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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.

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    1. re: Ciao Bob

      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.

    2. 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

        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

          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

            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

              Not by any chance Tabachnicks? (Sp?)

              1. re: Mr Taster

                Finally made it back to Greenblatt's for lunch yesterday, after a 15+ year hiatus.

                Ordered the pastrami and was generally pleased. Like Langer's, they give the rye the steam toast treatment, which was a very pleasant surprise.

                The pastrami is definitely of the thin, machine-sliced variety, but was awfully tender. No grey, dry slices here.

                The flavor of the pastrami didn't have quite the depth of Langer's or Katz's. It did taste a little thin, somehow. But overall, a very respectable sandwich. I'm glad I revisited the place.

                The decor, by the way, is as I remember it. One of the oddest looking Jewish delis I've ever been to, with subdued lighting and a deli case that looked like it had been organized by someone with a type A personality disorder. Not that this was a bad thing, necessarily-- just awfully damned odd.

                Mr Taster

                1. re: Mr Taster

                  it definitely does not look like a jewish deli to me.

                  but then again you can also get a fine wine by the glass.

                  so how am i quibble.

                  their dark meat roast turkey sandwich is quite good.

                  1. re: Mr Taster

                    mr t, I think that's about as high praise as it comes from you. You can certainly ask them to slice it a bit thicker -- I've noticed a lack of consistency there, sometimes a bit thicker, other times a bit thinner, def always much thinner than langers. For me, I like that it is mellow maybe even mildly sweet in flavor and not too salty, and also that it is juicy with a nice mix of fat, but not just big fat parts on the edges. anyways, for pastrami to be even compared with katz and langers alone is a good sign. I guess for me, I prefer Carnegie (thinner sliced, and mellower/less salty) to Katz so maybe a better match made in heaven for this hound. Thicker cut not always better if it's not tender (ie works for Langers, but not Wexlers)

                    I live in the area of Greenblatts so easier to go there instead of Langers....certainly leaves cantors down Fairfax in the dust.

                    On the d├ęcor, I don't disagree...the upstairs room has some cool old photos of the neighborhood.

                    I like getting Belgian ale or fine wine with my sandwiches and food there too from time to time instead of soda.

                    thanks for checking in -- your opinions and expertise on pastrami are more insightful and interesting than the chef with knives/LAW.

                    1. re: jessejames

                      Taster is an expert on pastrami, I think. But what did the LTA think of Greenblatt's ??????

                      Another plus JJ regarding Greenblatt's is open 365 days a year, until 3am each day (I don't know why they just don't stay open 247 but who knows, 3 hours rest ain't half bad).

                      i like the downstairs room, but a warning it can get pricey fast a sandwich say the dark meat turkey, is like 13 bucks, add tomato, avocado and lettuce and it's another 3 bucks, each dr brown's is 2.95 and you need at least two to plow through the food and it gets pricey real real real real quick, and that ain't no joke.

                      1. re: kevin

                        lots of great wines 6-8 bucks a glass.

                        turkey dinner I had with 2 sides was 15 good.

                        Nominal or no corkage
                        That's a value area.

                      2. re: jessejames

                        "You can certainly ask them to slice it a bit thicker"
                        this, I never thought of. also, is the upstairs ceiling extra low? cuz I always feel claustrophobic there, and I'm no paul bunyan

                        1. re: TonyC

                          i hate upstairs and it's super slow up there, super slow.

                          1. re: TonyC

                            It has a kids loft feel!
                            Solution take the meat to go!

                          2. re: jessejames

                            >> your opinions and expertise on pastrami are more insightful and interesting than the chef with knives/LAW.

                            Imagine if I were being paid for my efforts :)

                            Good call on asking for thicker slices. We were seated upstairs, so we got the low-ceilinged treatment. Was there for a business lunch, so no LTA, kevin.

                            I live in the area too, so I'll need to head back to try the matzo ball soup. (I actually live much closer to Canter's, but the only time I ever find myself in there is when they're giving away cheap anniversary sandwiches... I just can't pass up a $0.75 deli sandwich. Otherwise, the odor of that place keeps me at bay... the place smells like an evil version of the delis of my youth.)

                            Mr Taster

                            1. re: Mr Taster

                              The rare roast beef is also dynamite to add to a to go or delivery order

                              1. re: jessejames

                                Or a pastrami topped with roast dark turkey meat topped with chopped chili then topped with meatloaf and gravy sandwich on toasted pumpernickel sided with some disco fries.

                                A bottle of burgundy.

                                And one is good to go.

                                  1. re: jessejames

                                    chopped liver, not chopped chili.

                              2. re: Mr Taster

                                Cantors makes nice Chinese almond cookies with the chocolate in middle and black n whites

                  2. Great wine selection there too

                    1. Very good caviar quality and pricing too.

                      1. 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.