rest of articleIn New York, Jewish delis, which once numbered in the thousands, now total a few dozen. L.A. landmarks are also closed or struggling. Food prices, more restaurant choices are partly to blame.
By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times
February 22, 2013
When Junior's Deli closed in late December, longtime customers lined up for a last, nostalgic nosh at the 53-year-old Westside institution.
But Brian Won's main reaction was "meh."
"The food was unremarkable," said the West Los Angeles IT specialist, 32, who visited to use up a Groupon voucher. "Given that there are so many good places to eat in L.A., I have a really hard time saying yes to that."
Increasing apathy, particularly from younger patrons, has driven traditional Jewish delicatessens from their mid-century pinnacle. The decline seems to be accelerating partly because of health concerns over the schmaltz-spread fare and partly because bagels are now available in every supermarket.
I was very saddened when the Stage Deli on 7th Ave closed. A part of old NYC is becoming extinct.
It is very sad.
Lets he honest, the food is very unhealthy but my god, it's awesome.
"The sea was angry that day my friends"
JetPotato is lurking - let's here from a guy with some real skin in the game.
There's a deli in Vernon CT off 84 called Rein's I always mean to try when I'm driving to NY. It's supposed to be pretty good.
Max's Diner was a "fusion" of NY/East Coast Jewish deli and California car dreck. It was absolutely huge in the mid eighties; which was disquieting in a town that loves the new stuff. Max's Opera Cafe serves the same food to the well-heeled; and it's still going, long after Jeremiah Tower and Wolf Puck said farewell.
"Jewish deli" and "NY/East Coast" are redundant, you mope. Unless you're hiding info about your favorite Little ROck Jewish deli...
Stop wasting my time!
I don't trust anyone that doesn't eat pork.
There's plenty of good ones still around, you just have to know where to look.
Rein's is not one of them.