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Great Jewish Deli/Restaurant in LA

My parents are coming to town and I want to take them out to a great Jewish deli. My dad is from Brooklyn (but they have lived in San Fran for 30 yrs.) and is a huge pastrami fan. I love Cantors for the ambience but the last few times the food and service has REALLY fell short and I don't want to go there anymore; besides my folks have already been there. I really like Greenblatts on Sunset (it is on Sunset right??) and have been there several times. Any other recommendations??? Looking for a great pastrami sandwich on rye type thing, good pickles, soup, and latkes and all the fixin's.

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    1. Langer's is about good as it gets for pastrami!

      1. Langer's, Langer's, Langer's. They chose pastrami over corned beef as their specialty at the outset and even New Yorkers come here for it.

        1. Nate 'n Al's, absolutely.

          1. For pastrami it has to be Langer's.

            1. All the top 10 are pretty good, but it depends on where you want to go. I like Brent's in Northridge, but I live near it. Art's in Studio City is also nice. When in the City (not in the Valley) I like Junior's, in Westwood. It's not on the top 10, but I personally think it's very good.

              1. yep Pastrami......LANGERS

                  1. Your father will not be disappointed by the pastrami at Langers. It is THE BEST!

                    1. Yes to Langer's. Though the area is not the best if you're thinking of taking a walk after lunch, the pastrami sure is. I'm an ex-New Yorker, and I think it beats Katz's big time.

                      Don't take them to Arts, unless you want your parents to stare at you like my parents did when I took them to Arts.

                      1. Langers, Langers, Langers.

                        1. It's as close to unanimous as anything can be on Chowhound -- for pastrami you go to Langers. For non-pastrami dishes, then there is more dissension on the board. Personally, I like Brent's in Northridge. One of the best delis I've ever been to in the country (and that's no small statement). But if I am in the mood for pastrami, I go right to Langers for the hand-carved pastrami on toasted rye with mustard. Best sandwich in America.

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                          1. re: glutton

                            It's near Dodger Stadium? My god, that's way East of the 405. El Jefe is not very happy about this. Can Pastrami be that much better over there vs. Nate n' Als?

                            They definitely have the nices website of the delis. Links to directions from all 3 map services!


                            1. re: ElJeffe

                              I just took another glance at the website and something alarmed me. The pastrami looks VERY thick cut, almost like chunks. Is that the case? I really like my pastrami thinly sliced. Can anyone confirm?

                              1. re: ElJeffe

                                It is very thick cut, not like any other pastrami, a different animal all unto itself. If you're comparing it to the pastrimi you already love, you may be disappointed. But if you treat it like a whole new dish, call it a Langer's Sandwich instead of a Pastrami Sandwich, you may just love it on its own.

                              2. re: ElJeffe

                                There are a lot of places better than Nate 'n' Al's, not just Langers. Brents roundly destroys Nate 'n; Al's.

                                Give Langer's a shot. Seriously, it's the closest thing to a unanimous recommendation on Chowhound and that's an extraordinary statement.

                                1. re: glutton

                                  Nate 'n' Al's is average at best . A step up from Jerry's Famous Deli. Greenblatt's blows it out of the water.

                            2. Agree about Langer's. So you know, it is located across from MacArthur Park on the S/E corner of Alvarado and Seventh, across from a Redline stop. Their parking lot (validate) is a block to the east on the north side of Seventh. This is not a mile-high sandwich stuffed with three meals worth of meat a la Carnegie Deli. Their pastrami is warm, succulent, thick cut (specify handcut) served on a perfect double-baked rye, soft in the middle and crunchy at the crust (I strongly advise against toasting it). I like mine a little bit moister than they usually trim, so I ask that not all the fat be removed. I also like their fries, ordered welldone, and I've had a good cup of matzo ball soup. Limited hours -- go for lunch.

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                              1. re: nosh

                                Nosh, I like your ordering tact.. Gosh, now I need to go to Langers. I better stay away from this board..

                                1. re: nosh

                                  I Ask for Hand Cut Fatty Pastrami.

                                2. No contest: Langer's pastrami sandwich!

                                  1. The only complaint...no issue...that I had with Langer's was the price of the pastrami sandwich. Eleven dollars for a sandwich was a bit steep. Any sides like fries were extra. If I remember, all I got with the sandwich was a pickle. But I do have to admit, it was a great sandwich. Not the best place to go sightseeing though.

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                                    1. re: Clinton

                                      Nate 'n Al's is $13.50 and Junior's is $12.50

                                      1. re: Servorg

                                        Oy vay, that's a lot of Big Macs!

                                        1. re: Servorg

                                          Agreed. $11 is probably the cheapest I've seen in the big LA delis.

                                        2. re: Clinton

                                          I took my visiting sister to Langer's and told her to order the hand-cut pastrami on rye. She pronounced it the "best sandwich I ever ate." No small feat, since we grew up on Detroit Jewish deli food and used to frequent NYC 2nd Ave and Carnegie delis.

                                          1. re: Clinton

                                            Agreed $11 is Cheap for a Sandwich of this magnitude. In a Class all by itself. Perhaps your used to "Cheaper" Pastrami like the Hat, or Dino's? I've eaten a WHOLE Woody Allen at Carnagie Deli at One Sitting. Took me Hour and a half. Plus egging from my friend. Didn't feel so good after and didn't eat again till 12 hours later. Big Deal You may think? I'm 5'4" 127 Pounds BIG Guys around 2-3 time my Size Watched in Amazement. They could Barely eat a 1/2.... LOL I Must be related to Kobayashi the Former Nathans Hot dog king.....

