It feels like the cold will be sticking around for just a little longer. So instead of wishing it would just get warm already, perhaps we should just revel in its comfort foods, like a warm bowl of matzoh ball soup. The Jews were onto something when they came up with the whole fluffy matzoh ball floating in rich chicken broth. We’ve done a lot of due diligence over the years and rounded up a list of our favorites…
Address: 2245 Broadway (at 80th St.)
Phone: (212) 787-2000
If you’re the kind that doesn’t like your matzoh ball marinating in broth too long, Zabar’s offers the perfect solution. At this Upper West Side fixture, you can buy a quart of chicken consommé or chicken noodle soup with a side of matzoh balls.
Address: 205 East Houston Street
Phone: (212) 254-2246
This Lower East Side deli is better known for its pastrami sandwiches, but if you like your matzoh balls light and airy, Katz Deli nails it.
Address: 386 Flatbush Ave (at Dekalb Ave)
Phone: (718) 852-5257
You wouldn’t think to order matzoh ball soup at Junior’s in Brooklyn. But you should save room. Before taking down a slab of cheesecake, start with the soup. It’s almost a good as the house specialty.
854 Seventh Ave (at 55th St.)
This midtowner specializes in oversized sandwiches, so expect the same from their soups. It’s really more like a little soup with your colossal matzoh ball.
Stage Deli & Restaurant
Address: 834 7th Ave (bet 53rd and 54th)
Carnegie’s got a little competition from its neighbor, Stage Deli. The matzoh ball may not be as big, but it’s got excels on the texture front. sandwiches.
Mill Basin Kosher Delicatessen
Address: 5823 Avenue T, Brooklyn, NY
Phone: (718) 241-4910
This Brooklyn deli doesn’t skimp on chicken or noodles or carrots. In fact, Mill Basin’s (pictured right) ranks right up there with the best of them.
Address: 228 W. 47th St (near Broadway)
Phone: (212) 354-0368
This soup sleeper’s is loaded with chicken, egg noodles, and of course, a sizeable matzoh ball.
Address: 541 Amsterdam Ave (at 86th St.)
Phone: (212) 724-4707
Nothing’s better than the rich chicken broth surrounding the matzoh ball here. Plus, it makes a great starter for any of their smoked fish platters.
Sarges Deli & Restaurant
Address: 548 3rd Ave (at 36th St.)
Phone: (212) 679-0442
Sarge’s ladles out an old-fashioned matzoh ball soup that tastes just like your Jewish grandma — or the Jewish grandma you never had — used to make.