You have to love pickles to own a pickle store and Alan Kaufman loves pickles. This guy works some nine hours a day, six days a week, elbow-deep in pickle juice, and yet the owner of the Pickle Guys doesn’t have a sour bone in his body. Even his staff, most of whom joined him when their former employer, Guss’ Pickles, left Essex Street a couple of years ago, act as if life were a pickle party. The daily pickle barrels reveal remarkably fresh stock, from new to fully soured, with that perfect snap and spray in every bite. These are simply terrific pickles and you'll want to sample them all. The former Guss' Pickles (a longstanding NYC store) is now taking up residence in a new space just down the block from the old store. Tourists still flock there and stand elbow to elbow in line with regulars, especially right before Passover, when the horseradish is freshly grated from morning till night.