(chevre, goat gouda, bacon, avocado on multigrain), the "Garden Melt" (asiago, roasted red peppers, arugula, olive tapenade), and the "Little Italy" (asiago, mozzarella, pepperoni, tomato and pesto sauces) both on slices of Levain Pullman loaf (crusty white bread).
self-guided "eating tour" of the Lower East Side as mapped out by the tour group Free Tours By Foot. One of the last stops on the tour was Yonah Schimell Knisch Bakery at 137 Houston St. which has been serving Jewish comfort food since 1910. Since we happened to walk by the deli the day before, we decided to start our eating tour at home by buying some knishes to eat for breakfast before setting out. We chose four different types of knishes to share with fillings consisting of broccoli, mushroom, potato and apple. They were all good but the unanimous favourite was the apple.
Right next to the donut place was Kossar's Bialys, specializing in the bialy, which is more like a flattened breakfast roll than a bagel and has toppings such as garlic, onion, sesame or sundried tomato pesto. This deli also sold different types of bagels, lox and cream cheese and combined theses items into made-to-order sandwiches with tomato and cucumber as optional toppings. A plan formulated where the four of us would head out first thing in the morning to pick up bagel/bialy sandwiches and donuts for breakfast. But when it became clear that the morning would be cold and damp, Yim and I decided it would be a much better idea to send the men out for breakfast while we stayed warm at home tending the coffee. Rich and I shared a filled pistachio, filled chocolate hazelnut, and cake wild blueberry donut while Yim and Murray shared a filled pistachio and a peanut butter/jam filled donut. For the savoury part of our breakfast, Rich and I each had a sesame bialy with cream cheese. One of them was made with lox from Nova Scotia (Nova lox) and the other with smoked salmon pastrami that was brined with salt and spices. I liked the lox better since I found the pastrami a bit too salty.
streusel. Unfortunately again we could not get into the store since the line up was out the door on this Sunday morning. We did get the chance to watch through the window as salmon pastrami was sliced to make sandwiches. We also made note that Russ and Daughters had recently opened a cafe around the corner at 127 Orchard St. and were able to dine there later on in our trip.
If you can believe it, all the eating described in this blog took place during our first two days in New York! Good thing we walked long distances each day to work off some of the food. We had many more interesting eating adventures in the subsequent days which will be described in a future blog.