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Liebman's Deli Riverdale, lately?

iluvcookies Feb 20, 2011 06:00 PM

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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    martinkleinman RE: iluvcookies Feb 23, 2011 07:28 AM

    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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      iluvcookies RE: martinkleinman Feb 24, 2011 04:30 PM

      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. menton1 RE: iluvcookies Feb 27, 2011 08:04 AM

      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

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        johnindabronx RE: iluvcookies Mar 1, 2011 06:54 AM

        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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          menton1 RE: johnindabronx Mar 1, 2011 06:58 AM

          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...

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            johnindabronx RE: menton1 Mar 1, 2011 06:59 AM

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

        2. iluvcookies RE: iluvcookies Mar 1, 2011 06:55 PM

          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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            menton1 RE: iluvcookies Mar 2, 2011 06:12 AM

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

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              iluvcookies RE: menton1 Mar 2, 2011 06:21 PM

              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.

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                menton1 RE: iluvcookies Mar 3, 2011 06:31 AM

                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?

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                  iluvcookies RE: menton1 Mar 3, 2011 04:09 PM

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

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                    menton1 RE: iluvcookies Mar 4, 2011 08:32 AM

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

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                      addictedtolunch RE: menton1 Mar 5, 2011 01:33 AM

                      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).

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                        menton1 RE: addictedtolunch Mar 5, 2011 07:39 AM

                        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?

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                          addictedtolunch RE: menton1 Mar 5, 2011 12:26 PM

                          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.

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                            menton1 RE: addictedtolunch Mar 6, 2011 08:45 AM

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

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            AubWah RE: iluvcookies Mar 6, 2011 12:21 PM

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

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              menton1 RE: AubWah Mar 6, 2011 01:08 PM

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

            2. menton1 RE: iluvcookies Mar 27, 2011 10:11 AM

              Found this for those here who have never heard of Loeser's...


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                Chuck Lawrence RE: iluvcookies Mar 27, 2011 11:46 AM

                Liebman's was my childhood deli, and it's still good. Still grilling the franks in the window 45 years later.

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                  lemarais RE: iluvcookies Oct 16, 2012 12:17 PM

                  Any recent updates on this place? Still going strong? Still great pastrami? Is it open Saturdays?

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                    AubWah RE: lemarais Oct 16, 2012 04:17 PM

                    I was there about 5 years ago and it was tremendous. I don't think anything has changed. It's a deli stuck in time that can never die.

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                      lemarais RE: AubWah Oct 16, 2012 05:53 PM

                      Any more recent reviews than 5 years ago? That's about 3 lifetimes in restaurant years.

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                        AubWah RE: lemarais Oct 17, 2012 04:40 AM

                        With old school jewish delis like this 5 years is like 5 minutes...time stands still in these places its not like asian fusion

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                          NewYorkNewHaven RE: AubWah Oct 17, 2012 11:07 AM

                          Well, not exactly. Someone could've passed away, inherited the store, or moved on. With these old places there's always that danger. What if the kids lack the passion?

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