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Chaim Davids in his store Prohibition Pickle

There’s something uniquely appropriate about opening a new restaurant in the middle of a nationwide pandemic and lockdown and then calling it “Prohibition” or in this case “Prohibition Pickle.”

Walking around the distressingly empty Kanyon Harim Mall in Gush Etzion, I noticed an unusual pashkevil (poster) in a corner of the mall warning about prohibition pickles. After some hand signaling and tough negotiating with Chaim Davids (an out-of-towner from Baltimore), the young man inside setting up the shop, I was let in and found myself immediately overwhelmed by the delicious and distinctive aroma of a genuine NY deli, flooding me with memories from earlier days.

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Chaim began setting up his store in November, and is waiting for the lockdown to end so he can switch from takeaway to a full service restaurant and food event center, with a gorgeous 100 meter outdoor deck overlooking Gush Etzion and the Hebron Hills. You can’t find that in New York.

Chaim gave us a tasting of his homemade pastrami, half-sour and whole-sour pickles, sauerkraut, deli mustard and something he called Ashkenazi Kimchi. In cooperation with Pat Bamelach, Chaim will soon be introducing a marble rye bread (that’s not a NY thing).

Check it out, if for no other reason than for its incredible NY deli aroma. And if you can’t get there because of the lockdown, call 052-951-0003 to place your takeaway order.

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