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Sep 10, 2008 11:10 PM

Lansky's (UWS) - Jewish deli opens 9/25

Lansky's Jewish Deli (Columbus near W70th) is scheduled to open 9/25 as a sign on their window announces. The menu actually looks good and I noticed the Sushi-a-Go-Go icon on their website. Hmm.... I am excited about this. The sign states they are open until 11PM but the website lists a 1am closing. Perhaps the early closing is just for opening day.

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  1. I have a bit of a concern about the authenticity of a restaurant that lists "noches" on their menu.

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    1. re: daveyboy

      that is clearly a website typo, as on the pdf of their menu it says "noshes"

      everything certainly looks like standard jewish deli food (i won't use the "a" word) although it clearly is not a kosher place. ( and i wouldnt call a wine list in such a place traditional either) but the food certainly looks like a good and tasty selection. and that beats "authentic" any day of the week in my book

    2. I was excited for something other than Artie's in the neighborhood, but I'm not certain how closely Executive Chef Servando Galeano recreates Bubbe's kitchen.

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      1. re: JungMann

        they already selling T-shirts and hats?? i'm not optimistic

      2. It's hard to be optomistic a celebrity chef trying to re-create a an old new york jewish deli. Matzo brei w/carmelized onions and smoked salmon, yuck! No LEO though? We shall see. I did notice that theres, no "trafe" on the menu. That may be a good sign.

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        1. re: johnindabronx

          it might not say "LEO" but there is smoked smoked salmon & onion omelette

        2. Oh well... Lansky's has not yet opened and the windows are still covered with paper.

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          1. re: nativeNYer

            Update: Lansky's is scheduled to open next Friday, 10/10 according to one of the managers/owners who I just caught outside. Since he was having a conversation abut shifts, I figured I should ask.

            1. re: nativeNYer

              Since WCBS just did a report on this place, I quess it is now open. I just about jumped into my TV when I saw the report!!

              I have a family member who lives in area and he plans on visiting it very soon.
              If I get any direct feed back, I will let you all know.

              1. re: Jon1856

                i live nearby and welcome any feedback/reports...

          2. There were reports when it first opened that were not at all positive:


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            1. re: obie000000

              I was among those who posted a review of this place in the link obie000000 listed above.
              I did wind up returning 2-3 weeks ago to give it another try. While I did see a slight improvement in the pastrami, it's still pretty bad and doesn't even come close to the pastrami I've tasted in the well-known pastrami places. I can't exactly describe the difference but I think the best I can do is call it artificial. It just doesn't taste nor look like the real thing. I'm obviously not a pastrami expert by any stretch but I've tasted pastrami at Artie's Deli, Katz, 2nd Ave Deli (before it moved), Pastrami Queen (UES), Fine and Shapiro (UWS), Pastrami King (Kew Gardens), as well as at a great German deli in Maspeth. Unfortunately, this is the worst of the bunch even though some of the places I mentioned above are not very good.

              However, the server was extremely nice and competent. The fries, pickles, potato latke and cheesecake were all very good, and the value was reasonable (decent-sized servings with fair prices). I also like the size of the place and appreciate their willingness to seat customers in the back even when it is not busy.

              So I still see this as a place to grab some food (other than pastrami). I am disappointed b/c Lansky's Deli is so close to my place that I would have been simply delighted to schlep a couple of blocks for great pastrami rather than to head up to Artie's Deli.

              I'd love to hear about other experiences.