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Jan 2, 2012 08:16 AM

Any recommendations for NY-esque establishments in LA?

I'm from NY, and I am pretty new to Los Angeles.
Does anyone know of any markets that can compare to Fairway, out here in LA?
Also, best deli on the west side?

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  1. best deli on hte westside, is, imho, Nate n Al's inbeverly hills.

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    1. re: westsidegal

      If you'll drive a bit farther the best deli in LA is Brent's Deli in the Valley and for near perfect pastrami Langer's Deli (only open till 4pm and closed Sundays) near downtown LA. Both are worth the trip. Welcome to LA.

      Langer's Delicatessen
      704 S Alvarado St, Los Angeles, CA 90057

      Brent's Deli
      19565 Parthenia St, Northridge, CA 91324

      1. re: wienermobile

        re: langers and brents
        1) both, imho, are more than "a bit" farther from the westside
        2) be aware that langers closes VERY early (check the hours before you go.)

    2. Okay, so beware that certain things just aren't going to be the same. However, once you get your bearings you should be able to find things "close enough" to what you are looking for to not get too homesick. Unfortunately, they just won't be on every street corner.

      Now, deli. For as many deli's as there are on the Westside: Izzy's (just don't), Fromin's (serviceable if you order the right things), Junior's (not bad), Nate n' Al's (agreed it is probably the best), Jerry's (chain, 'nuf said) they just don't seem to have the ability to transport you to Katz's, Artie's, Ben's, Carnegie, Stage etc. However, with the possible exception of Izzy's which is just a total s**tshow, they won't make you cry.

      And, if you like Italian Deli, Bay Cities will remind you of home. It isn't necessarily better, but it is as close as you can get on the Westside.

      Then, if you want to go further afield, the aformentioned Brent's and Langer's are spectacular. Then, there is Canter's in the Miracle Mile district. It deserves mention only becuase it is such an icon in L.A. and is visited slavishly by its proponents. However, that may only be due to inertia. Nonetheless, it looks, smells and feels like the real deal. I've never loved it, but you've gotta go at some point.

      As for markets...I've been in a Fairway once and it was pretty awesome. For me, Bristol Farms would be the closest but the only one on the Westside is in a somewhat awkward location by LAX in Westchester/Playa and unless you live right there, isn't the most fun place to shop when you know you are about to get crushed by traffic on the way home. You should also check out Whole Foods. The one that is probably closest to what you are looking for is the big one at Rose and Lincoln in S.M. but there are smaller outposts all over the Westside. Same store but the big one is just more awesomer. And while not really at all like Fairway, you should check out Trader Joe's--various locations all over town. They source a ton of speciality items and sell them under their own label at great prices in addition to selling other peoples stuff at really good prices too. It can feel a little "crunchy" at times but I have to go at least every other week.


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      1. re: ellaystingray

        "For me, Bristol Farms would be the closest but the only one on the Westside is in a somewhat awkward location by LAX in Westchester/Playa..."

        Not true. There are Bristol Farms locations in Beverly Hills, Westwood, and West Hollywood.

        1. re: Arthur

          The Westwood location is shuttered.

          1. re: bulavinaka

            I don't think so, Bula. At least they are answering their phone and telling me they are open until 12 tonight.


            1. re: Servorg

              Is this the one on Westwood Blvd? I was heading there last month and noticed everything was gone, or maybe I was mistaken for another storefront/parking lot? Sorry if I am misinforming...

              1. re: bulavinaka

                It's on the SW corner of Westwood Blvd. and Ohio.

                1. re: bulavinaka

                  I suspect you may be mistaking it for the former Ross Department Store site, which had been a block south of Bristol Farms and has now moved to the old Borders location up the street.

                  1. re: Arthur

                    I'm sure you folks are right and I was mistaken - was in a huge rush and just kept going and landed at Whole Foods in the Village. Thanks for the clarification - again, sorry for the misinformation...

                    1. re: bulavinaka

                      Mea Culpa here too....totally forgot about the Westwood location.

        2. Unfortunately there's no one-stop shop like Fairway. The closest thing to Fairway for produce is probably the Wednesday Santa Monica Farmers Market and the Sunday Hollywood Farmers Market. Otherwise you're basically stuck with Whole Foods or Bristol Market. What were some of your regular purchases at Fairway? Maybe we can help you out there.

          For delis, I'd be surprised if you're disappointed in Brent's or Langer's, though these aren't on the West Side. I prefer Langer's to Katz for pastrami. Be sure to buy a loaf of caraway rye bread from Langer's (actually baked by Bea's Bakery in Tarzana) . . . it's better than the rye bread anywhere in NYC.

          1. For the market, in addition to Whole Foods and Bristol Farms, might want to include Gelson's (there's one in MDR if I recall correctly).

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            1. re: ipsedixit

              Yes Gelson's is in MDR off Lincoln at 13455 Maxella Ave. and also in Century City below the mall & Pacific Palisades.

              Gelsons Markets
              15424 W Sunset Blvd, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

              Gelson's Markets
              10250 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

              1. re: wienermobile

                For reference, Gelson's is like a slighly downmarket Food Emporium. Not quite as bad as a D'Agostinos, but no Fairway, either.

                BTW, you won't find any Balducci's/Grace's Marketplace equivalents, either, but it's worth checking out Bay Cities in Santa Monica.

            2. i can't believe no one has mentioned this yet - there's a Barney Greengrass in Beverly Hills on the top floor of Saks. different atmosphere than the UWS location, but the food (and prices!) just might make you think for a moment that you're back in NY ;)

              Barney Greengrass Restaurant
              9570 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90212

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              1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                It is ridiculously overpriced for what you get served by wannabees that don't know what deli is.

                1. re: Fru

                  the OP asked for "NY-esque" establishments. the original Barney Greengrass is *in* NYC, and the Beverly Hills location offers the same menu. sounds pretty NY-esque to me.

                  i was simply providing what was requested. the issue of what constitutes "real deli" to different people isn't the point...but since you brought it up, Barney Greengrass is more known for their fish/appetizing selection, and they've been keeping New Yorkers happily sated with sturgeon, smoked fish, and all that other good stuff for nearly 100 years.

                  1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                    No offense was meant. I didn't say that it wasn't real deli. I was simply pointing out that while the 2 establishments may share a name and a menu, the similarities end there. This is my opinion. I stick by it regarding the BH location-stingy portions, uninformed waitstaff. I was very disappointed. I wish we had a Zabar's!

                    1. re: Fru

                      my apologies - i mis-read your post and thought it said it was *for* wannabes who don't know what deli is! yes, the servers are a little clueless, but i eat small portions anyway so i didn't mind that so much, and when i absolutely HAD to have NY-style lox, eggs & onions, that was the only place that would do.

                      re: Zabar's, i used to say that ALL the time. and like the OP i lamented the absence of Fairway or a comparable market. as much as i loved (and miss!) LA, i confess it's nice being back here with access to NY chow - the first time i walked back into Fairway i was in heaven :)

                2. re: goodhealthgourmet

                  Barney Greengrass is on the top floor of Barney's, not the top floor of Saks.

                  1. re: maudies5

                    doh! i was *talking* to someone about Saks as i typed that earlier :) thanks for catching it!