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Jan 10, 2008 12:05 PM

Looking for a good corned beef on rye sandwich ?

anyone know where i can find a good old fashioned corned beef on rye sandwich (with pickle) in Manalapan?

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  1. there used to be a deli in Pond Road shopping center in Freehold on Rt. 9 (near a bagel shop and a staples/office-max or something)... not sure if it's still there, but it was fairly decent last time I was there...

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    1. re: aklein

      The place that aklein is talking about is Fred & Murrays on RT 9 at Pond Road in the center where Staples is. They are Kosher and quite expensive but the food is good.

      I prefer to go to Jerry & Harveys in Marlboro on RT 9 where Pathmark and Kohls are. It is not kosher but is less expensive, just as good and has better matzo ball soup to go with your sandwich.

    2. There are three delis in the area and, as it turns out, three differing opinions because in my view, both Fred & Murray's and Jerry & Harvey's are inferior Jesse & David's. (What is it about all three delis having dual names? lol) It is kosher. The deli meats are about the best you can find around here (though not up to the level at Katz's or Sarge's, in NYC). The round potato knish, the crinkle-cut fries, the chicken soup and matzoh balls are all excellent.

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      1. re: RGR

        I agree with RGR, Jessie & Davids is better than the other two, although second best is Jerry and Harveys. Steer clear of Fred and Murrys,their deli is not up to par at all. My husband was coming home in that direction and decided to stop there instead of the usual Jesse & Davids which would be the other direction. He brought home some corned beef sandwiches. They were tough and dry, really inedible. We had to bring them back the next day and wound up eating eggs for dinner instead. Needless to say, our family was not in a good mood that night. Then Superbowl Sunday, one of our friends brought some pigs in the blanket from Fred and Murrys and they tasted like they were frozen too long and were not good at all. At the prices delis charge for a sandwich, make sure you find a good one.

      2. The Very Best Corned Beef is @ Kelly's in Neptune City hwy 35.. They could up grade the bread on the sandwiches ..get the corned beef and cabbage instead .. It's a little ride but it is well worth the trip

        1. Jesse and David's is quite good. I am very surprised no one has mentioned the "mountain-o-meat" at Harold's New York Deli in the Ramada Inn on Rte 9 in Edison. One of the many sateliites opened by the Carnegie Deli over the years, I think this is the only outpost that remains. The sizes are literally obscene, but the quality of the meat is phenomenal. Just realize that the best strategy is to try to agree on one sandwich and share - second best strategy is tupperware because each sandwich is enough food for at least 3 meals. They even used to give you extra bread to take home with you - not sure if they do that anymore.

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          1. re: Just Visiting

            A point of correction to Just Visiting. Harold's is in no way affiliated with the Carnegie Deli. I assume the confusion stems from Harold Jaffe's one time management/ownership interest in Carnegie as well as the Claremont Diner.

            1. re: bgut1

              Sorry! I didn't know...whatever the legal relationship, this guy's got the chops! Anyway, the NYT had a good rundown of NJ delis on 28 May 2000 (called "In search of....cutting the mustard). Since the NYT archive is now free (!) it is worth a read.

            2. re: Just Visiting

              As I mentioned in my post above, I like Jesse & David's. My meat of choice is there is pastrami and hadn't had the corned beef in ages. However, yesterday, I wanted to make a Reuben at home (J&D's is kosher; ergo, no Reubens there), so I bought some corned beef to take out. It was quite good and made a very tasty Reuben. There was some corned beef left over, so this afternoon, I made a more traditional sandwich on rye, adding some sour kraut along with deli mustard. Yum!

              1. re: RGR

                Love the recs here on Chowhound. I first tried Jesse & David's about a year ago (thanks RGR) and enjoyed it quite a bit. I'm a pastrami guy, and have had it there 4 or 5 times now. While it's no longer there I Shirley's on RT. 9 was my favorite. Most recently we tried Harold's in Raritan center. I was reluctant until Bgut1 recommended it on another thread, it has now become my son's favorite. I really like the health salad on the pickle bar. Still haven't ried Jameson's yet, hopefully next week.

                1. re: DrewBB

                  Drew - I'm happy you and your son enjoyed Harold's. As for Jameson's, what you are you waiting for? :)

            3. I vote for Irv's Deli across from Jersey Shore Med Center, Neptune. They are around $8 but are huge and come with choice of sides. Yummy....