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Soon after I sat down at a banquette in the back of Nur, the new kid on the block of East 20th Street that’s also home to Gramercy Tavern, chef Meir Adoni brought over a warm, golden, sesame-seed-studded oval bread paired with a dish of what appeared to be hummus.
Smells of kreplach and challah wafted into the Rykestrasse Synagogue in Berlin on a rainy Friday in March, as Israel-born chef Itay Novick and his staff hurriedly worked in the nearby kitchen to prepare Sabbath dinner for nearly 100 guests. The dinner was part of the first-ever Jewish food festival in the city, Nosh Berlin, and it was sold out — as were the three other Shabbat dinners being prepared across the German capital.
1) Matzo: There’s not much to like about this flatbread that looks and tastes like corrugated cardboard. But that’s because you’re probably buying the boxed square matzos. Boxed matzo is made by a machine and often sits on the shelf for months before you purchased it. What you end up with are stale, unsatisfying crackers. Sure you can ju-ju it up by turning it into matzo pizza or matzo brei. But the solution is to go traditional and buy handmade, circular versions called “Shumra” matzo. Shmura matzo, which means “watched matzo,” is matzo that has literally been watched from the moment the wheat is cut until the matzo is baked. It is baked in a wood-burning oven until it gets crisp and charred. The result? Crunchy deliciousness. And the perfect vessel for the best matzo lasagna you’ve ever had.
Why is the knish — that simple-yet-comforting food item made of mashed potatoes and encased in a puffy golden dough — such a ubiquitous New York food?
Bagels, gefilte fish, Manischewitz, and other Jewish foods were used — and thrown — at Jewish punk concerts.
In the early 1990s, Gefilte F*ck singer Howard Hallis would take the stage clutching a bottle of Manischewitz wine. The Los Angeles band threw matzo, chocolate gelt and even its eponym at concertgoers. At one raucous show, Hallis emptied a container of gefilte fish into the mosh pit. The smushed, slimy, stinky fish pieces went all over the place, and people slipped around on them while moshing.