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Posted by localeater on 08/01/2010
Completely underwhelming. NY magazine rated this place the best deli in ny earlier this year and since eating there I've been trying to find out what they've been smoking and where I can get some. My vocabulary fails me as I try to summon and channel the hyperbolic euphoria from the half dozen or so print restaurant reviews that touted this place as the best smoked meat that can be legally eaten in public. But all I can think of when I reflect on my sorrowful culinary experience at Mile End is how dry, greasy, salty, and chewy the meat was. How the limp and mildly luke-cold "poutine" disillusioned me to the wonders of authentically Montreal/Brooklyn hipster fare. How could the food be so bad ? It has all the correct hipster ingredients - organic, sustainable, grass fed beef - check, "classic" montreal dishes such as poutine - cold fries, disgusting chicken gravy and cheese curds; a combination that if it were to appear in any greasy spoon diner would send any self respecting hipster to the floor in ironic laughter; cool hipster sounding names for its hipster cool "minimalist" menu such as "the ruth wilensky" - couldn't just call it a salami sandwich now could we. The bottom line here though is that I think that Mile End quickly became a victim of its own hipster success. It seems as popular now as when it first opened, but I think that may have less to do with the food than with its carefully arranged aesthetic.
Posted by Awesome on 07/11/2010
This place is great, everything about it is good. Good food, good price, good beer.
Posted by Anonymous on 05/20/2010
I had a brisket sandwich it was very small. The meat tasted ok. I wont be coming back . If you want great sandwiches, you got to go somewhere else.
Posted by Anonymous on 04/19/2010
i've tried a few items.. the fries with gravey and cheese is a bit much. too much of an herb taste for me and the cheese is over kill. pastrami is a little to smokey for me and the sandwich need to have more meat...i prefer katz's for sure. i'll definitely go back because katz's is too far and it's tasty.
Posted by Disgusted Fan on 03/25/2010
Paid $26 for two platters 3/24 ... Got home, and opened those paper boxes to reveal a greasy mess of shredded end of day trimmings, burnt and tiny fatty fragments ...not the proper thick slices as shown and expected! (Do you have to wonder if Pastrami-type meat is sliced) Disputing total $35 AMEX charge immediately! Overhyped, Overcrowded, Poor Value ...The "meat" is tasty but been several times, had real quality control issues ... Nice guy, lousy service, no idea of customer value, Platter is $13 for scraps! The previous time ordered 3 "Platters to go...got home no bread, no pickles, which I paid for...made it hard to make sandwiches! Noah apologized, asked me to come back and he'd treat me extra special. Yeah, right. You have to actually ask for a plate when seated. Won't be back anytime soon. Katz's still the best for sliced "Meat"!
Posted by svend on 02/25/2010
Best smoked meat sandwich I've had in the NYC area-- better than Katz's. Based on one sampling, I'd have to say that Schwartz's is a little better. Mile End uses 'natural' (free range, no antibiotics, etc) meat-- a big plus--, while Schwartz's uses industrial grade. However, I found Mile End's meat a little drier than Schwartz's, a tiny bit over-salted, and the peppery/spicy flavor profile a bit overpowering, masking the taste of the meat itself. Also, Schwartz's let's you pick the level of fattiness-- lean, medium, fatty-- whereas Mile End didn't provide this option. But this might just be because the waitress forgot to ask. The sandwiches, by the way, are a little small for the price (smaller than Schwartz's and other comparable delis)-- especially since they don't come with anything on the side. The coffee was very good, coleslaw very good, fries okay. My friend and I went on a Thursday during lunchtime. Nice, pretty, simple space with wooden tables, relaxed atmosphere, much more laid back than the always overcrowded and frenetic Schwartz's. The black Kafka-esque lamps extending from the walls are a little weird, a little too close to one's head, and potentially block the view of the person across from you. Coat hangers above each table a nice, convenient touch. Overall, the best smoked meat-style deli in New York, I'd wager. The space is pretty small, so I wouldn't be surprised if it becomes very crowded, with long lines waiting outside, within six months.
Posted by Eddie J. on 02/02/2010
Mile End is an absolute gem. Tiny and warm, the place is charmingly designed and makes for a very pleasant stop on a cold day. The staff makes each sandwich with care and seems to already have a host of loyal regulars. The poutine puts most expat versions to shame - amazing gravy! - and the brisket is smoky, peppery and potent. Only quibble is with the hours... may they smoke more meat soon.