Thank you to everyone who submitted wonderful stories and memories about Zabar's or told us why they loved us. We have chosen the following submissions to star today. Stay tuned for more.
Submitted by Diane Nelson, Eau Claire, WI and Casa Grande, AZ
My husband and I are both coffee snobs and even owned a coffee bar for 10 years. This summer I visited a friend at her lake home and !!!*EUREKA*!!! I had the best cup of coffee that I had ever tasted! We had a day made in heaven...pontoon ride, watercolor painting, and many cups of Zabar's coffee. Being from Wisconsin, I had never heard of Zabar's, but now I am on the auto-ship plan.
Submitted by Florence Sacks
I remember that sixty three years ago when Judith Segal asked me if I thought she should go out on a date with Stanley Zabar, I said "his father has the best smoked fish store on Broadway." That was obviously enough of a recommendation for her to consider dating and later marrying him.
Submitted by Dan Collins, London, UK
Zabar's is the beating heart of my New York love affair. Ever since 1997 when I arrived for the first time from England and I stepped from the grey New York sidewalk through its thin metal doors, Zabar's has been a burning bright beacon to me. Every time I visit New York, It pulls me back, beckoning me in....like going into Narnia through the back of the wardrobe in CS Lewis's The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, into its glowing palace of wonder. Zabar's cut to my heart was the first and the deepest.
Submitted by Alex Kaufman, Baltimore, MD
Zabar’s is a family affair. My parents introduced me to your wonderful store in the mid-1970s, when we traveled by car to Vermont on vacations. We would stop and pick up everything that a growing boy could want, and then head North extremely satisfied. Fast forward thirty years, and I introduced my wife to Zabar’s. On one of our first vacations, we visited NYC, and she grudgingly followed me into the store thinking can equal what we have in Baltimore. Well, five minutes into the store, and I spot her buying your cooler bags, and filling us up. Two years later, we brought our children for breakfast and noticed that we could order delivery to Baltimore. Well, now we have the best coffee every day, and my children are addicted to the chocolate babka. Four generations of my family have been blessed by Zabar’s, and my wife and I are determined to watch our daughters grow, get married, and watch them introduce the fifth generation of the Kaufman family to Zabar’s.
Submitted by Steve Powers, New Mexico
When I worked at Channel 5 and lived on the Westside my wife and I were regulars at Zabar's. Then, we moved to New Mexico , a great state but devoid of hard salami, creamed herring, chopped liver, corned beef and pastrami. What is a displaced New Yorker to do? Zabar's to the rescue with overnight air delivery. Now, no need for rehab for deli withdrawal. I can do without subways, traffic and sharp elbows...but I realized I can't do without Zabar's.
Submitted by Miri Garaway, Vancouver, B.C., Canada
I have been making a pilgrimage to Zabar's at least once a year since 1980, thoroughly enjoying the bounty of delights the store offers. In fact, my whole kitchen is filled with Zabar's baking and cooking items and utensils, which I use with warm thoughts of my favourite store in the world.
The warm welcoming atmosphere and helpful friendly staff beckon me each time I come and I always leave laden with multiple loaves of Zabar's signature rye with caraway, chocolate babkas and Zabar's bakery chocolate rugelach, which fill my carry-on luggage on the journey home. The variety of food items is astounding. How wonderful to taste those delectable cheese samples. Many a take-out has helped create a gastronomic feast.
About ten years ago, I happened upon Zabar's red tomato knives; by Messermeister. I loved the fact that they came in their own case, were reasonably priced and did an excellent job. Every trip I bought at least 7 of those knives. These knives make excellent gifts and have now travelled all around the world. In fact, I gave them to all my friends and now they are known far and wide as the Zabar's tomato knives; a very coveted item to have!
Zabar's is unique. Not only do I love the fact that it is a family business, I love the fact that there is a special 'buzz' every time I walk into the store. It is such a unique happening place; one cannot help falling in love with Zabar's. Where else in the world can you go, where a loudspeaker announces that garlic braids from Amsterdam are now available on the main floor, that Zabar's signature rye bread is hot out of the oven or that Gerry Frank is in the store signing copies of the 18th edition of his "Where to Find it, Buy It, Eat it, New York. Quite frankly, Zabar's IS New York. I always tell friends: "You have not seen New York until you have seen Zabar's."
Congratulations on your 80th birthday! May you have continued success.
With great big hugs of support and good wishes.
Submitted by Johanna Slotnick, NYC
Growing up in Queens meant having the best of the best of the city in every direction, and the best food was just a short drive west. Mom, Dad, my sister and I would pile into the car to drive into Manhattan on a regular basis. The drive wasn't for a show or ice skating or clothes shopping, it wasn't for Christmas lights or parades. We would drive to the Upper West Side for melt in your mouth croissants and chocolate croissants, the smooth coffee that still wakes me up 25 years later, sharp tabouli salad, Dad's smoked Gouda, giant bars of chocolate and sliced, seeded rye that puts the "best thing since sliced bread" idiom to shame. Zabar's will always be home to me, and as I call Sutton Place my current home, I still find every possible reason to hop on the 1 train to the UWS for the tastes and smells that transcend time, and put me back in Dad's car for a trip to "Zab's"