NYCReview

Barney Greengrass review image
8.2

Barney Greengrass

$$$$212-724-4707
Hours:MONClosed

You want to know something kind of embarrassing? I’m a Jew who grew up just outside of the city and not once had I ever eaten at Barney Greengrass until last week. Alec Baldwin & Richard Blais would be so disappointed. Over the years, I’ve definitely gotten a taste of their infamous sturgeon and smoked fish at Yom Kippur break-fast, but it’s not in our regular rotation. What can I say, my family has always been a Zabar’s kind of family. I called my Grandma (who you might remember from Grandma’s On The Town) to get schooled on a little Greengrass back story.

Grandma: “Barney Greengrass was the exemplar of Jewish food on the UWS. He was the first to introduce such delicacies as Sturgeon and smoked fish and the Jewish community went crazy for it. For an important occasion, my Aunt Reggy would go to Barney’s and spend $20-30 on Sturgeon for the whole family (well over $100 now), and that was really the first time I can remember anyone in our family spending that kind of money of food. Barney never expanded the way Zabar’s did though. Barney was always quite elite and the association was part of the reason my Aunt loved it so much. It’s always been expensive. I always remember it as being a restaurant where celebrities dined, and it was famous for shipping an order of smoked fish to President Roosevelt.”

Thanks Grandma. Barney Greengrass is the definition of a [perfect_for slug =“classic-nyc-establishment”]Classic NYC Establishment[/perfect_for]. What’s not to love about a 100-year-old tradition of sturgeon scrambled eggs and a H&H; bagel with lox, cream cheese and tomato? Every New Yorker, regardless of religion or background, will appreciate this place. You can eat in or take out, but either way you should bring cash and prepare to be treated poorly.

Food Rundown

Bagel, Lox, Onion, Tomato

It’s beautiful. H&H; bagels aren’t as accessible as they used to be. Take full advantage at Barney’s. Toast one up and top it with cream cheese, tomato, onion, and lox. Heavenly.

Scrambled Eggs

Eggs scrambled with onions and one of their famous smoked fish is the house specialty at Barney’s. For the white fish lover, go with sturgeon. For those who’d like a saltier, brinier alternative, go with smoked nova salmon. Either way, it’s awesome.

Sturgeon

You’re not allowed to come to Barney’s and NOT order sturgeon. Just get a plate to share - it’s only $17 for four slices of smoked white fish. Bargain! Tastes even better on top of a bagel.

Potato Latkes

I’ll be honest, we’ve never had them. But people generally freak out over them, so if you come on a weekend, which is the only time they’re available, definitely order these.

Fresh Squeezed OJ

Usually orange juice wouldn’t get it’s own food rundown write-up, but this OJ is really good. Since I don’t drink coffee (crazy, I know), I’m a big time orange juice drinker and this glass of fresh squeezed was top notch.

Featured in

.
Where To Eat After A Run In Central Park guide image
Guide
Where To Eat After A Run In Central Park

All the restaurant motivation you need to finish your run in Central Park.

Where To Grab Picnic Food Near Central Park guide image
Guide
Where To Grab Picnic Food Near Central Park

The next time you’re picnicking in Central Park, show up with something to eat that's better than Triscuits and $8 bodega cheddar.

The 2021 NYC Hanukkah Food Guide guide image
Guide
The 2021 NYC Hanukkah Food Guide

NYC restaurants offering latkes, sufganiyot, kugel, brisket, and gelt to make Hanukkah 2021 more festive.

The Best Restaurants On The Upper West Side guide image
Guide
The Best Restaurants On The Upper West Side

Our favorite Upper West Side restaurants for all sorts of dining situations.

Suggested Reading

.
Frankel’s Delicatessen review image
Review
Frankel’s Delicatessen

Frankel’s is a Jewish deli in the same vein as Russ & Daughters, but on its own level entirely.

Sadelle’s review image
8.2
Review
Sadelle’s

Welcome to West Broadway Reform, Temple Of Hot Bagels.

Mike's Bistro review image
Review
Mike's Bistro

Mike's Bistro is a big deal in the world of kosher restaurants. Although its appearance might suggest differently, this is a popular special occasion spot, especially with the younger generation. The food is good, even though the decor isn't.

Russ & Daughters Cafe review image
Review
Russ & Daughters Cafe

Russ & Daughters has finally expanded, after 100 years in business. Now you can sit down in a comfy booth while you enjoy your lox, and it’s glorious.