Best of Boston

2003 Best Coolidge Corner Restaurant, Neighborhood

Zaftigs Delicatessen

Who needs the Lower East Side when you have Zaftigs? This nouveau deli bustles with families, couples, and lone regulars who come in for its “new Jewish” cuisine (just like old Jewish, but with a few twists, including a flavorful Oriental noodle salad for those nights when you just don’t feel like gefilte fish and corned beef). For that, and for those more traditional moments when you can’t fight off that craving for chopped liver, Zaftigs offers a colorful café atmosphere (and café prices) and rye stacked to the ceiling with a choice of two dozen meats.

335 Harvard St., Brookline, 617-975-0075,