“ Deli. 2245 Broadway, Upper West Side, NY 10024. Tel: +1 (212) 787 2000. Fax: +1 (212) 580 4477. „
A trip to New York is not complete without a visit to Zabar's, legendary Deli on Manhattan's Upper West Side. This authentic NY Deli was originally opened over 70 years ago and has achieved cult status with numerous references on the most popular US sitcoms and movies such as 'You've Got Mail' with Tom Hanks and 'Will and Grace', 'Sex and the City' and 'Seinfeld' to mention but a few.
What makes this Deli so unique? Well, let me try to put into words what makes this a phenomenal emporium. Imagine you are about to walk into an Aladdins cave of 'foodie' treasure, its packed to the rafters with literally hundreds of types of cheese, deli meats including hand sliced pastrami and kosher salami, sausage and franks, artisan breads and bagels, fresh roast coffees, caviar, cakes and cookies.
The smells are mouthwatering, the pungent smell of fresh roast and ground coffee hits you as soon as you walk through the door, then you are met with an array of shelves, stands, stacks and displays of some of the most unique food, some of which I have never even heard of. Ths place has the hustle bustle feel of a market, you can hear the banter coming from the regulars as they laugh and joke with the shop assistants. There are nooks and crannies full of jams, preserves, pickles and marinades, you name it, they got it, if they haven't you don't want it.
On top of the mouthwatering offerings down stairs, you will find up stairs pots, and pans and kitchen appliances some of which have been imported.
What makes this place special, is that its a family owned and run business that has retained its originality and along with it, its place in the NY community.
My partner and I bought enough food to feed the whole neighbour hood, and set up a picnic in Central Park, how New York is that. Pastrami on rye, pickles, roast chicken, fresh bread and cheeses, by far the best picnic I've ever had.
Just so you know, prices do vary but considering that quality and diversity of food, and the overall experience, it's well worth it.
Zabar's has an incredible range of foods - though probably the most bizarre sight for British visitors is Ribena as a "special import"! The food is incredible, with a vast cheese counter, knishes (a sort of stuffed potato cake thing - not easy to describe, but well worth trying - Zabar's have a vast choice of flavours)... the list is endless. If you can bear to tear yourself away from the foodhall, go upstairs to the kitchen section. This has a vast range of cookery items from knives and utensils, through coffee making equipment, catering size cooking pots, and even bagel slicers. The prices here are not necessarily the cheapest in New York, but are excellent value - especially compared to Britain. (Well, except for the Ribena!) One thing I wouldn't necessarily buy at Zabar's is bagels - next door but one is H&H Bagels, the best in New York. Worth a visit while you're in the area...
Zabars is well known throughout the US, being legendary as a Deli. They sell some of the best bagels in the world in a city which without a doubt is renowned for bagels better than any others! Apparently the secret's in the water (so they say) OK, so Zabar's is a little off the beaten track, but in my experience, many of the best places in Manhattan *are*. If you want to do a spot of shopping for bagels or other NY deli food before returning home, this is without a doubt the best place to do it. I also recommend taking the time to go and have a coffee and sandwich/cake here! The cafe part of Zabar's is also fantastic, and relatively good value as well. It tends to get very crowded, especially on Saturdays, but this only adds to the atmosphere, and you never know who you'll meet and get chatting to (the cafe is small but superb, so you'll certainly be sharing tables!) This an authentic NY Deli, probably the best, so don't miss it if you can possibly get there before you go home! An aside...if you like shopping and bargains, combine a trip to Zabars with a visit to Filene's basement, which you will see when you get out of the subway...there are brilliant bargains to be had here - designer clothes and accessories at knockdown prices!