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New York News: Friedman’s delayed, Noah’s Ark wins kudos

Some quick tidbits out of New York to report.

Just you wait…

Friedman’s Deli, a new kosher delicatessen in Chelsea Market, was supposed to open last week, but now it seems the opening has been delayed until later in the month. We’ll eagerly await this for several reasons:

-anytime a new deli goes into New York, let alone Manhattan, that’s incredible news for all delis. The decline of delis have been the worst in New York, and as New York goes, so do delis everywhere.
-the west side has been absent of a truly great deli for some time. Granted, Chelsea was never a bastion of Judaic tradition, but it’s close enough to the garment district and diamond districts that it could certainly benefit from a bit of tam. And don’t scoff…I know many gay deli lovers who would die to have some real gedempte fleish in with the soy lattes in Chelsea.
-Friedman’s will be opened by Barry Friedman, the owner of the Pastrami Queen, an Upper East Side delicatessen that is a continuation of the legendary Pastrami King, from Queens. Friedman claims to dry cure and smoke his own pastrami, which has the requisite color and texture of dry cured meats. So another branch of pastrami, further downtown, would be more than welcome. The Pastrami Queen is a local gem, and it would be a pleasure to see more of Friedman’s stores spread around the island.

Keep posted to Chowhound and Kosher-NY for more details. The store is located at 75 Ninth Avenue, between West 15th Street and West 16th Street.

Noah’s Ark Best of Bergen

Also, I want to pass along a mazel tov to Noah’s Ark, a glatt kosher deli from New Jersey, with an outlet in the Lower East Side. Noah’s Ark was recently voted best Kosher Deli in Bergen, NJ, by 201 Magazine, in their 08 Best of Bergen poll. So congrats, and keep the knishes coming!

Former NY Mayor and former Presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani campaigned at Noah’s Ark last march. “My mouth + this hot dog =” Well, you know the joke.

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