Mon-Thu, 9am-4:30pm; Fri-Sun, closed
F, J, M, Z at Delancey St.-Essex St.
At this local institution, shelves are lined with Streit’s matzo—manufactured by the Streit family at the adjoining factory since 1925. Through a metal door on the side of the shop you can see sheets of fresh matzo rolling off the conveyor belts. The weeks before Passover are the busiest here, with shoppers returning to the old neighborhood for matzo-ball soup and potato pancake mixes, jars of gefilte fish, and eight different flavors of macaroons. The fairly modest product line is augmented with kosher items from Streit’s other New York plants and imports from Poland and Israel. Noodles, canned soups, jams, and bag'n'bake cooking mix (the Shake'n'Bake of the kosher world) share space with requisites like gold-foil-wrapped chocolate Chanukah coins. The prices run about half of what uptown supermarkets charge for the identical products. After all, there are still some visitors to the Lower East Side who have no intention of paying retail.