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Ratners Dairy Restaurant

Woody Jun 14, 2005 04:59 PM

I've heard that Ratners Dairy Restaurant
138 Delancey St. is closed.

Can this be true?

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    151 RE: Woody Jun 14, 2005 04:59 PM

    a long time ago

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      Woody RE: 151 Jun 14, 2005 05:17 PM

      Thanks for the reply, 151.

      I've been living in Prescott, AZ for the last 8 years.
      Went on a road trip to NYC a couple of weeks ago and
      my sister-in-law mentioned the Jewish deli on Delancy St. is closed (she incorrectly thought it was Katz's).

      I hope Katz's isn't closed.

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        BluPlateSpec RE: Woody Jun 14, 2005 05:39 PM

        Katz's isn't closed and probably never will. Ratner's closed about a year ago but had been more of a zombie for the past couple of years. They tried to join the hip explosion sweeping the Lower East Side (LES) by turning it at night time into a joint called Lansky's after the famous LES alumni Meyer Lansky but it didn't work. They did have the most delicious onion rolls.

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          ChowFun (derek) RE: BluPlateSpec Jun 14, 2005 06:28 PM

          Ah those onion rolls with sweet butter!!! A meal unto itself...I still dream about them!

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            carbskill RE: ChowFun (derek) Jun 14, 2005 11:55 PM

            Try the rolls at Junior's.

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              Chorus Girl RE: carbskill Jun 15, 2005 10:23 AM

              Or the ones at Peter Luger.

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              Querencia RE: ChowFun (derek) Jan 11, 2014 09:23 PM

              There is a Ratners cookbook (Ratners Meatless Cookbook) that has the recipe for onion rolls and much more. I checked just now and amazon has some used paperback copies.

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              Woody RE: BluPlateSpec Jun 15, 2005 05:29 PM


              thanks for the reply and clearing up the discrepancy.

          2. re: 151
            Woody RE: 151 Jun 14, 2005 05:18 PM

            Whoops, should have asked this question in previous reply.

            When did Ratners close?

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              Wilfrid RE: Woody Jan 7, 2014 02:15 PM

              The original Ratner's on Delancey Street closed in 2002. (I think there might have been one or two branches elsewhere.) http://www.lowermanhattan.info/news/r...

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            phantomdoc RE: Woody Jan 6, 2014 07:55 PM

            My mom had a paperback copy of Ratners Cookbook. Beat blintzes ever. Any info on the recipe appreciated.

            I see it on Amazon.

            Also found this


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              foodwhisperer RE: phantomdoc Jan 6, 2014 09:47 PM

              They did have good blintzes ( cheese)
              thanks for the links , I think I'll make these soon and with the clarified butter

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                sam1 RE: foodwhisperer Jan 7, 2014 05:33 PM

                it was my grandpa's favorite place for potato soup and onion rolls.

                i remember going in high school when it had lansky lounge in the back.

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                  phantomdoc RE: sam1 Jan 9, 2014 08:40 PM

                  I remember a branch on second avenue next door to the Fillmore East. One night the show was AN EVENING WITH THE GRATEFUL DEAD. During a break I was talking to Marmaduke ( lead singer for THE NEW RIDERS OF THE PURPLE SAGE) while he was looking in the Ratners window.

                  In those days there were 2 shows, Like 8:00 and 11:00. The Dead would play an acoustic set, then the "Riders" and then the Dead electric. They would empty the house and let in a new crowd and repeat the entertainment except the Dead electric set would go until 6:00 AM. Jerry Garcia being in both bands virtually never left the stage. Typically for 5 or 6 nights in a row. Forgive my ramble, but Ratners was next door.

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                    foodwhisperer RE: phantomdoc Jan 11, 2014 07:22 PM

                    Those were the days, my friend. The Doors played all night also.B&H Dairy was there then and still there.

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                    sugartoof RE: sam1 Jan 11, 2014 08:29 PM

                    Potato soup with the onion rolls... that was a great combination. I miss the soup cart.

                    They had darn good pirogies as well.

                    Before they closed, they started a remodel, and kept the bakery counter open. The frozen food operation continued on longer.

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                      erica RE: sugartoof Jan 12, 2014 06:34 AM

                      Yes, they screamed (as in stand-up screaming fight between my aunt and the elderly waiter) at my aunt for taking the onion rolls..they were in the basket for the table but you were not allowed to take them home if you did not eat them...my ever-prepared aunt had brought along a plastic bag to stash the leftovers..that is my fondest memory of the place on Delancey. The waiters were appropriately nasty....

                      Where else do we find places with the old NYC character these days?

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                        sugartoof RE: erica Jan 12, 2014 09:39 AM

                        This is interesting. One of the Ratner family was going to open a place called Peck's.


                        Looks like they're open. Not sure about the Rottiserie Chickens, but the matzoh ball soup photo looks like he should scrap the rest of the menu and focus on that.

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                        debinqueens RE: sugartoof Jan 12, 2014 07:50 AM

                        the frozen food operation is still extant, albeit under different ownership. not the same as the original, but a bit better than most frozen blintzes.

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                          sugartoof RE: debinqueens Jan 12, 2014 09:35 AM

                          Is it? What chain still carries it?

                          There were frozen soups too.

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                            debinqueens RE: sugartoof Jan 12, 2014 10:55 AM

                            the soups seem to have disappeared a long time ago, those were my favorites. I bought some potato blintzes at a met food here in queens about six months ago, but since then, the met turned into a foodtown (better prices, worse selection).

                            and, not meaning to throw in far-afield notions, the brand is carried at Giant Eagle markets (my mom loves the potato pancakes, and I had some while visiting her for Christmas).

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                  AlanHoward RE: Woody Jan 26, 2014 01:36 PM

                  I used to collect Ratner Jokes.

                  My favorite concerned my grandfather who went into the Ratners on 2nd avenue in the lower east side one day very early on in the 1900's. He was amazed that the waiter was Chinese. Not only that, but the waiter spoke Yiddish! When my grandfather left he went up to Ratner and said: “Ratner, where did you get a Chinaman who speaks Yiddish.” “Shush,” said Ratner, “he thinks he’s learning English!”

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