Foods I Miss From NYC
I am a fairly recent transferee from NYC. Does anyone know where in Montgomery/Chester Counties I can find GOOD (i) bagels, (ii) deli, (iii) half-sour pickles, and (iv) Manhattan Special Expresso Coffee Soda? Thanks.
a cut above deli (chester co i think, intersection of rtes 3 and 252) is the best deli i have EVER been to, new york included!! they use sarcone's bread and high-quality ingredients. take-out only. my work is a 20-min drive from there, and i find myself taking an extended lunch all the time to grab a hoagie from them. it's worth the 40-min drive. get there before noon to avoid the lunch rush.
i still have yet to find good bagels, so if you do, let me know. i get mine from kaplan's at 3rd and poplar in phila, they are fine, but they are nothing to write home about.
Face it: H & H it isn't but a close second would be for you to find Manhattan Bagels. They are quite good even though they aren't H & H (what is??)
In Montgomery County for the best of the best delis, you have the pleasure of Murray's or Hymie's.
Yes, yes, I know -- not Katz', but a reasonable facsimile.
Hey Ms Chow,
This boiled-bagel place sounds exciting. Where is it? Also - seems like a neighborhood that supports real bagels might have some other Jewish/Eastern-european treats as well. Anything else along those lines that we should know about in Cherry Hill? I'd love to find bialys, good jewish "appetizing" (herring, chopped liver, smoked fishes, etc.), pastrami, etc.
The Bagel Spot is on Kings Highway in Cherry Hill:
It's maybe 10 minutes from the BF Bridge. Pretty much strictly takeout, but they have table or 2 set up outside. It's a tiny little shop. Great bagels, though!
Kibitz Room, in Cherry Hill is a sit down Jewish deli. In the reviews you hear some grumbles about the unfriendly service. True, but the food is good.
Lots of people like the Short Hills Deli, which is only about a mile from the Kibitz Room. Again, service with a scowl, but the food is decent.
Nothing's going to compare with a really good NY Italian or Jewish deli. Personally, I think Kibitz room is better than Hymies or Katz Deli. Not as much of a scene, however.
I understand there is a kosher deli inside the Harry Katz Jewish Community Center (intersection of Springdale and Kresson Roads, Cherry Hill). A friend said she has gotten great whitefish salad there in the past. I haven't been, but it might be worth a call to check it out.
Kibitz Room, Short Hills Deli, and JCC are within a minute or two of each other. Bagel Spot is 5-10 minutes from any of these places. Maybe you can make a day trip out of it. You can always save lots of money doing a 'liquor store run' while you're in NJ. (Don't you have those PA state stores!)
Instead of giving the author of this post recommendations in Cherry Hill, why not read their request for MONTGOMERY/CHESTER COUNTIES?? That's PA people. Only one poster gave a Montgomery County rec - and they're good (Hymie's and Murray's). A Cut Above is in Newtown Square, that's DELAWARE COUNTY. Not Chester County.
I'd recommend Pumpernick's in Montgomeryville on 309. That's Montgomery County. Good deli, decent pickles. Check out Michael's in King of Prussia - Montgomery County again.
Bagels? A tough one. There's a decent bagel bakery in King of Prussia on Beidler Rd.
As far as the soda goes, I'm not sure where you can find that but, I'd ask Paul Klein at Pumpernick's.
We've enjoyed good deli (x-tra lean pastrami, corned beef), good rye bread and half -sour pickles at Ben & Irv's in shopping center off County Line Rd. Next to the Market Place in Huntingdon Valley.
Though shipping jacks up the price considerably, both H & H (in Manhattan) and Bagel Oasis (in Fresh Meadows, Queens) ship. Also, I assume that other deli's do this, but Ben's Deli (mini-chain in Queens and Long Island) ships. I sent someone bagels through H & H as a gift a few years ago and was told the bagels were good even after shipping. I can vouch for the food at the other places, but can't tell you how the shipping works out with them. Of course, you could recruit family and friends to bring you food from "the old country," as I do when I travel from home in NYC to Dallas to visit cousins. Good luck.
My favorite Jewish deli is Hymie's in Bala Cynwyd/Merion- about 5 minutes off of the Belmont or City Avenue exits on 76. I love their bagels, whitefish salad and lox spread. Kind of pricy- but well worth it. A block away is Murray's - also very good.