Two for Tuesday™ is a brand new column on EWZ, featuring two places generally in Manhattan that well represent another city, state, or country. For the time being Two for Tuesday™ will be featured on the 5th Tuesday of every March! I may increase productivity if I get enough likes.
Mile End Deli
Once you are done with our Jewish Delis, why not visit a Jewish Deli! A Montreal Jewish Deli. Just like in New York, Jews from Eastern Europe flocked to Montreal at the turn of the 20th century, bringing along all their recipes, including unfortunately for many, Gefilte Fish. Some of them opened delis (one of which invented the Montreal Seasoning) and over time a distinct meat smoking/curing style was born. “Pastrama” as the Romanian Jews called it back in the day (and now), became “Pastrami” in NYC, and “Smoked Meat” in Montreal (probably sexier in French) where its done with Brisket (not nave) and seasoned differently. At Mile End on Bond Street you can comfortably taste a full lineup of Montreal Deli goodies from Matsoh Ball soup to Poutine without fighting the selfie stick filled brouhahas you get at the other delis. The Smoked Meat is sliced thick, brinier and less marbled than the pastrami. While I still give a slight nod to the pastrami, there are a growing amount of Montreal fans out there. Try for yourself.
Little Eataly, Little Spain, Eatspana? I personally call it Despana because thats what it’s called. Started as a chirozo factory in 1971, the Queens branch is still the hub, while the Manhattan branch is the retail source to everything Spain. Chances are most NYC tapas joints deal with Despana is some shape or form, and so can you. A large array of Spanish wines in the wine store. The who’s who in Spanish cured meats… Jamon Serrano, Iberico, and “we only acorn” jamón iberico de bellota. Marcona almonds – if you never had Marcona almonds, you never had almonds. Since my local Costco stopped carrying them, I noticed sudden mood changes. Bocadillo Sandwiched. The famous white anchovies(boquerones). You can enjoy a wide array of tapas in the communal tables in the back, or just browse around the store and try many goodies available before buying. While in other markets, you are not able to try anything and at times it feels like a can of sardines. Talking about cans of sardines, their cans will make you look at your local market sardines not quite the same way again. The other day day I had the spicy red sauce ones over leftover Kasha (buckwheat). Magnifico!
53 Bond St
408 Broome St
I like this idea. Otherwise I’ll just wait for the fifth Tuesday every March 😉