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2nd Avenue Deli
Posted by Bob on 06/01/2010
What a delicious and big sandwich. Whenever I am in NY, I always make sure to stop at 2nd Avenue; it's much better than Katz's or Carnegie.
Posted by Anonymous on 05/23/2010
Echoing the previous reviewer prices are up, and portions have shrank considerably. Give Sarges a shot up the block for better food and portions. Really disappointing where this place has gone.
Posted by Disappointed on 05/10/2010
I was almost a regular when the 2nd Avenue Deli was in its original location. I was thrilled when it reopened on 33rd Street. When they first opened at 33rd Street, the prices went up a bit, but the portions were still quite large. They have since raised the prices again (prices are higher than what is listed on their website) and the portions have shrunk dramatically. I ordered the hot open face turkey plate. The menu says it comes with gravy, fried and cranberry sauce. However, they refused to bring me the cranberry sauce, even after I pointed out that it's specifically included on the menu. The quality of the food is still generally good, but it's certain not worth the incredibly expensive price, the awful service, and the loud ambiance. They have officially lost a long time customer.
Posted by Smart Customer on 05/02/2010
As soon as I walked in I was the kosher meat, harassed and gawked at and spoken to by two men at the cashiers desk in a way that made me very uncomfortable. I ordered my food to learn they nickel and dime you on top of the overpriced costs. One server, big guy, behind the counter yells at another server, a very polite man, about my order only to make me feel even more uncomfortable and upset for the other guy. I walked out unsatisfied and irritated with what unraveled before my eyes. I would never walk in there again and I recommend you go to another kosher place unless you want to walk out ripped off and beaten up.
Posted by NEw York Visitor on 04/14/2010
Wandering around Murray Hill i wandered into this place, totally oblivious to the reputation of the place and i have been hooked ever since. The decor is great and i really like the atmosphere. I have always stuck to the sandwich menu but there is no reason to ever try anything else. The sandwiches here are absolutely fantastic, the pastrami is to die for, the chopped liver is insanely good, the corned-beef and salami are brilliant and the tongue is out of this world, whichever part you choose to go for. Even the Russian dressing is far better than any other i have ever tasted and the complimentary helath salad is great.Despite some reviewers experiencing poor service, i have never had anything but positive experiences in here. Chopped liver added to my sandwich at no extra cost, some chopped liver brought to the table for other people at the table to try at no extra cost. On one occasion when we did not finish everything, the owner brought out some complimentary dessert as he thought we were unhappy with the food. Although a lot of cash to fork out for a sandwich you do get more than enough meat so it works out at very good value. A great selection of stuff available at the deli counter too and free samples still available at request. This is one of the places that makes New York so special. I'm just sorry i could never have been to the original one. Don't go to New York without calling, it is just 5 minutes walk from 33rd street station!
Posted by felee on 03/29/2010
I know this place has a long history and has served a lot of meals. However, after trying them for the third time at the 3rd ave location, I think we are finally done with this place. The atmosphere was cramped, like they tried to fit too many tables into the space, the service was cold, and the prices were ridiculous. We ordered the grilled specials, which were two not so special hot dogs with some cold fries for $16. The best part was that when I ordered some sauerkraut to go with the hot dogs, they charged me $3.95 for a little dish, what an insult. The waitress could have let me know it would be $4 extra for sauerkraut, so I could have left right there. The pastrami was dry and tough, nothing good about this meal, and what a rip off! I will never go back.
Posted by Anonymous on 12/13/2009
Not the warmest, fuzziest, customer service. Most of the pastrami on my sandwich last night was actually inedibly chewy. Disappointing potato latkes. Waitress who prob. figures if she gets tipped 15-20% as a standard on their overrated, overpriced food, she doesn't need to have a good attitude. Not worth the wait. Hugely disappointed.