New York Kosher Deli Update
I checked with the Second Avenue Deli. They are still answering their phone and saying they are working on the possibility of securing a new location, though the longer it goes, the less likely it seems to me. Does anybody have intel on this?
Meanwhile, Pastrami Queen on the Upper East Side has become my substitute deli of choice. Just make sure you ask for the center cut when ordering corned beef or pastrami. The sandwiches I've had there are Second-Avenue-Deli quality, though the sides are not as amazing.
I have found that the delis in Brooklyn are good as well. Crown Deli on 13 Avenue and 49 Street is an old classic, and they have a lot of good deli and sides. Also, I have found that a place called Tov U maitiv on Nostrand Avenue and Avenue M is also good for what would be considered deli sides. I myself miss the Second Avenue Deli, the last of a great era.
Could someone please elaborate on Crown Deli on 13th and 49th street? I will add the Liebmans, which is hechshered under the STate of New York's kosher laws, is faaaaantastic. The roast beef was juicy. The fries are superb. Even just the coleslaw was splendid. It's a the bottom of the pile regarding reliable kashrut in today's standards, but boy is it great!
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I have only eaten at the glatt places, so, for my information what is so unique about Second Ave deli, did they cure their own meats with a unique blend of spices? Did they use a higher quality of meat? or is it more just a traditional way of preparing the food?
Could a person buy deli from a butcher and make a similar sandwich or does it take special equipment like a press to sqeeze the liquids out of the pastrami....
I know that Crown is owned by some of the older generation of the Rubashkin family, i think its the parents of the Aaron's meat people, and I always heard they were very generous to needy people but no-one in Boro Park ever told me that it was considered popular with foodies...
Funny you should mention the 2nd Ave. Deli. I just read somewhere that they were planning on reopening soon. Can't remember where -- another board perhaps? So it's obviously not official. I confess that I never ate there, but after reading and hearing great things about it, I intend to try it as soon as they reopen.
I have very fond memories of taking my parents and son to the 2nd Ave deli and waiting outside reading the sidewalk inscriptions of the actors from the Yiddish stage. The mushroom barley soup was killer and I rate it as high as Ratner's mushroom barley soup which was supreme. I really miss it and can't seem to find any to replace it. Also, Deli Queen on the upper eastside is excellent although, some of the corned beef sandwhichs that were delivered were below par (had grizzle). Generally, excellent when eaten in the store.