The Bottom Line
- Family-friendly atmosphere
- Generous portions
- Convenient to visitors in Midtown
- Kosher restaurant
- You might have to wait at peak times
- Bill might seem high for just eating sandwiches
- 2nd Ave Deli Address: 162 East 33rd Street
- Subways to 2nd Ave Deli: 6 to 33rd Street
- 2nd Ave Deli Cross Streets: Lexington/3rd Avenue
- 2nd Ave Deli Accepts: All Major Credit Cards
- 2nd Ave Deli Hours: 6 a.m. - midnight daily
- 2nd Ave Deli serves breakfast, lunch and dinner
- 2nd Ave Deli Phone: 212-689-9000
- Remember that 2nd Ave Deli is Kosher -- no Swiss cheese on your sandwich, no chocolate egg creams and no milk in your coffee.
Guide Review - 2nd Ave Deli: Restaurant Review
As soon as we were seated at 2nd Ave Deli our waiter brought us a dish of pickles (full & half sours, as well as a pickled tomato) and a bowl of cabbage salad to munch on while we decided what to order.
The menu can be a bit overwhelming, but you can't go wrong with the soup and half-sandwich combo ($14.95). I am always torn between the matzo ball and the mushroom barley soup (soups $6.95), but I try to convince someone who's dining with me to try the other so we can share. If you've got the appetite, you might also want to start your meal with a knish ($4.95) or some chopped liver ($9.95).
2nd Ave Deli is most famous for its corned beef and tongue, but all of its sandwiches are delicious and served plain on rye bread (though you can request your sandwich to be prepared as you like.) Just add a bit of mustard and enjoy.
They offer a variety of desserts on their menu, but I'm always too full to even try them. The waiter arrives with shot glasses of chocolate soda and foil to wrap up any leftovers, so don't worry if you've over ordered.