Here’s the Dill: The Pickle Guys Are Opening A Restaurant on the Lower East Side
It’s no secret that we are fans of pickles. Which is why we’re so hyped for the new fried pickle shop opening underneath The Pickle Guys soon!
According to Eater NY, the kosher pickle shop is getting into the restaurant business for the first time after their recent move to a new location at 357 Grand St. The retail store will soon be accompanied by a small, counter-service restaurant.
The pickle retail portion’s already in soft open, but the restaurant won’t be ready until the spring.
Like the pickle shop, the restaurant will be kosher — part of owner Alan Kaufman’s dedication to the neighborhood’s Jewish history, says manager William Soo.
An official name and menu are still on the drawing board, Soo says, but he expects the focus to primarily be on frying the wide variety of pickles from the retail shop, possibly with options like fried okra, fried mushroom, and fried tomato.
Mmmmm…..okay maybe not fried tomato but still!
“We pickle many, many things throughout the year,” Soo says. “We’ll try to bring that stuff to the eatery.” Burgers, chicken sliders, and beef sliders will also likely be on the menu, though they see fried pickles as the primary draw.
“That will be our main thing, what we’ll be best at,” he says.
The Pickle Guys first opened in the neighborhood at 49 Essex St. about 14 years ago. They shut down that outpost and a Midwood retail location last year for this Manhattan expansion. Kaufman used to work at the legendary Guss’ Pickles, which left LES in 2009.
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The casual restaurant will be the first time the pickle purveyor will be going beyond retail. It will mostly be suited for to-go orders, with limited seating at bar stools and tables. The team’s aiming for an opening in March or April.
Can’t. F*cking. Wait.