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2nd Avenue Deli
Posted by Dave Siskin on 11/03/2009
I visited the new 2nd Ave. Deli and didn't have time to sit so I dealt with just the meat cutter or sandwich maker at the counter. On previous trips to the city I alsways made it a point of dropping in on the( what is now the old 2nd ave. deli.) Their counter/sandwish man was great. He offered samples so we could decide what was best. I ordered the Hot Corned Beef. WOW - Becasue I was ordering for a few people we also ordered two small salami's, a tongue sandwich, a salami sandwich, a container of slaw, a container of chopped liver, two Dr. Brown's Cream soda, plus some extra pickles ( half sour) I only get into the city once in a blue moon but the next time my main stop will be between Lex and 3rd.
Posted by New Yorker 4 life on 08/24/2009
I've recently eaten at the 2nd Ave. Deli and it was amazing! The corn beef was hot and moist, the Matzoh ball soup was better than my Grandma's! I couldnt finish the sandwich it was so over stuffed. The service was amazing, the staff were very friendly too. The prices seemed very fair for the large portions that we recieved. I read a few earlier reviews on this site and I dont understand how are they are expecting better value?? The prices are on the menu and we are in Manhattan in year 2009..Its not year 1960 where I think they are currently basing the old prices and portions on. If you dont like the place, dont eat there but for crying out loud stop being so cheap.
Posted by barry brown on 08/24/2009
i had a charge acct at the old 2 ave deli(so you know i was a great customer, 2-3 times a week) last night at 10:00 pm i stopped on my way to grand central for 1lb of barley.My wife loves the Jewish style and at 7.95Lb i thought she was crazy but to stave off a fight i got it. She also wanted a potato pancake. This was $5.00 and a shame .But the topper!! I receieved a small container of apple sauce(.9 oz) and they wouldnt give me another. I complained to the cashier. I will never go there again on principal. All because of a container of sauce they lost a good customer. and the prices are totally out of line!!
Posted by David from LA on 08/20/2009
My little one moved to NY last year and found the 2nd Ave. Deli. In LA deli isn't deli. When her mother visited last week they bought me kishka. The deli had it vacuum packed my wife brought it home. I had no idea how to prepare it so I called the deli and asked. Whoever I talked to gave me exact directions and for the last two days the smell of real kishka in gravy is now floating over the bluffs of Palos Verdes. Very nice. Great food. Brings back memories. Thanks 2nd Ave Deli.
Posted by NY on 08/19/2009
Food quality here is very good. My fave deli for a square, potato knish!! It's always fresh and full of fluffy potato filling. But the prices here are just shameful. No knish is worth five dollars!!! I might excuse four dollars, given the qulaity, but five is majorly overpriced! Corn Beef sandwich is also excellent, but again way over priced!! A small soup is about seven dollars. Overblown prices for very good deli food. It's hard to justify eating here at these prices. Sorry, 2nd Ave Deli, you need to drop a dollar or two off most items!!
Posted by MD on 08/14/2009
I love kosher deli. While I have no complaints about the actual quality of the food (I find it to be good), I do have a major issue with the price. A turkey and corned beef sandwich was $17 and a knish was $5. Absurdly high prices but I was willing to accept it since I walked in, sat down, looked at the menu and made my choices. But then I asked for sauerkraut on the side. It came in a little side dish and I was happy - until I got my bill. $3.95 for the sauerkraut!!! That wasn't mentioned anywhere on the menu. I was so surprised by the charge (and expensive charge, at that), that I actually looked over my bill to see if they charged me for the side of russian dressing that I asked for. When asked, the waitress told me that she didn't know the prices...she just put it in the computer. I would've been happy just being told that there was a charge for it. I was so annoyed by this charge for sauerkraut that I had to see what the actual cost was. How about a big bag of sauerkraut from Food Emporium for $1.50 per bag. This will probably be the last time that I eat at 2nd Ave Deli. The cost is simply not worth the visit - especially when there are other kosher delis in the city that won't rip off their customers by charging $4 for a side of sauerkraut.
Posted by Anonymous on 08/09/2009
I've been eating at 2nd ave since it reopened. Living down the block, I can tell you this is the most inconsistent place in the neighborhood. Selling sandwiches at $15 is NYC reality, the least they could do is make it worth it! The pastrami is now sliced paper thin on machine and filled with fat that should have been trimmed had the carver cared. Oh yeah, and the sandwiches are piled half as high as they used to be. . . .