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Lansky's Old World Deli
Posted by Bill631 on 12/27/2008
Me and a friend went there today for lunch/brunch. We were coming into the city from Long Island and had some things to do on the upper west side, and was looking for a good place to eat. I had been looking at their menu online for a few days, and got a craving for some good "deli" style food. Our meal there was somewhat frustrating, mainly due to the service. I phoned there shortly before we arrived to ask if they were offering their full menu today, or did they only have the brunch menu. The man that answered the phone said "of course, we offer the full menu all the time, so you can order from the brunch menu today or the regular menu." Our waiter came to the table immediately to ask if we wanted anything to drink. He was Russian, I believe, and his English was passable but not clear. I asked him to let us sit down and look at the menu for a moment, and then asked him if the full menu was available. To my surprise, he said no it wasn't, and that we had to either order from the brunch menu or order a cold sandwich. He left and returned about a minute later and asked if we were ready to order. I ordered the half pastrami sandwich and soup, split pea, My friend had an omelette. The food arrived pretty quickly.The pastrami sandwich was good, and so was the soup, but it arrived about room temperature. My friend said his omelette was good. All of the tables around us were served a little bowl of cole slaw and pickles. Our waiter didn't bring any so I asked for some which he eventually brought. There was barely enough room at the table for everything. For some reason they served the half sandwich on a gigantic plate which took up a lot of room. We ordered desserts, apple pie ala mode, which took far longer to get to our table than the other food. The service was rushed and hurried, and totally all over the place. We only got one paper napkin each, which the bus-boy removed right before dessert came. The waiter brought the desserts, finally, with only a spoon, and never offered an addition napkin. The food was OK, but nothing really special. There was a constant stream of waiters and bus-boys walking by our table. The only good thing about this place is that the prices are cheap, by NY City standards at least.
Posted by peter on 12/23/2008
The food was good and yes this is great for the neighborhood but the service was all over the place. Ive been here 3time and each time my order was wrong or my food came out at different times. When I looked for my waiter to complain he was sitting down with rest of the staff eating believe it or not pasta. Again when I finally got my food is was good . The divel dog was great but they forgot my fries. 2 times
Posted by West Side Food Guy on 12/22/2008
I've been here several times with friends because the food is good, the prices are great and it's convenient. Everything we've had has been very good. BUT, the service can be very slow and very inattentive. The further back in the restaurant you sit, the worse it seems to be. Also, not all their servers seem to be comfortable with English. Sometimes that can make ordering a little challenging. The food is good. Don't expect the monstrous mountains of food you get at other delis. But you will get more than enough to fill you up. Also, there are NO pork products on the menu. Bacon and sausage are made from turkey. Prices are quite a surprise. Your check will be at least 30% LESS than the same meal ordered at any nearby diner in a 20 block radius. Just try not to sit in the back.
Posted by Anonymous on 12/04/2008
Amazing Matzah Ball Soup. Succulent and savory. I got the Roasted Chix with the Challah stuffing. It was delicisous. In addition, the Mac and Cheese was fantastic. The prices are extremely reasonable. I do not live in the neighborhood, but this is my new favorite place.
Posted by mary z on 11/28/2008
My new home away from home. The matzoh ball soup is.a must,I hate winter but I will survive it with their wonderful soup. Everthing is great, and surprising that the burger is the best I have had in a long time. It is huge, juicy and wonderfully charred. At under 6 dollars, the best bargin in the city. In fact everthing is so fairly priced, the whole place is just the best. One word of caution, portions are large, save room for the strawberry cheesecake,wow!!!
Posted by Kellie on 11/25/2008
I am so excited we finally have a deli that isn't over priced with impossible portions. The food here is amazing from the matzoh balls and kreplach to the pastrami and burgers. And the desserts! We went here last night for my birthday and the manager was great. Very welcoming and accommodating. Totally willing to make me feel special on my birthday. Everyone who worked here seemed to have pride in what they serve, which is a rarity. They have made a life-long customer based on their service and food quality.
Posted by Barney's girl on 11/22/2008
This place was just what I needed on this freezing dreary night when all I wanted was to stay in my neighborhood, wear sweats & not have to endure an "upscale place" along with "upscale" attitude, prices or portions! The menu was varied & reasonably priced, the food was delicious & plentiful (I agree with the other reviewer; the matzoh ball/chicken soup was awesome (I usually don't even like soup) huge bowl with big pieces of chicken, carrots,etc just hit the spot!! My pastrami sandwich was great & I added the wonderful cole slaw they put on the table. The waitress was sweet & accommodating, asked for lean pastrami & it WAS...but it wasn't dry or less tasty the way Artie's "Lean" pastrami is. And the woman at the table next to us was working on a large plate of roast chicken that looked fantastic! This is just what our neighborhood needed: the real "deal," a seemingly authentic old-time Jewish deli right down to the grumpy elderly man who kept bringing us to teeny tables (even though the place was half empty) even though I asked for a large table so we'd have room for all our extra clothing. But once we finally were seated, everything was great!! Next time, I'll have to leave room for dessert. they sound amazing!! But if it stays this cold, I'll probably just order inYES, I'm in heaven, they even deliver!!!!!!