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PJ Bernstein

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1215 3rd Ave, Between 70th-71st Streets, New York City, NY 10021-5105
+1 212-879-0914
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  • Excellent45%
  • Very good42%
  • Average11%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travelers talk about
“borscht” (5 reviews)
“corned beef” (7 reviews)
“soups” (6 reviews)
Open Now
8:00 am - 9:30 pmAll hours
American, Soups, Kosher
$$ - $$$
1215 3rd Ave, Between 70th-71st Streets, New York City, NY 10021-5105
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

I stopped for lunch at PJ Bernstein on Third Avenue recently. Service was prompt, super friendly and very funny. Cleanliness was excellent. I had a bowl of borscht soup, which was excellent. It went well with an almost perfect pastrami sandwich.

1  Thank robcurtross
Reviewed May 8, 2017

it's like eating at your grandma's house, and the food taste like it too! This place is a very iconic Jewish restaurant in a great location right in the heart of the UES of NYC. If you feel like a nice soup or a fresh...More

Thank Kick8a
Reviewed May 1, 2017

A classic deli providing an amazing array of choices. the food is not "fime cusine" but it is well prepared and satisfies the craving for a deli lunch or dinner

Thank DavidWashingtonDC
Reviewed January 22, 2017 via mobile

Good simple Jewish food. Large portions, fast service. We have been there many times and are never disappointed.

Thank Kilese
Reviewed December 20, 2016 via mobile

Ordered via Seamless and have taken out from the counter. I've tried the roast turkey sandwich, grandma's chicken soup and split pea soup. All were excellent. Although I've never eaten inside, it's a good place to stop in as there are few Jewish delis anywhere...More

Thank Joseph P
Reviewed October 17, 2016 via mobile

I love when I come to New York to eat at P J Bernstein. I had the hot pastrami sandwich on rye, my sister had the a BLT and my mother had the toasted cheese with bacon sandwich accompanied by the best ever potato salad...More

Thank Karen S
Reviewed August 14, 2016

So, I met an old acquaintance from out-of-town for what started out to be a late-ish breakfast. We walked into what I thought was a typical upper-east side NY deli. It was one of those hot heat wave days in mid-August. The air conditioning was...More

Thank EllyDresden
Reviewed July 23, 2016

Was walking by and decided to stop in for a pastrami sandwich. I have been eating pastrami for nearly 50 years so my standards are pretty high. I had not heard about Bernstein's so expectations were low but I was blown away. The pastrami was...More

Thank Lloyd M
Reviewed June 23, 2016 via mobile

This place is a classic NYC deli with a new twist: gluten free bread! I had a fabulous pastrami sandwich...heaven on earth! Eating in a deli is almost impossible for those of us with Celiac or gluten intolerance but this was a sure bet. They...More

Thank Laura K
Reviewed June 22, 2016 via mobile

This deli is an institution on the upper East Side of Manhattan. It has been there forever, which in this era of insane commercial rents, is a remarkable achievement in and of itself. The food is solid Jewish style deli fare. Matzoh Ball soup, ✔️...More

1  Thank rubarry
Upper East Side
Combining quiet residential neighborhoods that have
easy access to Central Park with world-famous cultural
institutions, the Upper East Side is one of the most
livable places in the city. Along beautiful Fifth
Avenue, you’ll find Museum Mile, which houses many of
the nation's most famous attractions in a single
stretch, like The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the
Guggenheim Museum. Walk a few blocks into the
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Seating
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
8:00 am - 9:30 pm
8:00 am - 9:30 pm
8:00 am - 9:30 pm
8:00 am - 9:30 pm
8:00 am - 9:30 pm
8:00 am - 9:30 pm
8:00 am - 9:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1215 3rd Ave, Between 70th-71st Streets, New York City, NY 10021-5105
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Upper East Side
  • Neighborhood: Upper East Side
  • Phone Number: +1 212-879-0914
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