Shalom Chai Pizza

This kosher pizza restaurant on Grand Street also serves breakfast, salads, sandwiches, knishes and other entrees.

359 Grand Street, near Essex


Hours Sun-Thu: 7am-6:30pm Fri: 7am-3pm



Streit’s Matzo

At the Streit’s Matzo factory on Rivington Street, a small retail store offers a full line of products, including matzo, matzo ball soup mix, gefilte fish, etc. As an extra bonus, you can catch a glimpse of the matzo bakers next door.

148-154 Rivington, at Suffolk


Hours Mon-Thu, 9am-4:30pm; Fri-Sun, closed

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Russ & Daughters

Perhaps the Lower East Side’s most revered food institution, appetizing store Russ & Daughters has been in business since 1914. Today a new generation of the Russ family sells a wide variety of smoked salmon, sturgeon, herring, sable, etc. There’s also an extensive caviar selection, dried fruits and nuts and coffees.   The artisans behind the counter will probably give you a little taste of lox as they’re carving away.

179 East Houston, near Orchard


Hours: Monday-Friday 8am-8pm; Saturday 9am-7pm; Sunday 8am-53opm; Free delivery 9am-4pm

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Pickle Guys

The only kosher pickle store in the former “pickle district,” Alan Kaufman’s small shop has it all: new pickles, sour, half sour — plus picked tomatoes, olives, peppers, mushrooms, etc. You can pick up a snack to much on your way down Essex Street or order a variety of platters for large gatherings.

49 Essex, near Grand


Hours Sun-Thu, 9am-6pm; Fri, 9am-4pm; Sat, closed

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Kossar’s Bialys

Kossar’s is the oldest bialy bakery in this country — in business since 1934.  Closed for Shabbas, the shop opens after sunset on Saturdays to catch up — and keeps the ovens running late into the night. No charge for the surely service.

367 Grand, near Essex


Hours Sun-Thu, 6am-8pm; Fri, 6am-3pm; Sat. closed until after sunset

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Yonah Schimmel

There’s always lots of kvetching about Yonah Schimmel, “not what it used to be.”  But they’re still doing what they’ve done since 1910 — churning out soft, handmade knishes — 14 varieties to suit every taste.

137 East Houston, near 1st Avenue


Hours Sun-Thu, 9am-7pm; Fri-Sat, 9am-10pm

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Sammy’s Roumanian

Sammy’s has been serving (un)healthy portions of shmaltz and schtick at the same location on Chrystie Street for more than 30 years. The broiled steak will set you back $35-40 bucks, but your serving will be “Flintstones” huge (hanging over the plate) and perfectly prepared.  There’s usually entertainment (think Borscht Belt humor and accordion music).

157 Chrystie, near Delancey


Hours Sun-Thu, 4pm-9:30pm; Fri-Sat, 4pm-11pm


Noah’s Ark Deli

One of the only kosher restaurants in the neighborhood. The menu includes all of the Jewish delicatessen standards, plus steaks, pasta dishes and burgers.

399 Grand, near Clinton


Open Sun-Thu, 10am-10pm; Fri, 9am-3pm; Sat, closed



Sure the place is swarming with tourists, but who cares! It’s still the only Jewish deli in town where the guys behind the counter are carving the corn beef and pastrami by hand. A neighborhood institution, since 1888.

205 East Houston, at Ludlow


Mon-Tue, 8am-9:30pm; Tue-Thu and Sun, 8am-10:30pm; Fri-Sat, 8am-2:30am

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