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Gertel's RIP

guttergourmet Oct 9, 2006 04:20 PM

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

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    bigonion Oct 22, 2006 05:40 PM

    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
      ChowFun_derek Oct 22, 2006 06:25 PM

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

      1. re: ChowFun_derek
        squid kun Oct 22, 2006 08:21 PM

        Early this month, Curbed reported that Gertel's would be closing. It credited an e-mail tip (from whom they don't say): http://www.curbed.com/archives/2006/10/06/storefronting_death_to_american_apparel.php

        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). http://www.newyorkology.com/archives/2006/10/condos_displaci.php

        A couple days later, NY magazine weighed in after talking to Gertel's owner, who neither confirmed nor denied the reports. http://nymag.com/daily/food/2006/10/i...

        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.

        1. re: squid kun
          ChowFun_derek Oct 23, 2006 05:25 PM


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      djk Oct 20, 2006 08:32 PM

      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. ChowFun_derek Oct 20, 2006 07:27 PM

        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
          RGR Oct 20, 2006 08:56 PM

          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
            ChowFun_derek Oct 21, 2006 10:20 PM

            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
              RGR Oct 21, 2006 11:03 PM

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


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                ChowFun_derek Oct 22, 2006 03:25 PM

                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. csw Oct 10, 2006 05:20 PM

          Oh no! Are they relocating?

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          1. re: csw
            RGR Oct 10, 2006 05:26 PM

            No. They're closing for good.

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            RGR Oct 9, 2006 04:29 PM

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

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