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Jewish deli in/around Park Slope?

It needn't be kosher, but can anyone tell me where I can get a nice bowl of matzoh ball soup, a pastrami sandwich and maybe some kasha varnishkes? (A bowl of pickled things that are placed on the table when you sit down isn't mandatory, but certainly appreciated.)

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  1. While far more eclectic than a Jewish Deli (You can also get baby back ribs and Fried Calamari), Junior's does serve Matzo ball soup and pastrami and corned beef sandwiches. I think that's as close a you can get to what you want in the Park Slope vicinity.

    1. I've been living in Park Slope for five years now, and we have 8 or so Thai Restaurants, multiple Japanese, Various Mexican Restaurants, a plethora of Chinese Restaurants, and every form of hamburger known to mankind.

      We are missing two things:

      A good Kosher (style) delicatessan
      A good Korean restaurant.

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      1. re: gfood

        I've heard, but can't confirm, that a Korean Restaurant is going into the space on Garfield Place below Rancho Allegro and next door to Ha Na Bi.

        Anyone else know about this rumor?

      2. For Korean, check Noo Nah over in Prospect Heights - most people are told that Vanderbilt is Park Slope anyways. (Just like people are told that Franklin is Prospect Heights.)

        1. I've been living in Park Slope for two years. While there are many wonderful food options there, there's nothing even resembling good Matzoh Ball soup anywhere closer than Junior's.

          I used to go to the 2nd avenue Deli on my way home, but that's no longer an option, sadly.

          1. I can tell you where NOT to go. Out of desparation when my husband and I were sick we ordered Matzoh Ball Soup from Park Cafe on 7th. What a mistake!

            1. Culinary nostalgia aside, Jewish delis are fading out everywhere, so it's not just Park Slope. Given the overall trend, I certainly wouldn't expect a new one to open in the neighborhood anytime soon.

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              1. re: Woodside Al

                Blegh...try getting pastrami in Boston. it's sad. I think this culinary culture is dying out because more and more jewish people are growing up "assimilated," like me I guess. We're not really Jews anymore, we're just white people. We turn up our nose at chopped liver and gefilte fish. We like fois gras and porterhouse steaks and upscale italian.


                On the drive home to New Jersey from Boston I get to pass a place called Reins, just outside of Hartford. It's the bet I can get now, and it's pretty good! Sorry for the semi OT lament.

              2. Try 13th ave Boro Park or CIA and ave J, where large numbers of Kosher Jews live. Think of it as 'Kosher town'.

                1. There used o be two kosher delis in Park Slope, Bellamellio's on 1st street and 7th ave and some other place on 7th ave between Union and Berkeley. Bellamellio was the better. I've had the matzoh ball soup at Park Cafe and liked it very much. It's not overloaded with salt and the cook mixes dill in the matzoh. If they just added chicken meat, fresh and maybe some noodles to the broth then it would be perfect.