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Kosher Guide to The Upper West Side

January 02 2023

The Upper West Side is a significant Jewish neighborhood, meaning it’s home to a great selection of different Kosher bars, restaurants, delis, and markets.

Whether you’re looking for a great bagel, the best smoked salmon in the city, a warming bowl of Matzo Ball Soup, or a deli with the finest kugel (outside of your mother’s kitchen, of course) – there are few better places in the city than the Upper West Side.

This historic NYC neighborhood offers both quick bites and cheap eats, as well as Kosher fine dining experiences – including one of the city’s most popular Michelin Star restaurants.

Wherever you choose and whatever you eat – you won’t be disappointed visiting these Kosher-friendly locations on the Upper West Side.

Kosher Options on the Upper West Side

Sliced Pastrami meat on a chopping board with sliced red onion, capers and peppercorns, alongside sliced bread, pickles, a red vegetable and a variety of sauces in the background

Best Market - The Kosher Market Place

Zabar’s (check out their best eats here) gets a shout here because we couldn’t not mention them – but as the most famous Kosher Market in the city, we wanted to mention someone else too!

The Kosher Market Place is a huge deli and market, in the Upper West Side, offering both fresh ingredients and preprepared plates and snacks, ready to take away.

Best Deli - Pastrami Queen

Looking for the Upper West Side’s best deli? Welcome to the Pastrami Queen. As the name suggests, the deli has some of the best Pastrami in NYC but that’s not all. Pastrami’s is home to some of the biggest sandwiches in the neighborhood – perfect for the whole family.

Pastrami Queen is far from the only good deli on the Upper West Side, there are plenty of other great Delis to visit in the area – try to see as many as possible!

A variety of bagels piled onto a black mirrored surface, with black background. Some bagels have poppyseeds, others sesame and others cheese.

Best Traditional Meals – Barney Greengrass (Michelin)

Looking for a luxury Kosher meal with traditional roots? The Michelin Star-rated Barney Greengrass on the Upper West Side is one of the best restaurants in the city. Whether you opt for the al la carte menu or sample the chef’s tasting special, the impressive meal will be one of the best you ever have.

Best Restaurant – Talia’s Steakhouse and Bar

Looking for a simple steakhouse that works for all occasions? Talia’s is a family-run, Kosher steakhouse and bar that has been serving happy customers for over 20 years. Great for family meals out, business lunches, and romantic dinners.

Whether you’re looking for a quick snack or a sit-down three-course meal, the Upper West Side is perhaps the best neighborhood in New York for Kosher foods, and you can’t really go wrong, no matter where you go.

Let us know on our social media channels if you have any Kosher favorites on the Upper West Side.

The Hotel Beacon is located in the heart of the Upper West Side. The neighborhood has an impressive selection of Kosher restaurants, bars, delis, and some of the best bagels you can find in the city. Learn more about the Hotel Beacon rooms and suites on our site.