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2nd Avenue Deli
Posted by Anonymous on 02/22/2008
Okay, on the positive side, the food is decent. Some dishes are good (kishka, stuffed cabbage, egg barley), others acceptable (soup), others not so great (pastrami!). But it is not worth the price or the poor service you must endure to get the food. I have tried eating in, taking out and delivery and all three were abysmal expriences. And the prices are NOT worth what you get. I have to think that if they keep going with this service and prices, they will be out of business within a year, once the nostalgia and hype goes away and people just evaluate the restaurant based on its quality, service and value.
Posted by Terry on 02/18/2008
Yes, it is cramped and chaotic, but the food was fantastic. The restaurant is very small, and that makes it seem like a hectic place, and it is. Is it a bit pricey? Yes, but you get what you pay for. Do I think it was as good as the original location? Absolutely.
Posted by Anonymous on 02/16/2008
i'm sorry ... i know a lot of people have a sentimental thing about this place, but it's absolutely ridiculous ... the food's fine ... but the place is obnoxious unless your carrying out. the prices? gimme a break, $13.95 for a burger and i can't even sit at my own table to eat? wait til they get a sense of reality. i miss the tapas place that used to be in the same space.
Posted by Anonymous on 02/12/2008
A New York classic returns with mostly good results. First the negatives: Crowds, tiny tables and soaring prices. Matzoh ball soup needed more salt and the ball itself was a little too dense for my liking. Positives: Both Corned Beef & Pastrami were of excellent quality and taste. Service was quick, efficient and friendly. Not quite up to the original yet but give them time when the crowds die down
Posted by Tastebuddy on 02/12/2008
That is the only word to describe this deli. Servers trying to serve, hostesses, managers, all loud and all over this tiny restaurant. This was my second visit and both times I hoped the food would be like the old deli, but not even close. I also don't want to share a table with strangers when I am paying over $50,00 for 2 bowls of soup and 2 sandwiches.
Posted by Melissa on 02/11/2008
If you're only 2 people don't bother trying to eat here unless you want to wait forever or want to eat with strangers at a small four top. My husband and I were starving so we gave the "community" thing a try. We ended up sitting with people who were 2x the size of us at a tiny table. When the waiter put down pickles and slaw for the table to SHARE (sorry, i'm not the kind of person who wants to share food with strangers during flu season) and then asked if we were one check or two, I had to get up and leave. Ended up ordering for delivery.
Posted by Matt on 02/08/2008
Anyone who would give this place a bad review is crazy. Best Jewish style deli in the city (and one of the few that's still actually kosher), hence the world Everyone involved with getting the place back open deserves a medal. Eat the corned beef, and know the glories of existence.