Brownsteins Deli & Bakery

1862 Monroe Ave, Rochester
(585) 442-2770

Recent Reviews

Cheryl F.

Great food, reasonable prices. Wish your menu was on line

Rohan P.

I'd love to be able to eat these bagels since they were highly recommended by a friend. But I can't give them my money, so I just left disappointed. Brownstein's, it's 2019, get a card reader.

Bob Crystal

Delicious food, happy workers

grusso

Brownstein's is an insider's secret, a real authentic hometown deli. Great lox and fixings, salads and all sorts of taste treats. Convenient location

Lia Bullock

Their bagels are amazing!

David Compertore

The very best lox bagel for 100 miles. Cash only.

Stew S

Best bagels, delicious soup and the sandwiches are the best deal anywhere.

Tom Greenfield

I live 40 minutes from center city Roc and longer from some other areas in the city. I like to plan my forays into Rochester. I decided to go to Fox Deli b/c it was much much easier to access their menu online. (I still don't know if you have a menu online).

Terry Hancock

Best bagels on Rochester. Nothing close. God bless Irwin!

Paul Rosenberg MD

Good bagels and take out deli

Adam Thorogood

A real water bagel! I always make sure I get a bagel when I'm around.

John D.

I grew up in Brighton and as a result, ate more bagels than I should probably confess to. Despite this, I somehow never ended up trying Brownstein's bagels. Boy did I miss out. These are, hands down, the best bagels in the area and it's not even close. Balsam Bagels has got nothing on this place. The bagels are light and flavorful, like authentic New York bagels. The bialys are sublime.

Erik Stoneham

Great local kosher deli and bakery. If you eat a bagel out, chances are they're made here.

Lewis Norry

Best bagels for miles around and awesome deli sandwiches

Colleen G.

Amazingly authentic, delicious and fresh bagels. Wide variety of choices and friendly and helpful staff to assist you. Many more food items to choose from.

nicoya poles

Awesome! Very good customer service the spinach triangle, bialy and soup are fantastic!

Patrick Haney

I've found the bagels here to be too doughy and dense, and maybe that's a Rochester thing. Not a fan though.

Patrick McLaughlin

Very good bagels small local shop , also specializes in all kinds of Jewish foods.

Maggie Deegan

The best bagels in Rochester. Bring cash, they don't take cards.

Stew S.

Best bagels in Rochester. The chicken soup is fantastic. The sandwiches are delicious and the best deal in town.

Glenn G.

Maybe the only authentic Jewish deli in upstate NY. Love their pastrami on marble rye and homemade whitefish salad. Check it out!

Andrew Gookin

Great service and wonderful sandwiches. Looking forward to going back.

Lou E.

Closest you're going to get to a NYC bagel in Rochester. Great customer service. Everything here is great.

Marilyn Sultar

I love Brownsteins! Great deli and best challah and corner beef in town!

Edward Lyons

Best Bagels in Western/Upstate NY !

Danielle C.

This is our favorite place to grab breakfast bagels or some sandwiches for lunch on the go. I would recommend the pumpernickel bagel and cream cheese. Their toaster oven doesn't work well, but your bagel will be soft and flavorful! The chicken salad lunch box is delicious! All lunch boxes are served with your choice of a small macaroni, potato salad or coleslaw, a bag of chips and a refreshing pickle! Add in one of their huge chocolate chip cookies and your taste buds will be satisfied!

Big B.

Been going here for years! Best bagel, best lox, best ppl! Old school deli that makes a jammin bagel!!! We love you!

richardgX2558DP

Tried the breakfast sandwich with cheddar, tomatoes and onions on a fresh everything bagel. AWESOME!!! Next time it will be the lox and cream cheese with capers! They have matzo ball soup and huge sandwiches for lunch on bread made fresh each day. Bagels are New York style and are 15 to the dozen! Great deal. Cash or check only. They do not accept credit or debit cards.Try it... You will love it.

Matt O.

Cash-only. Great whitefish salad, along with egg sandwiches and the like. Pastrami is Hebrew National cold cuts, I think, but it's good with a fried egg on a bagel. Really old-school place with terrific bagels.

