Sad news coming out of Manhattan which is becoming all too familiar and regular these days. Gertel’s Bakery, a treasured Lower East Side institution with chocolate rugelach from heaven, will close this Friday for good (before the shabbos of course). The rumors had been circulating for months, but finally a sign appeared with little warning, and that is the end of that.
Though I dedicate this site to delis, know that where the bakeries go, the delis will follow and vice versa. I cringe at the thought of the Lower East Side and East Village in twenty years, when the only remnant of Jewish culture will be the copies of The Jazz Singer and An American Tale on sale at the Blockbuster Video that graces each block.
Go to Gertel’s today or tomorrow and stock up on as many chocolate rugelach as you can. They freeze well.