New York City
Here are some unusual and delightful
fressing experiences in
Every time we go in or out
of JFK we make a point of detouring to the Knish Nosh [*,$$] (see
map & more Knish Nosh photos)
on 67th Avenue and Queens Blvd ...
home of the world's best knishes, where in
the traditional potato filling and kasha, they offer a Pastrami filling [***], spinach, and bite size Knishlets. While Knish Nosh is well known to Forest Hillers (and expatriates thereof), there are other great Knisheries in NY. Manhattanites will probably send you to the world renowned Yohna Schimmel Knish Bakery [***] on 137 E. Houston St. Yonah celebrates its 100th year in 2010. A couple of block East is even older Katz Delicatessen [***], also world renowned (for Pastrami and hot dogs) and where (they don't let you forget it) Harry Met Sally.
(***,$$) the most venerable West Village breakfast-lunch institution, made
famous (to us) by the 80-minute documentary I Like Killing Flies (shown in the
2004 SF Jewish Film Festival and really worth searching out)... at 54
Carmine St.... features a huge menu of traditional breakfast and unique
Shopsin oddities.... customers serve themselves at the coffee and seltzer
counter... and while waiting for your order and after you can entertain
yourself with numerous board games.
(*,$) in the East Village, 109 St. Mark Place, btwn 1st Ave and Avenue A,
serves three varieties of the Israeli dish from noon to 2 AM.... the
traditional version is the Hummus Tahini.... the staff and customers appear
to be mostly Israeli expatriates. (Photo on right: a dish of
DiFara making his signature buffalo mozzarella pizza pie
in his Midwood pizzeria. The Brighton Beach Totonno store window. This
is the original Totonnos with the signature white-chasse pizza, made in one
of the few remaining coal ovens.
Right: The original Knish Nosh (Photo credit:
Queens Tribune - we downloaded this picture from their web site).
Left: How it looks in 2003 after the move across the street.
unusual shopping category
we recommend Brassiere and lingerie
Proprietor: Magda Bergstein,
Orchard Corset Discount, 157 Orchard St. (Lower East Side, near Stanton
St.); 212-674-0786. This is the
brassiere and lingerie shop featured in the
Lederman-Furjanic-Lederman very humorous short documentary film "A
Good Uplift" [***]. Any woman,
any size can be accommodated. This lower East side store is a cultural
landmark in New York. (Overhead a customer emerging from a fitting in
the back room: "I can feel the difference, I can breathe!")
(Photo on right: The store sign on the fire escape above the entrance.)
More shopping. Think outside Manhattan: Park Slope
Brooklyn. 7th Avenue in the Park Slope district (near Prospect Park)
is great for strolling, noshing, and window shopping. Facets Fine
Jewelry (on 97A 7th Avenue) has a great collection of earrings, reasonably
Ethnic neighborhoods ....
Besides china town there is ....
reached by the Q train, J Street stop, is a very very Jewish
neighborhood..... so Jewish in fact that the parking meters in this
neighborhood don't operate on the Sabbath. Your first stop, a
half block from the station should be at
DiFara Pizza (***),
1424 Avenue J
718-258-1367... this most
venerable pizzeria has won numerous critic awards over the years including
mention in the New York Times 2002 State-of-the-Pizza. Another
2-3 blocks up Avenue J is an excellent Jewish & middle-Eastern corner
groceries shop. After strolling this neighborhood get bet back
on the Q train for
Brighton Beach where the
attractions include a stroll on Coney Island boardwalk, window shopping in a
Russian immigrants neighborhood, Russian groceries (e.g., the
M&I International market), and a pizza pie at the original Tottono's
(Neptune Avenue). Greenpoint is
very Polish. Christina's (*, $), 853 Manhattan Ave. (near the Greenpoint stop on
the G subway line), has outstanding Polish home-cooking and friendly service,
is very very cheap. Photos of Christina's many famous friends hang on
Getting behind bars.
Pravda (*,$$$), 281 Lafayette St, in South Village area, is a very
cool (as in well chilled Vodka) bar... Vodka and caviar tasting is the main
thing here. The enrtance is easy to miss. Look for a small and
discreet red lit "Pravda" sign on the street leading you to the basement