Jewish Dining in NYC
by Julie Besonen, 03/25/2014
Mile End photo by Daniel Krieger • Joe & Misses Doe photo by Evan Sung
New York City has a pastrami-rich heritage of Jewish cuisine. Traditional spots like Katz's Delicatessen, Russ & Daughters, Ben's Kosher Restaurant & Delicatessen, 2nd Avenue Deli and Barney Greengrass are still thriving. Mile End and Shelsky's Smoked Fish are newer, and already indispensable, neighborhood institutions.Taking a less orthodox approach are restaurants like Kutsher's Tribeca (pastrami Reuben spring rolls), Traif (chopped chicken liver with balsamic-bacon toast) and La Vara, which explores the Sephardic influence on southern Spain. Before Passover commences at sundown on April 14, familiarize yourself with some of the City's Jewish restaurants—where to break fried matzo, order your knishes or luxuriate in the schmaltz. (Note: not all restaurants are kosher.) Read on for more details.