About a week ago we had the sad duty to report that Jewish deli’s, once a staple ethnic eatery on Long Island, were slowly disappearing from the restaurant landscape!
‘After more than 60 years at the same Roslyn Heights location, Andel’s Kosher Delicatessen closed its doors in December.
It was just another restaurant closing to some, but to deli devotees it was much more: another local landmark lost, another nail in the traditional kosher delicatessen’s coffin.
Andel’s followed the sorry path of Plainview staple Ruven’s, Albertson icon Deli on Rye, Bay Shore’s Delsen’s Kosher Delicatessen and many other Jewish eateries that once spiced the Long Island landscape but are no more.
Today, the “world famous” Pastrami King serves customers in Merrick and the royal-sounding Regal does the same in Plainview, and a few chains fill the gaps, and that’s it. Many so-called Jewish restaurants don’t even keep kosher anymore.’
While this has indeed been sad news for aficionado’s of the classic kosher hotdog or hot pastrami sandwich, there is some good news breaking if you also happen to be a lover of the square New York knish.
Five months after a fire had shut down the factory known as the world’s largest producer of the knish, Gabila’s Knishes that’s said to produce about 15 million square knishes a year has been given permission to reopen its Copiague plant by the fire marshall.
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