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LIEBMAN'S DELICATESSEN
Jewish mom food



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http://nymag.com/listings/restaurant/liebmans-delicatessen/

"You can't visit NYC without going to a decent Jewish deli!" - Jak Burke

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Old-fashioned Jewish restaurants may be a dying breed (RIP, Second Avenue Deli and Ratner's), but no one has informed the folks up in the Bronx. On a commercial strip in Riverdale, packed with kosher bakeries and grocers, Liebman's has been dishing out kishka since 1953. You wouldn't guess it from the slightly antiseptic coffee-shop atmosphere: no cranky old waiters, no photos of forgotten comedians. Owners Yuval and Paul Dekel inherited the delicatessen from their father, who bought it in 1981, and their menu is not, thankfully, evolved. Deli offerings are the most popular, if not best, choices; the pastrami is tasty but lacks the tenderness and funky kick of a top-notch version. Briny corned beef is a step up, and the multi-layered combo sandwiches are messily satisfying. But Liebman's real strength is straight-from-the-shtetl home cooking. Chicken soup is has a deep, focused flavor; the matzoh ball has just the right amount of texture and heft. Stuffed cabbage 's tender leaves filled with meat and rice in a sweet and tangy tomato sauce is delicious. This stuff is soul food: no fussy preparations or fancy ingredients. Doing it well requires lotsa love, and Liebman's has plenty to spare. 

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Need your next mah-jongg game catered? Liebman's will sell you a pound of pickles for around $4, provide a deluxe mini banquet (complete with whole roast turkey and 100 hot hors d'ouevres) for around $400, or do just about anything in between.
Recommended Dishes
Matzoh ball soup, $3.25-$6; stuffed cabbage, $13.95; chicken in the pot, $13.95; beef flanken, $13.95
Directions
552 W. 235th St.The BronxNY 10463  
at Johnson Ave.  

NEARBY SUBWAY STOPS

1 at 238th St.
718-548-4534 

Mo Gridder’s BBQ


565 Hunts Point Ave.BronxNY 10474 
at Randall Ave. 
718-991-3046

HOURS




Mon-Fri, 10am-4pm; Sat, 10am-2pm; Sun, closed

NEARBY SUBWAY STOPS

6 at Longwood Ave.

PRICES

$8.95-$14.95

PAYMENT METHODS


SPECIAL FEATURES

  • Delivery
  • Good for Groups
  • Kid-Friendly
  • Lunch
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Take-Out
  • Catering

The Original Crab Shanty Restaurant


361 City Island Ave.The BronxNY 10464
at Tier St. 
718-885-1810
  • Cuisine: Seafood
  • Price Range:
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    OFFICIAL WEBSITE

    HOURS

    Sun-Thu, 11am-1am; Fri-Sat, 11am-2am

    NEARBY SUBWAY STOPS

    6 at Pelham Bay Park

    PRICES

    $15-$40

    PAYMENT METHODS

    American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

    SPECIAL FEATURES

    • Kid-Friendly
    • Kids' Menu
    • Late-Night Dining
    • Lunch

    ALCOHOL

    • Full Bar

    RESERVATIONS

    Recommended
    That old saying that City Island is like a New England fishing village within Gotham's borders would ring true only if Walt Disney had been among the Puritan settlers. But halfway down the island The Original Crab Shanty is reasonably reminiscent of a genuine crab shack (albeit with a plethora of blinding neon inside and out). The sensibly sized, cedar-shingled space, with its handful of cozy booths with sea-themed stained-glass partitions, closely packed tables with patio chairs, and collages of customer photos, has a homey feel. The dishes—there is a seemingly endless fried, broiled, baked, and boiled selection—are prefaced with crusty, whole-clove garlic bread, and satisfying in a conventional way, though the gratis clam chowder starters (both New England and Manhattan varieties) taste like they came out of a can. The fried entrees aren't greasy, and the freshness of the ingredients—the oysters in particular—make up for their being consistently over-battered. Crab dishes are a coin-toss: The firm, meaty blue crab cakes are worth lingering over, but the baked, shredded, virtually flavorless Dungeness stuffed into a shell could have diners fleeing to the West Coast for the real thing. 
    Recommended Dishes
    Lump crab cakes, $22.95

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