I've heard people say, "That's Jewish food". Italian food comes from Italy, German from Germany, Irish from Ireland. I've never heard anyone say, "That's Catholic food". So, what country comprises Jewish cuisine? Certainly not Israel, since that is considered to be Mediterranean cuisine. Jewish cuisine must be mistaken for food that is served in a kosher deli who's origin is mostly that of Ashkenazi Jews, those being Poland, Germany, Russia, and Austria.
With Jews immigrating to the United States, so came the foods that they cooked. New Yorkers learned to dine in the kosher deli's to seek the delicious specialties. What makes a deli kosher? Aside from the meat being kosher, you would not be able to order anything made with dairy.
Most of the delis no longer exist, although "kosher style" may be the cuisine. One company has latest for many years and still remains; Ben's Deli. With various locations, I sought out the one in Bayside and spoke with Hal Simon, the manager.
After sharing his thoughts about working for Ben's we talked about the food.
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