My father and I walked through Central Park in NYC over the weekend to go to Zabar's. (If you haven't been to Zabar's, you haven't been to New York!) Zabar's is a famous appetizing store (and then some) on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. It's open 365 days a year. They sell 8,000 pounds of coffee a week. They make a great onion roll, but are most famous for their smoked salmon and that is why we trekked across the park on Sunday.
Growing up we had bagels and lox every sunday morning for brunch. My brother and I would wake up early and accompany my father to a local shop called Toddy's Appetizing to buy a pound of Nova, a whole white fish, pickled herring, homemade cream cheese and a dozen bagels. Then we would stop at the bakery for ruglach, an eclair (for me), a jelly donut (for my brother) and head home to eat. It was the best part of the week.
How cool was this guy?
My father walks much faster than I do.
There is an art to slicing smoked salmon and the guys who work in Zabar's are masters.
They have been schooled in the art form and have been doing it for many, many years.
A few side dishes...
My dad wanted a picture of himself on the blog.