By Jay Lloyd

NEW YORK, N.Y. (CBS) — If you ever thought about grazing your way through a getaway, you might want to head for the Lower East Side of Manhattan.

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It has to be the noshing capital of the world.  The Lower East Side was once covered curb-to-curb by pushcarts peddling everything from raw oysters to bratwurst.

By the mid-20th century, most of the nibbles moved inside, but tradition remains: such as real sour, garlicky pickles you eat like candy walking on Essex Street.

“We make everything the old-fashioned way, the way it’s been since 1910,” says Alan Kaufman as he stands behind barrels of tantalizing pickles at “The Pickle Guys” (above), insisting you try one.

His shop is a magnet.  “We have people come here from all over,” he says.

But there is more than pickles.  Two blocks from the pickle store you enter Chinatown, and an Asian smorgasbord (below).

(New York City's Chinatown.  Credit: Jay Lloyd)

(New York City’s Chinatown. Credit: Jay Lloyd)

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Then, Little Italy.

And if you want the nation’s most famous pastrami, there’s Katz’s Deli on Houston Street (say it “HOW-stun”), from where World War II mothers began sending salami to their boys in the army — so they’d have a nosh.

(Katz's Deli, on New York's Lower East Side.  Credit: Jay Lloyd)

(Katz’s Deli, on New York’s Lower East Side. Credit: Jay Lloyd)


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