2nd Ave Deli

Deli / Bodega, Jewish Restaurant, and Kosher Restaurant$$$$
Murray Hill, New York
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  • Eddie
    EddieOctober 16, 2014
    I like the guy behind the counter here he's always fast to make a fast joke to put a smile on your face. I like the area in Manhattan so I come here a few times a month when I go to my doctors appt.
  • Sage
    SageOctober 4, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    I always get the same thing- pastrami on rye with mustard and a Dr. Brown's Cel-Ray soda. I am never disappointed. Chicken soup with kreplach and potato pancakes are also good.
  • Stephanie K.
    Stephanie KuoOctober 20, 2014
    Best Jewish Deli in NY, Bubbe-approved. Nosh on Matzoh Ball Soup, Hot Pastrami, Pickles, and Chopped Liver schmear, then wash down the kosher feast with a shot of Chocolate Egg Cream!
  • Emily W.
    Emily WilsonDecember 15, 2015
    A truly classic NYC institution. The most Jewish of Jewish delis you'll find. It's not the same as it was when it was downtown on 2nd Ave, but the food is still pretty damn good.
  • Barry B.
    Barry BloomDecember 27, 2015
    There are very few delis left in NY, perish the thought. The Carnegie is closed -- for now. This is kosher with great sour pickles and health slaw on the table. Turkey, corn beef sandwiches to die 4.
  • Brett F.
    Brett FrommeNovember 16, 2015
    Great classic NYC deli food. The best half-sour pickles in Manhattan. Can't go wrong with the Corned beef or pastrami. Great matzoh ball soup!
  • Sam G.
    Sam GilApril 3, 2016
    Triple decker sandwich. Something like pastrami corn beef and salami. Biggest sandwich I'd had and enjoyed it more than Katz. Moister and loved that it came with quality mustard.
  • Alex R.
    Alex RainertFebruary 26, 2016
    Great traditional deli with an amazing array of choices. That said, you can't go wrong with a classic pastrami, rye, cole slaw and mustard.
  • Chris C.
    Chris CooksonAugust 25, 2015
    Fantastic spot! I'd recommend the half sandwich and Matzah Ball soup combo. Pastrami sandwiches here are huge so the portion won't be a problem. The meat's delicate, wonderful texture, hardly any fat!
  • M S.
    M SilbersteinApril 12, 2012
    Big sandwiches, large matzo balls. Good service. Less expensive compared to Deli places on 7th. Bring a hefty appetite. Pickle heaven. (3 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • First We Feast
    First We FeastAugust 3, 2014
    Order the matzo ball soup to start—known in these parts as Jewish penicillin—and you will receive a supremely fluffy matzo ball accompanied by a clean, clear chicken broth. Read more
  • Douglas Elliman
    Douglas EllimanJuly 17, 2014
    An authentic kosher deli that has remained consistent since 1954- great for catering events or just strolling in for the best Challah and Rye. We love getting our pastrami fix here!
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedOctober 2, 2015
    "In my personal opinion, this half sandwich of beef tongue and matzo ball soup is the best representation of a New York classic." Chef Jonathan Benno Read more
  • Jason
    JasonMarch 21, 2015
    One sandwich feeds two people. Matzo Ball soup is fun - love that they pour it for you!
  • Katherine M.
    Katherine M.April 28, 2014
    My friend Adam says, "Katz’s is iconic, but the food there is second fiddle in my opinion. 2nd Ave for the classics, like Matzoh Ball Soup, Blintzes, Potato Pancakes, Pastrami Sandwich."
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupJanuary 7, 2011
    A perfect lunch to split for two – the best Matzoh Ball Soup in the city, followed by Pastrami on Rye and pickles on the side.
  • J L.
    J LAugust 16, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Classic NY deli with terrific pastrami sandwich and matzoh ball soup. Fav cold cut sandwich is the tongue. Get the fatty portion and you will not regret it.
