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Is there Potato Nik ANYWHERE in Manhatten?

juliehf Jul 1, 2006 05:24 PM

My mom raves to me about how when she was little, she would buy Potato Nik from vendors in Manhatten. Now we can't find it anywhere!

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    sherry f Jul 1, 2006 11:35 PM

    Potato Nik is another name for Potato Kugel which is a staple at Jewish delis. Although not a New Yorker, I would try Kosher or Jewish style delis with take-out counters such as Park East (Park Ave in the 70's or 80's), Zabars, and there are some butchers on West 72nd Street.

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    1. re: sherry f
      CornflakeGirl Jul 3, 2006 11:41 AM

      Actually Potato Kugel and Potatonik are two different dishes.

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        Suselamamela Aug 21, 2013 04:09 PM

        Potatonik and Potato kugel are 2 different items. Potatonik is made with yeast. Absolutely, one of the most delicious foods to eat.

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        rose Jul 2, 2006 04:07 AM

        The real definition of potato nik is not just one giant latke or even potato kugel, although it has devolved into that.

        I've had actual potato nik (not for 30 years). It is far more yeast bread-like and has a definite, intense flavor of black pepper in addition to onion and potato but the most distinct difference is the texture. It is much more like a yeast bread than a baked pudding of eggs, onions and potatoes. It probably contains much more flour than latkes or kugel and obviously uses yeast for the leavening rather than baking powder and soda.

        I'd venture a guess that you will not be able to find any to buy in NYC if you want the authentic potato nik as opposed to just potato kugel.

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        1. re: rose
          juliehf Jul 2, 2006 04:45 AM

          Rose, I definitely agree with you, as my mom sits next to me nodding her head. I've had kugel and knish plenty of times, and it's definitely a completely different food. I actually have had it once, and it was soo good. My grandparents found it somewhere, but they can't remember where they got it from!!! Thanks for your response though.

          1. re: juliehf
            RGR Jul 2, 2006 10:38 PM

            I also agree that potatonik is nothing like kugel.

            Call Gertel's, the Jewish bakery on the LES, to see if they make it. Tel.: 212-982-3250

            Also, perhaps posting your request on the kosher and Outer Boroughs boards might yield some positive results.

          2. re: rose
            howler Jul 11, 2006 08:33 PM

            man, that sounds wonderful

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              Suselamamela Aug 21, 2013 04:10 PM

              Mother's Bake Shop in Riverdale makes potatonik-usually for holidays and sometimes for Shabbos. Delicious!

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                ChefARA Nov 24, 2013 07:00 AM

                Agreed. When I was a child, my parents would take me to Yonah Schimmel's on the LES near Katz's and they made a Potato Nik. When I got married and moved to DC, we would stop there on the way back to bring some home with us. That was over 30 years ago, though. Maybe they still make them?

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                  foodwhisperer Nov 27, 2013 10:46 PM

                  Many people refer to potato nik as potato kugel. Even though they are different. I am guilty of it myself. Katz's has potato kugel. Pomagranite kosher supermarket in Brooklyn has Potato nik and potato kugel.

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                    erica Nov 28, 2013 06:31 AM

                    I never heard of potato nik as a kid, but after seeing this photo, and Bittman's easy-looking (and yeast-less) recipe, I plan to make it soon:


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                      foodwhisperer Nov 28, 2013 07:53 AM

                      I saw the article and recipe after clicking on the link, but no picture showed up. I ate some last month ( kugel).I've eaten potato nik many times. I ate potato latkes last night.

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                        erica Nov 28, 2013 11:54 AM

                        Here is the photo!


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                          foodwhisperer Nov 28, 2013 08:06 PM

                          Wow, I know I've had potato ink many times, but the picture doesn't even look familiar to me.

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                            erica Nov 29, 2013 12:34 PM

                            I've never seen this, either; reminds me of a cross between latkes and Catalan trinxat.

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                            Suselamamela Jan 6, 2014 05:29 PM

                            This looks like a potato kugel to me.

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                    CornflakeGirl Jul 3, 2006 12:20 PM

                    We actually had some on Passover. This was in Queens and it came from a local place. I think it might have been Mauzone's on Main St. There are a ton of Kosher places in the Kew Gardens Hills area. I would start there. Or you can try to make it yourself. there seem to be a lot of recipes online.

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                    1. re: CornflakeGirl
                      Suselamamela Aug 21, 2013 04:13 PM

                      Potatonik is made with yeast(,so it amy not be eaten on Passover.

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                      aunteejoy Jul 3, 2006 12:52 PM

                      Mother's Bakery, on 235th St in Riverdale, used to sell Potato Nik on Fridays only. You'll have to call to see if they still do.

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                        Suselamamela Aug 21, 2013 04:15 PM

                        Thanks for posting this. I called them 2 days ago, and ordered 10 for Rosh Ha Shannah.

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                        rruben1 Nov 28, 2013 09:26 AM

                        Zadie's Bakery in Fair Lawn, NJ was making it, I think on Thursdays. It was so delicious, it was worth the trip. I just made three loaves myself using George Greenstein's recipe from "Secrets of a Jewish Baker." Easy process, great result.

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                          Suselamamela Jan 6, 2014 05:27 PM

                          Thank You so much for the information about Zadie's Bakery. I always buy their Challah in the supermarket. We drove to Zadie's specifically for the potatonik, DEFINITELY worth the trip. I bought one, tasted it and bought 4 more right away. Delicious-just enough pepper. Great aromatoo. Theyonly make them on Wednesdays in the afternoon. The salesperson said that they can be frozen.

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                          pbjluver Jan 6, 2014 05:36 PM

                          check out

                          Park East Kosher
                          1623 2nd Ave. - at 84th Street
                          New York, NY 10028
                          (212) 737-9800

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                            phantomdoc Jan 6, 2014 07:52 PM

                            My mom used to bake it in the oven. I liked it thick kugel like, my sister liked it thinner with more crust.

                            When I became a vegan and bought a Champion Juicer, me and mom would make potato nik together. I would "juice" the potatoes and onions and then add the juice and settled potato starch into the mix with the pulp, flour, salt, pepper and oil.

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