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Oct 9, 2006 04:20 PM

Gertel's RIP

Does anyone know how long I have to get my last chocolate rugelach?

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  1. You could give them a call: (212) 982-3250.

    1. Oh no! Are they relocating?

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      1. re: csw

        No. They're closing for good.

      2. They were on my must go to places when I visited from San Francisco....incredible breads!! Corn bread, rye, pumpernickle....moist dense centers and crispy crackly crusts...this is a real loss....does anyone have a good bread alternative place in Manhattan?

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        1. re: ChowFun_derek

          Though it's nothing like Gertel's, Amy's Bread is first rate. My favorite is the rosemary round. Yum! And the black olive bread is not too shabby either.

          1. re: RGR

            Thanks...those kinds of breads we have here in S.F. and the quality is outstanding...
            "Jewish Breads" on the other hand are crap here, so whenever I go to NY , I overindulge....any other places with exceptional Jewish Bread in Manhattan???!

            1. re: ChowFun_derek

              I've never tried Orwasher's, but they have a reputation for excellent Jewish breads.


              1. re: RGR

                Thanks for the link...their breads.. other than the challah.. don't have that shiny, crackly egg wash I enjoyed so much from Gertels...maybe it was just the photos....
                R.I.P. Gertel's and 2nd Ave. Deli!!!

        2. and a great vegetable soup. i want to stock up and freeze. not that i can't make it myself, but it's the memory recall.

          1. Gertel's on Hester Street (between Ludlow & Essex) is very much open and they have no intention of closing...or as they say "Closed? Not yet." I work with them on a regular basis. They are getting calls daily but say its all false. The building next door - used to be Kadouri's went condo and those units are now for sale. But if the folks at Gertel's are telling the truth (and I've got no reason not to believe them) they are staying put. In fact the mere rumor of them closing has boosted business!

            They had a small shop on the Upper East Side that closed some time ago.

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            1. re: bigonion

              Okay... who started this heart attack inducing rumor???!!!
              I am relieved.....!
              and out of mourning..

              1. re: ChowFun_derek

                Early this month, Curbed reported that Gertel's would be closing. It credited an e-mail tip (from whom they don't say):

                Last week, NewYorkology reported that Gertel's would be moving. It quoted someone at the bakery. It also mentioned an e-mail about the supposed closure from the Tenement Museum (possibly the source of the Curbed item).

                A couple days later, NY magazine weighed in after talking to Gertel's owner, who neither confirmed nor denied the reports.

                I'd like to believe what the folks at Gertel's told bigonion, but others who have talked to them aren't getting the same answers. So I'm not sure I would be relieved just yet.