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Mar 7, 2007 06:13 PM

New York Deli?

IS there a New York Deli in the Bay Area?

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  1. NO! I've been everywhere and none compare at all to New York. Yeah, it's pathetic. Not enough Jews! If you want deli on the West Coast you have to head down to L.A. Probably the least worst though was the East West Something Something Deli in SF. Their corned beef wasn't that bad, even though I asked for pastrami.

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    1. re: SamuelA.L.

      East Coast West Deli on Polk near Clay. Probably makes the most effort to duplicate New York style.

    2. There are Jewish delis that are New Yorkish, but this isn't New York, so... No. Not really.

      Try Miller's deli on Polk St.

      Also, does anybody know if Brothers Deli in Burlingame is still around?

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      1. re: Zach Georgopoulos

        Yeah, that was it. Miller's (Some direction: East, West?) Deli. They also had pretty decent knish.

        1. re: Zach Georgopoulos

          At last report Brothers Deli moved to Millbrae and continues on a downward slope.

              1. re: chemchef

                Pretty incongruous dish for a self-styled "Kosher-style delicatessen."

              2. re: Robert Lauriston

                Can't believe you skipped over the Vietnamese noodle soups on the menu without comment. (vbg)

                1. re: Melanie Wong

                  Shrimp and scallop Vietnamese soup, no less.

              3. re: Melanie Wong

                Wow -- how did I miss that it moved to Millbrae? Looks like it took over the Anabelle's location (that place went bad real fast after an ownership change). Pity that it's on a downward slope, though...

                1. re: Zach Georgopoulos

                  I can't believe it either! You've been gone from the boards for way too long, but surely you've been keeping in touch with your loyal subjects in the Kingdom of Greater Millbrae. When I first heard it had moved, I wondered if this was the first step toward sinocization of the menu.

                  1. re: Melanie Wong

                    Sadly, my absence from the boards corresponds with my neglect of Greater Millbrae. Both will be remedied soon! Sinocization? What's not Jewish about shrimp and scallop Vietnamese soup???

            1. whatever you do, don't try Moishe's Pipic. You will be very disappointed. Miller's East West if th closest we get here...

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              1. re: sfoperalover

                Moishe's does not hold itself out as a NY style deli, but rather as a Chicago style deli.

                1. re: Zach Georgopoulos

                  But it isn't a good Chicago-style deli either. In fact, based on my last trip back to Chicago, there aren't many good Chicago-style delis in Chicago.

                  1. re: mc2

                    Not to split hairs, but the title of the thread is "New York Deli?". I was just pointing out that the reference to Moishe's (a Chicago style deli, regardless of merit) was not really in context. Besides, Moishe's does a pretty mean (though overpriced) Chicago dog.

                    1. re: Zach Georgopoulos

                      The definition of New York Deli is basically a real Jewish deli.I've never heard of a Chicago style Jewish Deli. Mind explaining? Just curious, maybe I'll try it .

                      1. re: SamuelA.L.

                        I don't know that either a NY or Chicago deli must be strictly Jewish --at least the presence of Italian Beef in the latter would seem to disprove the theory. Also, regional differences in ethnic cuisines have historically arisen from the availability of ingredients -- Jewish recipes differ from place to place the same way Italian recipes do. Honestly, I have no idea whether there's that much of a difference --- I was just pointing out that Moishe's doesn't claim to be NY style!

                1. re: rworange

                  I believe this place has closed or at least it was when i went by there recently.
                  Could it be only temporary???

                  1. re: MSK

                    Gosh, I was there last month for a bagel fix. I hope not. It has never been really busy, but I usually make it there just before closing.

                    1. re: rworange

                      I'm sorry.......I was wrong.

                      I just dialed them and they answered. Maybe the day of my visit in January was a Jewish holiday I was unaware of.

                      1. re: MSK

                        Thanks !!! Maybe I'll check them out for beet horseradish this year.

                2. I mentioned Moishe's because this is the logical progression for all who seek NY style deli and don't find it. Someone mentions Moishe's, and you go, excited that perhaps Chicago will do you right. You leave profoundly disappointed. And, if you seek NY Deli, even the best Chicao style hot dog won't cheer you up - in fact, it will further dampen your spirits because it's such a far departure from a NY style dog.