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“A New York-looking Deli in Philly”
Review of Schlesinger's

Schlesinger's
Ranked #319 of 4,461 Restaurants in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Delicatessen
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Dining options: Breakfast
Description: We were in Philadelphia for three days and ate four meals at Schlesinger’s. A delicatessen, in the Jewish tradition, Schlesinger’s is a fantastic representative of this kind of restaurant. Generous portions of delicious food, a deft hand with the kind of recipes that make a deli’s reputation, casual and warm, this was a find for hungry travelers. Stumbling in early on a weekday, we found the Work Week Breakfast Special. For $3.95 you get eggs, flavorful home fries, a choice of toast including rye, with seeds and without, and coffee. A yummy bargain. For lunch, the Fish Combo for 2 (feeds four) at $29.95 was the most generous platter of smoked fish, kippered salmon, whitefish spread, cream cheese, sliced vegies, and bagels I’ve ever encountered. I really don’t know how they’ll stay in business given the size of their portions, but I wish them well. And the pastrami! And the homemade mustard! And the chicken soup with not just matzo balls, but noodle bows and fresh chicken meat. Order the cup, the bowl is too big for one person. It’s not perfect. The kishka was too salty, the kasha was cool rather than hot, but the flavor is wonderful. Did I mention the chopped liver with schmaltz? Go, eat, try the home-made pickles. It’s a terrific place.
Reviewed November 7, 2011

When I first came to Philadelphia forty years ago, I went looking for a good Jewish deli. When eastern Europeans emigrated to America a hundred years ago, why did they open delis in New York but not in Philadelphia? Maybe, because Philly already had hoagies and cheese steaks, they decided it didn't need a deli.

While on my way to a show yesterday afternoon, I was walking down Locust Street after getting off the High-Speed Line, and what do I see? Schlesinger's Deli. It looks like a real deli ... it smells like a real deli ... I think I'll have to try this place. So, after the show, that’s where I went.

Schlesinger’s has very authentic-looking décor – artificial pressed tin ceiling tiles, art deco covers on the fluorescent lighting fixtures, photos of mid-twentieth century street scenes on the walls. I see lox and Jewish-style deli meats in the long refrigerated display case. Checking the menu, I found that, while not as outrageous as at some of the better known New York delis, Schlesinger's is a little pricey.

I order a corned beef special and a potato knish. They both arrive hot and steamy. The sandwich was adequately stacked with corned beef, but only a little bit of cole slaw on top.

A highlight of eating at Schlesinger's is the pickle bar, stocked with pickles in three different degrees of sour-ness, pickled tomatoes, cabbage salad and other specialties. Apparently, Schlesinger's space used to be occupied by another deli, and Schlesinger's retained it when they took over.

Schlesinger's has a very pre-packaged franchise look to it. Speaking with the waiter, I found that its actually a joint venture between a well known Philadelphia real estate magnate and a well known Philadelphia restauranteur. The name comes from the magnate's mother's family ... his grandfather used to own a deli named Schlesinger's in West New York, New Jersey in the 1930s, and this Schlesinger's is an homage to it.

Overall, on the plus side, the look and feel and ambiance is great. Schlesinger's says they make and bake everything in-house. On the negative side, the corned beef was a bit tougher than what you would get in one of those famous New York delis, and could have used a few more hours curing.

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Reviewed October 17, 2011

We were told this is a great deli. Called ahead and and picked up take out for the drive back to N.Y. only to find no mustard, or other
dressings on the sandwiches which was particularly frustrating having specified placing the order and again when we picked it up.

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Thank cyrpres
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Reviewed June 16, 2011

Wondering the streets of Center City looking for food on the eve of my arrival. I ended up eating dinner here two nights in a row. They serve dinners as well as sandwiches. The first night I had the Betty special (like a New Jersey Sloppy Joe). The second night I ordered a Turkey London Broil (turkey marinated in French dressing). Both meals were great.

Schlesinger's features a pickle bar with a great selection of pickles as well as cole slaw and macaroni salad.

I'd go back in a flash!!

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Reviewed May 4, 2011

We were in Philadelphia for three days and ate four meals at Schlesinger’s. A delicatessen, in the Jewish tradition, Schlesinger’s is a fantastic representative of this kind of restaurant. Generous portions of delicious food, a deft hand with the kind of recipes that make a deli’s reputation, casual and warm, this was a find for hungry travelers.
Stumbling in early on a weekday, we found the Work Week Breakfast Special. For $3.95 you get eggs, flavorful home fries, a choice of toast including rye, with seeds and without, and coffee. A yummy bargain.
For lunch, the Fish Combo for 2 (feeds four) at $29.95 was the most generous platter of smoked fish, kippered salmon, whitefish spread, cream cheese, sliced vegies, and bagels I’ve ever encountered. I really don’t know how they’ll stay in business given the size of their portions, but I wish them well.
And the pastrami! And the homemade mustard! And the chicken soup with not just matzo balls, but noodle bows and fresh chicken meat. Order the cup, the bowl is too big for one person.
It’s not perfect. The kishka was too salty, the kasha was cool rather than hot, but the flavor is wonderful. Did I mention the chopped liver with schmaltz? Go, eat, try the home-made pickles. It’s a terrific place.

    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Thank chirsh
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Reviewed February 5, 2017 via mobile
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