  • Food Network
    Food NetworkOctober 2, 2014
    This kosher delicatessen is a NYC institution. Cold-cut sandwiches come stacked and favorites like blintzes, knishes and potato pancakes taste just like Mom's. Read more
  • Bravo
    BravoJanuary 26, 2010
    As far as I am concerned, it is the best Jewish deli in New York. My order never changes: piping hot matzoh ball soup, pastrami on rye, extra mustard, extra (full sour) pickles on the side, black cher
  • Josef S.
    Josef SzottenFebruary 6, 2016
    Get the hot pastrami triple decker. Don't fret if you can finish it. That's what doggy bags were made for.
  • Garett P.
    Garett PressDecember 23, 2013
    Yet another vote for best matzah ball soup (try a kreplach as well!) plus great pastrami, pickles, and more. Quality Jew food, but pricey.
  • Alex R.
    lovely date with my sweet girlfriend. Pastrami sandwich, matzo ball soup, nice setting!!
    Upvoted Mar 5
  • Shaya K.
    Shaya KlechevskyNovember 17, 2011
    Their matzoh ball or mushroom barley soup is always unreal. my favorite is their triple Decker sandwich #3, substitute the salami with pastrami. Amazing!!
  • Nat H.
    Nat HarwardDecember 10, 2013
    Matzoh Ball Soup: "This perfect soup can cure your cold, warm up your toes, mend your broken heart, and still leave room for a sandwich." Read more
  • Compass
    CompassMay 2, 2014
    The landmark Jewish deli serves classic matzo ball soup, pastrami sandwiches, and potato pancakes to loyal New Yorkers and tourists alike.
  • Anna K.
    Anna KhanDecember 18, 2013
    Pastrami sandwich is incredible w some mustard on the side. Matza soup is the best I have had. V friendly service too.
  • Alex F.
    Alex FishMarch 25, 2015
    Pastrami was a bit dry, but a great experience as always. Matzoh ball soup is a must
  • Rob A.
    Rob AtkinsonMay 7, 2016
    The sandwiches are huge but delicious. Combos are fine but don't over think it - pastrami or brisket sandwiches on their own are delicious
  • Marc
    MarcMarch 9, 2015
    “ever-popular pastrami & even better corned beef... mushroom-barley soup... Sabbath stew cholent... the chicken in the pot… toss some gribenes on your chopped liver” – GS: http://tinyurl.com/m8jpzn3
  • Alex M.
    Alex MillerAugust 11, 2014
    Some of the best pastrami. Get it extra lean with house russain dressing. And don't forget the "health salad" coleslaw.
  • Phillip G.
    Phillip GoldsteinDecember 1, 2011
    my favorite restaurant if i could buy a plane ticket once a month to go and eat at 2nd ave deli i would the food is mouth watering
  • Michael M.
    Michael MuseAugust 16, 2014
    The best Corned Beef sandwich of any of NYC's amazing delis. Make sure they bring you some russian dressing.
  • Roy Z.
    Roy ZawadzkiDecember 23, 2014
    Great food. The pastrami and hot brisket are both very good. Service was friendly.
  • Tatiana G.
    Tatiana GaborAugust 3, 2015
    They are bit pricey, but they do have the best matzo ball soup in NYC and their chopped liver is kind of amazing.
  • Lou F.
    Lou FoxNovember 13, 2012
    My favorite dish is chicken in a pot. Chicken, matzo balls, carrots noodles and you get to keep an awesome jar
  • Joseph H.
    Expensive, but fabulous. Parking is a hassle. Great matzah ball soup , while I'm not big on chopped liver , theirs is delicious.
  • Grace S.
    Grace S.October 8, 2015
    Best matzo ball soup I've had to date! Texture and consistency is perfect and not too dense.
  • Kashif K.
    Kashif KhanMarch 10, 2012
    The pastrami sandwich was really good. Try it with the mustard and cole slaw. Also try the chocolate soda pop
  • Daniel B.
    Daniel BarnettNovember 30, 2014
    Another great Murray Hill classic NY deli although this version is a shell of what it used to be. And when it was actually on 2nd Avenue. But go here and eat well.
  • Nathan S.
    Nathan SampimonSeptember 29, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The pastrami sandwich was other-worldly. This place is a must-try affair #nyc
  • Carine S.
    Every time I go to New York it's my mandatory stop. Nothing beats their pastrami sandwich and the sass of the staff!
