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The return of the Second Avenue Deli

Fida Sep 4, 2007 04:13 PM

I can never get the search mechanism to work any more, but as far as I can tell, this hasn't been mentioned yet.

Are you all aware that the Second Avenue Deli is planning its next incarnation? On East 33rd Street, oddly enough. I wish them well, but can't think of any major deli that has been on what's essentially a sort of side street like that.

It'll be at: 162 East 33rd.

See you there, RGR.

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    ricky7 Sep 4, 2007 04:23 PM

    heard about this many months ago on this board.i was on this part of east 33rd not too long ago and didnt see any sign of any kind of restaurant opening up. originally it was said an opening would be in august. as far getting the business, if its as good as the original people will find it and go. i miss the old one so much.

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      RGR Sep 4, 2007 05:08 PM


      This is definitely not new news on this board. It's been common knowledge for quite some time. Here's a recent thread on which I posted about it: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/432098

      We just passed by again on Saturday, and they are making progress on the renovation but still have a ways to go. Being on a side street is not going to matter one iota because it will immediately become a destination restaurant.


      It's on 33rd, b/t Lex & 3rd, south side of the street, in a space formerly occupied by the Spanish restaurant Marbella.

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        Fida Sep 4, 2007 06:12 PM

        Okay, thanks. As I said, the search function never seems to work, and I come here much less now.

        It's possible that side-street location may not matter much, but I think it'll matter a few iotas. But I wonder what it will do to Sarge's business. Anyway, I think everyone wishes them well.

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        thalthewall Oct 3, 2007 02:22 PM

        has anyone walked by there and seen the progress here? I thought it was supposed to open in October and it seems that its october now....

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          RGR Oct 3, 2007 02:32 PM

          We just walked by this past weekend. They are making progress. They've installed a new facade. The windows are white-soaped from inside, but we managed to get a peek through a tiny clear space. They've built a small vestibule with a door on the right leading into the restaurant. The last time we passed by a few weeks ago, we were better able to see that they had done substantial work on the interior though there was still a lot to do. Depending on exactly how far along they are on the inside right now, they could be on target to open sometime this month.

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            Moishe Oct 3, 2007 02:34 PM

            When I called their number last week, they said they hope to open late October, and are working on a new web site. Salivation is near!

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              BW212 Oct 3, 2007 10:21 PM

              Oh my gosh! I can't wait. I miss it soooo much. Will they still do take out? Hurry 2nd Ave deli, hurry!

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                RGR Oct 4, 2007 07:29 PM

                What a question? Which deli does not do take-out? lol

        2. guttergourmet Oct 4, 2007 04:31 AM

          Maybe call it the "Toidy-Toid N Toid Deli"? As long as they bring back their chopped liver.

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            financialdistrictresident Oct 5, 2007 04:16 AM

            Bring on a big, fat chicken liver sandwich! And free samples on rye at the counter if you get it to go. Yum!

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            vinegarhill Oct 4, 2007 12:31 PM

            This news makes me so happy! I get depressed every time I walk by the old location and see that bank. One of my favorite things to get was the meat and potato knish.

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              ricky7 Oct 4, 2007 09:45 PM

              i was 3 blocks from the old 2nd ave deli. loved going on a sunday nite to take out 2 hot dogs, matzoh ball soup, and pastrami sandwich. Now i guess i will be hopping the 6 train to 33rd st. Cant freaking wait.

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                ratatosk Oct 5, 2007 01:30 AM

                I had just worked up the strength of will to stop eating Pastrami every time and start working my way through the menu in earnest. Then I went to Toronto for a few months, and when I came back it was gone. I was heartbroken and outraged, and the fact that it actually looks like this fantastic place is not gone forever inspires in me a hope for the rest of the world that is out of all proportion to the importance of a good deli. Which is saying something, since a good deli is a very important thing!

                Hopefully, I'm still at the beginning of my relationship with this place. I know all about the pastrami, the chopped chicken liver, and the soups. What else are people looking forward to eating there once it opens?

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                  guttergourmet Oct 5, 2007 12:44 PM

                  Hmmm...hard salami, tongue, corned beef and franks for starters...

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              thalthewall Dec 10, 2007 11:22 AM

              This report says opening next week: http://nymag.com/restaurants/features...
              and I called and they said Monday is the day.

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