Kosher Food and Cooking

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    April 15, 2014

    10 Ways to Celebrate Passover in NYC

    Passover began last night, and if you've ignored the holiday until now, there's still plenty of time for redemption; lucky for all of us, this city is filled with great Passover options for every level of religious commitment, whether you're a by-the-book kosher zealot, a "cultural" identifier with ... More >>

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    March 28, 2014

    Hot Sauce Expo and Jewish Comfort Food on This Weekend's To-Do List

    Need a warm-up to get you through to April? Try a few events featuring hot sauce or warm matzo ball soup this weekend.

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    March 14, 2014

    Where to Buy Hamantaschen for Purim

    While much of the city is gearing up to celebrate St. Patrick's Day this weekend, tomorrow also marks the beginning of Purim, a Jewish holiday of charity and feasting. And you must, of course, eat hamantaschen, the three-corner pastries most traditionally stuffed with poppyseeds, to celebrate Queen ... More >>

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    June 3, 2013

    Schapiro's Opens on Rivington; Here's an Early Look

    Above the mirrors affixed to a booth-lined wall at newly minted Schapiro's, a restaurant that opened this weekend at 120 Rivington, are dozens of old printing press shelves, some of their many small cubbies filled with the antiquated block letters that once formed the basis for how we disseminated i ... More >>

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    April 17, 2013

    The Story of Streit's Matzo on the Lower East Side

    Over on Kickstarter, filmmaker Michael Levine of Rivington Pictures is looking to raise $60,000 to fund a feature-length documentary that will tell the story of Streit's Matzo, a fifth-generation matzo factory founded in 1925 on the Lower East Side. The company is one of the few culinary landmarks o ... More >>

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    March 22, 2013

    10 Great Ways to Cater Your Passover Seder in New York

    Joan Nathan would never cater her Passover seder. The famed cookbook writer known for her Jewish-American recipes usually cooks everything for the holiday, which starts on Monday, March 25. She even hosts a gefilte fish-making party for a few friends at her home in Washington, D.C. "If I didn't have ... More >>

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    March 8, 2013

    A Very Artisanal Passover: Vermatzah Is Matzo from Vermont

    The cardboard-like crackers on Seder plates are a Passover requirement, but typically a dry and flavorless one. Not anymore. Vermont's Naga Bakehouse is baking a new small-batch matzo -- aptly monikered Vermatzah -- by sifting locally-sourced wheat with nutty emmer, the ancient grain better known as ... More >>

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    February 22, 2013

    Where to Get Hamantaschen in New York City

    Hamantaschen pop up for only a few weeks a year, when the Jewish holiday Purim is just around the corner, usually in February or March. Traditionally, the triangle-shaped cookies are filled with fruit spreads or chocolate, and if you get them from a novice, chances are the dough will be hard enough ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2012

    Hanukkah Face-Off: Ashkenazi Dish #4

    Hanukkah is a time for enjoying Jewish culinary traditions with family and friends, and to that end we present a daily competition between Ashkenazi and Sephardic food, going up around sunset on the first seven days of Hanukkah - and presenting a wrap-up as the sun goes down on the eighth day. Whose ... More >>

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    December 9, 2012

    Hanukkah Face-Off: Ashkenazi Dish #2

    Hanukkah is a time for enjoying Jewish culinary traditions with family and friends, and to that end we present a daily competition between Ashkenazi and Sephardic food, going up around sunset on the first seven days of Hanukkah - and presenting a wrap-up as the sun goes down on the eighth day. Whose ... More >>

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    December 8, 2012

    Hanukkah Face-Off: Ashkenazi Dish #1

    Hanukkah is a time for enjoying Jewish culinary traditions with family and friends, and to that end we present a daily competition between Ashkenazi and Sephardic food, going up around sunset on the first seven days of Hanukkah - and presenting a wrap-up as the sun goes down on the eighth day. Whose ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2012

    Where Should I Break the Fast Tomorrow?

    I wasn't with my family for the holidays, and I wasn't planning to fast for Yom Kippur, but I kinda changed my mind at the last minute! Where could I go with friends for a good break-the-fast meal? Hi Anonymous, Restaurants can become extensions of our homes in New York, especially for those of u ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2012

    When Jewish Food Goes Sexy

    [See More Clips of the Day: Cookie Monster Does "Call Me Maybe" | We'll Have Your Second Cheapest Wine!] Check out Kutsher's funny food porn, which doubles as tongue-in-cheek commentary on the recent trendiness of Jewish food. It escalates until finally...oy gevalt!

