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My search for the best corned beef/pastrami in New York continues….

LOESER'S KOSHER DELI, 214 West 231st Street (between Broadway and Godwin Terrace), Kingsbridge, BronxJewish delis have a certain look about them. Usually they’re bright with old photographs on the wall and lots of nostalgic kitsch. I was surprised when I walked into Loeser’s (one of two remaining delis in the Bronx). Behind the take-out counter was a makeshift dining room with a dark dingy feel to it. It definitely has that stuck-in-time vibe, but something was missing. I have yet to put my finger on it, but it didn’t feel like most Jewish delis. (more…)


Every week, I document another dish that impressed and satiated me during my food adventures around New York City

HARRY & IDA'S MEAT AND SUPPLY CO., 189 Avenue A (between East 11th and East 12th Street), East VillageEvery once in a while a food purveyor comes along that I get so excited about that I end up dedicated multiple posts on this blog to them. It happened with Mile End a few years ago, it happens all the time with Chikalicious Dessert Bar, and it’s about to happen with Harry & Ida’s Meat and Supply Co.

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My search for the best corned beef/pastrami in New York continues….

SADLY, CAFE EDISON IS NOW CLOSED.

CAFE EDISON, 228 West 47th Street (between Broadway and Eighth Avenue), Theater District

I was amazed at how little Cafe Edison has changed in ten years. I used to frequent this old-school diner in the heart of Times Square quite a bit when I first moved to New York. It was near all my auditions and the hearty Eastern European Jewish food was affordable and nostalgic.

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My food adventures of late have taken me much further downtown to some of the hipper restaurant offerings and to the outer boroughs for some exciting and unexplored ethnic cuisines. But rarely do I get to eat an actual meal in the heart of Times Square. Nor would I want to, to be perfectly honest.

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My search for the best corned beef/pastrami in New York continues….

KATZ N DOGZ, Location Varies

Walking down the streets of Midtown, there are lots of wonderful smells coming from food carts. Expected aromas include grilled chicken and lamb kebabs, curry, and perhaps even caramelized Belgian waffles. It wasn’t until I visited the new Katz n Dogz truck that I ever smelled the smells of a Jewish deli on the streets of New York. In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever experienced those wonderful briney, garlicky scents in the open air.  The prospect of a Jewish deli food truck was exciting on its own and these smells offered even more potential for greatness.

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For the third year in a row, I’m going to attempt to eat every single item on Time Out New York’s annual 100 Best Dishes list. In no particular order, here’s my take on their Top 100. Let the gluttony continue…

I’ve always been a purist when it comes to kosher meats. I like my corned beef and pastrami on rye with mustard. And a pickle on the side, but that’s it. No sauerkraut, no turkey, no mayo (God forbid!)

But I can’t overlook the long-standing popularity of the Reuben and the Rachel. Although both are closely associated with NY delis, I doubt I’m going to devote an entire search to finding the best. Partly because I think I may have already found it.

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For the third year in a row, I’m going to attempt to eat every single item on Time Out New York’s annual 100 Best Dishes list. In no particular order, here’s my take on their Top 100. Let the gluttony continue…

I thought I was never going to visit Liebman’s Deli again. Not because the first time wasn’t memorable, but because it’s in the Bronx in the quaint neighborhood of Riverdale and there’s not a whole lot of reason to make the trek. Even the stellar corned beef and pastrami on their own were not quite enough. But my completist nature and the fact that this smoked meat found its way onto Time Out’s list gave me a good enough reason to return.

Not only does the place smell of garlic and brine (like all good delis), but it smells of authenticity. Liebman’s is the real deal – a true Jewish deli that’s not trying to be anything but that. The cheesy paintings on the walls are real, as is the old out of date furniture, and the old world hospitality. I get so used to going out to new nostalgic places that are trying to be hip and kitschy that it’s refreshing to come somewhere like this that is just doing what they’ve been doing for decades. They’re keeping the tradition alive.

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