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Revisit Schmulka Bernstein’s on Essex Street with this Classic 1970s Primer [VIDEO]

Posted December 21, 2018 at 5:00 am

For such an iconic restaurant, it’s quite a shame that there isn’t much publicly accessible imagery of Bernstein-on-Essex (aka Schmulka Bernstein’s). Don’t fret. Here’s one better. Stock footage company Kino Library recently uploaded a short clip (0:38) shot in the 1970s, which describes the curious cuisine of Kosher Chinese food (and the phenomenon of eating […]

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Growing up on the Lower East Side with the Real Schmulka Bernstein, My Grandfather

Last modified December 22, 2017 at 8:37 am

The following guest piece was written by Michele Clark, granddaughter of the real Schmulka Bernstein.  My grandfather Schmulka Bernstein owned and ran a kosher butcher store (Schmulka Bernstein Kosher Meats and Provisions) and factory smokehouse on Rivington Street, between Essex and Ludlow, from the 1930s until 1964. He was noted for, among other things, the guaranteed […]

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NYC Cult Classic ‘Last Dragon’ Celebrates 30th Anniversary with Screening Next Week

Posted June 4, 2015 at 10:31 am

Sho’nuff, the NYC cult classic Last Dragon is returning to theaters for limited engagement. Tribeca Cinemas on Varick Street is screening the so-bad-it’s-good Berry Gordy film for one night only to celebrate its thirtieth anniversary. (The anniversary actually happened in March) As we’ve previously noted, Last Dragon filmed scenes around the Lower East Side, including a […]

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Boogie Rewind: When Schmulka Bernstein’s Ruled Essex Street

Last modified December 24, 2012 at 10:12 am

Jews eating Chinese food on Christmas is a tradition forged on the Lower East Side of yore. So, on this eve of Christmas, it’s fitting to republish our story about Schmulka Bernstein’s on Essex.

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When Schmulka Bernstein’s Ruled Essex Street

Last modified November 6, 2015 at 5:08 pm

These days, it’s comical commonplace that Jews eat Chinese food on Christmas. But this marriage of cultures was actually forged long ago in the immigrant society on the Lower East Side.

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