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Mikki + Al’s Noshery: Traditional Jewish Deli in Montclair

by Kristina Helfer
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For those days that call for a bowl of comfort food, Mikki and Al’s Noshery on Park Street in Montclair is here. Opened in July of 2020 at the height of the pandemic, this “noshery” serves up all the best Jewish comfort foods. The small-but-mighty restaurant churns out all-homemade classics like pastrami, latkes, pickles, and, most importantly, the best chicken matzoh ball soup. Read on to learn more about Mikki and Al’s Noshery, located in Montclair.

The Atmosphere

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The Ivy at Chatham

A tiny, long building tucked away off busy Bloomfield Avenue is where patrons will find Mikki and Al’s. There is limited indoor seating but there are eight tables outside on the dining patio. This is not a typical sit-down restaurant. Diners place their orders at the register, find a table, and the staff will bring the orders out. 

While ordering at the counter is a standard deli practice, Mikki and Al’s also wants to make sure all diners feel safe to eat here during the pandemic and have implemented these measures.

mikki als noshery montclair new jersey

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Upon entering, guests will be greeted by the smiling faces of Mikki and Al themselves: the wall is covered with pictures of them, making it feel like entering their home rather than a restaurant.

Atop the counter visitors will see every flavor of Dr. Brown’s soda imaginable (even celery!), a Jewish deli staple, and, in the deli case, the delicious salads, knishes, and other items as well as baked goods.

About the Owner 

Owner Natalie Lee, a Montclair resident, was the owner of Plum on Park, which was in the same building that Mikki and Al’s is housed. After 10 years in business, Plum was hit hard by the pandemic. 

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Natalie says, “The initial thought was to reopen Plum. When it became apparent that COVID-19 was not going away, I decided to permanently close Plum and open the Noshery in its place. Plum was a very fresh-based restaurant—the food was best when eaten there […] Mikki and Al’s is a place where takeout is a great option.”

Natalie now owns the Noshery with her husband, whose parents are the inspiration for the restaurant. The website describes the restaurant as a place her in-laws “[…] would have eaten at every day […] Mikki loved a good pastrami sandwich and Al’s favorite was chopped chicken liver. Don’t forget a big bowl of soup.”

The Menu

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The most popular items on the menu are the pastrami and corned beef sandwiches. The eatery makes all of its own meats, and the rich rye bread is the perfect complement to these hearty sandwiches. All sandwiches are served with a side of the health salad, an upgraded coleslaw, and pickles. 

Mikki + Al’s Noshery 

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The chicken matzoh ball soup is what has MG coming back to the restaurant time and time again. The matzoh balls are tender and the broth is flavorful — a real soul-warmer.

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The restaurant also offers a weekday chicken dinner special for four with a whole roasted chicken, two pounds of mashed potatoes, one pound of coleslaw or health salad, one quart of soup, and one pound of rice pudding for $50. 

Mikki + Al's

(Photo credit: @mikkiandals)

P.S – This Thanksgiving-themed sandwich is a must-try this season!


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Same-day pick-up is available for orders placed before 12PM and this is available Wednesday-Friday.

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