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“Nostalgia at a Price”
Review of Barney Greengrass

Barney Greengrass
Ranked #113 of 14,520 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$21 - US$40
Cuisines: Delicatessen, Seafood
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Good for: Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Delivery
Neighbourhood: Upper West Side
Reviewed 13 July 2014

The "Sturgeon King" definitely has the atmosphere of the old Jewish Deli of the 1940s' to 1960's period - the décor, furniture, displays, dishes, waiters. The taste is there too - sandwiches, soups, condiments (I had a glass of borscht that was 100% Yiddish Europe) . In fact the location has been used in films seeking that look, for example "You've Got Mail" with Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. It is worth the visit. But be aware that the prices are New York 21st century tourist. So their flag ship sturgeon sandwich which fits on one bagel with no sides is $19.25, and they don't take credit cards. There are definitely better buys for authentic Jewish deli cuisine in New York City. My advice is to order the less expensive items on the menu so you can enjoy the experience and keep some money in your wallet.

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Thank Howard G
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Reviewed 24 June 2014

...That's what a newspaper clipping said that was hanging in the window. My meal lived up to it, I think. It's a cool experience. It felt right out of a TV episode, the waiters seemed like they didn't give a damn, and slopped coffee everywhere, and carelessly slid our plates on the table as they passed buy. If you didn't get in their way, they were very friendly. I think that’s part of the charm. The place is old and divey, I'm sure everything looks the same as it did 20 years ago.

The coffee was really good. Try the Potatoes pancakes they were awesome. I had a giant pastrami sandwhich too which was great as well.

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1  Thank Kipp7272
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Reviewed 11 June 2014

Had a late lunch here and was greeted by super friendly staff who helped us order. This is a legendary Jewish deli. It lived up to the billing. We had the corned beef and it was excellent and priced fair for NYC. The pickles were great and we enjoyed a spinach knish and cole slaw. Worth the trip to the UWS. Can't wait to return.

Thank Tom F
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Reviewed 23 May 2014

Upper West side institution. You can't go wrong with any of the smoked fish, eggs, and bagels. The waiter was brisk but helpful, coffee was consistently refreshed without asking, and the ambiance is so New York that, had I not looked carefully, I would have sworn that Woody Allen was conversing with a friend at the next table,
P.S. They DO take credit cards

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Thank foodieschmoodie44
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Reviewed 21 May 2014

The room is loud and crowded,the decor is faded and in need of an updating,the seating is tight, and the waitstaff borders on rudeness, it's not cheap(cash only/no credit cards accepted)? But this UWS institution consistently serves the finest "Jewish Soul Food" to be found.
All the favorites from the Lox and sable and of course the sturgeon to the potato pancakes are served and prepared like at "grandmas" house. Their are dishes on the menu that are hard to find these days, like the"lox eggs and onions, baked salmon and farmers cheese.
Be sure to pick up some chocolate covered halavah or an apricot roll on the way out!

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Thank Bmanone
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