In celebration of the beginning of High Holidays, Bwog offers a roundup of the city’s finest nosh purveyors. Spice up your Rosh Hashanah spread with some alternatives to Zabars.
Russ and Daughters
If Westside’s lox doesn’t do it for you, then head to the Lower East Side for delicious smoked salmon in addition to a wide selection of other fish, including stable, sturgeon and other standbys. The prices are high, so order carefully. This is also a great place to stock up on more affordable treats like tsimmis, kugel and herring.
Barney’s claims it’s the city’s sturgeon king, but Bwog disagrees; your best bet is a Corned beef and sliced onion triple-decker. Prices tend to be high — $12 for a sandwich — but you’re getting a lot of meat.
Filled with cooling racks, industrial size mixers, and floury haze, Kossars is also the oldest bialy bakery in the country. Unquestionably the best spot in the city for fresh, hot bialys. Not surprisingly they also make great bagels too.
Liebman’s deli stands out as one of oldest city’s strictly kosher, mashigiach (a kosher food inspector/local rabbi representative hybrid) supervised delis. The pastrami and hot-dogs here are good, but probably not worth the trek to Riverdale. Come Rosh Hashanah, however, this is the place to go for Kasha Varnishkes, a savory and slightly sweet onion and pasta casserole.
Though lacking in old-New York charm, Arties’s Deli acts as an acceptable alternative when you’re need a bowl of mushroom barley or matzoh ball soup. Ignore the gimmicky diner décor and in a pinch it will do.
Hungarian Kosher Cuisine
The simultaneously pasta-like and pudding-like consistency of kugel may be an acquired taste, but if you’re in need of this sweet side dish at your Rosh Hashanah table, your best bet is Hungarian Kosher Cuisine in Borough Park section of Brooklyn. It’s a long way to travel, but if kugel’s your thing, it’s worth it.
Moishes Kosher Bakery
Usually it’s hard to decide between their all the Bobka, hammentashen and rugelach, but for Rosh Hashanah opt for their seasonal special honey cake. (And the challah isn’t too bad either.) Best of all their prices are far cheaper than Zabars, Blue Ribbon and other bakeries.