I am extremely fortunate to live within a short walk of the only real Jewish deli in the Capital Region, one of only a few left these days anywhere that I am aware of. Think the Carnegie Deli but brighter, friendlier, with a less intimidating hustle. You can order your meat or sandwich at the counter with its big board listing all the options, or you can sit and be waited on to eat at the premises. Here you can find corned beef, tongue, luscious rare roast beef, turkey, all that your heart might desire. The bread is likewise superb, just the right texture and flavor. The pickles - to die for! Crisp, tangy, a little piece of heaven! The menu includes lots of fish options, the requisite salads, and a lot of fresh desserts. My friend and I had the whole nine yards for a mid-afternoon lunch: Dr. Brown's cherry soda, potato knishes, regular-sized roast beef sandwiches, and slices of New York cheesecake. You must order a knish if you come: warm, golden, homey, with a perfect thin crust. The cheesecake is phenomenally creamy, with the right balance of flavors and a yummy cookie crust. We had to take home half of our sandwiches. All of this, including tax and a good tip, cost $20 each. I estimate the same lunch in New York City would set me back $38, all told.
And the service was professional and friendly. Our waitress kept track of us without hovering and candidly explained why the place was chilly (the owner, having just gotten back from a Caribbean vacation, turned up the a/c.). None of that fake "I'm Ashley and I'll be your waitress today" schtick.
Gershon's is a good reason to make the trip to Schenectady.
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