chopped liver and challah
Best chopped liver in Manhattan, hands down, is Sarge's. Perfect blend of ingredients, without being mealy or pate tasting. I like mine a bit coarse with sauteed onions and detectable smaltz. I love Russ & Daughters, but only for the smoked fish. Sarge's is about 3-4 blocks north of 2nd Ave Deli (up 3rd Ave, same west side of the street). My favorite challah's are at Trader Joe's on 14th and 3rd Ave but the supply is inconsistent.
I love the chopped liver at 2nd Avenue Deli.
On a similar theme, I'll also be in NYC on Sunday and wanted to go grab some chopped liver, challah, and other treats from 2nd Avenue Deli on Sunday. How crazy do you think it will be considering its one day before Rosh Hashanah? Do they replenish their supplies throughout the day? (For instance if I get there in the afternoon will they be out of a lot of stuff?) Their website seems to be under construction, which is a little annoying.
I'm also a fan of Blue Ribbon's challah.
Agree with Barney Greengrass for chopped liver on the UWS or Russ & Daughters if you find yourself closer to the East Village. 2nd Ave. Deli in Murray Hill / Kip's Bay (east 30s) does a more liver-y tasting version with a mix of calves and chicken liver. Not sure what style you prefer, but in order of density, from fluffy to dense, it's Russ & Daughter's, Barney G., then 2nd Ave.
541 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024
Russ & Daughters
179 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002
Second Avenue Deli
162 E 33rd St, New York, NY 10016