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2012

    Kutsher's Tribeca's Zach Kutsher on Kosher Cuisine, Smelly Cow's Feet Part 1

    You could call it the little Jewish restaurant that could, but that wouldn't be exactly correct in this case. Sure, bringing chopped liver and latkes to the Big Apple could be pretty tricky, but Zach Kutsher is a professional and pastrami flows through his veins. Almost a year since it opened, Kutsh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2012

    Make Joe Dobias' Mexican Matzo Balls

    Last week, we spoke with Joe Dobias about practically everything in the business, including opening JoeDoe with only $90,000 , overpriced restaurant food, Mario Batali, and the city's restaurant critics. The only thing not discussed: how much of a pro Dobias is with matzo. But never fear, we have on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2012

    Passover: Where to Eat

    It's definitely a hurdle. That is, avoiding bread in a city obsessed with all things leavened -- pizza, pancakes, artisanal breads. Sure, you can go to regular restaurants and adjust your meal. Caesar salad with no croutons, a hamburger without the bun. Or, god-forbid, you could go the whole holiday ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2012

    DNA Testing Proves Canned Sardines Are Kosher

    Stijn Nieuwendijk/Flickr ​After discovering that canned sardines contain barely visible worms called nematodes, speculation that the food would be labeled unkosher abounded. According to the New York Times, those rumors can now be put to rest: genetic testing by a parasitologist at the American Mu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2012

    Hate Mail on the Subject of Gefilte Fish

    Kutsher's tasty gefilte fish comes in a pair of dense, puck-shaped masses -- with another of beets and horseradish on the side. Last evening my review of Kutsher's Tribeca appeared, and it was pretty damn positive. I loved the pastrami -- both flat and deckle -- and ate the flanken with gusto. I e ... More >>

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    December 14, 2011
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    June 15, 2011

    Soho's Going Kosher, and Looking Beyond Savoy

    Dig it, West Broadway.​As yet further evidence that Jewish food is edging its way into the limelight, Soho is on track to get 3,000 square feet of kosher dining.

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2011

    If You Can't Eat Leavened Goods, You Might as Well Eat the Best Matzos: A Taste Test

    Lauren ShockeyWWJE? (What Would Jesus Eat?)​Ah, Passover. When it comes to Jewish holidays, this one isn't as culinarily exciting as say, Purim (which involves getting drunkie drunk and eating hamentaschen), or Hanukkah (one word: latkes). However, food plays an important part of the ritual ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2011

    Capsouto Frères' Jacques Capsouto Discusses Being a Bistro Trailblazer and the Importance of Serving Israeli Wines

    Photo courtesy Jacques CapsoutoWill Jacques Capsouto find the afikoman this year?​New York City is a fickle restaurant city. Most places barely last five years. So when a restaurant is in its 31st year, it's clearly doing something right. Capsouto Frères has been a Tribeca mainstay since 1 ... More >>

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    March 18, 2011

    Fat Pants Friday: Russ & Daughters' Hamantaschen

    Rebecca Marx​ Purim, that most Mardi Gras of Jewish holidays, starts tomorrow. The two-day festival commemorates the deliverance of the Jews of the ancient Persian Empire from a plot to destroy them. In Israel, people wear costumes and masks, hold raucous parades, drink great quantities of alc ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    December 29, 2010


    Doug Hughes directs Matthew Lopez's The Whipping Man

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    September 16, 2010

    Nikki Cascone Talks About Her New Restaurant, What Exactly 'Global Jewish Cuisine' Is & Just How Kosher it Will Be

    Nikki Cascone​The Top Chef alum was forced to close her restaurant, 24 Prince, earlier this year, but quickly started planning a new venture. Octavia's Porch is slated to open in late fall, when it will bring "global Jewish cuisine" to Avenue B. Wondering what the heck that means? Nikki Cascon ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2010

    Pervy Rabbi Tricks Traif With Kosher Prison Meals

    ​Feels like the New York Post missed a great headline in this one: a Rabbi housed on Rikers Island stopped eating not because he wasn't being served Kosher meals, but because the meals weren't certified by a Rabbi of his choice...

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    May 20, 2010

    Ben's Best Kosher Deli Gets the Food Curated Treatment

    The Secret to Surviving the Deli Business: Ben's Best Kosher Deli (food. curated.) from SkeeterNYC on Vimeo. Food Curated teams up with the intrepid Joe DiStefano for a journey into Rego Park, Queens, where one of the city's last kosher delicatessens still stands. Jay Parker, owner of Ben's Best Go ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2010

    Matzohs Don't Have to Suck! Mark Bittman's Recipe for Sardinian-Style Matzohs

    ​Mark Bittman's recipe as executed by Fork in the Road baker Gretchen Van Dyk: the matzoh turned out nicely brown, crisp, and utterly delicious. A couple days ago, Mark Bittman published a recipe for matzoh in the Times inspired by a Sardinian flatbread. The secret ingredient? Olive oil, whic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2010

