Jewish delis are closing as a tradition fades from New York to L.A.

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Katz’s on the Lower East Side is alive and well, but Jewish delis in Manhattan are a vanishing breed. (PIX11 photo)

(LOS ANGELES TIMES)  — In the first half of the 20th century, several thousand Jewish delis were operating in New York. But as Jewish immigration to the East Coast ebbed after World War II and younger generations splintered into the suburbs, the number has shrunk to a few dozen.

Demographic shifts in Los Angeles in the last few decades — along with the arrival of brands such as Langer’s in MacArthur Park, Canter’s on Fairfax and the Brent’s chain — sparked hope of a Jewish deli revival in the Southland.

Lately, however, the region has suffered the same troubles bedeviling delis in the east.





    • Carol

      If you don't do it but occasionally it's one big treat our country will be missing. O ur children will be missing.

    • sodaklin

      Boomers don't do the physical labor their grands did. Also, who knows how our genetically modifies foods will affect us in the long run.

  • Robert Kopp

    Like everything else that is good about the Northeast another great institution passes into history and will be sorely missed.

  • Susan

    The food is just so good and being I am from the South , its just not as good as going to a Jewish place to eat.. start a chain and head South

  • frankm

    There will always be Katz's on d Delancy st . Before we moved to florida we went there mant times from long island . The best hot dogs and corned beef sandwiches in the city. Oh how I miss this place.

      • gottm

        I was at Katz's about a month ago. The place was packed. I waited 30 minutes in the rain. It was good though. Had pastrami on club, matzos ball soup, and potato pancakes. Everything was great.

    • Maria Gramieri

      Mexican food is garbage compared to good Jewish food. I grew up with in Boro Park in Brooklyn. I had the best of both worlds. Lasagna and meatballs at home and Pastrami ,hotdogs and the best stuffed cabbage in the world not to mention the lighest matzo balls this side of heaven at Adelmans on 13th Ave.We live on salads now and deprive ourselves of all the good ethnic foods we grew up on. Those wonderful restuarants dissapear.What a shame!!

    • sodaklin

      No body is standing over anyone with a gun saying you HAVE to eat it. Besides, what many of us mistakenly assume is Mexican is really Tex-Mex.

  • Patricia Napolitano

    I am Italian and I really wish there was a good Jewish deli near me. Seigleman's used to have the best corned beefas well as roast beef and the best coffee. Now it's a Goodwill store, which are springing up like weeds. Sign of the times. Good ethnic food making way for yet another used junk store.

  • Tony Gabriello

    I hope Katz's Delicatessen, also known as Katz's of New York City, delicatessen restaurant located at 205 E. Houston Street, will stay open there from 1888.

  • Roslyn Philipson

    Even the lone little deli in Syracuse, the Kosher Pickle" has closed. Corned Beef, Pastrami, Chopped Liver, etc., all gone. So sad, so sad….

  • Gary Silver

    Fine food could be listed as one of the seven wonders of the world. I was lucky and knew fine foods, Italian and Jewish Deli"s. I hope the recipes are kept and preserved for future generations.

  • john

    Every neighborhood in the Bronx had its ZION sign glowing. Hot dogs on the grill with mustard and kinishes lined up to go. How I miss the simple salami on club with mustard. Couldn't afford to spring for the corned beef. Kind of taken aback staring the smoked fish stacked on the counter.

  • Coigne

    They've gone the way of Chinese laundries, Italian barbers, and Irish bars. They used to be everywhere, .35 cent shots of whiskey a beer chaser for free. Gone now. The city changes.

  • sodaklin

    The death knell of genuine food, except for fresh – most of which is genetically modified. Sad how this country of all nationalities can't celebrate their heritages and still be "American." Other side, people don't do the physical labor that existed when these foods were extant.

  • Dee from DA Bronx

    I was at katz last night and it was a mad house ( as it always been ). I cant believe Benny from The Bronx is still there!!! I remember going to Katz with my parents, and Benny always took care of his customers. My dad and Benny are from the same town in Puerto Rico, Benny would take a break and come chat with my dad about " The Old Country". Its a great place, I doubt it would ever close. Not even a $17 sandwich will stop people from going there.

  • Mr Ron

    I grew up in NYC on corned beef and pastrami on rye at the Stage Deli. I was there 5 years ago and the sandwiches were as good as they were 50 years ago. NO ONE MAKES A SANDWICH AS GOOD AS YOU WILL FIND AT A JEWISH DELI, PERIOD. If you have never had a sandwich from a Jewish deli, you don't know what you are missing. If the delis would go into the sandwich by internet business, they could make money. I would order if available.

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