Zabars — [Food] Heaven on Earth

29 Apr

To quote Belinda Carlisle’s 1987 hit song: “Heaven is a place on earth.” I’m not sure if Zabars was directly Carlisle’s influence in the song, but it might as well be blasted throughout the sawdust-filled food haven. Zabars was started in 1934 by Louis and Lillian Zabar, who were on the hunt to vend high quality smoked fish. After renting a table in the Daitch Market (now The Food Emporium) for a few years, Louis decided to open his own store to sell smoked fish and his own roasted coffee. Later on, after his sons Saul, Stanley, Eli, and close friend, Murray Klein took over, Zabars continued to expand its inventory of food by importing edible wonders from all over the world.

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7 Responses to “Zabars — [Food] Heaven on Earth”

  1. foundbaking May 1, 2010 at 6:52 pm #

    Oh my god, all those rugelachs! Yummmmm!

    • benberkon May 1, 2010 at 6:53 pm #

      Yes, it’s the definition of heaven. Unfortunately, it doesn’t come with a gym membership. 🙂

  2. Zee May 5, 2010 at 3:08 pm #

    My first stop in NY is for Zabars rugelachs. Ben, you’re so right – Heaven!
    We had a great interview with Saul Zabar you might enjoy

    • benberkon May 5, 2010 at 3:09 pm #

      I’ve been fortunate enough to live around the corner from it my entire life. I will for sure check out that interview, thanks!

    • benberkon May 5, 2010 at 3:25 pm #

      Just watched it. Great little documentary! I’ve added your site to my featured blog list!

  3. zee May 5, 2010 at 4:27 pm #

    Thanks so much!

    • benberkon May 5, 2010 at 5:38 pm #

      No problem! Keep up the great work!

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