Tom P.

We love Brownstein's! Best bagels in town. And Irwin is just a trip. A character from a sitcom and a lifelong friend. The bagels and other goodies are just fantastic! Don't be afraid to ask for a special treat.

David Muth

When I discovered that my favorite Rochester deli had been replaced with a Subway (years ago) I found Brownstein's on Google. Nice little shop that reminded me of deli's in Queens. Great people and the sandwich, on homemade Jewish seeded rye bread, was awesome! Very generous with the meat and unique in that they are kosher and won't put cheese on the meat... but they will give you cheese and you can put in on yourself if you're a gentile. Definitely try one of the fantastic oatmeal raisin cookies too... And the bagels... OMG! They are my favorite deli... Like a NYC deli but cleaner. Forget about the big chains and support the little guy... You will be glad you did!

Alex Tubman

Their chicken soup got me through my last cold. The potato kinishes are exceptional

Dabe M.

When I discovered that my favorite Rochester deli had been replaced with a Subway (years ago) I found Brownstein's on Google. Nice little shop that reminded me of deli's in Queens. Great people and the sandwich, on homemade Jewish seeded rye bread, was awesome! Very generous with the meat and unique in that they are kosher and won't put cheese on the meat... but they will give you cheese and you can put in on yourself if you're a gentile. Definitely try one of the fantastic oatmeal raisin cookies too... And the bagels... OMG! They are my favorite deli... Like a NYC deli but cleaner. Forget about the big chains and support the little guy... You will be glad you did!

Richard G.

Best bagels, egg sandwiches and chicken salad in town. Sandwiches are huge and delicious! The matzah ball soup is excellent also. Had a delicious whitefish sandwich on a round bialy today... awesome!! Going to have to order it again soon. Bagels are 15 to the dozen. Kosher, so no cheese on the meat sandwiches but will give you cheese separately to put on after you leave the store. Cash or check only. No credit or debit cards. Go there. You will not be disappointed. PS - Call ahead to have it ready!

Eitan Freedenberg

Rochesterians have a variety of opinions on who has the best bagels in town. I've visited all the bakeries countless times, and stand firmly and proudly in the Brownstein's camp. They focus on the standard lineup of classic bagel flavors—you won't find any jalapeño cheddar or french toast meshugas here—and boil and bake them to absolute perfection. Their salt bagels, egg bagels, and rye bagels are particular highlights. Wherever they get their lox from, it's to die for, and they make sure to pat it dry so that it doesn't slip out of your sandwich—a subtle but much appreciated technique. Overall, this is an unfussy and authentic spot well worth your business. The one downside, (but not, in my opinion, a dealbreaker) is that they only accept cash.

cemclellan

Excellent bagels.I had a lox sandwich and it was great. Generous serving of delicious lox, tasty cream cheese and fresh veggies.The best lox sandwich in Rochester.

Chuck M.

Excellent bagels. I had a lox sandwich and it was great. Generous serving of delicious lox, tasty cream cheese and fresh veggies. The best lox sandwich in Rochester.

Eitan F.

Rochesterians have a variety of opinions on who has the best bagels in town. I've visited all the bakeries countless times, and stand firmly and proudly in the Brownstein's camp. They focus on the standard lineup of classic bagel flavors--you won't find any jalapeño cheddar or french toast meshugas here--and boil and bake them to absolute perfection. Their salt bagels, egg bagels, and rye bagels are particular highlights. Wherever they get their lox from, it's to die for, and they make sure to pat it dry so that it doesn't slip out of your sandwich--a total pro move. Overall, an unfussy and authentic spot well worth your business. The one downside, (but not, in my opinion, a dealbreaker) is that they only accept cash.

Gypsy J.

5 stars isn't enough for this place! It is fantastic!! Starts with a friendly staff that goes above and beyond especially for families with allergies, fantastic food and fair prices! This is an absolute must try if in the area!

Yen N.

I love the pastrami sandwich and lox bagel. They give a healthy portion of protein in the sandwich