Nosh Jewish deli opens in ABQ
- sandiasingh Oct 23, 2013 02:24 PM
Shazzam! A real Jewish deli in ABQ? Is it possible? Haven't been there yet but will definitely make a beeline ASAP.
I'm going on Friday (if all goes well) with a friend. Agree about the fat. I carefully monitor fat in my diet, but this is one time when it's not only OK, but required.
Was reading a thread on another board here (titled Three Kings or something) and they were talking about Carnegie Deli, which I haven't been to in at least five years. Oy!
Went to Nosh for lunch today. It is quite small, maybe 12 tables and mostly for two. Very nice vibe--they picked a good neighborhood location. I had pastrami on rye with potato salad and a pickle. Pastrami was good and generous. Rye bread was a bit too soft and turned mushy, so they need to work on that. Whole grain mustard was OK, potato salad was good, but nothing special, and pickle was not the fat, deli pickle I was expecting, just a slice. Keen observation told me there were were several New Yorkers there. It was pretty busy at lunchtime. Better than California Pastrami, but, as Gil Garduno said, the comparison to NY delis is inevitable and that it is not. But for ABQ, it's a good start and I would definitely go back.
Thanks for the heads-up on this place, we went over the weekend and enjoyed it quite a bit.
DC loved her eggs, toast, and roasted vegetables. Eggs were perfectly cooked to order, and although I can see how the rye bread could have been too squishy on sandwiches, it was just right when toasted, crunchy but not tooth-chipping. But best of all were the roasted vegetables themselves, a nice assortment of root vegetables, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts that brought lots of flavor without being doused in fat.
My bagel and lox plate was good. The bagel was properly dense and chewy, but lacked a perfectly crisp exterior, it definitely had nothing on the ones from the Bagel in Rio Rancho. Lox were fine. Excellent cream cheese, tomato, and capers.
Brought a challah home, made for some tasty toast this morning even if 6 bucks is a little steep for a loaf of bread. Prices on kitchen fare seemed less noticeable.
The sign said the coffee (drip only) was custom roasted from Iconik up in Santa Fe, but it wasn't so great, sharp and bitter, although to be fair it reminded me uncannily of the not-so-great coffee from delis back on the East Coast.
More than anything, though, I really enjoyed the vibe of this place, small, bustling, and friendly, on a neighborhoody side street a block removed from the busiest part of Nob Hill.