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Zabar's clone in Eastern MA?

ghotion Apr 23, 2005 09:50 AM

I don't love New York, but I do love Zabar's. Anybody know of something similar in the Boston area?

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    1K diner RE: ghotion Apr 23, 2005 10:22 AM

    I was just glad there was a zabar's clone on the Upper East Sides... E.A.T.S.

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      Dave M.P. RE: ghotion Apr 23, 2005 10:36 PM

      No, there is not. Sevan Bakery REMINDS me of a mini-Zabars (but all Armenian), since it is filled with lots of great cheeses, nuts, dried fruits, baked goods, etc. There are other places in Boston, Brookline, Watertown, etc. that are probably sort of Zabars-esque, but as far as I can tell, nothing in Boston comes close to the real Zabars.

      Dave M.P.

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        Bc57 RE: Dave M.P. Apr 24, 2005 09:29 AM

        Zathmary's in Brookline would be fairly close as you'd get around here.

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        VivreManger RE: ghotion Apr 26, 2005 08:05 PM

        Only someone who does not like NYC could imagine a Zabar's outside of NYC. Even EATS on the East Side does not compare.

        Zabar's could only exist on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. If you truly like Zabar's, you must love NYC.

        Bite the bullet and change your convictions.

        Nowhere else in the world is there a critical mass of a certain kind of taste -- urban East European American Jewish -- with sufficient disposable income that is necessary to produce Zabar's. Zathmary in Brookline is simply an embarassment. The Armenian shops on Mt. Auburn St. in Watertown do not reach the high end pretensions of Zabar's.

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          StriperGuy RE: VivreManger Apr 27, 2005 01:18 PM

          Sad but true, and well said.

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            C. Hamster RE: StriperGuy Apr 10, 2014 04:25 PM

            Well said, for sure.

            There is nothing here that comes anywhere close to Zabars.

            Note: I love NYC and Zabars

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            Karl S RE: VivreManger Apr 10, 2014 03:52 PM


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            rmwnyc RE: ghotion Apr 10, 2014 02:03 PM

            God Bless Zabars. One of the reason I cannot even consider leaving the Upper West Side. But then, why would I? Great food, housing parks and transportation and easy access to the arts. What else? Done.

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              katzzz RE: ghotion Apr 11, 2014 08:10 AM

              While certainly not Zabar's, Formaggio's is in some ways a micro version.
              You could include it in a gourmand's W.Cambridge-Watertown loop: Formaggio's for cheese, salami, etc., Iggy's for bread (although there's also an excellent bread selection at Formaggio's), Arax and Sevan for olives, hummus, tabouleh, etc., and then across the street to Fastachi for dried fruit, nuts and chocolate.
              No, still not Zabar's (and without the Jewish-American slant), but an awesome cornucopia. As a former Upper West Sider, I don't feel deprived.

              1. L2k RE: ghotion Apr 11, 2014 09:36 AM

                9 years later, my guess is the OP has given up

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                  katzzz RE: ghotion Apr 11, 2014 01:02 PM


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