Smoked salmon and lox—potato, potahto, right? Well, not really. Not only are the two classic varieties of breakfast salmon different from one another, but they each have sub-varieties that will show up at your local bagel shop, or the fish section of the grocery store. Are you confused by Nordic vs. Scotch, Nova vs. Gravlax? Follow along as we navigate just what kind of fishy delicacy is perched on top of that everything bagel with cream cheese.
The die-hards get there early—7:30 a.m., 8 at the latest. After that you have to wait in line, which can stretch out the door and down Gem Street, a small industrial block in North Brooklyn. It’s not for a secret show, or some kind of newfangled pastry hybrid. It’s to buy fish—smoked and pickled fish, to be precise—and to get it right from the source.