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 […]
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 […]
Last modified March 10, 2016 at 10:50 pm
This photo from 1954 perfectly encapsulates the immigrant Lower East Side of the middle twentieth century. Everything about it is great, from the legendary businesses to the peddlers and fedora-wearing elder photobombing the foreground. You’re looking at the northwest corner of Rivington and Essex Streets. Bernstein’s Delicatessen (#110) is sandwiched between Lipschutz Kosher Wines (#112) […]
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 […]
Posted August 19, 2014 at 10:08 am
Seth Rogen’s new film, Xmas, will take over (and shut down) 169 Bar for the remainder of the week. Film shoot for the Christmas comedy is headquartered here until Thursday evening. Owner Charles Hanson tells us he hopes to reopen Friday at 6pm. Meanwhile, the same movie was filming at Congee Village on Allen Street yesterday. […]
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.
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.