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2nd Avenue Deli

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Neighborhood:
Midtown
Delicatessen, Kosher
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162 East 33rd Street, New York City, NY 10016
212-689-9000
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6:00 am - 12:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 6:00 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Good for:
Families with children
Local cuisine
Entertaining clients

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  • 254
    Excellent
  • 132
    Very good
  • 32
    Average
  • 15
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Bad start, excellent finish

I went there after Christmas, before New Year's. When we arrived there was a line formed inside, but manageable. Where you wait there is very little space and the servers use this space also . While we were waiting the server tried to get through and I was in the way, so I tried getting out of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 28, 2015
kidsaroundtheworld
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Takeout
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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439 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Top Contributor
56 reviews 56 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

I went there after Christmas, before New Year's. When we arrived there was a line formed inside, but manageable. Where you wait there is very little space and the servers use this space also . While we were waiting the server tried to get through and I was in the way, so I tried getting out of the way by... More 

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Miami Beach, Florida
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

This deli is quite a different kettle of gefilte fish from the others I have eaten at during this trip. Not just a whole in the wall, it actually has a decorative style and atmosphere, which immediately sets it apart from the rest. Not a large space, and being glott kosher, it is divided into two sections, almost like an... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

I'm back in NYC so I have to go to an obligatory deli for my overstuffed sandwich fix.....NYC isn't short of good delis that's for sure but I pick 2nd Ave Deli hoping it's just as good as last time I went.....and it was! The greeting is friendly, the staff chatty, but not overly so, and helpful if you've got... More 

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Melbourne
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15 reviews 15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

Forget Katz's or Carnegie Deli - THIS is the place for the best and most authentic NY Deli experience. I had the hot pastrami on rye. Also had my first 'Knish'. Was outstanding. Service was impeccable. All food served in the restaurant is sourced from strictly Kosher suppliers (however, they are open on shabbat - which I know for those... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

As starters, we ordered the chicken soup and matzo ball which was tasty but only served warm but the chopped liver was delicious. Although she asked, our waitress seemed uninterested when we told her. We also ordered half a corned beef sandwich and a platter of salt beef. In each dish, the corned beef was cut very thin but was... More 

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West Caldwell, New Jersey
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40 reviews 40 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

My husband and I were in the City for the weekend and before we left,I had a craving for authentic deli food. Hadn't been to Carnegie Deli in years, so we went there only to find a very long line on a day when the temp was in the single digits. No way were we waiting outside, so we decided... More 

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Top Contributor
64 reviews 64 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

My wife and I took our daughter out for a dinner at the second Avenue deli and were we in for a surprise. An absolutely perfect corn beef sandwich and a pastrami sandwich that was an absolute 10 also. The mustard given in a small jar was absolutely fantastic. The mushroom barley soup was very good but not great not... More 

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St. Albans, United Kingdom
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54 reviews 54 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

It was our last day in NYC - we were due to fly home to the UK later that evening. My daughter, who knows about these things, suggested the 2nd Ave Deli. Like everything else about her, magic. I've not had much Jewish food in my life, but thanks to lots of Jewish comedians, I had a number of pre-conceived... More 

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Richmond, Virginia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

Awesome food! Great Service! Very nice people here and great food with huge portions. Also it wasn't a tourist frenzy, so we had a nice relaxing lunch. Must try this place.

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Sydney, Australia
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48 reviews 48 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

Went as a family for Sunday lunch. Food and service were amazing. We had hot pastrami sandwiches, matzoh ball soup and cheese blintzes. Everything was delicious and place is spotless. Service was great. This place is a true gem. We were the only tourists - rest were locals. Thoroughly recommend !

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 162 East 33rd Street, New York City, NY 10016
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Midtown
  • Neighborhood: Midtown
  • Phone Number: 212-689-9000

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Delicatessen, Kosher

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Entertaining clients
Open Hours
Sunday
6:00 am - 12:00 am
Monday
6:00 am - 12:00 am
Tuesday
6:00 am - 12:00 am
Wednesday
6:00 am - 12:00 am
Thursday
6:00 am - 12:00 am
Friday
6:00 am - 12:00 am
Saturday
6:00 am - 12:00 am

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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