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Matzah Brei Pop-Up Hits Bryant Park Winter Village

Matzah Brei Pop-Up Hits Bryant Park Winter Village

The Xavier Sandwich. Courtesy of Matzabrei

Stand Offers a Selection of Savory, Vegetarian Sandwiches 

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If we eat latkes at Passover, why not matzah brei at Chanukah? While shopping for gifts of all kinds at the Bryant Park Winter Village, stop by a booth called Matzahbrei headed by a pair of Israelis. The two came up with a sandwich that hasn’t yet been served in New York: savory fillings between two pieces -- well they’re more like thick pancakes -- of matzah brei. The sandwiches (all $10), in several varieties, are made round and then cut in half for serving. The “Xavier” includes avocado, four-cheese blend, and peach-mango salsa, and the “Yannis” is layered with beets, roasted peppers, mint, and tahini sauce. Also on the menu are sides of tabouleh and gezer (carrot salad with scallions, pecan, cranberries, and citrus peel), plus hot and cold drinks. The distinctive food is vegetarian and upon request, vegan. The founders of this new company, Eyal Bau Cohen and Sagi James Shahar, who met in high school in Tel Aviv, love the taste of matzah, the memories it evokes, and its symbolism as the bread of freedom.

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