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. Clinton Hill Pickles (formerly Guss’ Pickles)
Clinton Hill Pickles is a change in name only. Even their phone number remains the same. At their new location at 431 Dekalb Avenue in Brooklyn we hear that the owner still has the original Guss’ Pickle signage in her storeroom.