So, it’s November and it’s getting colder which normally means it’s time to start thinking about Thanksgiving, but this year it also signals the time to start thing about Hanukkah since they fall on the same day. It’s a rare occurrence that only happens once every 95 years giving many people the chance to plan a strange meal they’re calling Thanksgivukkah blending the culinary traditions of the two. Well, today I’m going to ignore Thanksgiving all together because I’d like to talk about some of my favorite Jewish comfort foods and where I go to eat them in NYC.

If you think about it, there’s a very large range of food that qualifies as Jewish Comfort Food, especially because the Ashkenazi and Sephardic styles are so different. Ashkenazi dishes include things like matzah ball soup, pastrami, and pierogies. Think Eastern European dishes, whereas the Sephardic dishes include things you might think of as Middle Eastern like falafel and hummus.

Below you’ll find a list of the places I head to that are serving the best renditions of the dishes I hold so dearly. Know of a place serving a Jewish Comfort Food that I need to try to add to the map? Email me at

196Shelsky's Smoked Fish251 Smith St. Brooklyn, NY 11231Lox, Bagels, Specialty Sandwiches
195Barney Greengrass541 Amsterdam Ave. New York, NY 10024Lox
194Nish Nush88 Reade St. New York, NY 10013Falafel
193Hoomoos Asli100 Kenmare St. New York, NY 10012Falafel, Mellawach, Sabich
192Hummus Place305 Amsterdam Ave. New York, NY 10023Hummus, Shakshuka
191Hummus Place71 7th Ave. New York, NY 10014Hummus, Shakshuka
190Hummus Place109 St. Marks Pl. New York, NY 10009Hummus, Shakshuka
189Bread's Bakery18 E. 16th St. New York, 10003Ruggelach
188Streecha33 E 7th St. New York, NY 10003Weekend Only! Pierogies, Borscht, Kielbasa
187Zucker's Bagels and Smoked Fish370 Lexington Ave. New York, NY 10017Bagels, Lox, Whitefish Salad
186Zucker's Bagels and Smoked Fish146 Chambers St. New York, NY 10007Bagels, Lox, Whitefish Salad
185Ess-a-bagel831 3rd Ave. New York, NY 10022Bagel
184Ess-a-Bagel359 1st Ave. New York, NY 10010Bagel
183Eisenberg's Sandwich Shop174 5th Ave. New York, NY 10010Pastrami, Chopped Liver, Tuna Melt
182Katz's205 E. Houston St. New York, NY 10002Pastrami Sandwich
181Ukranian National Home140 2nd Ave. New York, NY 10003Pierogies, Halusky, Borscht, and other Ukranian specialties
1801st Ave. Pierogie130 1st Ave. New York, NY 10009Pierogies
179Taim45 Spring St. New York, NY 10012Falafel, Hummus, Sabich
178Taim222 Waverly Pl. New York, NY 10014Falafel, Hummus, Sabich
177Russ & Daughters179 E. Houston St. New York, NY 10002Lox, Chopped Liver
176B&H Dairy127 2nd Ave. New York, NY 10003Matzah Ball Soup, Borscht, Lithuanian Cold Borscht, Tuna Melt, Challah
175Stage128 2nd Ave. New York, NY 10003Matzah Ball Soup, Borscht, Schav, Pastrami, Fried Pierogies

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