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aprilshungry Sep 7, 2010 08:54 PM

Hello everyone!

Im new to the area and have yet to find a great ny style deli in dc. one item in particular bialays!!! Also anybody know of any cool supper clubs not hush please. any recommendations would be great!!!!

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    ChewFun RE: aprilshungry Sep 8, 2010 06:31 AM

    There are no great ny style delis in the dc area, only mediocre ones. The only place that is close in that has bialys on the weekends is Bethesda bagels. On the other hand, I very recently discovered that my local Giant (in a not notably Jewish neighborhood in Alexandria) has frozen bialys that aren't too bad. The topping is bland, but I was quite happy with it. It ain't Kossar's but then what is.

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      Elyssa RE: aprilshungry Sep 8, 2010 08:40 AM

      I hate to disappoint you but you are not going to find any great NY-style deli in DC. The place I go to to get my fill is Morty's...which is pretty good, not excellent, but it gets the job done. I have yet to see a bialay anywhere in DC. Whenever I visit my Grandma in Chicago I bring home 2 dozen bialays and freeze them.

      If you are willing to venture out to the suburbs you can probably find better deli.

      1. Dennis S RE: aprilshungry Sep 8, 2010 09:07 AM

        Chutzpah has bialys, though I'm no expert on those. I really like Chutzpah, but find in general it falls short of NY - though when longing for something it's good.

        The Deli in Herndon and Fairfax is my favorite Italian deli in the DC metro area, followed by Italian Store in Arlington.

        As I found out yesterday, Attman's in Baltimore is very good. My corned beef was incredible.

        Italian Store
        3123 Lee Hwy, Arlington, VA 22201

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          Steve RE: aprilshungry Sep 8, 2010 10:34 AM

          If you are serious about corned beef and pastrami, then Deli City in NE DC is great in the unlikeliest place. Get a combo sandwich. Mon through Friday until 5pm only. No longer need to pine for NY.

          2200 Bladensburg Rd NE
          (between N Queens Chapel Rd & N 24th Pl)
          Washington, DC 20018

          The 'fuhgeddaboudit' sandwich at Chutzpah (Fairfax) is outrageous. It is a concoction. If I had a picture of it, you'd run out right now and order one. But bring friends along because it is huge.

          Deli City Restaurant
          2200 Bladensburg Rd NE, Washington, DC 20018

          1. MsDiPesto RE: aprilshungry Sep 9, 2010 10:05 AM

            This is a deli-challenged area. I've seen bialys at the Wegman's in Fairfax.

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              Pappy RE: aprilshungry Sep 9, 2010 10:09 AM

              I read a new place opened in Bethesda called Uptown Deli. Anyone know anything?

              Uptown Deli
              7501 Greenway Center Dr Ste 100, Greenbelt, MD 20770

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                DanielK RE: Pappy Sep 9, 2010 02:10 PM

                Pappy, I think it's ABOUT to open, but the other day the owner said he was still awaiting the last of the permits.

                The guy talks a good game, and certainly seemed to describe his mission and good deli, so I have high hopes...

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                aprilshungry RE: aprilshungry Sep 9, 2010 04:20 PM

                thank for all the suggestions ill have to check them out. Any body know anything about this undersupper club craze? I heard of hush but i was wonder if there were anyone else doing it? My friend in MIami just attended one with the chef from cafe atlantico and said it was amazing!

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                  DanielK RE: aprilshungry Sep 9, 2010 07:03 PM

                  If it were underground, people wouldn't be posting about it here, right?


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                    4X4 RE: aprilshungry Jan 12, 2011 06:17 AM

                    The first rule of undersupper club is you do not talk about undersupper club. :)

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                      alkapal RE: 4X4 Jan 13, 2011 05:19 AM


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                    aprilshungry RE: aprilshungry Sep 9, 2010 04:21 PM

                    by "undersupper" i meant "underground supper" sorry i misspell when excited!:)

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                      Dennis S RE: aprilshungry Sep 9, 2010 05:21 PM

                      Methinks you may have coined a term.

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                        cb1 RE: Dennis S Sep 10, 2010 07:58 AM

                        It think you're right Dennis....a new term. Wouldn't undersupper mean lunch? I like it....I'm going to ask my co-workers where we are going for undersupper!

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                      aprilshungry RE: aprilshungry Sep 12, 2010 01:10 PM

                      haha "undersupper" from what i have heard is basically ran on the internet . Oh well ill have to keep looking. thanks again for all the suggestions!!:)

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                        badvegan RE: aprilshungry Jan 12, 2011 04:18 AM


                        you need to find a sponsor, shouldnt be too hard if you ask around though. and if not there is always craigslist

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                          alkapal RE: badvegan Jan 12, 2011 06:02 AM

                          was this intended to be cryptic? as a nod to the undersupper nature of the endeavor?

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                          mrsphud RE: aprilshungry Jan 12, 2011 06:42 AM

                          You used to be able to get New York bialies at Wagshalls. It has pretty good deli, not New York deli mind you, but pretty good sandwiches (carry out only). I am also quite fond of their gingerbread men. They are imported from elsewhere, but they are yummy.

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                            sekelmaan RE: mrsphud Jan 14, 2011 04:40 AM

                            Wegman's (Fairfax is the one I go to) has a product labeled bialy. It is not what I am used to in NYC, far too thick and doughy, especially the center. They do have decent bagels though, it is the only place I can find my favorite, salt bagels. They also have a good variety of smoked salmons that they hand slice. They will let you taste them as well.

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