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2nd Avenue Deli
Posted by MFK on 06/01/2008
As a long time devotee of the original, I anxiously waited for the re-opening but because of the long lines these past several months finally got in this past Saturday. I should have stuck with my memories......Any self respecting New Yorker should avoid at all costs and leave this place to the tourists. It is disappointing on all fronts. The only saving grace was being served by a familiar face from the old Molly Picon room who remained wonderful in all respects. This restaurant is cold, has no NY feel at all and could not be more poorly planned. All could be forgiven is the food quality remained but that is the real disappontment. A still great matzoh ball floats in overly salty soup where once it was heaven. The corned beef and other mainstays have disppeared into memory. This is a real tragedy. I hate writing this but anybody that likes waiting on long lines for poor food in a cold, sterile environment has never enjoyed a true deli experience or is from New Jersey......
Posted by Anonymous on 04/23/2008
Ate there the other night-the food was excellent but you felt like they wanted you out before you even sat down! The restaurant is too small and you can not have a leasurely dinner there. They should have taken a larger space.
Posted by Mordachai McClain on 03/29/2008
The food was the same...delicious. But the atmosphere was like a disneyized version of the old place. Also the old place was alot more friendly, like my grandmothers kitchen on passover. The new place is cold, and has an attitude problem. I never felt welcome. I felt like they wanted me in and out. and the waiter even forgot my matzoh ball. By the time he brought it out my soup was cold. i said to him "taste the soup" He didn't even get the joke. MORAL: Pick it up and take it home. Just make sure they don't forget your matzoh ball.
Posted by Anthony on 03/10/2008
I'm a New Yorker. I don't just live NY. NY lives in me. Regretably, I've stayed away from some NY charms because they were pricey "tourist places." Hence, this was my first time to the 2nd Ave Deli. I LOVED IT! Granted, I did not wait on the line outside to get a seat and eat inside. Therefore, I didn't have the problems others have mentioned. I got my $15 pastrami sandwich "to go" and went back to work wondering what such a sandwich would look and taste like. I must say, the money was irrelevant and well spent after I finished the sandwich. I probably could have split it with someone but I was enjoying it way too much to do something silly like that. If you love pastrami like I do and you've got a few extra dollars to spare you should treat yourself to a pastrami on rye with mustard. It's NY at it's finest. Yum, yum, and now it's back to my diet :)
Posted by Maneater on 03/08/2008
I waited a long time to get a pastrami sandwich. I was the only one there but the 2 guys behind the counter were busy doing other things. So 10 minutes later the guy asks me what I want, 5 minutes after that I get my pastrami sandwich. I ask the guy for a mustard seeing he had neglected to put it in my take-out bag. "You want an extra one? I got one in there already." WRONG! You didn't put in a mustard so it was a good thing I asked for one. After hating the experience of getting the sandwich, the sandwich was mindblowingly good. I will be going back for sure.
Posted by disappointed on 03/03/2008
a bunch of us were working late so we came up with an idea of deli sandwiches, nice cole slaw and the trimmings. as we had ordered previous times since the reopening we decided the 2nd ave deli was the way to go. well we did not get what we wanted to wit: the cole slaw when i called to complain i was told the delivery guy would not return. well guess what for a hundred dollars for sandwiches which we order every week the should have made it right. so now I will never return.
Posted by jg on 02/22/2008
Been here a few times. Bottom line is the cured meat is outstanding everything else isnt. (The soup is bland and many other things on the menu are average at best.) The place is not the same as old in quality or recipe. Nevertheless its the best pastrami in NYC.