New York is Zabarâ€™sâ€¦Zabarâ€™s is New York.
Zabarâ€™s began in 1934 as a rented counter in a dairy store where Louis and Lillian Zabar sold smoked fish after immigrating to the United States. Now, after 80 years at 80th Street and Broadway, and after expanding well beyond that rented counter, Zabarâ€™s is a uniquely American institution that honors its immigrant roots, revels in its New York history, and is relentless in its devotion to the art and science of selling gourmet food.
Four generations of Zabars have built their store into what it is today based on principles Louis instilled: â€śRespect the customer. Never, ever stint on quality. Offer fair value. And last but not least, keep searching for the new and wonderful.â€ť
Even though Zabarâ€™s is known for their smoked fish, babka, and other culinary delights, weâ€™re taking a page out of their family-oriented book and sharing a recipe thatâ€™s as home-y as you can get: Lillyâ€™s chicken soup. While Louis, Lilly, and their family acclimated to the United States, chicken soup with matzoh balls evoked memories of childhood warmth and security.
While youâ€™re making schmaltz and chopping veggies, press play on Zabarâ€™s: A Family Story, With Recipes to hear all about how this New York mainstay came to be.
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