  • Ariel U.
    Ariel USeptember 29, 2010
    Hands down the best deli in NY - friendly service, great food and most of all its authentic. Don't waste your time anywhere else, especially Carnegie - yuck!
  • Huseyin C.
    Huseyin CaglarApril 17, 2016
    hot pastrami sandviç nefis.. food network food wars'ı bileğinin hakkıyla kazanmış belli.. turşu da harika..
  • Josh D.
    Josh DolinJuly 22, 2011
    hands down the best deli in NYC and the entire world. pastrami was insanely delicious and service is like family.
  • Sam W.
    Sam WinnickMarch 24, 2015
    Pastrami on a hero is the way to go (extra lean) potato knish also so delish!
  • David S.
    David SchorrSeptember 14, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Brisket sandwich w a side of gravy. Do it. Pastrami is super legit as well.
  • delivery.com
    delivery.comJune 28, 2012
    Cozy, hearty kosher fare. We love the potato kugel and soft salami sandwich. http://www.delivery.com/menu/2nd_Ave_Deli
  • David S.
    David SchorrOctober 29, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Pastrami, corned beef, & roast beef are all top-notch sandwiches. I'd say pick 1 or try a combo.
  • Brian W.
    Brian WehnemanAugust 16, 2014
    Pastrami on rye with hot mustard. Incredible. Finish off with chocolate soda.
  • Molly R.
    Molly RochesterOctober 16, 2013
    Took a while to get seated but the coffee/food was good, waitstaff was friendly, and we all got a complimentary shot of chocolate soda.
  • Evan S.
    Evan SteinSeptember 10, 2011
    Sure, the pastrami is great but some of the entrees (barbecued chicken, goulash) are awesome, too!
  • The Sandwich Enthusiast .
    Great Pastrami, fantastic cole slaw.
  • Jennifer P.
    Jennifer PaquetteJune 15, 2011
    The owner was so welcoming and funny with my out-of-town guests - def made it a memorable experience for them!
  • Erick B.
    Erick BarborNovember 17, 2013
    Hands down the best pastrami that's ever graced my palate.
  • YourNYAgent
    YourNYAgentFebruary 28, 2012
    The best pastrami in Murray Hill. One sandwich is enough for two people.
  • Lori K. h.
    Quality has gone down a bit in recent years, stick to the regular sandwiches. Three-decker sandwiches are ridiculous.
  • sake K.
    sake KnockoutAugust 7, 2014
    Matzoh ball soup, crunchy half sours, ginormous sandwiches..best to share
  • Nazary N.
    Nazary NebelukMarch 10, 2015
    A great Jewish deli. Try the chicken liver and pastrami
  • First We Feast
    First We FeastAugust 3, 2014
    For a full feast, go with the pastrami on rye—ideally fatty and peppery, sliced thin, and stacked high on rye bread. Read more
  • Alexis B.
    Alexis BendjouiaAugust 10, 2014
    Food coma with pastrami on rye and a spinach knish. Incredible.
  • John W.
    John WmsonJanuary 20, 2013
    The pastrami on rye is excellent here, and be sure to try their onion rings...
  • Samantha K.
    Samantha KahnJune 10, 2016
    If you're ordering pastrami or corn beef, order it fatty for the flavor.
  • Jess L.
    Jess LeungJune 21, 2012
    The pastrami sandwich is unbelievable--melts in your mouth and leaves you wanting more.
  • Daniel B.
    Daniel BairdDecember 16, 2015
    Try the Hot Corned Beef - #nom oh...yes... (via @Foodspotting)
  • James C.
    James ClarkJune 8, 2013
    Get one Pastrami and one Corned Beef, rye bread, and share them. Why force yourself to choose?
  • Kosher Foodies
    Kosher FoodiesAugust 13, 2011
    can't go wrong with matzo ball soup, pastrami sandwich and extra health salad!
  • Mat V.
    Mat Von ThiesJanuary 15, 2014
    Matzo ball soup is really good. The after dinner shot is a nice touch. Mazel Tov!
  • Andy B.
