Old Timey Jew Food

Old-timey Jew foodOn the Lower East Side on Houston Street, within two blocks of each other, you can visit both Russ and Daughters and Yonah Schimmel’s Knishery. Within these establishments on most Sundays, one can find Jews from all over New York and the US taking a gastronomic trip down memory lane by chowing down on all manner of bagels and shmears and lox and smoked fish and knishes and kugels and latkes. They bring their kids with them, they get all misty as they bite into the food their parents and grand parents used to eat. This scene gets repeated over and over, wherever the Jews are – from Schultzy’s in Miami to Schwartz’s in Montreal, from Canter’s in LA to Goldberg’s in Paris. Never mind that this food is mostly unkosher and not particularly Jewish – what’s important is that Jews sure do love their Old Timey Jew Food!

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5 responses to “Old Timey Jew Food

  1. You think that’s a high density of Jewy food? The LES also boasts an annual Pickle Festival, at which all the LES pickle vendors display (and let people sample) their wares…you haven’t lived until you’ve stood in a line three city blocks long for a free pickle.

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  3. “you haven’t lived until you’ve stood in a line three city blocks long for a free pickle”

    Now that’s a bunch of Jews.

  4. I bought some of Yonah’s knishes the last time I was on the Lower East Side. They must have weighed 3 lbs each. Very impressive.

  5. I ate one of Yonah’s knishes and it made me gag with delight and then I womitted all over myself.

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