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Q re "Secret" Crown Heights Kosher Shabbat Takeout

bigredesq | Jan 6, 201601:48 PM

A recent NY Times Magazine article (excerpted below) referred to (but did not name) a Crown Heights Shabbat takeout store. Any Chowhounders know the name/location of this store? thanks

"But for a taste of the old-school stuff she recognized as ‘‘Jewish,’’ Werdiger-Roth later took me to a bustling commercial kitchen where Orthodox Jews stream through on Fridays to buy food for their sundown Sabbath feasts. It’s decades-old, built out in the first floor of a Crown Heights townhouse, and instead of free valet parking, there are inconveniently timed street parking prohibitions on Fridays. It got its start when a local caterer landed a gig cooking for an important rabbi’s family, and Werdiger-Roth was wary of giving me the name or address. ‘‘It’s so important in the community, but I have no idea what kind of licenses it has. You have to promise not to reveal it. Just go to the corner and follow your nose.’’

Inside, there were sausage borekas, like pigs in blankets that contain no pig. Chickens baked, fried, baked-as-if-fried. Fried gefilte-fish balls and their attendant jelly that you dip challah into. Coleslaw and brick-red spicy eggplant. Foods from both Ashkenazi and Sephardic cultures. As Werdiger-Roth scanned the coolers, I stood transfixed by a kiddie-pool-size bin under an industrial grinder, into which a man fed cases of potatoes and poured gallons of orange liquid and then donned gloves up to his biceps to mix it all together."

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