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Aug 15, 2005 08:29 AM

Penn Station Kosher Update

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There is a new kosher stand, Jacob's Glatt Kosher Hotdogs, in Penn Station. It is on the LIRR ticketing level, diagonally opposite the sign for the Central Corridor. It is marked by a small sign over the entrance, but you then have to walk in past two other food stands to actually get to it. There are various kinds of hotdogs, knishes and some other foods including drinks and desserts. It is currently under the OU, and for various reasons (not kashrut problems) will be switching to Rabbi Mehlman's hashgacha soon.

It is currently open 11 AM to 11 PM Mon-Fri,
and 11 AM to 6 PM Sunday; the owner hopes to
expand to "24/6" if business warrants it.

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  1. It's open to 11pm on Fridays?!

    Quite a while back I heard that there were kosher packed sandwiches for sale somewhere in Penn Station; last week I went looking for them, and couldn't find them. Any idea where they are (if they're still there at all)?

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    1. re: Zev Sero

      There were some in the deli that is to the left of the main amtrak waiting area as you are facing the waiting room ie the south part of the station. I didn't see them recently though.

      1. re: LIndy

        I walked all over Penn Station last week and couldn't find this kosher hot dog stand anywhere. Can someone please give detailed information on where it is located? Like which other restaurants are nearby, etc. Or perhaps it no longer exists?

      2. re: Zev Sero

        There are several "Primo Cappucino" stores in Penn Station. They each carry pre-packaged kosher (Star-k) sandwiches mixed in with the treif sandwiches. Look for the "ROUX" label.

        1. re: mggn

          Where within Penn Station are these places?

          1. re: craigcep

            Right across from the main amtrak waiting area in the Primo cappucino store.

              1. re: LoveKosherEats

                No. But the kosher sandwiches at Primo Cappucino are still there.

          2. re: mggn

            They are carrying the freshKO kosher sandwiches. Picked some up today

          3. re: Zev Sero

            Another rainy day had me looking for a no travel option for lunch. I decided to check out the sandwiches in my “basement” aka Penn Station. There are usually a random assortment of kosher tuna /egg salad type “Roux” brand sandwiches in the Primo Cappucino stores. When I looked today I could not find ANY Roux sandwiches! A woman working in the store asked me if I needed help and I told her that I was looking for a kosher sandwich. She directed me to their brand new kosher offering – Yummy Sandwiches! This is exciting because of the nostalgia factor (we ate these in college) but also because Yummy Sandwiches are in fact, yummy. There were not too many options so I decided to try the Black Pepper Crusted Turkey Sandwich with Lemon Caper Aioli. This was a pretty big decision for me, because I am very wary of trying new foods, especially ones with names that I don’t understand. I had a lot of trouble getting the container open but once I got past that, the sandwich was very good. I don’t really love pepper crusted turkey; I can do without the spicy kick at the end of each piece. I also removed the roasted pepper from the sandwich. But overall, the sandwich tasted fresh, the turkey was not dry, and whatever aioli is added a nice flavor.

            1. re: rebeccaLunch

              RL- thanks for the review- were the Yummy sandwiches at the same Capuccino store? Did you notice any other types besides the turkey? I've found those Roux sandwiches to be a LIFESAVER when I am traveling. Hope Capuccino continues to offer kosher options.

              1. re: serenarobin

                Everytime I go into Primo Cappucino I tell them to keep carrying Kosher sandwiches! It really is so helpful (especially since my office is right there). They do have other sandwiches. Yesterday, I ate lunch with a bunch of coworkers in the office cafeteria. Since I needed a Kosher food option, I went to Primo Cappucino to look at the Yummy Sandwich selection. The first Primo location’s options were only OK, but at the second one I found a chicken Caesar salad wrap, with croutons and Caesar dressing. I bought it and went back up to my office to join my friends. The wrap was really good, with a solid proportion of chicken to croutons to dressing. I would definitely buy it again. There were also tuna sandwiches, some kind of chicken curry wraps and some salads.

              2. re: rebeccaLunch

                Update: They seem to no longer be carrying Yummy Sandwiches. Now they are carrying Circa Sandwiches! Mostly tuna, cheeses and salads I think. Read more about this at:

            2. Don't waste your time with prepackaged sandwiches! Go to Olympic Pita - on 38th and 5th. It's nearby and I think incredibly good. Try the Yemenite soup mmm.

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              1. re: SimonF

                Thanks for the tip, but some days I just dont have time to go that far from the office!

                1. re: SimonF

                  Sounds great, but I'm missing how a 20-minute walk could be considered nearby? Especially when I'm in Penn, I usually have around 10 minutes to grab something before my next train. Might be an interesting idea for a non-commuter though!

                  1. re: chaimss

                    Well you need the 20 minute walk to burn off the calories from the kosher meal. (grin)

                    1. re: Elliotu

                      True. Except the chicken caesar salad wrap seems to only have 5 grams of carbs.

                  2. re: SimonF

                    That's not nearby at all. That's a joke. There are a handful of places in the garment district that are MUCH closer.

                  3. I was in NYC a few weeks back and Primo Cappucino had some kosher wraps by Freshko. I tried the Southern HOney BBQ Chicken with Carmelized Onions and it was very tasty.

                    1. Where exactly is this stand? Is it an actual store or what? What are their hours

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                      1. re: Elliotu

                        This is an 8 year old post, from 2005. It's not there anymore.

                        1. re: jasonld

                          Do you know if there's any Kosher food at Penn at all anymore (outside of the pharmacies of course)? Around eight months ago a friend told me there was but I was never able to find it.

                          1. re: chaimss

                            KO sandwiches (or whatever they are called) are available at some/most of the delis.

                            1. re: chaimss

                              Yes. Primo Cappucino has them. Bought some this morning April 10 2013

                          2. I got it. Looked at the date of the discussion. I wonder why no one has build a kosher restaurant in Penn Station. Mendys has one in Grand Central