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Fresh halvah

scarlet knight Jun 30, 2010 06:26 PM

Does anyone know where I can buy fresh halvah from a wheel (not packaged) in northern New Jersey?

I looked at Eppes Essen in Livingston, Shop-Rite in Livingston and no dice.

I know Zabar's in NYC has it, but I need some nearby for a gift before I can get to NYC.

Eppes Essen
105 E Mount Pleasant Ave, Livingston, NJ 07039

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  1. goodhealthgourmet RE: scarlet knight Jun 30, 2010 06:34 PM

    Picklelicious opened a location on Cedar Lane in Teaneck, and they sell it in big slabs:

    you might want to post on the Kosher board too - i'm sure there are other places in Teaneck that sell it.

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      scarlet knight RE: goodhealthgourmet Jun 30, 2010 07:20 PM

      Thanks for the tip. Not to be ungrateful, but does anyone know a place closer to Livingston?

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        goodhealthgourmet RE: scarlet knight Jun 30, 2010 07:31 PM

        i did a quick Google search and came up with a few that sound promising:
        All My Sweets
        1131 Main Street, Paterson, (973) 350-6966
        Hours: 10 a.m. - 9 p.m., Tuesday to Friday; 9 a.m. - 9 p.m., Saturday and Sunday.

        Deli King
        628 W. St. Georges Ave.
        Linden, NJ

        7 Hills of Istanbul restaurant and market
        441 and 437 Raritan Ave., Highland Park
        (732) 777-9711
        Telephone: 908-925-3909

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      missybean RE: scarlet knight Jul 1, 2010 05:03 AM

      I have to agree with the Main Street Paterson recommendations. There are several markets/bakeries/sweets shops along the street.

      Our favorite market is Fattal's. It has halvah as well as a wide array of other middle eastern products.

      Mondial, also on Main Street, is (was) a large sweet shop with all sorts of pastry and candy items. I say was because the last time we were there it looked like it was closed but we just drove by so I'm not sure of its status.

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        scarlet knight RE: missybean Jul 1, 2010 01:53 PM

        I will be in Paterson on business on Friday, so I can stop by for my halvah search.

        Will it be a problem since Friday is the Moslem holy day? Will the stores generally be open?

        Also, I read 7 Hills of Istanbul closed in May, 2009.

        1. re: scarlet knight
          buttertart RE: scarlet knight Jul 1, 2010 02:02 PM

          My Turkish colleagues bring stuff back from Paterson after mosque on Friday so the stores and restaurants must be open!

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            scarlet knight RE: buttertart Jul 1, 2010 04:52 PM

            I called All My Sweets and they are open on Fridays.

          2. re: scarlet knight
            missybean RE: scarlet knight Jul 2, 2010 05:15 AM

            I hope you have better self control than I. I ALWAYS end up getting much more than I ever intended. Fattal's has all sorts cheeses, olives, pickles, meats in addition to sweets. I can't leave without filling my cart. Enjoy.

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              scarlet knight RE: missybean Jul 2, 2010 11:25 AM

              I went to All My Sweets and bought some baklava, but they did not have halvah.

              I went to Fattal's and they had a wide array of fresh halvah. I bought 2 big chunks of marble halvah, which they let me taste first. I could see where one could go overboard at this store, loads of exotic food.

              Thanks for all the great tips. This section of Paterson near Clifton is interesting.

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          piney RE: scarlet knight Jul 4, 2010 11:20 PM

          the greek store in kenilworth, nj cuts halvah to order from a slab, but i don't think it's homemade.


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