HOME > Chowhound > Manhattan >

Lower East Side: Good Bialys or Pickle shops?

BakingandBooks Oct 10, 2009 08:59 AM

I'm planning a youth group trip to Ellis Island and on the way back to Connecticut we'd like to stop at a bialys and/or pickle shop to pick up snacks for the ride. Do you know of good places on the Lower East side?


  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. d
    david sprague RE: BakingandBooks Oct 10, 2009 09:29 AM

    kossar's on grand street for bialys is amazing.

    1 Reply
    1. re: david sprague
      hungrycomposer RE: david sprague Oct 10, 2009 10:11 AM

      Second Kossar's. If you can't toast them first, ask if they have any hot bialies - it makes a huge difference.

    2. k
      kharrisonf RE: BakingandBooks Oct 10, 2009 09:36 AM

      Since 1914! The real deal!


      2 Replies
      1. re: kharrisonf
        david sprague RE: kharrisonf Oct 10, 2009 10:08 AM

        russ is amazing. one of my favorite food places ever. but it's an appetizing shop, not for pickles or bialys. ya want some smoked fish or chopped liver or caviar? hit 'em up for sure.

        1. re: kharrisonf
          Motosport RE: kharrisonf Oct 12, 2009 11:43 AM

          R&D is great for all of the fixins but they get their bialys from Kossars. I don't know of any other bakeries that are primarily a bialy bakery. Most bagel shops also sell bialys but they are not as good as Kossars. You can always walk down a few doors and get desser from Donut Plant.
          Pickles, I don't know.

        2. jfood RE: BakingandBooks Oct 10, 2009 10:01 AM

          Pickles - Guss


          3 Replies
          1. re: jfood
            iluvcookies RE: jfood Oct 12, 2009 05:34 AM

            As much as I hate to contradict jfood (though he will be very graceful about it I'm sure), Guss has moved to Brooklyn

            " Fairhurst has signed a lease to open a new, larger Guss' Pickles on 39th St. between 14th and 15th Aves. in Borough Park."


            1. re: iluvcookies
              jfood RE: iluvcookies Oct 12, 2009 09:18 AM

              Not at all and thanks for the head's up. Then it's the Pickle Guys for jfood next time. Do youknow if these twoplaces are related, somewhere in the backof jfood's mind he thinks he heard a story over a corned beef sandwich.

              1. re: jfood
                iluvcookies RE: jfood Oct 12, 2009 09:53 AM

                The owner of Pickle Guys used to work at Guss', so I'm sure he was well trained in all things Pickle.

          2. s
            small h RE: BakingandBooks Oct 10, 2009 10:37 AM

            The Pickle Guys on Essex just below Grand is spitting distance from Kossar's, & better than Guss', in my opinion. Note that both places are closed on Saturday for Shabbos.

            1. BakingandBooks RE: BakingandBooks Oct 10, 2009 05:38 PM

              Thank you for your replies everyone! Very much appreciated, I was at a total loss. :)

              Show Hidden Posts