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Jan 12, 2009 04:48 PM

New York style deli

Im looking to take my friend from NY city to a deli in Philly. I want to show her that we can get a good cornedbeef sandwich here too! How is the new Famous Deli ? It really went down hill but I hear that its under new management... Help me keep up with NY !

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  1. I like the corned beef sandwich at Pikkles Plus on 18th st. It comes complete with waitresses that call you "hon"

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    1. re: rocknroll52

      I looked up their menue and it sounds great, thanks!

    2. IMO, that's an impossible challenge. Why not take your friend for a great Philly cheesesteak; then, when you're visiting her in NYC, let her take you for NYC's best corned beef.

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        1. re: michyphilly

          or a roast pork with rabe and provolone from John's or DiNic's

      1. The Famous 4th St. Deli is about the best you'll find, IMO...
        I like their pastrami, although the rye bread is extra thick... (too thick for my personal tastes) Homemade pastrami, and no "goyish" taste, either...
        I think it's the type you're looking for..

        Herschel's deli in the Reading Terminal Market is EXCELLENT for homemade corned beef!!! Get the corned beef reuben!
        Get the

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          1. re: ellen4441

            i agree re: the corned beef @ herschel's - awesome!

            1. re: ellen4441

              oy vey! I was just at the Reading Terminal Market, I should have tried Herschels, I didnt know that they made their own corned beef... I love a good ruben. I will try Famous deli though.

            2. As someone who is a native New Yorker, went to school here in Philadelphia, and now lives in the area, I don't think the deli idea is a good one. I have never found any deli in the area that I would consider on a par with what I was used to getting back in NY. Your friend is going to be disappointed, and so will you, if you want a corned beef or pastrami sandwich competition (NY vs PA)
              Take some of the other's suggestions and go for a roast pork sandwich, the cheeseteak idea, or an Italian hoagie. Pick something we do better here, or that is unique to the area. IMHO, deli is not what we do best.

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              1. re: mschow

                I guess it was wishfull thinking on my part....

              2. Now do you really think that if you actually found a place in Philly that was on par with "New York" that a New Yorker would admit it to you? Anyway, I enjoy going to Hymie's in Merion Station.


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                1. re: Chinon00

                  Thats true! I was thinking of Hymies, I can remember having a good corned beef sand. there once but i dont remember the details...

                  1. re: Chinon00

                    Truthfully, I am not one of those people that thinks everything is better in NY. But, a few things are, like deli.. That being said, I have had decent pastrami and corned beef here. I've been to Hymies, Hershels, Murray's, Famous (which I think is awful), and Kibitz Room ( good), and many other places. Some I like better than others. I just wouldn't challenge any deli here to go up against the best in NY. JMO

                    1. re: Chinon00

                      i'm a NY transplant, and i firmly stand behind the herschel's suggestion for corned beef. it is really yummy and maybe not the crux of perfection that is manhattan corned beef - but it is close IMO. you definitely don't get the whole deli thing, but for a sandwich - yum. never tried hymie's. pumpernick's in montgomeryville is excellent, too. plus, they have a pickle bar. with half-sours! heaven.

                      now bagels are another story entirely.....

                      1. re: missfunkysoul

                        I went to Hymies , they have a pickle bar too! The cornedbeef sandwich was a solid B , not NY but good. I really liked their cabbage soup , its not too sweet and there is meat in it. I found out that they get fresh baabca in on Fridays ....its to die for.