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Mom wants matzo ball soup

She loves matzo ball soup but only makes it to nyc once a year or so. When I searched the board all the threads are a few years old- does anyone still even order matzo ball soup??

Here's the catch: no dill (non-negotiable), and minimal vegetables (or whatever, she picks them out of everything else already).

We went to 2nd ave deli (she loved theirs) and katz already- and if either are really The Best we can return.

I saw someone on an old thread recommend mendy's, mile end, or ben's in the garment district- can anyone vouch for these?

Neighborhood doesn't matter much since we will be cris-crossing the city for a few days.

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  1. Empire Diner has it on the menu. i haven't had it but it sounds interesting:

    MATZOH BALL MARROW SOUP
    root vegetables, poached chicken, marrow bone

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    1. re: coasts

      Oooh! I've been looking for a reason to go there anyhow....

    2. Sarge's has great matzoh ball soup.

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      1. re: ellenost

        Sarge's could be perfect since we've never been there- and dad can get his meaty sandwich fix! Favorite sandwich there? And, have you had the chopped liver at sarge's? Mom likes that too...

        1. re: Ttrockwood

          My favorite sandwich at Sarge's is the pastrami sandwich. I always order it "fatty". The pastrami is sliced thin which I prefer.

          I adore the chopped liver at Sarge's too: filled with chopped egg and sautéed onions.

          Sarge's also makes the best sweet noodle kugel.

          Just realized I described my perfect meal at Sarge's. I hope you and your family enjoy it as much as my family and I do!

          1. re: ellenost

            Sounds like we have a winner!
            And since i'm veg i'll just have sweet noodle kugel as my dinner! ;)

          2. re: Ttrockwood

            Sarge's just reopened after a fire and the food's just as good. I had a rolled beef, tongue and chopped liver triple decker, but my fave is the corned beef and pastrami. The burgers and the lox, eggs & onions are good too.

        2. Less than 48 hours ago we were in 2nd Ave Deli eating Matzoh ball soup and I can't imagine any better (I have never been a fan up until two days ago but am now a convert).

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          1. re: Berheenia

            That's funny because I'm pretty much in the same boat. I never even entertained the idea of matzoh ball soup until 2 weeks ago (special on the Jeffrey's Grocercy menu) and now I am seeking out the real deal stuff because I'm hooked.

          2. Sarge's
            The Edison Hotel restaurant
            2nd Ave Deli

            1. Barney Greengrass on UWS.
              Great bagels and smoked fish too.