Where to celebrate Purim in NYC
Beet Kubbeh at The Kubbeh Project
Hit up one of these local spots in honor of the festive Jewish holiday:
Glatt Kosher shop Prime Butcher Baker (1572 Second Ave., 212-616-1502) is offering Hamentashens in lemon, raspberry, apricot, chocolate and poppy seed flavors. You can also send Mishloach Manot, packages of food and drink, out to friends and family. Sweet and meat versions are available.
Martha’s Bakery (70-28 Austin St., Forest Hills, Queens, 718-544-0088) claims to have “the best Hamentashen in town.” Pop by for a visit and see for yourself!
On Sunday, EL AL Israel Airlines’ second annual National Hamantaschen Eating Championship takes over the Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun synagogue (125 E. 85th St., 212-774-5600 ) at 1 p.m. Participants are tasked with devouring as many of the triangle-shaped cookies as they can in five minutes for a chance at winning a roundtrip flight to Tel Aviv. A competitive eater will try to best last year’s champ, Will “The Champ” Millender, who ate 25 Hamentashens in five minutes last year. Plus, if the first-place winner beats Millender’s record, he or she will get a second roundtrip ticket to Israel. Second and third place winners will also walk away with flight vouchers for $500 and $250, respectively.
And beginning March 1, The Kubbeh Project, a pop-up eatery in Zucker Bakery (433 E. 9th St., 646-450-7034), will serve Jewish-Iraqi comfort food for three weeks, in hopes of recreating the scene of Jerusalem’s Machne Yehooda Market. On the menu: kubbeh stew (a Middle Eastern take on dumpling soup) and Shabbat dishes like Sabich. On Friday nights in March, there will be special Shabbat dinners.