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Sep 25, 2008 06:56 PM

chopped liver and challah


Will be driving into NYC from CT for the day on Sunday, (will be at the Manhattan Club)
I would love to bring back some chooped liver and also challah. Any suggestions?


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  1. I love the challah bread from the Blue Ribbon restaurant mini-chain. You can buy it at the Blue Ribbon Market, just off 6th Avenue and Houston in the West Village. Have no idea how close that is to you.

    1. Barney Greengrass on UWS for the liver. You could get a challah at Zabars -- haven't tried it but I don't think they could get away with having awful challah.

      Don't know if those are anywhere near the Manhattan Club...

      1. 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.

        Barney Greengrass
        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

        1. 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.

          1. I love the chopped liver from Sarge's (Third Ave. & 37th St.). Nice mixture of liver, egg and onions.

            5 Replies
            1. re: ellenost

              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.

              1. re: eve

                i actually find sarge's and 2nd ave deli's very similar and like both. (i'm a fan of the coarsely chopped version, as well.) i was hesitant to mention sarge's because i've no idea whether they do takeout. any experience with this?

                1. re: cimui

                  Sarge's definitely does take out. I have ordered my entire holiday meal from them (including the famous and fabulous chopped liver and noodle pudding).

                  1. re: ellenost

                    there you have it. thanks, ellenost!

                    1. re: cimui

                      Thanks all! I actually ended up getting chopped liver and challah at Zabar's as it was easy. Chopped liver not bad at all...not like Katz's but very delish!