One of the many advantages of living on the Upper West Side is shopping at legendary Zabar’s. Zabar’s is like a Jewish deli, a gourmet grocery store, and a housewares shop all in one. It is always busy, but on weekends and Jewish holidays it can be a full-contact experience. Be prepared for shopping cart confrontation and occasional accidents. I stopped in today to pick up a sampling from their olive bar and a few other miscellaneous items. Meanwhile Mike and Bogey waited patiently on Broadway with the other husbands, dogs, and strollers.
I made it a quick trip; as quick as humanly possible around the mobs of people. Crossing from one side of the store to the other was unusually challenging today. There is typically a traffic jam at the deli/prepared foods counter with often 6 to 8 gentleman working, and often 12 to 15 customers waiting.
I made it past the deli counter. Whew! They guys were screaming numbers at the top of their lungs. If you miss your number, you need to get in the beginning of the line and start over again. It’s two chances before they’re on to the next number in sequence. They’re not playing around!
Zabar’s probably has the best cheese department of just about any place in New York City. And the prices are extremely low considering the quality. They have the creamiest French Feta I’ve ever tasted!
I managed to squeeze through without getting beat up too badly. Luckily I had no intention of visiting any of the counters today. The real back-up was approaching the bread, with a line past produce. Obviously Zabar’s is the only bread shop in Manhattan, or at least on the Upper West Side.
I slid through to the front of the store and picked a check-out line.
No rye bread for me. But that’s okay. I need to be back in my skinny pants by December.
Until then Zabar’s.…
|None for me!|