and bar or bat mitzvos. King David Kosher offers a variety of main courses, from sushi to steaks, cold starters such as smoked salmon and desserts.

King David Kosher, 101-10 Queens Boulevard, Queens, NY, USA +1 718 896 7686

Author: Tyler Beck

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