101 Stanton, near Ludlow
- Hours: Tues – Thurs: 12:00 pm – 8:30 pm; Fri – Sat: 12:00 pm – 9:30 pm; Sun: 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm
This bakery, juice bar and fish market in the Essex Street Market offers some of everything. The $4 fish sandwiches are tasty and a great deal. There are a few tables right across from the bakery, if you wish to consume your purchases on the spot.
120 Essex Street, near Delancey
Hours: 8am-6pm, closed Mondays
New Star Fish Market offers a good selection of seafood at reasonable prices. The selection is not as wide as you might expect a few blocks to the west in Chinatown, but the family-owned business emphasizes friendly customer service. Shrimp, clams and mussels are usually a good bet. If you ask, they’ll give you honest guidance on the best bets on any given day.
120 Essex Street, near Delancey
At the Streit’s Matzo factory on Rivington Street, a small retail store offers a full line of products, including matzo, matzo ball soup mix, gefilte fish, etc. As an extra bonus, you can catch a glimpse of the matzo bakers next door.
148-154 Rivington, at Suffolk
Hours Mon-Thu, 9am-4:30pm; Fri-Sun, closed
Anne Saxelby’s tiny stall at the Essex Street Market celebrates cheese and other dairy products from the region. Always ready with a suggestion for every taste an occasion, she also stocks eggs, milk, a line of handmade tortillas and freshly baked bread. Also, Saxelby and company will be happy to make you a cheese sandwich on the spot.
120 Essex Street
Perhaps the Lower East Side’s most revered food institution, appetizing store Russ & Daughters has been in business since 1914. Today a new generation of the Russ family sells a wide variety of smoked salmon, sturgeon, herring, sable, etc. There’s also an extensive caviar selection, dried fruits and nuts and coffees. The artisans behind the counter will probably give you a little taste of lox as they’re carving away.
179 East Houston, near Orchard
Hours: Monday-Friday 8am-8pm; Saturday 9am-7pm; Sunday 8am-53opm; Free delivery 9am-4pm
Mark Bello says he can teach anyone how to make perfect pizzas at home, from scratch. Individuals can attend regularly scheduled pizza workshops or you can book a private event for a group (of up to 16 people). The Grand Street shop also stocks a full line of pizza making tools and accessories.
371 Grand Street, near Norfolk
Weekly workshops: Thursdays: 6:30pm to 10:30pm; Saturdays: 12:00 pm to 4:00pm; Sundays: 12:00 pm to 4:00pm. Store hours: Wednesday-Sunday noon-5pm.
The only kosher pickle store in the former “pickle district,” Alan Kaufman’s small shop has it all: new pickles, sour, half sour — plus picked tomatoes, olives, peppers, mushrooms, etc. You can pick up a snack to much on your way down Essex Street or order a variety of platters for large gatherings.
49 Essex, near Grand
Hours Sun-Thu, 9am-6pm; Fri, 9am-4pm; Sat, closed
Kossar’s is the oldest bialy bakery in this country — in business since 1934. Closed for Shabbas, the shop opens after sunset on Saturdays to catch up — and keeps the ovens running late into the night. No charge for the surely service.
367 Grand, near Essex
Hours Sun-Thu, 6am-8pm; Fri, 6am-3pm; Sat. closed until after sunset
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