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Where to get a good matzo ball soup?

Never ever tried matzo ball soup and would like to try it for the first time. So I'd like to know of a place where I can sample a good and quintessential example of it. Where should I go?

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  1. 2nd Avenue Deli. if you are going to take it out, the best thing to order is the chicken in a pot, which is a half chicken with matzoh balls, in soup. It comes with carrots but you can leave them out if you like.

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      1. re: erica

        ill order that the next time im there. when i had the matzoh ball soup from 2nd avenue deli it was one big matzoh ball not matzoh balls. I also like katz.

        1. re: daffyduck

          I should not have used the plural; I do not usually ask for the matzoh balls to be added but I think that the one time I forgot to tell them that, they added one large ball instead of several small ones. But still good. Their chicken soup is the only one that comes close to the one my grandma used to make, and that chicken in a pot is just the greatest once you get over the issue of the skin, which I just throw away as soon as I get the jar home.
          The jars they use are very handy to keep, by the way.

        2. re: erica

          Thanks for this recommendation! 2nd Ave Deli delivers anywhere in Manhattan and I ordered the chicken in a pot with extra matzoh balls while I was sick. Pricey, but delicious and totally worth it. Perhaps it helped me get over my cold faster? Plus, I managed to stretch it out for 4 meals by adding extra chicken broth.

        3. Sarge's chicken soup with noodles and a matzoh ball is excellent. Follow it up with a superb pastrami sandwich and end with a slice of the delicious 7-layer cake.

          Photos taken at Sarge's, including the soup, can be viewed here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

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          1. re: RGR

            Love Sarges, also Lanskys on the UWS.

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            Lansky's Old World Deli
            235 Columbus Ave, New York, NY 10023

            1. re: rkaene

              Glad to see Lansky's cited - I agree. I eat more often at Artie's on the UWS which has a decent version but the last time I had it was at Lansky's and I have to say that it's better than Artie's. The house cole slaw at Lansky's is also really good; I can fill up on matzoh ball soup and cole slaw.

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              Lansky's Old World Deli
              235 Columbus Ave, New York, NY 10023

              1. re: rkaene

                Just had the matzoh ball soup at Lansky's for lunch today. Soup was incredibly flavorful, with lots of noodles, a pretty good amount of chicken, and two matzoh balls. The matzoh balls themselves were perfectly tender but a little bland -- they seemed to need salt. My husband had the corned beef hash, which he liked a lot, but I took a taste and got a large piece of gristly fat and was turned off.

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                Lansky's Old World Deli
                235 Columbus Ave, New York, NY 10023

              2. re: RGR

                i think sarges is going downhill personally. i used to have them deliver to my office quite often and it was solid for their souper soup and pastrami...but a recent visit made me feel like its any other deli.

                2nd ave deli's matzo ball soup is just like my grandmother's...its awesome.

                i keep meaning to have it at blue ribbon bakery though.

                1. re: sam1

                  I've recently been to Sarge's (within the past few weeks) and everything especially the pastrami was superb (pastrami was very flavorful, fatty and tender)! Sarg'es "Super Soup" (matzoh ball, noodles and kreplach) is fantastic. I love Sarge's matzoh ball since it is so fluffy. Sarge's also makes a terrific noodle pudding.

                  1. re: ellenost

                    I tried Sarge's "souper soup" and thought it was only OK. I liked the 2nd Ave Deli's matzoh balls better (more chicken-y flavor, fluffier) and the kreplach was kind of offputting. I found the filling of the kreplach to taste a little earthy/dirty and not fresh. Not sure why.

                    1. re: kathryn

                      Give it a shot at the Cafe Edison and at the Mansion Diner when you have a chance...

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                      Mansion Diner
                      1634 York Ave, New York, NY 10028

                      Cafe Edison
                      228 W 47th St, New York, NY 10036

              3. in my experience, all matzoh balls at restaurants are too fluffy, too soft, too bland, and too big, for my tastes

                1. The Mansion Diner on York & 86th makes quite a decent chicken soup with matzoh ball.

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                  Mansion Diner
                  1634 York Ave, New York, NY 10028

                  1. Cafe Edison aka the Polish Tea Room (Hotel Edison, 47th St)

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                    Cafe Edison
                    228 W 47th St, New York, NY 10036

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                    1. re: Chuck Lawrence

                      2nd Cafe Edison

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                      Cafe Edison
                      228 W 47th St, New York, NY 10036