Save the Deli

Monday’s Random Smorgasbord

It’s Monday, and a week since I’ve gotten back from honeymoon, so let’s clean out my inbox with stuff that’s piled up, and I haven’t posted yet.

First, to the news. The New York Daily News reports on Brooklyn’s Mill Basin Kosher Deli (my favorite post-surf spot), where owner Mark Schachner is going head to head with the fast food chains. Reports Jake Pearson:

Mill Basin Kosher Deli owner Mark Schachner is waging a one-man war against fast food chain restaurants – determined to debunk the myth they’re better bargains than his traditional kosher deli.

“Meat to meat and french fry to french fry, we’re 100% cheaper,” said Schachner, 57, who sent out secret shoppers to order from fast food joints to measure the weight of fries, burgers, hot dogs and the meat in sandwiches….

Just as Schachner predicted, the deli’s hot dogs, fries, turkey and burgers are cheaper by the pound than what’s sold at fast food joints like Subway, Nathan’s and McDonald’s – even if as individual items they’re more expensive.

His covert buyers compared the $8.95 Mill Basin Deli burger, packed with .57 pounds of kosher beef, to a $4.29 Whopper from Burger King, which weighs only .18 pounds – a price-per-pound saving of $8.13…. “I sell a hot dog for $2.99 and Nathan’s sells it for $2.99 so it’s the same price, but Nathan’s is a 2-ounce dog and mine is 4 ounces. It’s not a fair comparison.”

So now you have an economic reason, as well as taste and tradition, to skip the chains and stick to the delis.

Next, in the sports section, Manny’s is celebrating the recent Stanley Cup win of the Chicago Blackhawks with an edible recreation of Lord Stanley’s trophy made from knishes, kishke, rye, and corned beef. As the great Joe Bowen would say, “Holy Mackinaw!”.

And finally, a series of videos I’ve been meaning to post for some time.

The first is great. Eat This NY is like Curb Your Enthusiasm meets the Food Network.

Eat This NY: KOSHER MEAT MARKET from Eat This NY on Vimeo.

Next up is Food Curated, which takes its cameras behind the counter of Ben’s Best, with our good friend, the Silver Fox himself, Mr. Jay Parker, to discuss how to survive the deli business (Jay goes skiing once a week):

The Secret to Surviving the Deli Business: Ben’s Best Kosher Deli (food. curated.) from SkeeterNYC on Vimeo.

Finally, a bit of a mea culpa from Mile End’s Noah Bernamoff, who made some comments in the New York Times last month about Katz’s that were not taken too well. Josh Ozersky follows up with Noah below:

Noah Bernamoff on Katz’s Deli from Ozersky.TV on Vimeo.

4 Responses to “Monday’s Random Smorgasbord”

  1. red Says:

    the ‘great joe bowen’ probably wouldn’t say holy mackinaw because he made some great anti-semitic remarks a few years ago. so i doubt if he is suddenly a great supporter of jewish culture

  2. Mark Says:

    Thanks for the link to Eat This NY- hilarious. It just may have me making my way over to Kenny and Zuke’s here in Portland for lunch… why choose?

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