Food Porn: Nosh Cafe

UPDATE: Since writing this post, Nosh Cafe has closed.

One of the reoccurring complaints I hear about Buffalo’s food scene is a lack of good deli’s.  I’ve had some very good meals at several Italian deli’s (Joe’s, Marco’s) and I’ve heard we have a couple good European deli’s, but what I think Western New York is lacking are Jewish deli’s.  For a long time I assumed the only place to find prepared Kosher cuisine was at UB, but then one day I happened to come across Nosh Cafe’s website.  Their sandwiches were a little pricey but sounded very good and I was looking forward to trying all of their options but their bagel with lox was the menu item that really stuck out.

I haven’t had a proper bagel with lox since visiting my friend Mike in NYC over a year ago.  Both Bagel Jay’s and Manhattan Bagel offer their version of lox spread and Wegman’s also has lox, but I really was hoping that Nosh Cafe would offer the closest experience to a NY Jewish Deli that I could find.  Over the last 2 months I’ve only managed to visit the deli twice.  Unfortunately, the location on Transit is in a very busy area and isn’t that convenient from where I work.

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Don’t let the plaza scare you, while the outside is definitely boring the inside is cozy and will make you feel like you are truly in a Jewish deli.  A very nice husband and wife team are always hard at work behind the counter and large signs from various Kosher companies line the walls.  In the cooler you’ll find frozen soups and appetizers and the largest selection of Dr. Brown’s I’ve ever seen in Buffalo.  On my first visit I wasn’t exactly sure how big a 4 oz sandwich would be, so I played it safe and ordered a Dr. Brown Root Beer and their Beef Brisket on Rye (pictured in gallery).  While they don’t prepare any of the meats on site, they do make their own rye bread and you can definitely tell.  The bread was cut thick and had a wonderfully fresh and fluffy texture, however the brisket didn’t have a really strong flavor and wasn’t as memorable.  For almost $10 the 4 oz sandwich wouldn’t fully satisfy someone who is really hungry, which is why on my next visit I made sure to order a 6 oz.

When I revisited Nosh Cafe I brought along my co-worker Kristina who was also craving a good bagel with lox.  We decided to split a couple items on the menu so we ordered a 6 oz Pastrami on Rye Sandwich (pictured above, top) and their Bagel with lox and cream cheese (pictured above, bottom).  Our pastrami sandwich was much better then the brisket I had tried weeks earlier, the meat had a strong savory flavor and the 6 oz portion size was perfect to split.  The only thing that I would have changed was how thin the pastrami was, I really would have liked thicker more tender pieces.  The bagel with lox was good but the bagel itself was on the smaller side (definitely a NYC bagel) and slightly dry.  The lox had a really good texture (not slimy and not too firm) and had a great salty flavor, my only critique is I wish there was more.  Same goes for the cream cheese and capers, there was only a small amount of both.  It’s not exactly NYC quality, but if I could order this bagel with (extra) lox once a week for breakfast I probably would.

We also split a Potato Knish and Beef Knish (pictured in gallery) as a side dish.  These tiny fried dumplings were only a couple bucks so we decided to just try it out.  The Potato Knish had a flavor that we didn’t enjoy at all, it was actually quite bitter and the texture was very close to dry sand.  The Beef Knish wasn’t exactly great but the ground beef helped add moisture to the dumpling and the spicy mustard that came on the side helped add some flavor.

I’m glad there is a restaurant in Western New York that is serving this kind of food (if there are more around that I don’t know about please let me know).   There are some unique menu items (chopped liver, tongue) that I would like to still try, unfortunately, I won’t be in this area that often and there is nothing like it downtown.  Their prices are slightly above average but if you are looking for something different and work/shop/live in the area, it’s a good lunch spot.

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5 thoughts on “Food Porn: Nosh Cafe

  1. What about Risa’s in the 285 Delaware Building in downtown Buffalo?

    • Don Burtless

      I never heard of Risa’s, just looked at the menu though and I think I’ll have to make a visit. Thanks for the heads up!

  2. Danny

    The soups at Nosh are some of the best in town. The prices of their sandwiches are ridiculous.

    • Thank you for the wonderful feedback on our soups! What separates us from the rest is that along with our soups and over 90% of everything else you will find at Nosh is homemade entirely from scratch. It’s the similar to a meal you would get if you were a guest in Ben and Emilia’s home. While our deli sandwiches are priced slightly higher than our competition, we must include the greater cost we pay for our high-quality kosher meat which is not treated with any chemicals, preservatives or steroids and is of the cleanest meat on the market. Hopefully you can see beyond the slightly higher price point to enjoy our delicious sandwiches!

      noshcafebuffalo.com

  3. harry tugender

    Who is the Kosher Supervision for your deli?

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