Second Ave. Deli

Review by: Jane & Michael Stern

The Second Avenue Deli has moved to Third Avenue, at 33rd Street, but it remains a citadel of kosher food and downtown deli service. You know this when you begin a meal not only with the familiar array of sour and half-sour pickles, but with a bowl of gribenes, which are the luxurious leftovers from rendering chicken fat. They are squiggles and nibbles of skin along with limp caramelized shreds of onion that have been fried in the golden, full-flavored oil. Dangerous to munch before a meal because they are so addictive, gribenes are the world’s best complement to one of the world’s top chopped livers – smooth-flavored but ragged enough for textural excitement, insanely rich the way only organ meat can be, and yet fresh and sparkling the way liver so seldom is.

Deli sandwiches are definitive. While not the largest, they are piled high enough with meat that they still are barely pickupable. Pastrami is especially excellent, more smoky than spicy; and unless you pay $2 extra for lean meat, it comes just-right fatty.

Meals are topped off with a complimentary shot glass chocolate phosphate (“Bosco and seltzer,” explains the waitress.) Second Ave.’s kitchen actually is kosher, meaning you can’t get cheese on a sandwich and instead of butter to spread on bread, you may have to settle for chicken fat.

Directions & Hours

11am - 8pm
  • Monday: 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Thursday: 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Friday: 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Saturday: 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Sunday: 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM

What To Eat

Chopped Liver

DISH
Gribenes

DISH
Matzoh Brei

DISH
Hot Pastrami Sandwich

DISH
Blintzes

DISH
Pickle Tray

DISH
Rye Bread

DISH
Corned Beef

DISH
Bosco shot

DISH
Mushroom Barley soup

DISH
Baked Beans

DISH
French Fries

DISH
Twin Double

DISH

Second Ave. Deli Recipes

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