The Jew And The Carrot

Jewish-Style Deli Not So Jewish

By Michael Kaminer

  • Print
  • Share Share

David’s Brisket House in Brooklyn sounds like your archetypal New York Jewish deli. Its website features a nearly pornographic shot of luscious pastrami on rye with sliced pickles. It’s got a Crown Heights address for serious street cred. And it even closes Friday for religious observances.

Except the observances are Muslim prayers. And the owners of David’s, as the Village Voice reported recently in a starred review, are named Sultan and Waleed.

There is, of course, an only-in-New-York story behind David’s. “The spot used to be under Jewish ownership until it was bought in the late 1980s,” Brooklyn Paper reported a few months ago. “But the skill and care with the curing process are still there — the marriage of juices, salt and intricate flavors in this sandwich are easily on par with the supposedly legendary Katz’s on Houston Street… leaving the mouth with its own saucy rendition of the ‘Hora.’”

The Voice, in its unsigned review, echoed those sentiments. “David’s closed for nearly a year not too long ago, and we thought the place was doomed,” the paper wrote. “Now it’s reopened, and it’s better than ever.”

David Sax, take heart: With Boerum Hill’s Mile End packing them in for Montreal-style noshes, and David’s traditions upheld by its nontraditional pair of proprietors, Brooklyn’s becoming a world capital of what we might call deli post-modernism.


Permalink | | Share | Email | Print | Filed under: Website, Pornographic, Pstrami, Pickles, Deli, Brooklyn Paper, Brisket

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!
  • 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.
  • Would you get to know racists on a first-name basis if you thought it might help you prevent them from going on rampages, like the recent shooting in Kansas City?
  • "You wouldn’t send someone for a math test without teaching them math." Why is sex ed still so taboo among religious Jews?
  • Russia's playing the "Jew card"...again.
  • "Israel should deal with this discrimination against Americans on its own merits... not simply as a bargaining chip for easy entry to the U.S." Do you agree?
  • For Moroccan Jews, the end of Passover means Mimouna. Terbhou ou Tse'dou! (good luck) How do you celebrate?
  • Calling all Marx Brothers fans!
  • What's it like to run the Palestine International Marathon as a Jew?
  • Does Israel have a racism problem?
  • This 007 hates guns, drives a Prius, and oh yeah — goes to shul with Scarlett Johansson's dad.
  • Meet Alvin Wong. He's the happiest man in America — and an observant Jew. The key to happiness? "Humility."
  • "My first bra was a training bra, a sports bra that gave the illusion of a flat chest."
  • "If the people of Rwanda can heal their broken hearts and accept the Other as human, so can we."
  • Aribert Heim, the "Butcher of Mauthausen," died a free man. How did he escape justice?
  • 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.