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Posted by anonymous on 01/20/2008
My husband and I have always been big fans of the old 2nd Ave Deli, and could not be more excited to see the deli reopen. The food is as good or even better than the original. The waiters are very friendly, and your meal is ended with a delicious chocolate soda. So what if you have to wait on line to get a table, it is 100% worth the wait, glad to have it around again.
Posted by bo on 01/19/2008
pricey but worth it.
Posted by Anonymous on 01/14/2008
It's truly great to have the original Second Avenue Deli back. I grew up going to this deli and the food here is just as good as I remember. I'm just shocked that the place is so small. I know they have enough draw to have gotten a bigger restaurant than they currently occupy. If you're looking for take out then this is perfect, but sitting down is a bit of a hassle.
Posted by Not a Good Lunch on 01/14/2008
Beware- this is not a good place to go unless you have a group of 3 or 4. The restaurant only has three tables that are two tops and the restaurant REFUSES to seat parties of two at four tops- even if there is no one waiting. Instead, they'll ask you to share a booth with another group. Shared tables are alright. From experience I can now tell you that sharing a booth with strangers can suck. The woman taking names however, didn't alert us that there was a shortage of tables for two- or ask if we'd be ablright sharing when we arrived. She just said it would be a very short wait (read 20 minutes.) Add that the poor service to the fact that the place is cramped and WAY overpriced and you've got one bad experience. Once people get over the newness of this place I hope it improves or shuts down again. It's not worth it.
Posted by me on 01/13/2008
I came here today (Sunday) at 3pm with a party of 4. After waiting for about 30 minutes, we were literally squeezed into a TINY table. A pitcher of water, pickles, and coleslaw were practically thrown down on the table. The waiter came by 30 seconds later and asked us for our order (which we had decided on while standing in line). About 3 minutes later the soup came. The matzoh ball soup was bland - it tasted much better after adding salt and pepper. Before we finished the soup, the sandwiches came. We got turkey/pastrami club, lean pastrami, pastrami, and corned beef. Everything was tasty. We were done in less time than we stood in line! Although the food was good, I don't think I would go back. The whole experience was a disappointment. You would think that when a restaurant would have the chance to start from scratch and open a new restaurant, they would try make it comfortable and organized.
Posted by deli master on 01/11/2008
First of all went there last night waited 20 min for a table and the food was fantastic. Just stop comparing to the old 2nd ave. and live with it... there is not another deli in the area thats kosher and delicious... as far as the prices welcome to New York... You get what you pay for, great deli meats, great service... Oh yea and the reason you are paying those prices is because the rents are so high for the space all over town. It's either this or truck yourself all the way uptown for kosher food thats really overpriced.
Posted by Fattybumblatty on 01/05/2008
I have heard about the great new 2nd avenue deli for some time. This is real Jewish food, but its also overpriced and the dining area is cramped. Service is reasonable, but not as good as you would expect for the price you pay. Our server barked at my wife when she asked for silverware a second time. The Matzoh ball soup is very bland, which is probably accurate for circa 1900 eastern Europe, but we can do better than that now. Personally I prefer Sarges and the Pastrami at Katz's is still unbeatable.