1 Minute Meal: “Blessed by Brisket”

by James Boo on May 9, 2013 · 0 comments

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My new web series is live, and you can see the first episode on Serious Eats New York!

The goal of this series, “1 Minute Meal,” is to produce a gallery of video snapshots that represent the true heart and soul of New York food: independent business owners from all parts of the world, contributing to an incredibly diverse food landscape that anyone with some pocket cash and an MTA card can taste. In New York more than anywhere else, there’s plenty of media and PR circling the hot restaurants, chefs, “concepts,” and openings, but not enough around the Muslim-Jewish deli, the Georgian bakery, the hand-pulled noodle shop, the arepa lady, and all of the other food, places and people I’ve come to love as a New York eater.

Episode 01: David’s Brisket House. Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, New York.
David’s is a Jewish Deli run by Yemenite Muslims, in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Bed-Stuy. The deli, originally owned by Jewish immigrants from Yemen and Russia, was passed down to a Muslim partner (also from Yemen) during the 1980s. The new David—a nickname he inherited along with the deli—turned the joint into his family’s business, and they’ve built that business into the kind of thing you’d only see in New York: a Jewish deli, run by Muslims with Brooklyn accents, for the benefit of Bed-Stuy. In this episode of 1 Minute Meal, Riyadh Gazali, manager of the Bed-Stuy location, speaks to the deli’s peculiar take on one of New York’s classic meals, while his cousin Sultan and his son Aladdin work the kitchen.

1 Minute Meal: “Blessed by Brisket” from James Boo on Vimeo.

This is just the first of many very short stories to come, so please subscribe to the 1 Minute Meal Vimeo Channel if you want to see the full collection of videos as it grows.

David’s Brisket House
533 Nostrand Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11216

7721 5th Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11209


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