Passover ’13: Hamantashen Pastries

Hamantashen Pastries (Raspberry & Apricot) (✦✦✦✧✧)
by Rokeach

I was pleasantly surprised to find this close to passover in Costco.

0313 Hamantashen Pastries

NYC Eats: Katz’s Delicatessen

I finally tried this legendary deli.  Line is long but they have a very systematic way to get the lines moving.  Pastrami is good but not the best I’ve had.  I find it too salty.  It’s a pretty good Jewish deli (but overpriced).

My ratings: ❤❤❤❤
Price range: $-$$


Pastrami Sandwich on rye
You’ll get a piece to try while you’re waiting for the sandwich to be assembled.  They also give you a lot of freshly pickled cucumbers (but some were very fibrous)

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Katz’s Delicatessen
205 E Houston St, New York, 10002, USA
+1 212-254-2246
http://katzsdelicatessen.com/

NYC Eats: 2nd Ave Deli

Very good solid Jewish food.  They make very good matzoh balls here.  It’s light and fluffy.  I do find it expensive here, they do pile up the meat for you, but I still think the portion was small.  I’m just comparing to other (equally good) Jewish delis that would give me loads of food (perhaps too much for one person) at the same price range.

My ratings: ❤❤❤❤
Price range: $-$$$

Matzoh ball soup
with carrots and noodles
Excellent matzoh ball!  Soup was a bit overpowered by the taste of pasta, but it’s still good homemade soup (that’s not overly salty)

Center Cut Tongue sandwich
The rye bread was light and soft.  The tongue was well made.  It had a good distribution of fat and was very tender.

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2nd Ave Deli
162 East 33rd Street, New York, NY 10016, USA
+1 212-689-9000
www.2ndavedeli.com/

NYC Eats: Roxy Delicatessen

You won’t miss this place.  It’s right at the centre of Times Square with flashy lights on the outside.  Some food are ok, but most of them are mediocre and insanely overpriced (equivalent to daylight robbery in tourist area).  I only ended up here being caught up in a terrible bad weather condition and deserately needed a place to stay indoor.  Unless for extreme weather conditions, avoid this place.

My ratings:
Price range: $-$$$

Chocolate Croissant

Matzoh Ball Soup
The matzoh ball was fluffy, but it’s still much overpriced for a small bowl of soup.
Potato Latkes
Burnt and too crusty on the exterior.  Very expensive for such poorly made potato pancakes, and overpriced for such easy and simple recipe.
Pastrami sandwich
The pastrami was not right.  It tasted more like a hybrid of roast beef and corned beef, but on a very dry side.

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Roxy Delicatessen
1565 Broadway, New York, NY 10036, USA
+1 212-921-3333

NYC Eats: Carnegie Delicatessen

You may think with all the celebrity photos hung on the wall and a whole video with David Letterman might mean this is a good deli.  It’s just another tourist trap.  Food was bad and overpriced.  Their “world-famous” cheesecake looked burnt and overcooked on the outside to me.  The server’s attitude wasn’t aggressive, but they didn’t even smile.  You just don’t feel at ease whenever they pass by.

My ratings:
Price range: $-$$$

Pastrami omelette
With bagel and served with home fries
The fries were awful.  They were soggy and dry.  I saw another table returning all the home fries back to the kitchen.  The omlette was sitting in a puddle of grease.  The pastrami wasn’t too remarkable (quite dried out), I’ve had better ones in other deli (at least it’s better than the so called pastrami at Roxy).

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Carnegie Delicatessen
854 7th Avenue, New York, NY 10019-5216, USA
+1 212-757-3012
www.carnegiedeli.com/

Philadelphia Eats: Hershel’s East Side Deli Market

✣ Top pick ✣

Good solid Jewish food.  Their pastrami is buttery and one of the best you can get.  Actually it’s even better than the famous delis I tried in New York City.

My ratings: ❤❤❤❤❤
Price range: $-$$

Hershel’s Meat Sampler
Corned beef, pastrami, brisket served on a plate, with potato salad and pickles.
All the meat was tender, moist and flavourful, but the pastrami is the bomb!  It is melt-in-your-mouth goodness.

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Hershel’s East Side Deli Market
51 North 12th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107-2954, USA
+1 215-922-6220

Philadelphia Eats: Famous 4th St Delicatessen

✣ Top pick ✣

I love Food Network, and Alton Brown is one of my favourite show host.  I had to come here and try their famous chicken soup.  No, actually I would love to try everything on the menu, but I only have one stomach and I had no eating partner with me on this trip.  Prices may look steep at first, but every dish can easily feed 2-3 people, or it can translate to leftover for the next 2-3 meals.  It’s good solid homemade Jewish food.  Come here with a good appetite, and/or with a few people to share the food.  Don’t forget they will give you a cookie after you finish your meal.

My ratings: ❤❤❤❤❤
Price range: $-$$

Famous chicken soup
Serves 2-3.  With Matzo ball, kreplach, noodles, rice, kasha
The lady warned me it’s big before I placed my order (I was prepared for the size).  She even gave me two tupperware before the soup arrived.  It’s a big pot of hearty chicken soup, with a giant matzoh ball in it.  You can probably serve 4-5 people.  The soup was just homemade goodness, plus it was not overly salty.  I do want to say that their kreplach was totally out of this world! However I’m not too happy with their matzoh ball, it’s just not light and fluffy enough.  I thought it was a bit coarse and grainy.
(P.S. I actually did finish the whole pot.  I also need to point out I was famished when I arrived because I skipped meals the night before)

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Famous 4th St Delicatessen
700 South 4th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147-3102, USA
+1 215-922-3274
famous4thstreetdelicatessen.com

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