    For Passover, Some Gefilte Fish, Out of the Jar and Into the Steamer

    Smoked whitefish gefilte fish. Not filthy fish.​ On the Passover Seder table, there are few foods more reviled than gefilte fish. Burdened with the nickname "filthy fish" and typically sourced from glass jars where it's suspended in a viscous, gelatinous sludge, it's been likened to SPAM, ca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2010

    The Morning Ink: Monday, March 29th, 2010

    ​So starts our morning news roundup. Today: the housing law in New York you're probably breaking right now. The hot ticket that is President Obama's Passover Seder. Lindsay Lohan's yayo "uh oh," a riot at Rikers, Christian Militia madmen, and more. Here's what's in the news this morning:

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2010

    Battle of the Dishes: Locavore Matzoh From Streit's and D&T Shmurah Bakery

    In one corner, Streit's. In the other, shmurah.​For the past few weeks, Fork in the Road has been keeping track of matzoh price-gouging going in neighborhood grocery stores. But while costs may vary between brands and stores, matzoh flavor, the thinking typically goes, is pretty much a constan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2010

    What's Happening This Week: A Street Food Celebration; Mexican Passover

    As many of you know, our weekly dining and drinking newsletter features all the coolest epicurean events in the city. Sign up for it here! Streets International Third Annual Street Food Celebration Benefit Astor Center March 24 Seamus Mullen of Boqueria, Tom Colicchio of Colicchio and Sons, and Fl ... More >>

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    March 12, 2010

    Updated: Matzoh Price Watch

    ​Yes, the matzohs are still waiting expectantly to be purchased, but they don't want you to be price-gouged. On the first of March, Fork in the Road instituted our matzoh price watch, in which we report the prices being charged for matzohs around town as Passover approaches. We've added more ... More >>

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    March 1, 2010

    Matzoh Watch: Fork in the Road Looks for Price Gouging at New York Supermarkets

    ​You choice may be slender at some supermarkets, but expect it to fatten as Passover approaches. Passover doesn't begin this year till March 30, but already some supermarkets downtown are trundling out their matzoh displays.

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    November 17, 2009

    Streit Family Matzo Factory Still Kicking on the LES

    The view of Streit's matzo factory from outside on Rivington Street​ Looking for a silver lining to the economic downturn? Well, for one thing, Streit's is still making matzo at 150 Rivington on the Lower East Side, just as they have since 1925.

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    August 11, 2009

    Streit's Matzo Is Here to Stay, at Least for Now

    ​The Lower East Side may have lost its second-to-last pickle peddler, but it won't be losing its matzo factory. The Lo-Down--which last week reported that Streit's matzo facility will be staying in its Rivington Street location after being put on the market several months ago--yesterday spoke with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2009

    Burned Out on Matzo? Here Are Some Suggestions

    Bless you Youtube! While I usually throw it in the blender to make matzo meal, to be turned into matzo balls later, here are 20 more suggestions, courtesy of Michelle Citrin and William Levin. Ultimate Matzo, anyone?  

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    April 8, 2009

    Oy Vey! Passover Jokes!

    As a goyim, I can never quite figure out what the hell Passover is, except for a time when the whole city shuts down and I can't get any work. But here comes a fully researched explanation from those who know.

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    April 7, 2009

    What's Happening This Week

    As many of you know, our weekly dining and drinking newsletter features all the hottest epicurean events in the city. Sign up for it here! This week, we highlight the best in holiday celebrations, whether you're a gentile or a Jew. Nonna will host a free Easter Egg Hunt this Sunday, April 12. Kids ... More >>

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    January 22, 2009

    Market Watch -- Newfangled Matzohs

    What looks like a craggy rock found in the desert is the new matzoh offered at Blue Ribbon Bakery Market ($1.25). It's not kosher for passover, that's for sure, but it sure is good, dusted with herbs and way salty, so salty you wouldn't want to eat it with cheese. Nevertheless, it makes a fin ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    December 31, 2008


    Richard Greenberg’s vacation resort hosts unhappy love affairs and drama

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    November 20, 2008

    Kosher Nude Calendar Girl Gets Play in Forward

    Well, this is a new one on us: softcore Judaica. The Forward attends the career of comedian Jamie Sneider, who has created "The Year of the Jewish Woman" calendar showing herself nude or nearly so with tuchas and nay-nays obscured by kosher foods -- including matzo balls, kugel, and (in the still fr ... More >>

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    June 27, 2008

    The Story Behind the Restaurant Formerly Known as Chickpea

    Eater reported that Kosher Village had changed its name for the second time in three months (Chickpea to Kosher Village to Tahini), so I stopped by to find out what was going on. Turns out, owner Nissim Oron didn't realize that there weren't enough Orthodox Jewish people in the East Village to su ... More >>

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    October 11, 2005

    Restrictive Diets Unite

    New York's vegan-Kosher connection

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    April 19, 2005

    Freedom Crackers

    Matzo is food too

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