The Jewish comedian Jackie Mason who grew up in NYC during the period of most cultural output from New York Jews (he was born in 1931 and was of the Borscht Belt generation), has recently been visiting Gottlieb’s restaurant in the Hasidic community for a bit of deli-style Jewish food. This is where the deli food is moving to: the Hasidic and ultra-orthodox...

I always ask my groups what the above pastries are, and invariably a few people will call out rugelach. I ask if they know of another name for it, and not once has anyone ever said kipelach. I asked Kaff's Bakery what the difference between rugelach and kipelach is, and the cashier said that it's the same; the terms are interchangeable. In our...

As tonight is Shavuos, the Jewish holiday that is celebrated with a special meal of divine dairy pastries (among other festivities,) I'm doing a poll on the best dairy pastries in Williamsburg. Please vote! Because of laws of kashrus, many of the pastries you will usually find on Williamsburg's Lee Avenue will have no dairy ingredients. No cheese or butter or milk...