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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.
Posted by re: may-no on 01/03/2008
Wow, I am surprised you were allowed to get a sandwich on white with mayo. In the old 2nd Ave deli, I saw someone get laughed out of the store for ordering something like that.
Posted by foodfanatic on 01/03/2008
just got in from the 2nd ave deli. it was my first time goin. stopped by at around 1am. ordered a pastrami sandwich. nothin special, just lettuce, tomato, and mayo on white. it was warm and piled high with meat. the pickles were tasty. the servers were nice and friendly. i would most definately go again. my only complaint was that i ordered the chicken soup, and there was nooo chicken in it. just a lesson learned, the sandwich was great and thats all that mattered. IMO the pastrami at katz is a little better. but 2nd ave deli is a must try. don't hesitate to go if you haven't been, just dont get the soup.
Posted by Simpson on 12/31/2007
I was very disappointed in the pastrami, below average as compared with any other Jewish-style deli in NY.
Posted by Anonymous on 12/28/2007
i waited on line for 40 min only to be extremely disappointed: the corned beef/pastrami was extremely dry with little flavor and the soup was very bland. Im terribly upset as I was very excited for this to be my new spot.
I’ve visited the 2nd Ave Deli twice now in the few weeks it’s been open. Both times I was thoroughly impressed by the food – first with the Blintzes and then with the Chopped Liver sandwich. I will say though that I am very dissatisfied with the service and probably won’t be back because of it. Both times I waited with my parties for more than an hour only to be told that I had to share my table. Both times I refused and ended up waiting and extra 30-40 minutes! First they would not seat my party of 3 at a table for four without trying to turn two tables together and seat 2 parties of 3 and a party of 2 at a “table for 8” that was half squished against a wall. The second time they would not seat my party of 2 at any other table than a table meant for two so I waited an extra 30 minutes as at least 5 parties of 3 and 4 were sat ahead of me. Also, today the credit card machine was down and no one notified the people in line. You had to wait for an hour to get to the front to see the sign that said cash only. It seems that the entire staff is in need of a good dose of common sense.