Barney Greengrass

Bakery | Delicatessen | Jewish
Worth driving from anywhere!

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, we cannot come to this storefront restaurant without one to take home.

The food that put Barney Greengrass on the map is smoked fish. In the glass case of this restaurant and take-out store, 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 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. These are the makings of a true New York breakfast; there isn’t a restaurant in town that does it with the aplomb of bare-tabled Barney Greengrass.

If you come in the morning, especially on a weekend, you will smell plates of eggs-and-novie being carried from the kitchen to customers as soon as you enter. This signature dish is eggs scrambled with plush morsels of Nova Scotia salmon and onions nearly caramelized by frying. The combination tastes opulent; the textural range from the eggs’ soft curds to the firm nuggets of fish they enfold to the slippery web of onions is a tongue’s delight. The aroma of this omelet, as well as smells of freshly-toasted bagels and of cold cuts, salamis, and garlic pickles from the take-out side of the restaurant, make walking into Barney Greengrass one of the most appetizing experiences New York City has to offer.

The original Barney Greengrass became known as “The Sturgeon King” after opening his first restaurant in Harlem in 1908. Barney passed the business to his son Moe, who ran it for decades in its current location on the West Side. Moe died in January, 2002, and the store is now run by Moe’s son Gary.

What to Eat
Barney Greengrass, Smoked Fish Platter
Smoked Fish Platter
A single smoked fish platter is enough to sate a couple of healthy appetites.
Barney Greengrass, Babka
On the cusp between bread and cake, a babka is good any time of day.
Barney Greengrass, Mini-Babka
Chocolate mini-babka marshaled on the dashboard
Barney Greengrass, Smoked White Fish
Smoked White Fish
White Fish are not for those squeamish about eating things with faces.
Barney Greengrass, Smoked Sturgeon
Smoked Sturgeon
The fish that made Barney Greengrass famous: smoked sturgeon
Barney Greengrass, Blintzes
Buttery blintzes in the making
Barney Greengrass, Eggs & Novie
Eggs & Novie
Eggs and novie: supremely savory and very aromatic
Barney Greengrass, Bagels
Decent bagels, but they need toasting
Directions and Hours
open now
Sunday8 am - 6 pm
Tuesday8 am - 6 pm
Wednesday8 am - 6 pm
Thursday8 am - 6 pm
Friday8 am - 6 pm
Saturday8 am - 6 pm
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Breakfast, Lunch
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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