Yesterday was a fun filled day in Manhattan. The four of us, my niece and nephew began the day with brunch at Katz's Delicatessen on New York City's lower east side. This classic deli has been around since 1888 and is said to be the city's oldest and best. We had knishes, blintzes, hot dogs and more. Everything was delish!
Katz's walls are covered with pictures of the many movie stars, politicians and athletes that have eaten here. There is even a sign which points to the table where Meg Ryan and Billie Crystal sat during the famous deli scene filmed here in the movie When Harry Met Sally.
Next we went to the Tenement Museum. Visitors tour carefully restored apartments in a landmark tenement building at 97 Orchard Street and learn about the immigrant experience of actual past residents. This structure dates back to 1863 and was home to an estimated 7,000 people from more than 20 nations between 1863 and 1935. Fascinating and informative, we definitely plan to visit this museum again.
The lower east side is chock full of interesting sights. Our next stop was a place called Economy Candy. Since 1937, Economy Candy is an old-fashioned,
family-owned candy store that sells hundreds of kinds of chocolates,
candies, nuts, dried fruits and all the old-time candy you had when you were a kid. I was surprised to find my favorite 1960's gum called Teaberry. Do you remember the TV commercials of the Teaberry Shuffle song performed by Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass?
Other places of interest we came across were a cool guitar shop called Rivington Guitars, a store called Las Venus filled with 20th century mod furniture and accessories, the Blue Moon Hotel and the landmark1887 Eldridge Street Synagogue, all shown above.
Our last stop was mainly for my daughter who adores dill pickles. A shop called The Pickle Guys sells pickled everything, from pickled cucumbers to tomatoes, olives, peppers, carrots, garlic, okra, string beans, mushrooms, celery and kraut. The pickles are barrel cured in salt brine with garlic, spices and no preservatives using an old Eastern European recipe. Hannah was in pickle heaven!
We had a great day exploring the lower east side and it was the perfect place to celebrate both my husband and niece's birthdays. What a fun, vibrant neighborhood brimming with retail shops, restaurants and culture.