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

Title Category Address Description
196 Shelsky's Smoked Fish 251 Smith St. Brooklyn, NY 11231 Lox, Bagels, Specialty Sandwiches
195 Barney Greengrass 541 Amsterdam Ave. New York, NY 10024 Lox
194 Nish Nush 88 Reade St. New York, NY 10013 Falafel
193 Hoomoos Asli 100 Kenmare St. New York, NY 10012 Falafel, Mellawach, Sabich
192 Hummus Place 305 Amsterdam Ave. New York, NY 10023 Hummus, Shakshuka
191 Hummus Place 71 7th Ave. New York, NY 10014 Hummus, Shakshuka
190 Hummus Place 109 St. Marks Pl. New York, NY 10009 Hummus, Shakshuka
189 Bread's Bakery 18 E. 16th St. New York, 10003 Ruggelach
188 Streecha 33 E 7th St. New York, NY 10003 Weekend Only! Pierogies, Borscht, Kielbasa
187 Zucker's Bagels and Smoked Fish 370 Lexington Ave. New York, NY 10017 Bagels, Lox, Whitefish Salad
186 Zucker's Bagels and Smoked Fish 146 Chambers St. New York, NY 10007 Bagels, Lox, Whitefish Salad
185 Ess-a-bagel 831 3rd Ave. New York, NY 10022 Bagel
184 Ess-a-Bagel 359 1st Ave. New York, NY 10010 Bagel
183 Eisenberg's Sandwich Shop 174 5th Ave. New York, NY 10010 Pastrami, Chopped Liver, Tuna Melt
182 Katz's 205 E. Houston St. New York, NY 10002 Pastrami Sandwich
181 Ukranian National Home 140 2nd Ave. New York, NY 10003 Pierogies, Halusky, Borscht, and other Ukranian specialties
180 1st Ave. Pierogie 130 1st Ave. New York, NY 10009 Pierogies
179 Taim 45 Spring St. New York, NY 10012 Falafel, Hummus, Sabich
178 Taim 222 Waverly Pl. New York, NY 10014 Falafel, Hummus, Sabich
177 Russ & Daughters 179 E. Houston St. New York, NY 10002 Lox, Chopped Liver
176 B&H Dairy 127 2nd Ave. New York, NY 10003 Matzah Ball Soup, Borscht, Lithuanian Cold Borscht, Tuna Melt, Challah
175 Stage 128 2nd Ave. New York, NY 10003 Matzah Ball Soup, Borscht, Schav, Pastrami, Fried Pierogies

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Sarah Dain

    I would argue that Kielbasa/ Ukranian food in general shouldn’t count as Jewish, though it may be an unpopular opinion!

    1. WinstonGFX

      You know, that’s a completely fair argument. I think I just associate it because my Jewish ancestors are from that Eastern European region (Russia/Poland) and have a similar cuisine.

Leave a Reply