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Oct 10, 2009 08:59 AM

Lower East Side: Good Bialys or Pickle shops?

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?


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  1. kossar's on grand street for bialys is amazing.

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    1. re: david sprague

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

      1. re: kharrisonf

        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

          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.

          1. re: jfood

            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

              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

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

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