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Noah's Ark and Bialys, a bit of history still found on the Lower East Side

jonkyo | May 22, 201201:09 PM

On my way to visit the Jeremy Willis exhibit Jackie and Judy at the Allegra LaViola Gallery ( Allegra LaViola Gallery 179 East Broadway) on the Lower East Side, I decided to eat my first Bialys ever.

As I have read in Peter Beinart's newest book "Jews rarely eat bialys anymore", I thought I must try one of these unique Jewish breads, I have long known about. Especially having visited the city that the Bialys family came from, in Eastern Poland, Bialystok, it was high time that I enjoy a Byalys.

So I happened into the quaint shop at 367 Grand Street, Kossar's Bialys. definition: "Bialy, a Yiddish word short for bialystoker kuchen, from BiaƂystok, a city in Poland, is a small roll that is a traditional dish in Polish Ashkenazi cuisine."

To my surprise as I headed further down Grand towards Bialystoker Street, just doors down from Kossar's is the best alternative to the pricy 2nd Ave Deli, a place that must have been hiding the times I have been in the area before.

This, new to me, though known for many others, is a very nice Jewish deli and restaurant called Noah's Ark, 399 Grand Street, and serves all the excellent sandwiches and more that one expects to find in a Jewish deli, with selections such as tongue and liver also.

Their excellent Corned Beef sandwich 1/3 pound is only 13.95 and the Hot Pastrami is the same price. That is enough meat for me though they have double deck 1/2 pounds at 17.95.

These two places are a must for any travelers, visitors or history buffs attending the Tenement Museum.

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