2nd Ave Deli

Deli / Bodega and Jewish Restaurant$$$$
Rose Hill, New York
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Sam G.
    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
    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!
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Sage
    SageOctober 4, 2014
    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.
  • 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."
  • Michael J.
    Michael JacobsonJune 24, 2015
    Everybody talks about the pastrami and corned beef, but if you're in the mood for something a bit healthier, the tuna sandwich is delicious and light on the mayo
  • 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!
  • J L.
    J LAugust 16, 2014
    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
  • Josef S.
    Josef SzottenFebruary 6
    Get the hot pastrami triple decker. Don't fret if you can finish it. That's what doggy bags were made for.
  • 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
    Upvoted Jul 27
  • Jason
    JasonMarch 21, 2015
    One sandwich feeds two people. Matzo Ball soup is fun - love that they pour it for you!
    Upvoted Jul 27
  • Rob A.
    The sandwiches are huge but delicious. Combos are fine but don't over think it - pastrami or brisket sandwiches on their own are delicious
  • 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!!
  • 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 F.
    Alex FishMarch 25, 2015
    Pastrami was a bit dry, but a great experience as always. Matzoh ball soup is a must
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Marc E.
    Marc EMarch 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Roy Z.
    Roy ZawadzkiDecember 23, 2014
    Great food. The pastrami and hot brisket are both very good. Service was friendly.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Nathan S.
    Nathan SampimonSeptember 29, 2014
    The pastrami sandwich was other-worldly. This place is a must-try affair #nyc
  • Huseyin C.
    hot pastrami sandviç nefis.. food network food wars'ı bileğinin hakkıyla kazanmış belli.. turşu da harika..
  • 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.
  • Sam W.
    Sam WinnickMarch 24, 2015
    Pastrami on a hero is the way to go (extra lean) potato knish also so delish!
  • 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
  • Evan S.
    Evan SteinSeptember 10, 2011
    Sure, the pastrami is great but some of the entrees (barbecued chicken, goulash) are awesome, too!
  • David S.
    David SchorrSeptember 14, 2013
    Brisket sandwich w a side of gravy. Do it. Pastrami is super legit as well.
  • Brian W.
    Brian WehnemanAugust 16, 2014
    Pastrami on rye with hot mustard. Incredible. Finish off with chocolate soda.
  • 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!
  • 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.
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