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Posted by Shnan on 10/25/2010
This little pioece of Famous Fourth Sreet offers the same good food as the "flagship" restaurant. I have not tasted the brisket because I don't think any restaurant can match my own, nor my homemade matzoh balls for that matter. But the corned beef, smoked turkey, and all of the other cured deli meats are wonderful. Even their tuna salad is superior, and if you are lucky , you can purchase their home ebaked onion rolls after 5:00 PM.
Posted by Joan Stein on 09/28/2010
Sorry, folks, but the hype about the authentic Jewish food served at the Famous 4th Street Delicatessen is just that - hype but no substance. I spent almost $100 today sampling for the first time some items I was hoping would be as I remembered them from my earlier days of my mother's and grandmother's cooking. What a disappointment. The beef brisket tasted like none other I remember (didn't even taste like beef, let alone a good cut of brisket!). The kishka didn't resemble any real kishka I ever had (it was completely foreign to me). The fried kreplach with onions although flavorful was much too spicy for my palate. Although the Chicken Soup was good (can get with bow tie noodles or kasha) and was chock full of vegetables and herbs (very flavorful), the gigantic matzo ball that accompanied it was tasteless and vaguely tasted like it was made with water that was sitting at the bottom of my sink! The coleslaw, potato salad and macaroni salad were bland and tasteless. The only sliced meat that tasted good and authentic was the tongue and the roast beef. I've yet to try the roast turkey, corned beef or pastrami, but when I do I hope I am not as disappointed as I was with the brisket. The other night on the Food Network Channel they cited the Famous 4th Street Deli's matzo ball and chicken soup as the best comfort food of its type. I don't know who sampled the goods, but whoever it was couldn't have been Jewish or if they were their mother must have been a terrible cook! All in all, other than gigantically portioned sandwiches (for which you pay a heft price, by the way), don't waste your palate, money or time at this restaurant. Try Hershel's East Side Deli at the Reading Terminal for far superior matzo balls (although much smaller, you get several in their chicken soup and they are so greatly superior in taste and texture. And their brisket is to die for! There are other items, like their knishes that I don't care for too much (Lipkin & Sons Bakery at 8013 Castor Ave has the best knishes (just like I remember them).
Posted by raven on 05/25/2010
I love the smoked fish selection and the little vinegary sald you get gratis with the half-sour and sour pickles. Expect to spend about 420 bucks for lunch with drink and tip. Like to watch the political figures come in for a corned beef. No need to over order.