    Andy BraunstonMarch 2, 2014
    Pastrami. Corned beef. Matzo soup. Chocolate soda. All of it.
  • Torrey F.
    Torrey FAugust 22, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    I seriously can't believe they took the meatballs off the menu. They were so good.
  • John M.
    John MulqueenFebruary 27, 2013
    Great pastrami. Try the Russian dressing on it!!
  • Son H.
    Son HuynhAugust 15, 2012
    Really really good pastrami. Pretty pricey, definitely not an everyday type of lunch.
  • Nancy
    NancyDecember 24, 2011
    Get extra rye for the side of beef you'll end up wrapping fuh laytuh.
  • Arda K.
    Arda KağızmanNovember 30, 2016
    Matza ball soup is a must.Pastirami, beef tongue are great.
  • John Z.
    John ZavitsanosOctober 15, 2015
    This place is slightly aabove average. The Motza ball soup was very watery and not very good. The pastrami was about average and the corned beef was pretty good, but not great
  • Jeremy B.
    Jeremy BassinderDecember 12, 2014
    Mushroom barley soup and a pastrami or corned beef sandwich.
  • Linda Y.
    Linda YMay 18, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the white fish salad! It's the best I've had in the city yet.
  • Jesse L.
    Jesse LFebruary 6, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    When you ask for the check, they give you a shot of chocolate soda. It's a nice touch.
  • Joe C.
    Joe CheskinMarch 6, 2015
    The matzoh ball soup is the best in the city, hands down.
  • Alex A.
    Alex AnayaDecember 31, 2015
    Some of the best Pastrami Sandwiches in all New York 👌👌👌
  • Sunny 🌞
    Sunny 🌞June 12, 2014
    Pastrami is king, thinner than Katz but unique spice
  • Jastine K.
    Jastine KhoMarch 30
    Everything was delicious but the highlight of my meal was the house salad.
  • Tom J.
    Tom JosephApril 29, 2015
    Good old fashioned Jewish deli. Very nice decor too
  • Steven C.
    Steven ChangApril 2, 2012
    Delicious, coma-inducing pastrami sandwich and matzoh ball soup.
  • Ray F.
    Ray FuerschbachMay 5, 2015
    The pickles. The potatoes salad. The best!
  • Meridith
    MeridithSeptember 30, 2016
    Pastrami on rye, Dr. Brown's Cel-Ray, knishes... heaven!
  • Mercedes C.
    Mercedes CorciaMay 23, 2012
    Amazing deli platter! Good for sharing
  • Dale T.
    Dale TJanuary 28, 2013
    Pastrami was great. Probably on par with Katz's.
  • Ka
    KaMarch 20, 2014
    Matzoh ball soup and hot pastrami sandwich are divine!
  • Saarim Z.
    Saarim ZamanDecember 14, 2015
    Get the hot pastrami sandwich for sure
  • stephanie
    stephanieMay 23, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    meatball appetizer with egg barley is where it's at.
  • JayMarie C.
    JayMarie CottrellMay 11, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The hard salami is amazing! !! Such nice people
  • Desmond F.
    Desmond F.July 12, 2015
    Pastrami sandwich was fantastic.
  • Kingsley Y.
    Kingsley YoungerDecember 9, 2014
    They are the runner-up for the best pastrami sandwich in the Food Wars TV show.
  • Liza R.
    Liza RamsammySeptember 14, 2012
    Matzoh ball soup and cole slaw were so yummy! :)
  • The Bean
    The BeanMarch 25, 2012
    DisneyWorld for real food lovers! You will never leave this place hungry...unless you're vegan.
  • Jonathan L.
    The corned beef and pastrami sandwich was awesome.
  • Whitney F.
    Whitney FishmanNovember 10, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    If you call 48 hours in advance they say they can make the potted meatballs for you despite being sadly removed from the menu
  • Mohammed C.
    Mohammed C.August 12, 2013
    You must have the chopped liver sandwich.
  • Shane H.
    Shane HankinsJune 5, 2012
    Expensive but worth it. Best sandwich of my life.
  • Jason K.
    Jason KaplerJune 8, 2012
    Gotta try this triple threat - pastrami, salami, and corned beef.
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