Let's keep it kosher.
Chances are you've heard the phrase, which essentially means to keep calm and cool. That's all good and well, but when it comes to kosher food, it's perfectly O.K. to add a bit of excitement to the mix.
When most people think of good kosher restaurants, they think of Manhattan—perhaps Katz's Delicatessen specifically. Fortunately for you, we've researched the most fun, original kosher restaurants in Brooklyn today, and we're excited to say a couple of them might even rival their long-standing Manhattan competition.
Jay & Lloyd's Kosher Deli
2718 Ave. U (Midwood, Sheepshead Bay)
The quality of the corned beef can be the defining factor separating top-tier kosher restaurants from the masses. We're happy to report that Jay & Lloyd's corned beef reuben gets the award for the best we've tried in Brooklyn, and probably rivals some of the older, more traditional Manhattan establishments.
Even if you're a creature of habit, it's worth branching out here: their fresh-out-of-the-fryer, handmade knishes, which you could almost equate to the most delicious hot pocket you've ever had, are to die for.
David's Brisket House
533 Nostrand Ave. (Bedford-Stuyvesant, Crown Heights)
Off the beaten path from traditional kosher deli locations lies David's Brisket House, and it has bar none the best beef brisket for miles around. The meat is tender and the bread melts in your mouth. Some have referred to it as “The Katz of Brooklyn”, but we have to say that may be an undersell: the lines are shorter, the frenetic pace of Katz is nonexistent, and they even offer a “Brooklyn cheesesteak” that you could never find in Manhattan. No frills about David's—just a fine, quality kosher product.
Amnon's Kosher Pizza
4814 13th Ave. (Borough Park)
We love to see places abandon the status quo and create an epically new concept that combines traditional ideas with a fresh spin. That's exactly what the brilliant minds at Amnon's have done, utilizing traditional kosher preparation practices while tossing up some epically delicious Brooklyn pizzas.
The best part is, Amnon's has been a staple of the neighborhood for years! Kosher adherents and health nuts rejoice, for there are many vegetarian and whole wheat options on the menu. Best of all, a couple slices will only run you about $5. If you can't make it to the restaurant itself, Amnon's distributes frozen pies to nearby supermarkets, so be sure to snag one of those for home.
819 Ave. U (Midwood)
Go for the name, stay for the shawarma. Though fairly new, Holy Schnitzel is serving up some of the best kosher fast food in Brooklyn. Crowd favorites include the Holy Guacamole Burger and the cornflake chicken tenders. Seriously, Holy Schnitzel's selection does seem to be issued from some higher power: pictured, a panini-like sandwich with a fried chicken breast, grilled pastrami and sauteed onions was our personal favorite. Fittingly, its name is the Holy Toasty.
Mill Basin Kosher Delicatessen
5823 Avenue T
While some kosher delis might limit their selection to the traditional staples, Mill Basin Deli is all about selection. Sure, you can go with the old favorites, such as a savory matzoh ball soup, or throw a curveball into your cuisine with the pastrimi egg roll, which merges two heritages together for one delicious novelty. The brisket on rye was our personal favorite—hey, sometimes you just have to go with what you know! Don't sleep on the extensive selection of wraps either.
Okay. So overall, you'll still find a more broad selection of kosher restaurants in Manhattan, but as we've illustrated, Brooklyn is far from being behind the times. If you want a break from the tall buildings, the crowds and the concrete, head across the East River and seek out a reuben or a knish in Brooklyn. We're guessing you won't regret the experience.