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Dec 12, 2010 01:50 PM

Good Deli In Albany?

I remember Platts... but is there a place that makes their own pastrami, bakes a loaf of rye... something along those lines? Or even a really great Italian deli with house salami?

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  1. I too would like to know the answer to this question so I hope you don't mind if I've tacked myself onto this discussion.

    1. The answer is no. There is a place that makes the pastrami and the corn beef that's sold at Katz's, which is a decent pedigree, Old World Provisions ( ), but they no longer have a retail outlet; you can buy their products at Price Choppers and some other deli counters, including Genoa Imports in Loudonville. The Ben and Bill's Deli counters at the Price Choppers on New Scotland and in Saratoga Springs are actually the best places to sit down and eat a pastrami or corned beef sandwich, sad to say, although the sandwiches are excellent, on rye that they bring up from Rockland County. No place like Platt's, which was a genuine Jewish deli, cafeteria style, exists in Albany, although Gershon's Deli in Schenectady is a Jewish style sit-down deli worth visiting. There are plenty of places to buy homemade cured meats up here, but no real salumerias, so far as I know, although the two Romas and the aforementioned Genoa are two places to buy first-rate Italian sandwiches.

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      1. re: PSZaas

        Thanks for the Gershon's tip, I'll give it a try. I've heard, oddly, about Price Choppers being good deli's, BBQ, etc but I'm not quite ready to make that leap.

        1. re: timwhoeatsalot

          I didn't really say they were good delis, but they do have good sandwiches, with a place to sit. Gershon's is a real deli.

        2. re: PSZaas

          PSZaas, do you know if Gershon's has white fish salad?

            1. re: jaylhorner

              thanks, jaylhorner. How does it compare to a Russ & Daughters, Second Avenue Deli or Ess-a-Bagel?

              This thread has me thinking about the Kossar's bialies in the freezer and how good they would be with some whitefish salad on top!

              1. re: financialdistrictresident

                When you're looking for lunch in the Capital District, the whitefish salad at Gershon's is infinitely better than the whitefish salad at Russ and Daughters.

                1. re: PSZaas

                  Thanks, PSZaas.

                  Any suggestions re: parking?

                  Might have to bump Gershon's up on my list . . .

                  Will travel for food :)

                  1. re: PSZaas

                    Gershon's has a parking lot, which accommodates three cars or so. Otherwise you can park on the side street usually, which is Baker.

                  2. re: financialdistrictresident

                    Sometimes it's too salty. I've had Ben & Bills make it fresh and it's been great!

            2. Second Avenue Deli, Katz', Russ & Daughters are only 2 1/2 hours away . . .

              Deli, bagels & bialies, Greek food and fine dining are tough to find in the Capital District based on my experience.

              1. A great deli that we have discoved is Saati in Newton Plaza in Loudonville, NY. Great sandwiches and delicious soups. Also, I second Gershons they are great too.