DW and I were out shopping yesterday in West Hartford and decided to try the new deli, Reuben's, that just opened last week on LaSalle Road in West Hartford Center. The place is small and tables close together like a New York deli and we had to wait about 30 minutes for a table (like New York). We both ordered the matzo ball soup. My wife ordered tongue sandwich and I half of the corned beef. I am not sure why but they would not allow her to order half a tongue sandwich so she ordered a whole one. The waitress was unsure if they had tongue so my wife said if not to just make it corned beef.
They brought out a small bowl of half sour pickles which my wife enjoyed a lot even though she prefers sour. After waiting about 15 minutes or so the waitress came back and said they were out of the matzo ball soup. She then strongly suggested chicken noodle so we agreed. We waited another 10 minutes and the soup arrived. It was good (not as good as my wifes) but we were disappointed because we really wanted to try the matzo ball soup. As we ate we heard a waiter tell the next table that the matzo ball soup would be ready in a few minutes.
A couple of minutes later our sandwiches came out so we had to hurry and finish our soup to get to the sandwiches before they got cold. They were out of tongue so they brought my wife corned beef. It would have been nice if they had told my wife for sure that they were out of tongue. The sandwiches were huge. My half was enough for me and I am a big eater. My wife ate about a quarter of hers and then just ate the meat. The corned beef was great. Very lean but a little bit too salty. The cole slaw they served with it was excellent.
We over heard the waitress tell the next table that they were out of chopped liver. A Jewish deli running out of chopped liver and matzo ball soup by 1:00 PM on a Sunday afternoon? We were generally pleased with what we had and despite the problems (which I think they will work out in time) we enjoyed the meal. given that there are no decent Jewish deli's in the Hartford area I think that they will do well. It certainly was crowded and people seemd to enjoy what they were eating. I am anxious to go back in a week or two and try the matzo ball soup and chopped liver. Jay