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2nd Avenue Deli

162 East 33rd Street, New York City, NY 10016 (Manhattan)
212-689-9000
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Ranked #156 of 11,623 restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Delicatessen, Kosher
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Neighborhood: Manhattan
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Crowded, but the portions are big and the ambience will remind you that you are in a New York institution...one negative since the last time that we were there, maybe 4 months ago, they have started to use a microphone to call out deliveries and orders that are ready and it is loud and can be heard throughout the restaurant...they... More

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New York City, New York
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

The best deli in New York, with no one a close second. This is real Jewish deli food the way it was meant to be prepared and served, kosher style, so don't ask for Swiss cheese on that pastrami sandwich or a glass of milk to wash it down. That would be a sacrilege. Don't miss either location.

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Staten Island, New York, United States
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

I've been eating pastrami for most of my nearly 80 years, and I can safely say that 2nd Ave Deli's pastrami is the BEST I ever ate. I know that NY has many great delis serving excellent pastrami, but if you want the real deal, 2nd Ave Deli is the place to go. And don 't even think of ordering... More

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Brazil / Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Don't understand why this place has such a high rating. Was very mediocre I thought and the menu choices were more limited. Personally I much prefer the Carnegie deli or Katz's.

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London, United Kingdom
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75 reviews 75 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

Enormous sandwiches, lovely pickles and coleslaw - just what you need in a traditional deli. Wish we had somewhere like this in London!

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Atlanta, Georgia
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51 reviews 51 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

This is a well reviewed deli - and lived up to expectations. The Pastrami and Corned Beef sandwiches were excellent, and the service quick and friendly

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Dallas
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28 reviews 28 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

My 2nd time to 2nd Ave. only this time it was in the new location since they moved. Still as great as it always was. Feels like the old location and the food is exactly the same which is awesome. Still meats piled a mile high and delicious and tender cuts. Fast service. Seems expensive of course, but those sandwiches... More

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New York City, New York
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368 restaurant reviews
1,306 helpful votes 1,306 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 via mobile

The Second Avenue Deli is not on Second Avenue. However it is a Deli that gives you overstuffed sandwiches. I usually ask for two extra slices of bread and make two full sandwiches out of their large servings. Not inexpensive, but you definitely get your monies worth, Service with a smile and sometimes a good joke.

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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 via mobile

This food is pricey for what you get. Our waiter was friendly service was great but would not go back.

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Washington
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92 reviews 92 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

If you're not the type to be bothered by stained menus, tables that need better cleaning, and orders to/from the kitchen being shouted over what sounded like a speaker system, settle in and enjoy some of New York's best pastrami and other deli. The complimentary chocolate seltzer at the end is a nice touch.

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