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Dec 16, 2009 09:42 AM

Kosher Deli Westchester

I want to order a kosher deli platter for Saturday. Any recommendations? Is Epsteins in Hartsdale good since they changed owners? Thanks

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  1. YOu might wnt to post this on the kosher board of CH -

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    1. I don't think it's necessary to move to Kosher board. Plenty of threads and opinions here on Jewish deli, kosher and otherwise.

      That said, I don't know when Epstein's changed hands but last time - about two years ago - I ate in the one in Yonkers it was decent. Before that I'd eaten in the one in Hartsdale and it was not good at all. I could go into details but I won't. Kisco Kosher in White Plains is a hit and miss depending on what you order and what mood the owner is in - he tends to be rather grumpy and unpleasant making the experience there the same. I've had very good sandwiches there and very mediocre ones. Good knishes and dried up knishes. I've had terrible chicken soup - watery and some of the worst matzoh balls ever but some very good pea soup. Derma has been good but sometimes dry.

      Basically, haven't found a good to very good to great jewish deli, kosher or not, in Westchester. Not sure if Epsteins is Glatt and therefore closed on Saturday but Kisco is not and they are open.

      Not sure that helps but that's all I've got for ya.

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      1. re: laylag

        I don't need Glatt, kosher style is ok. I wanted to know if anyone ate at Epsteins since the new owners and how was the food? Laylag, did you have the bad meal at Epsteins after the new owners took over the restaurant?

        1. re: laylag

          When kisco kosher was in Mt. Kisco they were definitely open on Saturdays, so check Epsteins is also open. That being said, I suggest Queens, Brooklyn or the Bronx for good kosher deli!!!

          1. re: laylag

            Both Epstein's in Hartsdale and in Yonkers (near Barnes and Noble on Central Ave) are open on Saturdays.
            I've eaten a few times at the Yonkers location in the past few months. It ain't Katz's, but it's pretty good.

            1. re: iluvcookies

              Yeah, well Katz's isn't even kosher. Not sure if their meat is but the restaurant is not.

              1. re: MisterBill2

                Katz's isn't kosher... never said it was. I was using at a taste comparison.
                Even if the meat started out kosher they don't keep a kosher kitchen so it wouldn't be kosher as served.

          2. I would agree that Epstein's in Hartsdale has improved alot since the ownership change. That being said I have found that the food at Kisco Kosher (despite its inconsistencies) to be more reliable and enjoyable.

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            1. re: wineconsul

              What about Supersol in Scarsdale or New Rochelle I think?

              1. re: cubanat

                Supersol is not open on Saturdays.

                1. re: cubanat

                  Supersol is a kosher food store selling meat, packaged and prepared foods but they are not a deli per say. They are also overpriced and, for me, lacking anything special.

                  1. re: laylag

                    I don't have a strong opinion one way or the other on Supersol since I rarely go there, but they do cater deli platters, etc. I guess that the glatt kosher-ness is a big draw to a particular crowd.


                    My only reason for going there is that my son cannot tolerate dairy and it is nice to know that if I buy something prepared with meat like meatballs, it won't contain any dairy/cheese.

                2. re: wineconsul

                  Kisco and Epstein's both=not glatt.
                  Also not glatt is Liebman's in Riverdale, which would add 15 minutes to your trip. The place gets a lot of love on these boards (I personally feel Kisco is comparable if the owner there would just stop scowling).

                  1. re: wineconsul

                    I didn't realize that the Epstein family no longer owned the deli. I remember their first deli on Jerone Ave in the Bronx - ate there as a kid and the brothers ran it. It was yummy!

                    1. re: wincountrygirl

                      I had been wondering if Epsteins had changed owners or just managers (and, it seems, menu) -- thanks for the info. Through the years (but probably not since ownership change) we have ordered party platters from them and always been satisfied. I haven't noticed any change in quality of sandwiches we've had there since change -- and we mostly prefer them to Kisco, tho not so strongly we won't go to one or the other. Epsteins has easier parking, which is often the deciding factor when we feel like deli.

                      1. re: wincountrygirl

                        I used to sit in the back and talk to their father. My family of 5 ate there 3 times a week-always $12 including tip.

                        1. re: addictedtolunch

                          Family of five for $12 including tip and at a kosher restaurant no less? Gotta ask addicted, what year was this and what did you guys eat?

                          1. re: laylag

                            If you go back a bit further on this, we were talking about the 50s/60s and the first Epsteins on Jerome Ave in the Bronx. Now, $12 would get a sandwich!!!

                            1. re: wincountrygirl

                              Sad, isn't it? You had a great thread, win - a few months back. My mom even jumped in - talking about the Paradise Theatre and Krums candy store:


                              I work right near where all these places were. Sometimes, my mom and I take a drive around there and she reminisces. So wish I could've experienced it. You both are very lucky! :o)

                              1. re: Sra. Swanky

                                Thanks Sra. Swanky. The Paradise theatre was awesome. Boy do I miss the kosher deli's and the great bagels!!

                            2. re: laylag

                              We're talking around 1963 or so. The David Marcus movie theater was still a few doors down from Epstein's deli-which we preferred over Schweller's deli a block or two away. What we ate? If I recall, the usual-two chopped liver appetizers (sometimes a piece of kishka), 3 sandwiches, 2 franks and 2 knishes.

                              If you go to the Epstein's in Yonkers now there is a drawing they had done, hanging by the cashier's chair, of the original Jerome Avenue spot.

                              1. re: addictedtolunch

                                We preferred Epstein's for sandwiches and we went to Schweller's for dinner - they were more restauranty - with the shaky waiters. Epsteins had Zion kosher as opposed to Hebrew National and the hot dogs were great!

                      2. So of the two Epstein's, which is better? Seems like Google has the reviews for the two mixed up. You see lots of references to Hartsdale in the Yonkers reviews. And if you go directly to Zagat, it seems that someone is alleging that several of the favorable reviews are from owners and friends. So I don't know what to believe.

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                        1. re: MisterBill2

                          We go to both Epstein delis and like both of them. I didn't find one to be better then the other. We just end up going to the one we happen to be closer to.