The original Guss’ Pickles on the Lower East Side. Image via Guss’ Pickles
New Yorkers take food seriously right down to the pickle on their plates. After all, the pickle has history in this town. It started as a peddle-cart finger food back in the 1930s on the Lower East Side. With a plethora of competition, it didn’t take long for the best pickle vendors to emerge successful and among them was Isidor “Izzy” Guss of the famous Guss’ Pickles. His pickles lived on after his death in 1975, creating a sort of pickle war between the family who bought his business and the company who sold him his cucumbers. In the end, the name Guss’ Pickles went with the cucumber supplier. The Baker family, who bought Guss’ pickle business eventually sold to Patricia Fairhurst who renamed her shop Ess-a-Pickle and then, after moving to Brooklyn, Clinton Hill Pickles.
In honor of National Pickle day this Friday November 14th, we’ve made a list of our favorite pickle places in New York City.
1. The Pickle Guys
It all started on Essex Street (aka Pickle Alley) but of the 80+ pickle vendors that once graced these streets, The Pickle Guys are the only shop left in the area. In January 2017, they made a move from 49 Essex Street to a new location right across the street at 357 Grand Street.