ZAFTIGS is ABSOLUTELY NOT A KOSHER RESTAURANT.
Any claims that it certified, managed or supervised so as to be considered Kosher are an absolute falsehood.
It should not be listed in this category at all!
Visited Zaftigs for the first time June 17 2010 at 4:00 pm on visit from Minneapolis. The atmosphere was pleasant. The restaurant was about 1/2 full but was quiet enough to hear table conversations. The service was prompt and the waitstaff was very helpful and attentive. The food was outstanding. My wife loved the chicken soup. I loved the potato pancakes and my sister loved the dogs. Overall a very enjojable experience. This restaurant will be on our must do list for my next visit home to Boston for a relaxing eating experience.
Waited a week to write review to be more objective.
New Yorkers prepare to yawn at the bagels before spitting them out, and hopefully laugh at the pricing. There are bright spots however.
But remember that you CANNOT get decent deli in this state...don't hold your breath. This place is no exception. Stick to the banana-stuffed french toast. Mmmmmmm...
It gets really busy and service can be a little slow at lunch time but other than that the food is amazing! The french fries are the best in the world and everything I've tried there has been delicious. They also have really fun crayons and coloring pages for little kids.
I ordered a simple dish, scrambled eggs and homefries, which somehow the restaurant managed to butcher. After two bites of rubbery eggs and a bite potato that tasted overpoweringly of onion, I sent the meal back. Perhaps it was a bad night, or new chef, or simply a fluke...but the icing on the cake was when I recieved the check and found that despite their appologies I had still been charged for the disappointment they called a meal.
There is a lot of hype about Zaftigs, but from my expirience it is not well deserved.
An upscale, Jewish-ish delicatessen, Zaftig's is a great place for a breakfast meeting, and a good place for a nosh. It's comfortable in every regard, lacking the noise, accents and tumult of a real Jewish deli. (It doesn't come close to being kosher, if that matters to you.) Big portions, not particularly cheap. The service is usually good, with lots of college-age waitstaff filling up your coffee cup until you're floating.
Located in Harvard Street Brookline, Zaftig's is a classic Jewish Diner with a huge selection of fast foods (many of which are only seen in NYC) delivered always in good quality and accompanied with friendly service. My wife and I meet friends there frequently on Sunday afternoons for brunch. Parking is not difficult on the nearby side streets and the wait (usually 40 minutes or less) is easily managed by walking up and down the street window-shopping, playing with kids in the park next door or chatting with friends while having a coffee at Starbuck's or Peet's Coffee. The staff are young, energetic and courtious. You know the place is good when you see familiar faces eating there every time you go. It is highly recommended.
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