An immigrant food haven—that’s what the Lower Eastside of Manhattan is. It’s one of the few places that celebrates the food brought to this country in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Alan and I visited food destinations that have been in existence since at least the 1910s, though some were started earlier: Russ & Daughters, The Pickle Guys, Yonah Schimmel Knishes, and Katz’s Delicatessen. It felt like I had left the 21st century. The brine of pickles, the smell of cured pastrami, and the sight of whole whitefish transported me to my childhood. And, I loved some of the modern twists, like the sesame bagel from Russ & Daughters smeared with whitefish salad and wasabi infused trout roe. Sheer heaven!
Taste buds watering? You can enjoy everything I did because all of these places deliver nationwide. Click the links and check out their menus.