Much Improved. The new owners have done a good job of revitalizing this fading gem. They've CLEANED, which the place really needed. They also freshened up the menu and added new dishes. Be warned the portions are now Huge! Every dish the four of us had could have easily been shared by at least two people without either feeling hungry afterwards. The cookies at the end are smaller, yet still good. But, who has room for them anyway after all that food?
Bustling deli serves oversized classics: corned beef, brisket, matzoh ball soup, scrambled eggs and lox--and doggie bags..
Big barely begins to describe the platters at this Brooklyn-style corner deli. Beneath art deco lamps, above tiled floors, through gleaming windows, black-and-white-clad servers bear up seriously heavy trays of 15-ounce brisket sandwiches, open-faced creations of potato-and-frankfurter-stuffed knishes topped with pastrami and Swiss cheese, stuffed cabbages the size of footballs, dense and delicious matzoh pancakes, and creamy, salty whitefish platters. The great dessert selection includes homemade chocolate chip cookies offered at meal's end.
The Place To Go. Just thought I'd add a bit about one of my favorites in the city. Contrary to what has been written on this page, it is NOT a corporate place, rather it has been bought and refurbished by one of a long line of New York deli-men. It's a great place, and the food is fantastic. Try the brisket or the Famous chopped liver.
Yes and no.. Overbuilt sandwiches - yes - it's for the hype. You can't really eat what they serve you. Almost everyone goes home with a styrofoam box. At the same time the prices are too high. It would be a lot better to have more normal size sandwiches and lower prices - but that's not what lures the mindless public. They just see the corned beed piled eight inches high and think they have something good. Now, the food is better than in the old days - remember those sickly platters and that cold, thick, split pea soup? But what happened to the "free" chocolate chip cookies - they've shrunk by half. And the service - while our old favorite is no longer with us- the new folks, while polite, are "GAP" polite - they don't seem to really care, - it's just corporate show.
Bad New Wine in an Old Bottle. The flavor of our pastrami sandwiches was OK but WAY TOO LARGE; the pastrami itself was TOUGH and STRINGY. Had the COFFEE been any stronger might it have been mistaken for dishwater. A $1.75 a cup OUTRAGE! No one was exactly rude but the service was understandably robotic, brusque and lacked the original Famous Deli charm. Understandable considering that a corporation runs it. I did not sense that there was the same joy of serving food and fun of the old place. No one asked about the food or service. When I did tell the waiter about the pastrami and rotten coffee he advised to order something different next time. Next Time? My partner and I left both saddened and miffed.
Huge Sandwhiches - Great Buy!. Famous 4th St Deli has the best hot pastrami around. You get more than enough food, I suggest sharing. The start off with great pickles on the table while you wait for your meal. If you get a special make sure you get the side of coleslaw because there just isnt enough for all of the meat on the sandwhich. To top it off the best chocolate chip cookies are given with your check. WOW! You must make it to 4th St for the best sandwhiches!
Old school deli in Philly!. A good place for a fat pastrami and corned beef with the rye cut thick. Spend the !.75 for the extra lean. Its nice to have a homemade (large) knish and potato pancakes in Philly. I close my eyes and I'm (almost) back on the Lower East side chowing down at 3am. Inhouse bakery with enormous eclairs. Complimentary chewy homemade chocolate chip cookies with the check.
RipOff - with Cookies. They charge 6 dollars for a plate of bananas and sour cream. Do yourself a favor and make a sandwich at home the way you like it, and spare yourself the $5 surcharge per dish for the name on the door. The free cookies at the end of the meal are a nice bonus though.