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Thursday, January 12, 2006

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Tana

Sweet post. Thanks.

Amy

Great post. Personally I like The Stage Deli the best, though the waitresses at Second Ave were a hoot. In San Francisco I think the best pastrami sandwich can be found at Tommy's Joynt!

NS

Another great post, Brett. I was stunned when I heard just recently that Sydney's, which used to occupy this space in the JCC, was no more. The food there was surprisingly good, and the prices were extremely reasonable. It may very well have been the best kept secret in town -- perhaps too well kept! Oh well, I'm glad to hear your positive review of the California Street Delicatessen & Cafe, and I've heard that a second restaurant serving Asian fusion cuisine will be opening up right next door.

jen maiser

Oh, I am so happy to read this post. As I was reading your homage to 2nd Avenue Deli and saw you switch to the new JCC deli, I thought to myself "oh no! too high of expectations! didn't he know that it was their *first* day?" but it sounds like there is definitely potential there. I am going to try and wait a week or two before going.

jeanne

When I heard the news I, too, was sad. This place was my early 20s pre-disco nap Saturday 4pm fuel stop. Sniff. Sniff.

Brett

Tana, you're welcome.

Amy, next time I'm in NYC I'll have to give Stage a try. But I have to admit I'm skeptical about Tommy's Joynt. Do you mean that absurdly decorated place on Van Ness? Though I suppose I shouldn't judge a book by it's cover.

NS, I never made it to Sydney's. This deli concept seems like the perfect fit for the space. Amazing that they recruited Joyce Goldstein - very impressive. I wonder how the Asian fusion idea will pan out, though.

Jen, no one is more surprised than me that I went to a restaurant on its first day. Very out of character. Desperate times, though, call for desperate measures.

Jeanne, I can imagine it would be a great place to go prior to a nap. Nothing cries out for a siesta like a pastrami sandwich!

David

Brother's Deli in Burlingame used to be great. I don't know if it still is, but in my days, we used to make the "Hebe-Hop" (Hebrew Hop..) down there for corned beef on rye, which was the best in the Bay Area. A restaurant reviewer once trashed the place, and when I confronted him about it at a party, he told me he never got so many angry responses to a review. Rumor has it Second Ave Deli will re-arise somewhere in NY.

Nopisto

When a restaurant that we love closes we loose a part of our lives. Hope that Starbucks don't open a cofee shop there increasing the disneyfication of NYC.

Great post Brett.

johng

I second the Stage Deli. When they cart me to the ER it will be due, in part, to Stage Deli's chopped liver and egg salad sandwiches consumed during my NY years. You need to dislocate your jaw to get a bite in.

haddock

One of my bright ideas for when we might ever find ourselves in a more populated place is to open the (It's not) New York Deli, because they always do well and people always bemoan that indeed, it's not NY.

I lived blocks away from the 2nd Ave Deli for quite a while and its stuffed derma was a sure hangover meal, if not exactly a cure.

One of my favorite food memories was the look of horror on a 2nd Ave Deli waiter's face when one of my companions asked for mayo and cheese on their sandwich. The waiter refused and my friend was dumbfounded.

tony

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Greg

Your right on about the corned beef being sliced thin.I don't know if it's PC but I put the coleslaw right on the sandwich.

FJK of Blog Appetit

I spent more of my college years at Second Ave. Deli then I spent at classes at New York University

I am very sorry to hear of their demise. In my day they used to deliver to the NYU dorms (even in the rain and snow) and take checks.

All that and pastrami, too.

FJK of Blog Appetit

I spent more of my college years at Second Ave. Deli then I spent at classes at New York University

I am very sorry to hear of their demise. In my day they used to deliver to the NYU dorms (even in the rain and snow) and take checks.

All that and pastrami, too.

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