July 20, 2024


May 04, 2022
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
In PersonVirtual Event

Zabar’s A Family Story, Three Generations in Conversation

Special Pricing- See Below
Center For Jewish History
In person: $15 general; $10 members, seniors, students
In person with purchase of book (list price of book is $28): $30 general; $25 members, seniors, students
Pay as you wish

When Louis and Lilly Zabar rented a counter in a dairy store on 80th Street and Broadway in 1934 to sell smoked fish, they could not have imagined that their store would eventually occupy half a city block and become a beloved mecca for quality food of all kinds. 

Lori Zabar—Louis’s and Lilly’s granddaughter—tells the story in a new book, Zabars: A Family Story, with Recipes, beginning with her grandparents’ escape from Ukraine in 1921. She describes Zabar’s gradual expansion and the passing of the torch to Louis’ children Saul and Stanley, and partner Murray Klein. She paints a delectable portrait of Zabar’s as it is today—the intoxicating aromas, the crowds, the devoted staff—and shares behind-the-scenes anecdotes of the long-time employees, family members, eccentric customers, and celebrity fans who have created a uniquely American institution that honors its immigrant roots, revels in its New York history, and is relentless in its devotion to the art and science of selling gourmet food. 

Sadly, Lori Zabar passed away in February, before the publication of the book. At this event, Lori’s father Stanley, brother David, nephew Willie, and children Marguerite and Henry will be in conversation with New York Times food reporter Julia Moskin.

Zabar’s snacks will be served for those attending in person.

Proof of full COVID-19 vaccination with matching ID is required in order to enter the Center for Jewish History. Click here to see our Visitor Safety Requirements.

This program is funded, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Center For Jewish History


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