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Jun 30, 2010 06:26 PM

Fresh halvah

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. 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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    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

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

      1. re: scarlet knight

        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

    2. 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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      1. re: missybean

        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

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

          1. re: buttertart

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

          2. re: scarlet knight

            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.

            1. re: missybean

              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.

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