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jessejames Aug 19, 2013 09:46 AM

On Sunset by the Laugh Factory, this place has been around since 1926. After languishing on hold at Cantor's for a needed delivery order for an under the weather family member, I gave up and called Greenblatts up the street and boy are we glad I did. For about 100 bucks we got a mountain of food: delish chicken soup (two large containers, brimming with chicken and veggies and noodles), heaping piles of pastrami and kosher hard salami, bread, whole pickles, rugoluch cookies, potato pancakes and more. The jewish penicillin did its thing. The pastrami was awesome, really well done and juicy. Only "miss" would be the potato pancakes which were somewhat tough, maybe too much matzo meal. We also got these fried chicken cutlets which were well breaded, thick and juicy.

Easy to overlook this place with all the delis in town but I can see why it's been around for over 80 years. Not Langers, but a lot better than Cantors, and they were close and delivered on Saturday night.

http://greenblattsdeli.com/

  1. scottburau Nov 12, 2013 09:38 AM

    Greenblatt's has such a rich history in Los Angeles, and it's wonderful to see reflections on a place that can sometimes be forgotten. That wine shop has birthed an incredible number of wine professionals who are still active in LA today...

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      Stravinsky Nov 12, 2013 12:33 AM

      Not langers?

      I really don't know.

      The pastrami at Greentblatt's is consistently better to my tastes than the pastrami at either Langer's or Brent's.

      Langer's is nice, but doesn't give you much meat, and the past few times I've been it seemed fairly dry, and a bit tough compared to the juicy, melt-in-your mouth stuff that Greenblatt's always serves me.

      I have absolutely no idea how Greenblatt's flies so under the radar. If it's not better than Langer's, it's at least the only place that competes directly with them.

      1. love2eat Aug 20, 2013 12:00 PM

        Greenblatt's pastrami reuben is delicious. Love the free easy parking in the back.

        1. perk Aug 20, 2013 11:45 AM

          I'm not sure it has a "Jewish deli" vibe....but I wouldn't call it an upscale bistro either. I mean....I know that is very subjective. But it's had the same decor for a very long time. It's not Nate & Al's....but it's not Joan's on Third or Bouchon Cafe either.

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            JudiAU Aug 19, 2013 09:08 PM

            Very good caviar quality and pricing too.

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              Ernie Aug 19, 2013 03:50 PM

              Great wine selection there too

              1. perk Aug 19, 2013 02:26 PM

                I'm there a lot, before and after screenings at the Directors Guild. I find the food to be consistently good (favorite is the Cobb salad) and it's great to have a really nice glass of wine with the meal. And there's parking in the back!

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                1. re: perk
                  Mr Taster Aug 20, 2013 11:28 AM

                  I only went to Greenblatt's once-- I remember being put off by the feel of the place. It feels like no Jewish deli I've ever been to. There's an upscale ambiance which felt wrong to me. Jewish deli is the everyman's restaurant. While this may have changed somewhat due to the higher prices, there's a line in the sand to be drawn and "upscale bistro ambiance" and "Jewish deli" just don't work together.

                  Wish I could remember the food....

                  Mr Taster

                  1. re: Mr Taster
                    Ciao Bob Aug 20, 2013 01:30 PM

                    Mr. T, I wonder - are you referring to the whole package or a particular part of Greenblatt's as being off-puttingly upscale? A place being "like no other Jewish deli" may be a good thing, especially if the food is solid.

                    For sure the decor, clientele, servers, and ethos (fine wine!, caviar!!) are all a long, long way from the Lower East Side (which itself these days is a long, long way from the LES of my youth) as befits a Sunset Blvd deli. But the food and prices, probably not so much.

                    With all that said, I am not so much of a deli aficionado - unless it is one of those Asian places that like to append Deli to their name, like Mandarin or Golden - I find Greenblatt's to fit the mold as well as most places in LA (meaning not as good as Nate n' Al/Brent's, and not as poorly as Jr's).

                    1. re: Ciao Bob
                      Mr Taster Aug 20, 2013 02:37 PM

                      To be fair, it was such a long time ago that I visited Greenblatt's that I don't remember the food. Perhaps it's time to revisit.

                      As you know Jewish delis have a storied tradition... there's a hustle and bustle. It's not fancy. There's no "decor" to speak of (other than the unintended decor-by-default of the Jewish deli itself). They can be just a little stinky and are rough around the edges. Canter's, Langer's, Katz's, 2nd Ave, Nate N' Als, Art's, Brent's, and all the obscure Jewish delis that my grandfather took me to when I was a kid in central New Jersey all fit the bill. When you grow up with it, you know when it feels right. And Greenblatt's didn't feel right.

                      Mr Taster

                      1. re: Mr Taster
                        Baron Nov 12, 2013 08:56 AM

                        Not by any chance Tabachnicks? (Sp?)

                2. Ciao Bob Aug 19, 2013 12:00 PM

                  Nice post...it makes me happy to read something like this.

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                    jessejames Aug 20, 2013 08:49 AM

                    Nice to know this spot serves the needs of so many folks and has carved a niche out with the good deli, nice wine selection, caviar (will have to look for this -- few things more decadent than a bagel with cream cheese and caviar) and all the fixins the hollywood and hollywood hills folks are looking for. Bob, it's amazing that an 85 year old deli can still seem to fly beneath the radar tho, or maybe that's just been the case for me. Usually i just hit up carney's when im in the neighborhood there, but ill be back for some brisket and burgundy now and more.

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