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Dinner at "Trendy Jewish Deli" for picky uncle

tennisboy Apr 16, 2007 10:58 AM

Have my mom and uncle visiting next week, and he requested a "trendy jewish deli" to eat near the Hilton New York. Any ideas?

Also any ideas for just good American food (not cheap/touristy) places near the Hilton New York?


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    RGR RE: tennisboy Apr 16, 2007 11:27 AM

    If such a place as a "trendy Jewish deli" exists in NYC, I've never heard of it. One place that has very non-traditional decor is the Mill Basin Deli, in Brooklyn, where the walls are literally an art gallery with artists such as Erte, Lichtenstein, Chagall, etc., represented. The food also happens to be excellent.

    Regarding "American" food, are you looking for a steakhouse? Or do you want Contemporary American cuisine? If the former, Quality Meats and Ruth's Chris are nearby. If the latter, The Modern is very close.

    1. LFeinberg RE: tennisboy Apr 16, 2007 12:10 PM

      Check out Rosen's Deli...it's on 51st and Madison.
      American spots near the Hilton: Bar Americain, Ruth's Chris, The Palm

      1. Yaqo Homo RE: tennisboy Apr 16, 2007 12:56 PM

        By "trendy" I'm assuming the OP's uncle was requesting a place highly regarded by locals and people in-the-know, as opposed to having swanky and hip atmopshere.... am I wrong?

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          LFeinberg RE: Yaqo Homo Apr 16, 2007 01:04 PM

          you're right on about a place regarded by locals. can deli and hip and swanky even go in the same sentence? :)
          i thought that rosen's deli was pretty good.

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          tennisboy RE: tennisboy Apr 16, 2007 01:16 PM

          I know..this trendy thing makes no sense. So maybe Rosen's Deli will be 1 option, and as for another, we definitely wouldnt want a chain like Ruth's Chris (I personally think their buttered-fried steak is abhorrent anyway). We'd want something a little nicer (but not majorly expensive).

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            Cpalms RE: tennisboy Apr 16, 2007 03:00 PM

            Barney Greengrass might work...decidedly not trendy though

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            addictedtolunch RE: tennisboy Apr 16, 2007 05:09 PM

            If by "trendy" you mean "looking and serving authentic" or sufficiently retro, try Artie's on the upper West Side. But the whole idea of a "trendy deli" is a contradiction in terms. Deli is a pleasant trip backwards.

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              gluttonous RE: tennisboy Apr 16, 2007 07:40 PM

              The Carnegie deli is well for its humongous tasty sandwiches and lack of ambiance. It is now somewhat of a tourist haven (with tourist style prices) but it is probably the trendy place you are looking for. Also, years ago there was the Stage Deli. I dont know if its still there but possibly that could be good.

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                RGR RE: gluttonous Apr 17, 2007 09:20 AM

                Yes, the Stage Deli is still there. In my view, the food is worse than at Carnegie, which is mediocre at best. As IslayMan says, for the quintessential NYC deli experience, no place beats Katz's, where it's all about the pastrami.

              2. IslayMan RE: tennisboy Apr 16, 2007 07:43 PM

                Trendy Jewish Deli = oxymoron!

                If you mean good food and the classic NYC experience then go to Katz'.

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                  paperpest RE: tennisboy Apr 17, 2007 08:34 AM

                  Mendy's for deli, 61 E 34th St. They also have a take out spot in the Grand Central Terminal dining area.

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                    a_and_w RE: paperpest Apr 17, 2007 03:31 PM

                    Yes, I think Mendy's is the place you're looking for. The best is obviously Katz's, but Mendy's is a little more upscale. Plus, it was mentioned in Seinfeld!

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                    john RE: tennisboy Apr 17, 2007 02:29 PM

                    Don't worry about trendy or near the Hilton. Just take him to Katz's on Houston St. No other deli can hold a candle to their pastrami.

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