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What's up with Second Avenue Deli?

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What's up with Second Avenue Deli?

Dave O. | Sep 19, 2002 02:05 PM

I stopped by Second Avenue Deli for a late dinner last night. I wasn't too hungry so I just ordered a bowl of split-pea soup; the bowl was dirty and there were several dark hairs on the rim. Later on, I asked my waitress if I could have a chopped liver sandwich to go. She sort of snickered but said OK.

When I got home, I put the sandwich in my fridge. It smelled but I figured that was because it wasn't sealed. But when I unwrapped it this morning, the liver was, well, not rancid, but definitely less than fresh. (And this was not from being refrigerated overnight--I've done this in the past and the sandwiches have always held up overnight.)

I don't get it. I always tip generously and I'm exceedingly polite. Did I not order enough food? Is it unwise to show up within an hour of closing? Are Wednesdays wrong nights to eat out? Or is the quality just slipping?

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