Real Jewish deli still exists in the Bronx - and I found it at Liebman's.
Over the years I have watched in dismay as these great places closed their doors, one after another.
A Chowhound recco sent me here on a recent visit home, and boy am I grateful.
As soon as I walked in, the memories came flooding back, which were reinforced when the food was served.
I ordered the special - soup, choice of knish, latke or fries, sandwich, served with cole slaw and two kinds of pickles.
I ordered matzoh ball soup - not great, but good, with golden broth, lots of fine egg noodles, tender carrots, and a large matzoh ball which was light and airy.
The knish was out of a time machine - golden brown, somewhat chewy crust wrapped around a smooth, flavorful potato filling. Topped with some of the house mustard, this was a delight.
My pastrami sandwich was not an overstuffed behemoth, but rather a sane amount of tasty pastrami on serviceable rye bread. Taken as a whole, this was a very good sandwich.
The cole slaw was crisp and fresh tasting. The only disappointment were the pickles - both the dill and the half sours were nondescript.
I was tempted to order a grilled hot dog - it looked delicious, but I had my fill for one day. Next time, we'll get one of those.
The tariff for this meal was a very fair 12.99 + +
The experience of being smack dab in the middle of the Jewish delis of my youth was worth far more.
Recommended - and hurry - places like this have a way of disappearing while we're not paying attention.