I dined here with family and friends; overall the food was good, but to call this a New York Deli is a misnomer. The restaurant has a NY diner feel, but is not quite the "deli" experience you'd get at the Carnegie or Katz's.
When you sit down, a plate of half sour pickles and cole slaw are brought to the table for you to snack on while you look over the menu. The half sours are perfect, crisp with just the right amount of garlic and crunch. The cole slaw was dry and not creamy. I didn't care for it so much, but the rest of the table devoured it, so it's more a matter of taste.
The menu has the standard sandwich fare with a few hot entrees. I started with the chopped liver appetizer. It had a good flavor, nicely added to by grilled onions in the mix. The downside was that it made the chopped liver oily, so it was a bit unusual, but not unpleasant. I comes with homemade bagel chips, which are thinly sliced bagels covered in garlic butter and then toasted. Think thin bagel croutons. Again, unusual, but good.
For entrees, we ordered a turkey burger, rueben, 2 corned beef sandwiches and a sandwich sampler. The turkey burger was very well done and tasty. The sandwiches were okay. The corned beef and reuben were not NY sized and not NY quality. They were very lean, but a little chewy and lacking in flavor. The rye bread could use some upgrading. Homemade potato salad was very good.
For desert, the server brought over some complimentary meringues. They were spot on perfect. The chocolate cake was okay, but a little dry. Delicious icing. The coconut macaroon was divine, with just the right carmelization on top. The kids were indifferent about the black and white cookie.
Bottom line, if you're looking for good deli, the food is alright. If you're looking for kosher in Winter Park / Orlando, you'll be very satisfied because there aren't a lot of options available and the quality of the food is definitely there. Brown's hasn't been open very long and the food was good enough to merit another trip down the road. There is room for improvement here, but it deserves a second try for sure.
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