The first time I ate at the Carnegie Deli, I was already in high school. Growing up in Manhattan, I’d passed the place a thousand times, but its iconic-slash-tourist-attraction status had always kept me away. (When I was in the West 50s and wanted corned beef on rye and matzo ball soup, I went to the Stage, which had a similar old-fashioned-New-York-deli vibe, enormous and expensive sandwiches and the requisite surly service, but where there were fewer tourists and usually no wait for a table.)
Everybody likes the idea of honey cake for Rosh Hashanah. I have a recipe from my great grandmother that fills me with nostalgic fondness, and several friends have sent me similar recipes from their own, mostly Russian-Jewish families. I have tried at least six honey cake recipes over the years, and everyone agrees that it’s a lovely idea for a way to start the New Year.
To watch us make these two timeless Rosh Hashanah delicacies, click here.
On a recent visit to Richmond, Virginia, I overheard a couple of locals carping about the lack of good bagels. A third person butted in — that’s not just a New York thing — to let them know that Nate’s Bagels had launched.