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My search for the best pickles in New York continues….

There was a lot of buzz around Dekalb Market when the giant trendy food court opened earlier this summer in downtown Brooklyn. My father in Florida even texted me asking if I had heard about it.
Understandably the biggest press went to the announcement of a new location of Katz’s and the expansion of the heralded Arepa Lady from Queens. Every article mentioned these and other exciting food vendors got attention, like Pierogi Bros, Steve’s Key Lime Pies, and Wilma Jean. But I didn’t read a single word about Guss’ Pickles.
So when I finally made it to the giant market, I was shocked to see a legendary pickle company hiding in the back corner.

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My search for the best pickles in New York continues….

RICK'S PICKS, rickspicks.com

Part of this pickle journey will also involve testing some spears at home. Some of the more recent pickle companies do not have factories or “tasting rooms” open to the public. But instead, their wares are available at local food markets around the city.

Rick’s Picks is one such pickle company. They’ve been in business since 2004 when Rick Field left a job in television and began making pickles. He’s most known for some of his more interesting and unusual pickle creations, like Smokra and Phat Beets. Those are well and good, but I’m sticking to the classic New York cucumbers for this review. (more…)


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My search for the best pickles in New York continues….

HORMAN'S BEST PICKLES, Sixth Avenue (between Carmine Street and West 3rd Street), West Village

Even if you’ve never stopped there, odds are if you are a New Yorker you are familiar with the pickle stand right outside the West 4th Street subway station. In many ways, it’s in the center of the Village – just steps from the iconic basketball courts, very close to the food tour magent of Bleecker Street, and outside all the tattoo parlors lining Sixth Avenue. Pickle tattoos, anyone??

The name of the stand is Horman’s Best Pickles and it’s worth stoping by for a container of pickles or even one pickle on a stick to walk with down the block. (more…)


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There used to be a pickle shop on every corner of the Lower East Side and I’m sure our New York ancestors all had their favorites. What’s yours? Old school or new school, choose your favorite NYC pickle below. And if I mssed any, please let me know in the comments.

Who makes the best pickles in NYC?

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My search for the best pickles in New York continues….

PICKLE ME PETE, Bryant Park Holiday Market, between 40th and 42nd Street and between Fifth and Sixth Avenue, Midtown WestI don’t normally review food businesses outside of the five boroughs unless it’s part of my travel section. The one exception was when I started reviewing breweries, I decided 90 miles outside of the city was a fair limit since there were very few NYC breweries at that time. Since then, things have changed in the beer world. But not too much has changed in the pickle world.

Yet here I am reviewing a pickle business that is based in Long Island (technically outside the city). But with good reason. Pickle Me Pete has an annual booth at the Bryant Park Holiday Market, which is about as inside the city as you can possibly get. (more…)


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I’m counting down the 100 best dishes I tasted in 2015…

Pickled Mangos at THE PICKLE GUYS

Most people come to The Pickle Guys in the Lower East Side for their sour cucumbers or maybe their pickled tomatoes. But how many realized that this old time Jewish emporium also makes pickled fruits? My favorite are the surprising pickled mangoes. Instead of a vinegary salty brine, these are packed with spices like clove and cinnamon. This gives them a surprising sweetness and spiciness to foil the acidity. You’ll never taste mangoes (or pickles) the same way again!

THE PICKLE GUYS
49 Essex Street (between Grand and Hester Street),
Lower East Side
(212) 656-9739
pickleguys.com

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