The Pickle Guys

Everthing Pickled

For over 15 years, The Pickle Guys have been making pickles “just the way mom used to make them” – with salt brine, garlic, spices, and no preservatives. Honoring the rich history of pickle stores that dotted the Lower East Side since 1910, The Pickle Guys barrel-cure all their pickles from one day up to six months. Today, you can find owners Alan Kaufman, Michael Chu, and William Soo pickling the classics, as well as new favorites such as pickled turnips and pineapples. The Pickle Guys serve more than more delicious pickles, they serve a piece of Lower East Side history.

Get to know: The Pickle Guys

Mike Chu, Will Soo, and Alan Kaufman

Owners

Historically there were numerous pickle shops on Essex Street, but today The Pickle Guys is the only pickle store that remains. What does it mean to you to be a business owner in this neighborhood and what are you looking forward to most about growing your relationship with this community with your outpost in The Market Line?

In 1910, pickle establishments were prominent in LES because of necessity and culture. We have watched generations of families come through our doors following those same ancestral values. Though the neighborhood has transformed over time, we are honored to be able to continue serving this little piece of history and are excited to meet others like ourselves in this ‘melting pot’ atmosphere that The Market Line has created.

In addition to the barrel cured pickles you make from an old Eastern European recipe, you pickle some surprising things like watermelon and pineapple. What is the most unexpected thing you've ever pickled? What is Pickle Guys bestseller?

We love being adventurous when it comes to pickling and truth is that not everything is meant to be pickled but one success story, which happens to be a top 5 customer favorite, is our pickled brussel sprouts. That said, the Full Sour Pickle is still The Pickle Guys best seller.

When I think of the Lower East Side, I think of…

History, diversity, people, culture, and food.

Best thing about NYC and worst thing about NYC:

The best thing about NYC is the variety of ethnic food. The worst thing is trying to decide on what
to eat.

What is your earliest food memory?

My earliest food memory was when I made my first matzo ball soup. Not knowing that the matzo ball doubles in size as it cooks, I made one of the biggest matzo balls I ever had.

What’s the one food you can’t live without?

A greasy burger...with a pickle on the side.

Preferred method of transportation:

Walking, because you never know what you’ll stumble across.

What is your most essential ingredient in the kitchen?

The most essential ingredient would have to be salt. Without it, pickling would not be possible.

Historically there were numerous pickle shops on Essex Street, but today The Pickle Guys is the only pickle store that remains. What does it mean to you to be a business owner in this neighborhood and what are you looking forward to most about growing your relationship with this community with your outpost in The Market Line?

In 1910, pickle establishments were prominent in LES because of necessity and culture. We have watched generations of families come through our doors following those same ancestral values. Though the neighborhood has transformed over time, we are honored to be able to continue serving this little piece of history and are excited to meet others like ourselves in this ‘melting pot’ atmosphere that The Market Line has created.

In addition to the barrel cured pickles you make from an old Eastern European recipe, you pickle some surprising things like watermelon and pineapple. What is the most unexpected thing you've ever pickled? What is Pickle Guys bestseller?

We love being adventurous when it comes to pickling and truth is that not everything is meant to be pickled but one success story, which happens to be a top 5 customer favorite, is our pickled brussel sprouts. That said, the Full Sour Pickle is still The Pickle Guys best seller.

When I think of the Lower East Side, I think of…

History, diversity, people, culture, and food.

Best thing about NYC and worst thing about NYC:

The best thing about NYC is the variety of ethnic food. The worst thing is trying to decide on what
to eat.

What is your earliest food memory?

My earliest food memory was when I made my first matzo ball soup. Not knowing that the matzo ball doubles in size as it cooks, I made one of the biggest matzo balls I ever had.

What’s the one food you can’t live without?

A greasy burger...with a pickle on the side.

Preferred method of transportation:

Walking, because you never know what you’ll stumble across.

What is your most essential ingredient in the kitchen?

The most essential ingredient would have to be salt. Without it, pickling would not be possible.

Historically there were numerous pickle shops on Essex Street, but today The Pickle Guys is the only pickle store that remains. What does it mean to you to be a business owner in this neighborhood and what are you looking forward to most about growing your relationship with this community with your outpost in The Market Line?

In 1910, pickle establishments were prominent in LES because of necessity and culture. We have watched generations of families come through our doors following those same ancestral values. Though the neighborhood has transformed over time, we are honored to be able to continue serving this little piece of history and are excited to meet others like ourselves in this ‘melting pot’ atmosphere that The Market Line has created.

In addition to the barrel cured pickles you make from an old Eastern European recipe, you pickle some surprising things like watermelon and pineapple. What is the most unexpected thing you've ever pickled? What is Pickle Guys bestseller?

We love being adventurous when it comes to pickling and truth is that not everything is meant to be pickled but one success story, which happens to be a top 5 customer favorite, is our pickled brussel sprouts. That said, the Full Sour Pickle is still The Pickle Guys best seller.

When I think of the Lower East Side, I think of…

History, diversity, people, culture, and food.

Best thing about NYC and worst thing about NYC:

The best thing about NYC is the variety of ethnic food. The worst thing is trying to decide on what
to eat.

What is your earliest food memory?

My earliest food memory was when I made my first matzo ball soup. Not knowing that the matzo ball doubles in size as it cooks, I made one of the biggest matzo balls I ever had.

What’s the one food you can’t live without?

A greasy burger...with a pickle on the side.

Preferred method of transportation:

Walking, because you never know what you’ll stumble across.

What is your most essential ingredient in the kitchen?

The most essential ingredient would have to be salt. Without it, pickling would not be possible.