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Feb 20, 2011 06:00 PM

Liebman's Deli Riverdale, lately?

Just wondering if anyone has been here in the past few months. I didn't see any recent posts on the board and would like to know if it's worth the trip from Westchester.


Liebman's Delicatessen
552 W 235th St, Bronx, NY 10463

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  1. actually, we moved to riverdale last summer and have been going to liebman's with regularity. it's great! the people are friendly, the food is fresh and the sandwiches and soups are terrific. it's the type of place that used to be in every jewish nabe in the bronx and bklyn in mid-20th century nyc. i usually get matzoh ball soup, a tongue, pastrami or corned beef on rye, fries, and a diet dr. browns. "i have lipitor, and i know how to use it" :) Enjoy!

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    1. re: martinkleinman

      Thanks for the review---We're going to take a trip down next week. Sounds like it's exactly what DH and I love about deli.

    2. How does Liebman's compare to Loeser's Deli? Strangely enough, they are only a half mile apart. Loeser's was acclaimed in the Daily News recently as one of the "Top 5" pastrami places in NY...

      Loeser's Kosher Deli
      214 W 231st St, Bronx, NY 10463

      1. Liebmans is a pleasant place to eat with a friendly feel. The food and service is predictably good but unrushed. Their matzoh ball soup may be the best around. Nice shreds of chicken, well cooked but not mushy carrots and celery and tasty matzoh balls that are more as they should be and less like the flavorless softball sized behemoths many diners serve these days.
        I also reccomend the stuffed cabbge and kishka. I take a trip across the borough once in a while to go there.

        If you want to experience one of the last the neighborhood deli's then yes it is worth the trip. As martinklienman said it is the kind of place that every jewish nabe had in the 50's-70's. There are very few left.

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        1. re: johnindabronx

          Yes, I get all that, but how does it compare to Loeser's? Which one is better? Loeser's got kudos from the Daily News recently...

          1. re: menton1

            I'll get to Loeser's soon and report back. I've never been there.

        2. DH and I made the trek to Liebman's this past Sunday. Matzoh balls were terrific with a good bite to them, not mushy at all. The pastrami tender and flavorful--thin cut (I prefer thick hand cut) but nevertheless delicious. Half sour pickle was crunchy and fresh. DH had a potato pancake which was remarkably like the one I make (with applesauce) and I fought him over the last piece. Overall an excellent experience. Next time I plan to try the noodle kugel, I haven't had a good one in a while.

          Topped it all off with a chocolate babka from the neighboring Mother's Bake Shop. It was delicious.

          And you can park in the lot behind Key Food.

          Mother's Bake Shop
          548 W 235th St, Bronx, NY 10463

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          1. re: iluvcookies

            Why Liebman's over Loeser's? They are less than a mile apart, and seem quite similar...

            1. re: menton1

              This is a thread about Liebman's. I've never been to Loeser's.

              You'll get better responses on a separate thread with Loeser's in the title.

              1. re: iluvcookies

                Nah. Lots of threads start out at one place and then compare to other places. What's wrong with seeking a comparison between 2 places with similar food and MO less than 1 mile apart? You don't like Loeser's?

                1. re: menton1

                  I have never been to Loeser's so I do not have an opinion on the place.

                  1. re: iluvcookies

                    Just curious, then. You have 2 Jewish-style delis less than 1 mile apart. What made you decide on Liebman's?

                    1. re: menton1

                      Loesers has been there forever, never had the following. Serviceable, not to be avoided but not quite as good. Was never a destination (nor was Liebman's until recently when the corner deli became nearly extinct).

                      1. re: addictedtolunch

                        But Loeser's was just lauded in the Daily News for 3rd place in the "best pastrami" survey!

                        Besides, how could Loeser's " be there forever" and NOT have a following? How would they pay the rent?

                        1. re: menton1

                          Hey, that's my opinion. i disagree with the Daily News-not the first time. Never heard Loeser's touted as "one of the best in N.Y." before. I don't think Liebman's is either, though I grew up there and it's a fun spot. Doesn't hold a candle to Katz's etc. One review doesn't make it true. And there has been enough of a following to keep it alive, obvs, but that doesn't make it a destination. Frankly, many of the places called "best of" in those articles are overrated to an extent. Reviewers love to pretend to "discover" a "hidden gem"-makes for good writing but bad reviewing.

                          1. re: addictedtolunch

                            The best place in that area used to be Schweller's, but that's long gone, sadly...

          2. What the hell is Loesers? Used to frequent Liebman's in 2005\6 and loved it

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            1. re: AubWah

              Just read addictedtolunch's 2 posts for an idea of Loeser's. And the Daily News.