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
Eli-Zabar-Timeline-2016
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?
Eli-Zabar-Timeline-2017
 
Eli Zabar Timeline
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.
Eli Zabar 1943
Eli Zabar 1943
Born in New York City, youngest son of Louis and Lillian Zabar, founders of Zabar's.
Eli Zabar 1949
Eli Zabar 1949
Attends public and private schools in New York City.
Eli Zabar 1967
Eli Zabar 1967
Graduates from Columbia University.
Eli Zabar 1973
Eli Zabar 1973
Opens E.A.T. gourmet food shop and café at 1064 Madison Avenue.
Eli Zabar 1977
 
Opens E.A.T. boutique in Henri Bendel's famed "Street of Shops".
Eli Zabar 1982
Eli Zabar 1982
Opens second freestanding E.A.T. store in Rhinelander mansion at Madison Avenue and East 72 Street
Eli Zabar 1985
Eli Zabar 1985
Begins baking bread at E.A.T. and selling to local restaurants.
Eli Zabar 1985
Sells Rhinelander lease to Ralph Lauren and leaves Henri Bendel.
Eli Zabar 1985
E.A.T. Gifts opens next door to E.A.T., at 1062 Madison Avenue.
Eli Zabar 1987
Eli Zabar 1987
E.A.T. doubles in size, café becomes a restaurant and begins serving dinner.
Eli Zabar 1988
Eli Zabar 1988
E.A.T. Gifts triples in size - it moves into the building next door.
Eli Zabar 1992
Eli Zabar 1992
Opens Eli's Bread, a 15,000 square-foot bakery on East 91st Street
Eli Zabar 1993
Eli Zabar 1993
Opens Eli's Vinegar Factory, a grocery store and café in what was once New York's last factory for producing mustards and vinegars.
Eli Zabar 1995
Eli Zabar 1995
Builds greenhouses on the roof of the Vinegar Factory and begins growing salad greens and tomatoes.
Eli Zabar 1996
Opens "Across The Street" on East 91st Street with a very market driven menu. The restaurant receives 2 stars from The New York Times.
Eli Zabar 1998
Eli Zabar 1999
Eli Zabar 1999
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)!
Eli Zabar 2000
Eli Zabar 2000
Inspired by the flower shops he loves in Paris, adds a flower shop to Eli's Manhattan.
Eli Zabar 2002
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.
Eli Zabar 2003
Eli Zabar 2003
Launches website www.elizabar.com
Eli Zabar 2004
Eli Zabar 2004
Begins annual wine trips to Burgundy.
Eli Zabar 2005
Eli Zabar 2005
Begins making ice cream and opens summer ice cream store at Eli's Manhattan
Eli Zabar 2006
Eli Zabar 2006
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.
Eli Zabar 2007
Eli Zabar 2007
Re-opens the historic Amagansett Farmers Market in partnership with the Peconic Land Trust
Eli Zabar 2011
Opens the first Eli's Essentials, a "pop-up" grab & go next door to the Whitney Museum of Americian Art.
Eli Zabar 2012
Eli Zabar 2012
Opens Eli's Bread and Pastry at Grand Central Market
Eli Zabar 2013
Eli Zabar 2013
Across the aisle, opens Farm to Table at Grand Central Market
Eli Zabar 2014
Eli Zabar 2014
Redesigns TASTE Restaurant and reopens it as ELI'S TABLE

Launch the wine store's own website elizabarwine.com
Eli Zabar 2014
Eli Zabar 2014
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.
Eli Zabar 2015
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.
Eli Zabar 2015
Eli Zabar 2015
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 Zabar 2016
Eli's Bread launched it's own website , making it easy for wholesale customers to view the entire product line.
Vinegar Factory Eli Zabar 2016
Eli Zabar 2016
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.
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.
Eli Zabar 2016
Eli-Zabar-Timeline-2016
Eli Zabar 2017
What's next you might ask?
Eli-Zabar-Timeline-2017