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Taster’s Cherce

Zabar’s started small…

And now rules most of the block.

It was the Upper West Side food store, along with Fairway, when I was a kid. My old man would send me there for a beef salami and a seeded rye…”Sliced.”

I don’t go too often anymore. It is crowded, it is expensive, but it also is what it has always been: food heaven.

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1 rbj   ~  Mar 11, 2010 11:36 am

Time to pull up this Yogism:
"Nobody goes there anymore because it's too crowded."

2 rbj   ~  Mar 11, 2010 12:36 pm

Oh, and what the hell is going on in NY:


"Some New York City chefs and restaurant owners are taking aim at a bill introduced in the New York Legislature that, if passed, would ban the use of salt in restaurant cooking.

"No owner or operator of a restaurant in this state shall use salt in any form in the preparation of any food for consumption by customers of such restaurant, including food prepared to be consumed on the premises of such restaurant or off of such premises," the bill, A. 10129 , states in part.

The legislation, which Assemblyman Felix Ortiz , D-Brooklyn, introduced on March 5, would fine restaurants $1,000 for each violation."

How can you cook without salt? What's next, banning dihydrogen monoxide?

3 Diane Firstman   ~  Mar 11, 2010 12:44 pm

I know one "person" who will be VERY upset with this legislation

4 Alex Belth   ~  Mar 11, 2010 12:45 pm

That is reee-dic-u-lous. Simply stupid.

5 Sliced Bread   ~  Mar 11, 2010 1:03 pm

great game cookin at the Garden right now.

Go 'Cuse!

Go salt! Go butter!

Haven't been to Zabar's in years but the bagels and deli are definitely something special. I like knowing the place is still going strong. Looking at the photos, I'm guessing United Cigars made a ton of money selling that corner space to the market.

6 rbj   ~  Mar 11, 2010 1:07 pm

[3] i thought of her too.

Are things so hunky dory in the Empire State that legislators get to worry about people's salt intake.

7 Sliced Bread   ~  Mar 11, 2010 2:09 pm

damn, 'Cuse... tough game

8 RagingTartabull   ~  Mar 11, 2010 2:12 pm

sure its overpriced and disgustingly overcrowded, but like with Agata and Valentina on the UES...if you like good food, sometimes you just gotta say screw it and treat yourself.

9 Alex Belth   ~  Mar 11, 2010 2:17 pm

8) VERY well said.

10 Dimelo   ~  Mar 11, 2010 6:18 pm

I grew up in Zabar's, I worked there all throughout my high school years. I love that place, the food and people who work there are awesome. I loved the fact that you can insult the customers and they always come back. It really is a New York landmark.

11 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Mar 11, 2010 7:46 pm

I'd run nekkid through Shinjuku Station right now for a pastrami on rye...

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