Not to be outspieled, Brooklyn borough president Marty Markowitz also showed up with an official decree inaugurating Barney Greengrass 100 Years in the City Celebration Day. What brought the pol so far from his usual stomping grounds? Well, number one, Im Jewish, and this is the high temple of Jewish soul food, so it makes perfect sense, he said. Its the perfect comfort food if you have a weight problem, as I do. My favorite is brisket, but pastrami and corned beef come in a close second. And, of course, good lox. And theyve got, I have to tell you, for a retailer, probably the best lox in New York City. No question about it.
What about in Brooklyn? I dont think we have anything comparable, he said, a stunning departure from his usual borough boosterism. When I was a boy, we had many, many appetizing stores. Sadly, theyre pretty much all gone today. What happened is Sephardic Jews are not as much into this as Ashkenazi Jews. A lot of younger people prefer not to eat this food: Theyre into French, nouveau, eclectic, whatever you want to call it. Marty, were shocked. Shocked! Since he like Stringer is considered a possible mayoral contender for 2009, might this be one way to solicit votes in other boroughs? Andrew Goldstein