Joe, I may never go to the 2nd St Deli, but some of the reviews were almost as good as the food---------------------------.
New York, NY
11/30/2009 33rd and 3rd aka Toity-toid an' toid.
This is the home of Jewish Soul Food.
This is the pastrami samich to end all pastrami samiches.
This is the jump-off, the bee's knees, the bomb-dot-com, the shizzle-mah-nizzle, THE HOLY GRAIL OF PASTRAMI.
Yes, it's so sweet that they give you those delish gribbenes that remind you so much of buttery pork rinds (but of course; they're chicken), the slightly bland coleslaw and that mix of dill and new pickles when you sit down in one of the cozy booths.
But what you're really there for is the MEAT ORGASM. The corned beef falls apart in your mouth, and the pastrami is perfectly marbled and moist yet quite lean, so there are no icky hunks of fat or gristle to eschew. The spices on the hot pastrami are bold and that mustard...OH THAT MUSTARD!!! I want to slather this on everything I eat from now on.
The matzo soup is rich with illness-curing shmaltz-y goodness, with a real chicken flavor all up in the broth, just like (someone else's) grandma used to make - jewish penicillin indeed.
An order of the potato latkes gets you 3 HUGE crispily fried pancakes with a side of spiced applesauce that you'll want to sprinkle with a bit of salt, then split with another person (unless you're a glutton, to which I wish you luck with your impending coronary.) One of these days, I'm going to order the "Instant Heart Attack", which is a fistful of pastrami housed between two of these latkes. And then I will go immediately into hibernation like the bear that I am.
And who could resist the chocolate egg-cream shot when paying your decently priced bill? It's the perfectly sweet ending to a savory meal for this shiska.
Bonus points for being kosher, albeit NOT shomer Shabbos (so you Orthodox ones might wanna look elsewhere.)
Read between the lines, and you'll see how good 2nd Avenue Deli is. Now I'll go home and change...
Listed in: Samiches, Keepin' it Kosher
7/3/2010 HOLY JEWISH DELI BATMAN!
The pastrami here........ meat candy. Don't waste your energy chewing it. It MELTS on your tongue. Seriously. MELTS.
The potato pancakes.....more like potato stealth bombers...... the things are enormous! Crispy, delicious.
The pickles..... don't even get me STARTED.
I also saw go by what was quite possibly the BIGGEST turkey sandwich I'd ever seen. Then I saw a woman eat it in one sitting. And that was my dinnertime entertainment.
The chocolate egg creams they give you at the end are cute.
Prices are kinda steep, but I think it's worth it.