Who Is Eli Zabar?
While the name Zabar is synonymous
with smoked fish and the
quintessential New York brunch,
Eli Zabar envisioned a different kind
of food store from his family's West
Side landmark delicatessen. Inspired
by the food halls and markets of
London and Paris, Eli's has become
an institution on Manhattan's Upper
East Side, directly across town from
the store and home where he
grew up.
 
Born in New York City, youngest son of Louis and Lillian Zabar, founders of Zabar's.
Attends public and private schools in
New York City.
Opens E.A.T. gourmet food shop and café at 1064 Madison Avenue.
Begins baking bread at E.A.T. and selling to local restaurants.
Graduates from Columbia University.
Sells Rhinelander lease to Ralph Lauren and leaves Henri Bendel.
E.A.T. Gifts opens next door to E.A.T., at 1062 Madison Avenue.
Opens E.A.T. boutique in Henri Bendel's famed "Street of Shops".
Opens second freestanding E.A.T. store in Rhinelander mansion at Madison Avenue and East 72 Street
 
E.A.T. doubles in size, café becomes a restaurant and
begins serving dinner.
 
Opens Eli's Bread, a 15,000 square-foot bakery on East 91st Street
E.A.T. Gifts triples in
size - it moves into the
building next door.
Opens Eli's Vinegar Factory, a grocery
store and café in what was once New
York's last factory for producing
mustards and vinegars.
Builds greenhouses on the roof of the Vinegar Factory and
begins growing salad greens and tomatoes.
Opens "Across The Street" on East 91st Street with a very market driven menu. The restaurant receives 2 stars from The New York Times.
 
 
Introduces Home
Shopping Service
Definition: home shop
(hom shop) v. the art of
transforming your
grocery list into a boxed
order of exceptional
quality—delivered
directly to your door or
(doorman)!
Opens TASTE Restaurant
& Wine Bar next door to
Eli's Manhattan

Inspired by his own
growing wine collection,
opens W.I.N.E & Sprits
Shop next door to TASTE.
Launches website www.elizabar.com
Begins making ice cream and opens
summer ice cream store at Eli's Manhattan
 
Inspired by the flower
shops he loves in Paris,
adds a flower shop to Eli's
Manhattan
Begins annual wine trips to Burgundy
Opens the first Eli's Essentials, a "pop-up" grab & go next door
to the Whitney Museum of Americian Art.
 
Experiments in chocolate making begin, resulting
in a collection of bars and ganache filled bon bons
and salty caramels enrobed in chocolate

Adds Kosher Bakery to Eli's Manhattan, selling
European-style kosher breads.
Re-opens the historic
Amagansett Farmers Market
in partnership with the
Peconic Land Trust
Redesigns TASTE Restaurant
and reopens it as ELI'S TABLE

Launch the wine store's own website elizabarwine.com
The number of craft beers
being poured around New
York make it an obvious
choice for the newest
Essential's store. 12 local
draft beers are available
daily. The next generation
gets involved. Oliver Zabar
can be found behind the bar
many evenings.
Opens Eli's Bread and Pastry at Grand Central Market
Bursting with vigor, opens Eli
Essentials Grab & Go Shops
at: 74th Street and Madison
Avenue, 87th Street and
Lexington Avenue, 91st
Street and Madison Avenue.
People start to ask if he is
taking over the Upper East
Side of Manhattan.
Across the aisle, opens
Farm to Table at Grand
Central Market
The success of the
wine program at Eli's
Table
inspires the
addition of a wine bar
to the Eli's Essentials
store at 91st and
Madison.

"As a longtime Upper
East Sider, I wanted to
open a wine bar for
the neighborhood to
enjoy great food and
great wine in a more
casual setting."
Eli's Bread launched it's own website , making it easy for wholesale customers to view the entire product line.
Thanksgiving 2016 was the last day of
business at Eli's beloved Vinegar Factory.
A decision to return the VF to its original
manufacturing function and to centralize
retail operations at his flag-ship store on
Third Avenue prompted the closing.
Vinegar Factory
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Just before Christmas, an empty space in Grand Central Market became available and Eli "popped-up"
a food centric version of EAT Gifts. Half a way into 2017 it's still going strong.
 
What's next you might ask?
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