Pickle Vendor Crosses Delancey

By Olivia Wiznitzer

Published July 10, 2008, issue of July 18, 2008.
  • Print
  • Share Share

Joe Singer knows a thing or two about crunchy cukes and brine. Having worked as a manager at Guss’ Pickles since 2003, Singer has witnessed the recent opening of the vendor’s latest outpost, in Manhattan’s industrial-chic Chelsea Market. Founded in 1920, Guss’ is a well-established staple on the Lower East Side. But pickle purists need not fear: The legendary shop may be spreading its wings, but those in charge haven’t forgotten its roots.

MOVIN’ ON UP: Guss’ Pickles has opened a new location.
MOVIN’ ON UP: Guss’ Pickles has opened a new location.

“We stick with the basic products that sell well,” Singer told The Shmooze in an e-mail. “Sour pickles, half-sour pickles, sour tomatoes and sauerkraut. The recipes are the same since Guss’ Pickles started in 1920.”

Nonetheless, Guss’ is not simply resting on its laurels.

“The new item we sell is Gourmet Sweet Pickle Snacks. It is a fancy version of a bread-and-butter pickle,” said Singer, whose personal favorite is the traditional sour pickle.

According to Singer, Guss’ will continue to expand in the future, and there are plans to open locations in other boroughs.


The Jewish Daily Forward welcomes reader comments in order to promote thoughtful discussion on issues of importance to the Jewish community. In the interest of maintaining a civil forum, The Jewish Daily Forwardrequires that all commenters be appropriately respectful toward our writers, other commenters and the subjects of the articles. Vigorous debate and reasoned critique are welcome; name-calling and personal invective are not. While we generally do not seek to edit or actively moderate comments, our spam filter prevents most links and certain key words from being posted and The Jewish Daily Forward reserves the right to remove comments for any reason.





Find us on Facebook!
  • “I don’t want to say, ‘Oh oh, I’m not Jewish,’ because when you say that, you sound like someone trying to get into a 1950s country club, “and I love the idea of being Jewish." Are you a fan of Seth Meyers?
  • "If you want my advice: more Palestinians, more checkpoints, just more reality." What do you think?
  • Happy birthday Barbra Streisand! Our favorite Funny Girl turns 72 today.
  • Clueless parenting advice from the star of "Clueless."
  • Why won't the city give an answer?
  • BREAKING NEWS: Israel has officially suspended peace talks with the Palestinians.
  • Can you guess what the most boring job in the army is?
  • What the foolish rabbi of Chelm teaches us about Israel and the Palestinian unity deal:
  • Mazel tov to Idina Menzel on making Variety "Power of Women" cover! http://jd.fo/f3Mms
  • "How much should I expect him and/or ask him to participate? Is it enough to have one parent reciting the prayers and observing the holidays?" What do you think?
  • New York and Montreal have been at odds for far too long. Stop the bagel wars, sign our bagel peace treaty!
  • Really, can you blame them?
  • “How I Stopped Hating Women of the Wall and Started Talking to My Mother.” Will you see it?
  • Taglit-Birthright Israel is redefining who they consider "Jewish" after a 17% drop in registration from 2011-2013. Is the "propaganda tag" keeping young people away?
  • Happy birthday William Shakespeare! Turns out, the Bard knew quite a bit about Jews.
  • from-cache

Would you like to receive updates about new stories?




















We will not share your e-mail address or other personal information.

Already subscribed? Manage your subscription.