When I think about what restaurants make me nostalgic, I always come back to old-school delis. There’s something special about places like this, where you walk in to a massive deli counter with a huge selection of smoked meats and there are free pickles on the table. I always look for a place that delivers the same great tastes and vibes, along with classic dishes like knishes, brisket, and hard-to-find delicacies like kasha varnishkes or kishke. I found all that and more at Nostalgia Kosher, definitely the most retro deli in New Jersey. Located in a Lakewood shopping mall, many of the recipes here don’t just date back to the golden age of the American deli – they call back to historic Ashkenazi Jewish cuisine in 19th century Hungary and other countries of Europe. So head to Lakewood to step back in time and discover this old but far-from-forgotten cuisine for yourself!

Have you visited Lakewood to dine at Nostalgia Kosher? Tell us about your visit to this retro deli in New Jersey in the comments section! The deli keeps a low profile online, but you can visit the Nostalgia Kosher Instagram page for more pictures of their mouthwatering cuisine. Lakewood is also home to an old-school European deli, one of the best international supermarkets in NJ. If you want to extend your visit to this laid-back town, consider staying the night at the Hilton Garden Inn Lakewood.

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