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Opening Alert: Harry & Ida's Is an Out-There Ode to a 1900s Jewish Deli

Authenticity at this appetizing store means the usage of a live eel tank.

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Siblings Julie and Will Horowitz, the duo behind Ducks Eatery in the East Village, are opening a deli in Alphabet City today called Harry & Ida's Meat and Supply Company. Will, who is also the chef at UES cocktail den, Seamstress, tells Eater that the idea for this new shop is to perfectly recreate all the staples of Jewish deli that their great-grandparents made back in the early 1900s. This emphasis on heritage techniques and ingredients means that they've set up a research and development lab in the back of the shop, and, scarily enough, a 200 gallon live eel tank.

The Menu: Jonathan Botta, the chef de cuisine at Ducks Eatery and Chaz Lindsay of Craft, will be handling the food including deli classics like pastrami (which garnered high praise at Ducks Eatery), boudin, smoked bluefish, house made charcuterie, and smoked eel, obviously smoked in house. They will also sell house made smoked butters, seafood and mushroom conservas, vinegars, pickles, and squid and beef jerkies.

The shop will be open every day, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Harry & Ida's Meat and Supply Co.

189 Avenue A, Manhattan, NY 10009 (646) 864-0967 Visit Website