Before I met my husband 15 years ago, I had never experienced authentic Jewish cuisine or savored a proper bagel. When I married my better half, I joined a family with rich Jewish traditions. As my mother-in-law once suitably described me to my sister-in-law, “She is a good eater.” Indeed, I am! My husband proudly introduced me to some of the finest local Jewish delis, and over the years we have discovered more gems together. I’m excited to share my cherished list of favorite Jewish delis and bakeries in the Boston area!
Nestled in picturesque Brookline (which also served as my first official U.S. address!), Kupel’s is a longstanding Jewish delicatessen full of history and loyal customers. In my humble opinion, they craft the finest egg bagels and chocolate rugelach. Their challahs are nothing short of exceptional, and their deli sandwiches are fantastic.
Situated in Waban and our go-to for holiday feasts, Barry’s never disappoints. I recommend their kugel, chopped liver, and chicken noodle soup — a comforting remedy in our household during the cold and flu season. They also offer a small and casual dining area for breakfast and lunch, a tradition my husband enjoyed as a child with his papa — and still cherishes as an adult with his father.
Yet another Newton gem, Blacker’s is well known for offering nut- and dairy-free options while maintaining strict kosher pareve standards. Their repertoire boasts traditional bakery items like cakes, cupcakes, breads, and pies. For a taste of classic Jewish fare, try their chocolate babka and their delectable challahs.
Conveniently located in Newton Center, Rosenfeld’s offers exquisite bagels and challahs. Personally, I gravitate toward their whole wheat challah and delectable chive cream cheese. They also offer traditional Jewish deli bagels. This is the place where I typically buy bagels and Shabbat breakfasts.
Established in 1997 in Brookline and later expanding to Natick, Zaftigs has become one of the best-known delis in the area. From counter delights to pre-order specialties and a full-service dining experience, Zaftigs caters to every palate — and everything about the place is super family friendly. Whether it’s a laidback brunch, a quick lunch, or a hearty dinner, their menu offers an array of delicious sandwiches, including Jewish staples like corned beef and pastrami. Additionally, they serve substantial dinner plates designed for two or three people.
A relative newcomer on the Jewish delis scene, Mamaleh’s was first established in Cambridge in 2016 and later expanded to Brookline and downtown Boston. It has quickly become a go-to destination for bagel sandwiches — and more! With a modern flair that appeals to a diverse range of fans, Mameleh’s offers an extensive menu featuring traditional Jewish deli sandwiches, like the classic Reuben, alongside non-pareve options like pastrami cheeseburger.
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