                                            1. re: Clinton

                                              $11 is cheap for pure happiness, which is what I feel after eating their pastrami--I'm also a huge fan of their matzoh ball soup.

                                              1. re: Clinton

                                                Well - luckily I live in Silverlake and work downtown so this is pretty close and easy to get to! And I can show my folks where I work and take them for fantastic pastrami! What a combo!

                                              2. I recommend Salad Farm on Figueroa St. Not fancy but healthy and can be Kosher, vegetarian, or quite protein loaded. Bread could be better, but people are friendly and try hard to please you. You will feel very wanted.

                                                1. I agree with the CW about Langer's, but I would also look into the Oinkster on Colorado in Eagle Rock.

                                                  They may be the only local place that makes their pastrami from scratch ... yes, even Langer's buys from a distributor -- with them it's about the steaming and slicing.

                                                  Oinkster serves their pastrami on hoagie rolls, and you won't get soup, latkes or anything close to Jewish deli ambiance -- just astoundingly good pastrami.

                                                  2005 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041

                                                  Langer's Delicatessen
                                                  704 S Alvarado St, Los Angeles, CA 90057

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                                                  1. re: maxzook

                                                    Obviously Langer's is a must...it's really the only answer if you're going for pastrami.

                                                    But Oinkster is very good also...their approach is "slow fast food", which I like. And apparently the owner/'chef' learned his pastrami technique from none other than Al Langer himself.

                                                    I prefer Langer's pastrami, but Oinkster is definitely worth a trip. (They serve beer on tap too...)

                                                  2. One thing about Langers is that they close early (~4pm).

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                                                    1. re: SauceSupreme

                                                      If I eat pastrami after 4 pm I'm up all night. So it works out just fine.

                                                      And who'd want to be in that neighborhood after sundown anyway?

                                                    2. One of my favorite past times is taking my friends from NYC to Langer's and watching their faces as they experience the Finest Pastrami & RYE Bread known to Man. Game over!

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                                                      1. re: russkar

                                                        I was hoping you were going to BREAK IT DOWN, on the $6.50 Langer's #19!

                                                        1. re: Burger Boy

                                                          Order from Langers To-go, One LB of Handcut Semi Lean Pastrami (16.50), Half Loaf of Rye (3.50). Makes 3 sandwiches for under $7.00 ea

                                                          1. re: russkar

                                                            Ah, but you don't get a pickle!

                                                            1. re: russkar

                                                              Do you know for a fact that Langer's puts a third of a pound of pastrami in a sandwich or are you just guessing?

                                                              This is an honest question. We always compare pastrami sandwiches (and other kinds) here and discuss prices but no one ever discusses how much meat you actually get in the sandwich.

                                                              1. re: Hackenbush

                                                                Good question? Many places offer pastrami at a lower price but skimp on the meat. Not to get off the subject but I do also love Viennese pastrami from Steve's in Torrance that stuffs their French loaf with lots of meat. Not Kosher but still tasty for $6.00 or so. OK, OK so shoot me!

                                                              2. re: russkar

                                                                Hhhmmm... that sounds like a great idea, as I was always thinking that the only thing that the Langer's pastrami sandwich was missing was some of Philippe's hot mustard.

                                                                  1. re: SoCalMuncher

                                                                    I thought I was the only person that has fantasies about that combo. I love Langers and have been eating there for 30 years. The only complaint I have is the mustard selection. I guess I'll have to buy a jar at Phillippe's and BYOM.

                                                              3. re: russkar

                                                                russkar, you are my Hero, now if you could do that with the Machaca Burrito at El Tepeyac.

                                                                1. re: Burger Boy

                                                                  Ah yes, Tepeyac. First you have a shot of Teq with Manuel (not now days, health reasons, but in the "old" days), then you order a Machaca Burrito Grande and share it with a bunch of friends, your cost should be a couple of bucks each.

                                                              4. Also, if possible, grab a copy of the October's "Los Angeles" magazine, they did a feature on local jewish delis, highlighting many of the ones already mentioned on the thread.


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                                                                1. re: AquaW


                                                                  The thread on LA Magazine's list is above. This is their list:

                                                                  1. Brent’s
                                                                  2. Langer’s
                                                                  3. Nate n’ Al
                                                                  4. Art’s
                                                                  5. Pico Kosher
                                                                  6. Marv’s
                                                                  7. Canter’s
                                                                  8. Factor’s
                                                                  9. Billy’s
                                                                  10. Label’s Table

                                                                  I would have dumped Canter's and Factor's for Greenblatt's and Billy's, and I would have put Art's ahead of Nate and Al's.

                                                                  1. re: maxzook

                                                                    there's also junior's which is decent.

                                                                2. A Big Fat (not lean) LANGERS! Hands down the best LA has to offer.

                                                                  1. What about Corned Beef?
                                                                    right here in the Valley...

                                                                    In Beautiful Downtown BURBANK
                                                                    WORLDS BEST CORNED BEEF
                                                                    Ben's Deli
                                                                    271 E Orange Grove Ave
                                                                    Burbank, CA 91502
                                                                    (818) 846-6227
                                                                    next to B.P.D.