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Get Out New York Destinations: Zabar's

David Stone
When Zabar's opened this location in the '70s, it was one of biggest markets in Manhattan.
When Zabar's opened this location in the '70s, it was one of biggest markets in Manhattan.
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To really appreciate the City, you need to get out of your neighborhood once in a while and enjoy the unique destinations that create the identity of places like the Upper West Side. One such place is Zabar's, the very definition of a savory taste of New York.

Zabar's, founded by Louis Zabar, a merchant who escaped persecution the Ukraine, in 1934 has been in its present location since the 1970s. Abundant choices among bagels, smoked fish, olives, and cheeses keep the aisles and take-a-number counters busy.

Can't beat the bagels...
Can't beat the bagels...
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According to Wikipedia, Zabar's has left such an imprint, "It is mentioned in the 1998 film You've Got Mail, the 2009 TV series V, and episodes of Northern ExposureWill & GraceDream OnThe Green InfernoHow I Met Your MotherMad About YouFriendsSex and the CityBroad CityThe NannySeinfeldThe SimpsonsThe West WingStudio 60 on the Sunset Strip30 RockThe Daily ShowThe Colbert ReportHart of DixieCastleEpisodesPardon the InterruptionLaw & Order, and Gossip Girl."

Enough cheeses to keep you experimenting for years...
Enough cheeses to keep you experimenting for years...
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The Zabar family still runs the store. Brother Eli has built his own independent operation across town on the Upper East Side, including The Vinegar Factory and E.A.T., nice but not a true flavor of Louis Zabar.

Strudels & knishes...
Strudels & knishes...
© David Stone / Roosevelt Island Daily
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