how to brunch like a local

It’s Sunday in the city, which renders a lazy 11 o’clock Smashed Avocado Toast at By Chloe (or the like) urban protocol. Brunch is a New York institution – a weekend ritual that has evolved to span all days and hours of the week and, as a general rule of thumb, hails the Bloody Mary necesito.

I recall learning this holy hybrid meal may very well owe it’s inauguration to the Jew Crew – namely those on my turf, Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Gary Greengrass, of the legendary Greengrass sturgeon at 86th and Amsterdam, explains that, “Brunch was a kind old Jewish alternative to church. Jewish families, with nothing much to do on Sunday mornings, would take a long, leisurely meal, with traditional foods like bagels, lox, and blintzes.” And while the classic cheese blintz may have evolved into a cold pressed juice or quinoa hash browns, the breakfast-lunch amalgamation holds strong. (The proof is in the chia pudding!)

Hence, we provide a guide to kosher brunching like a local New Yorker. Below find the who, what-to-order and where.

by chloe / @bychloe

By Chloe

ADDRESS

185 Bleecker Street
New York, New York 10012
www.bychefchloe.com

HOURS

Monday – Friday: 11am – 11pm

Saturday / Sunday: 10am – 11pm

KOSHER

Certified kosher by International Kosher Council (IKC) under the supervision of Rabbi Zev Schwartz

REVIEW

A vegan counter-serve restaurant opened by cookbook author Chloe Coscarelli. Located in the West Village, the eatery offers cold-pressed juices, salads and plant-based takes on sandwiches, burgers and pastas, plus housemade desserts and organic cocktails. We recommend: Whisky BBQ Sandwich, Kale Caesar Salad, Kale Cookies + Cream Ice Cream

 

russ and daughters / @thejewishmuseum

Russ And Daughters at The Jewish Museum

ADDRESS

1109 5th Avenue

New York, New York 10128
www.russanddaughters.com

HOURS

Sunday: 9am – 5:45pm

Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri: 11am – 4pm

Wednesday: 11am – 3pm

Saturday: closed

KOSHER

Certified Kosher by National Kosher Supervision, under the supervision of Rabbi Aaron Mehlman

REVIEW

A kosher branch of the famed 102-year-old Russ and Daughters sturgeon. Located on the lower level of the Jewish Museum, the dairy sit-down restaurant and take-out counter features legendary smoked fish platters and traditional New York /Jewish cuisine including house-made bagels, bialys, and babka. We recommend: Bloody Mary, Babka French Toast, Kippered Salmon

 

service station / @s.station

Service Station

ADDRESS

500 E. 62nd Street
New York, New York 10065
www.servicestationnyc.com

HOURS

Sunday – Saturday: 11:30am – 11pm

KOSHER

Certified Kosher by the Orthodox Union (OU) / Chalav Yisroel

REVIEW

The Prime Hospitality-owned eatery delivers a dairy Italian-inspired menu incuding brick oven pizzas (gluten free included) and a large selection of homemade cheeses. Previously the site of old fashioned gas station, the restaurant features a large outdoor patio. Cocktails are hand crafted by award-winning mixologist Bratislav Glisic. We recommend: Fried Pizza, Kale & Quinoa Salad, Avocado Toast

 

My Most Favorite Food / @mymostfavoritefood

My Most Favorite Food Company

ADDRESS

247 W. 72nd Street
New York, New York 10023
www.mymostfavorite.com

HOURS

Sunday: 9:30am – 10pm

Mon / Tues: 8:30am – 10:30pm

Wed / Thurs: 8:30am – 11pm

Friday:  8:30am – 2pm

Saturday: 2 hrs after sundown – 1am

KOSHER

Certified kosher by is under OK / Chalav Yisroel, Pas Yisroel

REVIEW

Formerly a desserts-only establishment, My Most Favorite Food Company now serves three meals daily. The Upper West Side atrium space offers takeaway baked goods (pareve included) as well as a sit down menu of salads, pasta, and fish in dairy and vegan/vegetarian options. We recommend: “The Way You Like Them” Eggs, Tomato Basil Soup, Sangria  

Brooklyn Artisan Bakehouse / @brooklynartisanbakehouse

Brooklyn Artisan Bakehouse

ADDRESS

529 E. New York Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11225
www.brooklynab.com

HOURS

Sunday – Friday: 7am-5pm

Saturday: closed

KOSHER

Certified kosher by the OK / Chalav Yisroel, Pas Yisroel

REVIEW

Owner Levy Krinsky’s Crown Heights bakery evolved from a bread-making hobby into a counter-serve dairy cafe. The menu offerings include soups, salads, tartines and house-made pastries plus features an evolving edit of seasonal dishes. We recommend: Croissant, Hibiscus Ice Tea, Baked Salmon

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