Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > Greater Boston Area >
Nov 17, 2007 11:22 AM

Jewish Delis?

So we were in Natick today trying to escape alive from the crowds at the mall and stumbled into Joan & Ed's didn't taste like the best corned beef and matzo ball soup I've ever had, and certainly not like my grandmother's, but to escape California Pizza Kitchen it did the trick.

I searched the board's and can't find many other Jewish deli's mentioned other than J&E's and Zaftigs (still have to try)...are there any others?


  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. There is a pretty good one in Chelsea on a side street off Everett Ave. I believe it is Arlington St. The name is Arthur's.

    When I was there the first time I spoke with the owner. She had been a cook at a kosher food store in Revere called Myer's Kosher Kitchen. The corned beef was made on premises she was not happy with the chopped liver she was purchasing so she was going to start making that from scratch as well.

    I had a corned beef on a bulkie, my wife had a Reuben and both were good. Also had some other "jewish"/Eastern Euro foods such as kinishes, kishke, pickles, etc.

    Pretty easy to get to from Boston, and points north.

    1 Reply
    1. re: Skippy978

      Going to try Arthur's -- thanks so much.

    2. Sorry to say you are out of luck. Sam Lagrassa is the closest you will get to a delicious pastrami sandwich. 9lives turned me onto it and I am happy he did. It's so depressing not having good Jewish Delis in Boston. It must be even worse for you considering you came from NYC where Jewish Delis are really special. I have been to Joan and Ed's and the pastrami is just ok.

      1 Reply
      1. re: hoplover

        It is depressing! Thanks.

        I love do love Sam's even though they aren't a typical Jewish deli experience...

      2. Mike's in Coolidge Corner or Sam LaGrassa's in DTC.

        9 Replies
        1. re: Luther

          Michael's Deli on Harvard St. in Coolidge Corner has the only true NYC style corned beef. He also has very good knishes and pastrami.

          Arthur's is the only one that still makes their own corned beef. It's less salty with a different mouth feel than NYC corned beef, but it's very, very good. It's across from Dunkin Donuts away from downtown Chelsea under the Tobin.

          Michael's and Arthur's are good but no deli around here makes or use real crusty Jewish deli rye. They all use bread from a bag, so none can be considered in the top league.

          1. re: lergnom

            "Michael's Deli on Harvard St in Coolidge has the only true NYC style corned beef." I have had both Barry's corned beef sandwiches and Michael's, they are both excellent and practically no difference in style, taste or quality.

            1. re: lergnom

              Michael's meats are not "NY style" - they're actually FROM New York, he gets them delivered fresh daily. His pastrami is decent, but his corned beef in the best in the area, hands down.

              1. re: BobB

                That was my point, though I was not clear. His corned beef has that right mix of salty fattiness which NY corned beef has. BUT, many places import foods and somehow they don't taste nearly as good. Michael does a great job.

              2. re: lergnom

                I sampled Michael's and the Carnegie Deli in NYC in the same week back in April and can say Michael's delivers for those of us who are not in NYC on a regular basis. Great corn beef!

                And while it is not kosher I have a husband who loves the Michael's "Pig Out." Just don't order that sandwich if you are the shy retiring type.

                1. re: BostonZest

                  could you explain the pig out thanks

                  1. re: foodperv

                    roast pork, cranberry sauce, and stuffing on light rye-- sort of a Thanksgiving sandwich with pork instead of turkey and no mayo. My husband loves it-- I'll stick to my corned beef.

                    They have a bit of fun calling this one out to the sandwich maker and announcing that it's ready. This includes the hoisting and oinking of a stuffed pig.

                    Here's a link to the menu


              3. re: Luther

                Thanks to both of you - will try Mike's and Arthur's and report back.

                1. re: gramercyfoodie

                  Michaels on havard is the only deli in boston. pastrami or corned beef are the absolute best, he even has his rye bread specially made by a professional baker to his recipe.

              4. Barry's Village Deli in Waban satisfies my Jewish Deli cravings. Rubins in Brookline is an old standby and arguably Zaftig's in Brookline too although it is more of a restaurant with some deli type options.

                3 Replies
                1. re: cookiezim

                  Will try these too -- thanks so much.

                  1. re: cookiezim

                    Barry's is the closest I've found in the area to a Jewish appetizing store...whitefish, nova, sable, knishes etc. Michael's in Coolodge Corner has good corned beef and knishes but the rest is just ok.

                    Corned beef or pastrami..Sam LaGrassa's on Province is my first choice

                    Stage Deli had a short run in the theater district and Alan Dershowitz opened Maven's in Harvard Sq..also short lived.

                    1. re: 9lives

                      I've been to Sam LaGrassa's and really, really enjoyed the pastrami & corned beef sandwich. However, it still isn't the real Jewish corned beef & pastrami like we used to get on Shirley Ave. in Revere (what seems like) a century ago - or in Brookline also.

                      Sigh... I have to get myself over to Chelsea to try Arthur's, though - I should bring it home & put it on the crusty bread I bake myself now!

                  2. Rubins is too pricey. I've heard good things about Michael's. Maxie's deli in Stoughton is decent food but the service is slow.

                    1 Reply
                    1. re: ShelT54

                      Rubin's is very pricey because it's strictly kosher, meat only. Many of the others are "kosher style," whatever that means to the owners.