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Posted by Lynn on 12/10/2013
It was Hanukkah weekend and I wanted latkes. Where better when you live on the UES? A friend and I tried the 2nd Avenue Deli. Neither of us had been to this location before. It was Sunday and not very crowded so we were seated immediately. We were given cole slaw and pickles. So far so good. Then the waitress took our order. She was very nice but pretty clueless about the menu or Matzo brei. She told my friend she could get the matzo brei either scrambled one as an omelette. She needed to get clarification that the omelette was really a "pancake". I ordered a knockwurst. The menu said that for $1.00 you can get potato salad with it. I asked for that and she seemed a bit alarmed. Imagine how I felt when I got the bill and found I was charged $6.95 for a side of potato salad! I complained, they removed the charge. My friend wasn't happy with her matzo brei "pancake". My knockwurst was still a big hot dog but was the cheapest thing on the menu. And with the tip it still cost us about $40.00.
Posted by Anonymous on 11/17/2013
I tried going back a couple of times, hoping that the poor service or dry meat was a fluke, but it wasn't. This place is consistently subpar and consistently expensive. I guess they're hoping that people keep coming back for the name. I won't be one of those people.
Posted by anonymous on 10/05/2013
Not sure what was funnier - the 12 employees standing around stalking our table to clear the plates away ASAP, but never offering a coffee refill, the $19.50 price for the dessert sampler, consisting of 4 cookies, 1 piece of babka and 4 ruglah or the ridiculously high prices for everything except maybe the hot dog...and after seeing this review, they will probably raise the price. For food that is so unhealthy, it is amazing that people pay the prices charged here
Posted by Robert on 04/17/2013
this is New York and I am not sure the prices are that different from the old restaurant. I only had a few things, so I can only comment that the Pastrami is great (order lean), excellent matza ball soup, the pickles and coleslaw are also my favourites. The service is soso - usually the waiter disappears. Have been doing pick up for the last few times, and that is always excellent. I think now that they have been open for a while they have the right rythm. And yes it is still very expensive, but comparable to other restaurants in the area for dinner
Posted by anonymous on 01/02/2013
Have eaten here several times. Always delicious. The portions are very large and filling. I recommend arriving hungry. They have a big menu but everything from the roast beef to the french toast is excellent! You can't go wrong.
Posted by Angry Sick Person on 12/27/2012
I have been suffering from a horrible cold and the only thing I wanted was some chicken noodle soup. So my husband ordered us some soup from Second Avenue Deli, along with a pastrami sandwich and a chocolate babka. We ordered a quart of the soup. I wish I could post photos on menupages to show you what the soup looked like. It was 95% broth and the rest was just noodles. No chicken, no little pieces of carrrot. Nothing. It basically looks to me like they make one broth and toss it with some noodles to make chicken noodle soup. The pastrami and babka were good, but when you are sick, there is nothing like a good chicken noodle soup and this just is a disgrace to an establishment that claims to be the best at anything.
Posted by Charles on 10/28/2012
After a few months, the 2nd Ave. Deli uptown draws few customers, and empty tables every night tell the truth that prices are simply way too high, even for the UES. Only foreign tourist in midtown, and expense account lunch customers in midtown, pay such prices for sandwiches and soup and such. And to think, you must pay extra for lean meat in your sandwich, if you don't want fat and grizzle. Sorry, 2nd Ave., but your prices are too high and I won't come back to your deserted restaurant.