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

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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.

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