Video: David's Brisket House, the Jewish Deli Run by Muslims in Brooklyn

Editor's Note: Welcome to the first in a series of very short videos produced by Serious Eats contributor, documentarian, and Real Cheap Eats founder James Boo. The series, 1 Minute Meal, is a gallery of video snapshots documenting the places, people, and foods that make New York a vibrant food community.


[Photograph: James Boo]

Several sandwiches at David's Brisket House have made the pages of SENY, but there's a lot more to this place than brisket three ways. 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 it 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: David's Brisket House from James Boo on Vimeo.

David's Brisket House

533 Nostrand Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11216 (map) 718-789-1155

7721 5th Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11209 (map) 718-333-5662

(Both locations closed Friday, noon to 2 p.m., for prayer service)