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Barney Greengrass

541 Amsterdam Ave., New York, NY - (212) 724-4707
In the glass case of this restaurant and take-out store on New York's West Side, you will find lean, silky sturgeon, salty cured salmon (known as lox), not-so-salty cured salmon (novie), snow-white whitefish, and luscious sable. At the tables in the dining room adjacent to the takeout counter, all these fish are available on platters, with bagels and/or bialys, cream cheese, onions, tomatoes, and olives.
95% Approval Rating (21 votes)

Scorecard

5 - Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
eggs-and-novie
Belly Lox with Cream Cheese on a Sesame Bagel
Mini-Babka
smoked fish platter
Smoked Sturgeon
Pastrami and Corned Beef Omelette with Swiss

Highlighted Reviews

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Michael Stern - Photos (9)
Roadfood.com Editor
" Food trends come and go, great New York bakeries have vanished, and it is harder and harder to find a good babka on the upper West Side. Barney Greengrass still has these dense, sweet cakes that go so well with coffee; and although babka is not the main attraction, ..."   [Read More]
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Glenn Holzberg
March 26, 2009
"I grew up on "appetizing" in Brooklyn: my grandfather, Louis Feig, owned F & M Appetizing next to the yeshiva on 13th Avenue in Borough Park. I thought every five-year-old ate sturgeon on a bialy with cream cheese and onion. So to eat at Barney Greengrass with my ..."   [Read More]

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Map & Web Site

541 Amsterdam Ave., New York, NY
(212) 724-4707

http://www.barneygreengrass.com/welcome.php

Hours & Policies

Seasons:Open Year Round
Meals Served:Breakfast, Lunch
Operational Hours:Always Call Ahead!
Credit Cards Accepted:No
Alcohol Served:No
Outdoor Seating:No
Reservations Accepted:No
Delivery Available:No
Takeout Counters:Yes
Eggs and novie: supremely savory and aromatic beyond all description. That's half a toasted bialy in the background.
"Eggs and novie: supremely savory and aromatic beyond all description. That's half a toasted bialy in the background."
Michael Stern





You can count on excellent bagels to accompany your smoked-fish platter.
"You can count on excellent bagels to accompany your smoked-fish platter."
Michael Stern


A chocolate babka from Barney Greengrass, sliced and ready to eat. On the cusp between bread and cake, it's good with coffee any time of day -- for breakfast, dessert, or a snack.
"A chocolate babka from Barney Greengrass, sliced and ready to eat. On the cusp between bread and cake, it's good with coffee any time of day -- for breakfast, dessert, or a snack."
Michael Stern


White Fish are a bit disconcerting if you're squeamish about eating things with faces.
"White Fish are a bit disconcerting if you're squeamish about eating things with faces."
Michael Stern


A chocolate mini-babka, marshaled on the dashboard and ready to eat. That's Amsterdam Avenue in the background.
"A chocolate mini-babka, marshaled on the dashboard and ready to eat. That's Amsterdam Avenue in the background."
Michael Stern


The fish that made Barney Greengrass famous: smoked sturgeon
"The fish that made Barney Greengrass famous: smoked sturgeon"
Michael Stern


As we waited for our food to be bagged, we watched the man behind the counter spread ample butter on crepes and load them with cheese: soon to be fried in a pan full of butter. Hail the blintz!
"As we waited for our food to be bagged, we watched the man behind the counter spread ample butter on crepes and load them with cheese: soon to be fried in a pan full of butter. Hail the blintz!"
Michael Stern


The center of the smoked-fish universe
"The center of the smoked-fish universe"
Michael Stern


On a Barney Greengrass Shopping bag: King of the Sea
"On a Barney Greengrass Shopping bag: King of the Sea"
Michael Stern



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