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.
These square pockets of deliciousness are filled with 3 different cheeses, Farmers Cheese, Cream Cheese and Cottage Cheese, and rolled into a thin, layered crepe covering. To reheat, either bake or lightly pan fry to create a savory outer layer and a melted cheese center, then cover in a schlag of sour cream or applesauce to complete your cheesy delight.
Thought I would share with you the pleasant memory of my Zabar's experience. I had only ever heard of a Pastrami on Rye from TV shows we receive in Australia, so decided it should be something I would do whilst visiting N.Y. and the U.S. for the first time.
I joined the line in your store and the young man on the left was given the task of satisfying my curiosity.
When I told him that I was a visitor from "Down Under", he went out of his way to provide the best of thoughtful and cheerful service….the sandwich was a winner.
My Zabar visit was one worth remembering, made even more so by the warmth of the young man in the photo.
Our newest prepared food items available in-store and online are Zabar's collection of empanadas and meat pies. With four new flavors, and 3 pies per package, these subtle pockets are stuffed with delicious surprises and come at a great deal at $11.98. Each crispy crust is packed with hearty fillings made from the freshest ingredients right here at Zabar’s. Order yours today at Zabar's.com
Shepherd Beef Pocket Pie Hearty, beef filled pastry pocket that makes for a great snack, appetizer or meal. Made from the freshest ingredients, this mini Shepherd’s pie is a filling nosh in a convenient package.
Italian Mini Beef Pie With a delicious Italian delicacy-filled center, this Puffed-Pastry pie is a handy meal on the go. Stuffed with hearty Beef, Parmesan, Mushrooms and Marinara, these mini Italian pies can be quickly reheated for a tasty treat
Ancho Chicken Empanada The Ancho Chicken Empanada is a delicious and handy meal on the go. A crispy, flaky crust stuffed with Chicken and Corn, with a hint of Ancho spice, these empanadas are a meal in themselves.
Pulled Pork Empanada Stuffed with home-made pulled pork filling, these crispy empanadas are a delicious and handy meal in a conveniently transportable empanada package.
Making Empanadas from fresh ingredients here in Zabar's kitchens is as easy as 1, 2, 3
Zabar's is an iconic store in the Upper West Side with an 81-year history, and it offers a great option for people who want their Thanksgiving catered. Zabar's offers a complete Thanksgiving dinner for 6, which includes an 11-13 lbs. free-range roast turkey, chestnut stuffing, giblet gravy, cranberry salad, garlic mashed potatoes, string beans with almonds, dinner rolls, and cheesecake. The deadline for Thanksgiving orders is Monday, November 23. Obviously it's best that you make your order as soon as possible. 2245 Broadway, at 80th St., btwn W. 80th St. and W. 81st St.; zabars.com
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Today's lunch is setting the stage for tomorrow's festivities. Why not start with Zabar's Corned Beef Sandwich (Zabar's rye bread, coleslaw, Russian dressing, Zabar's mustard & Swiss cheese). Made just now at Zabar's Deli counter.
Plus I love the greenest of the green pickles, the Zabar's new pickles. Nothing crunches like them!
His name is Harold Horowytz, and from 1972 to 1992 he ran Zabar’s famed deli counter. He retired 22 years ago, packed his bags and moved South. But that is just the official story. Mostly, it feels as though he never left...
Who is this guy? No, he is not a high-flying gourmand with a crack team of assistants or a celebrity chef with a computerized database of delicacies. He is something better: an 86-year-old retiree with bad knees, a wry sense of humor and a penchant for profanity, one of the last of the old-school deli men.