It is with profound sadness and deep affection that Zabar's announces the passing of Harold Horowytz, Zabar's Deli Director, on May 15, 2016. Harold Horowytz was one of the last of the old-school New York deli men. Born in 1928, he grew up over his father’s grocery store in New Jersey. There he learned every facet of the business as he participated in its transformation over the decades before joining Zabar’s in 1972. During the next 20 years he was a guiding force behind Zabar's deli department and Zabar's kitchens. Harold cured his own pickles, sourced the finest cold cuts and sliced the leanest pastrami and tenderest brisket. He was known by his customers as a true New York deli maven. A deep affection and special bond was shared between Harold and anyone who had a chance to work with him. He made the hard work and quick pace of working in the deli department seem easy, calling everyone "kid" with a NY sense of humor that was unique to him. Harold's reach went beyond the deli counter at Zabar's. His advice was sought after and he was respected as a confidant and a beloved figure throughout the store. Though Harold officially retired in 1992 he continued to shape Zabar's deli department. Each holiday season he would return to supervise the department and serve customers. He continued to work closely with Saul Zabar throughout the year from his home in North Carolina. Harold is survived by his loving family including his wife Vera, and children Mark (Rae) Horowytz, Roni (Jim) Ackerman, Sheri (Craig) Tendler, 8 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren and many friends.
Two years ago, this wonderful article was written about Harold. It captures his personality, humor and energy so well.
The Deli Business Is Still in His Bones, Two Decades Into Retirement
By Rachel L. Swarns
October 26, 2014