When ever I'm in New York I always make sure I plan a meal at Sarge's. The sandwiches are stacked high and the pastrami is the best I've ever eaten. Where I live in Massachusetts, Deli's are non-existent so I truly savor each bite because I know it will be awhile before I'm back!
First time in the big city? Make your way over to Sarge's for an authentic New York Deli experience, complete with tongue in the window! Sarge's boasts the deli/diner type of menu, with almost anything you can imagine. Don't expect a Kosher experience - you can certainly have cheese on that pastrami sandwich, if you choose! The wait staff isn't great, but the food more than makes up for it.
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Good solid consistent food, I enjoy the pastrami and corn beef with russian very much here
How can you beat 47 years family owned and family recipes? A NYC Staple...delicious. And thankful they deliver 24/7!! Incredible food, incredible service.
I've been eating at Sarge's for many years and have always loved the food...the cheese blintzes are amazing, excellent matzoh brie, authentic stuffed cabbage...some of the best deli food in the city. Regardless, after a recent experience with Lisa the manager I will not be returning. Her behavior was not only unprofessional, but bordering on libelous; I've never encountered a manager of any business so completely inept and abrasive.
This place helps me out all the time. From the morning time to when I'm walking home after drinking a lot. This place has the best food ever! The service is fast and friendly and I strongly would recommend this place if you want to try fresh, yummy food..Check this place out.
ThIs is by FAR THE BEST DELI FOR PASTRAMI IN NYC. I am an avid fan of anthony bourdain's show no reservations, watch it all the time, i am also a lover of killer pastrami, well he was on a typical adventure eating his favorite bone marrow. To thank this guy for the best marrow he has eaten, he told him that when he got back to NYC he was going to send him a pastrami sandwich (also his favorite nyc sandwich) from the 2nd ave deli. Wow that struck a bell, yummy! So i went to give it a try and wow i was totaly disapointed, fatty, greasy, soggy..... Sorry Anthony not the best in NYC. GO TO SARGE'S Mr BOURDAIN and have your palette pleased with the best lean delish pastrami you ever ate!
BTW if you are concerned about fat you can request extra lean and they will remove what little fat is there! WOW where can you get that done in a deli! and if you are not a pastrami fan try the sarges favorite delish brisket served over a potato pancake smothered with gravy! and a side of apple sauce, btw it comes with soup as a special for linch for around 10 bucks!
Enjoy this incredible deli, might see ya there i go there every time i am on the east side of manhattan!
I eat there at least 4 times a week. I can honestly say that i have enjoyed everything i have ever ordered from them from the turkey to meatloaf to the cornbeef (which is by far the best in the city in my book). Everytime I walk in their the people at the front desk are friendly, its a great atmosphere and great food. Good times overall!
I used to love this place, so it pains me to say that I saw mice running around three feet away from patrons the other night. The waiter was polite enough to offer me a free drink to get me to stay, but the drink had a baby fly floating around in it! Please clean up your act Sarge's, so I can keep on enjoying you. You used to be one of the best places in the neighborhood!
Pros: delicious food, an institution
Cons: mice, baby flies
If you're hungry for some great sandwhiches or deli meat, come to Sarges for it's unbelievale pastrami, and sugar free cheesecakes. So you see, I rate this place 5 stars, because their food reminds you of the good ol' days, the good grandma used to make.
Pros: Pastrami, cheescake, and great prices.
Cons: Nothing, everything is awesome.
I LOVE this restaurant. The food recipes originally came from the owners, "food Grandma used to make" and if you are looking for the BEST appetizing, smoked fish, pastrami, or burgers, shrimp or just an excellent hot dog - this is by far the BEST deli in NYC. Whether you want a solid breakfast, a power lunch, dinner at 4 AM after the clubs close, Sarges does what it does best since 1964. Same family owned and operated on it's fourth generation. Food is fantastic.
Pros: First Rate Deli Delivery and Catering 24/7
Beware and stay away from this Deli.
I ordered a burger and had MOLD in the bread. If you dont want to end up in the hospital stay away at all costs from this place.
What chef sends out a burger with bread that is infected with mold. Im not talking about a spot or two but the entire bun...
Dirty Establishment, Dirty Kitchen
Cons: Dirty Kitchen, Mold in bread
Sarge's is the best NY deli I've tried in years! Open 24 hours, a vast menu, and a reuben that you'll never forget. The service is friendly, employees very helpful, and the prices seemed fair to me. Also, they serve breakfast 24 hours! I couldn't believe that I'd have trouble getting breakfast at noon in Manhattan, but it's not as easy as you'd think--but Sarge's has their entire gigantic menu available around the clock. Basically, this is a must-see deli that's a little off the tourist track but very enjoyable with a strong sense of 'neighborhood'. Try it!!
Pros: Great food served around the clock, friendly service, good value
Cons: Not quite as showy as the touristy delis in the theatre district
WAAAAYYYY over priced! Tuna salad was too soft, and the bread was stale. They have 100 sandwhiches on their menu and they serve stale bread? I paid $11.50 for a basic tuna salad sandwhich with shredded lettuce and sliced tomato. They make better sandwiches at the deli counter at Kings Supermarkets (NJ gourment market). Never again.
I have lived in the New York area my entire life. So, I eaten in many NY delis. Sarge's brings back to me the delis I ate in when i was a teen in the'60's. The food is fabulous, especially the pastrami. The prices were reasonable, the service good, the decor typical NY deli (that's a good thing). For a great NY deli experience, without the tourist crowds, eat at Sarge's
Pros: food, food, pastrami
Cons: can seem a bit busy
I'm reporting on breakfast only.
The food was good, not great. The two people who had omelets liked them, but the blintzes that I had were only fair and served too cool. They tasted all right, but their texture and lack of any butter or fat on the plate made be think that that they had just been defrosted in a microwaved and not sauted, as I had expected them to be. The time between when we ordered and when we got our food was quite long---maybe 20 minutes, even though the place was rather empty. That may have been why the blintzes were cool. The waitress was friendly and attentive, but the grapefruit juice that we ordered turned out to be a Tropicana grapefruit juice DRINK---not juice---and came to the table in its original bottle.
The worst thing about my experience, however, was paying for the meal. At Sarge's you pay at a checkout counter, not at the table. The person behind the table was probably an unemployable brother-in-law of an owner. When I arrived at the counter he not only didn't acknowledge my presence, but spent about five minutes putting blank pages in a looseleaf notebook, then another minute or two straightening up his counter. Finally he grudgingly accepted my check and credit card, never once looking at me, and muttering things like "I don't know what I'm doing here" to a fellow employee. (I have to say I agreed with him on that; he certainly wasn't providing service.) Only once before in my life have I ever encountered anyone as incompetent in a service position as him.
In summary, I might go back to Sarge's, but if I do I'll make sure before I go in that he isn't the one at the checkout counter.
Pros: decent food, reasonable prices
Cons: service very spotty---nice waitress, terrible cashier
Sarge's is not outstanding in any one area. It doesn't measure up to Katz's pastrami or Second Avenue's matzoh ball soup for example, but it does most things fairly well. Sarge's is kind of the like the New York jack of all trades of New York Delis. Sarge's is open 24/7 which is a huge asset for those who seek good quality deli styled food at all hours of the day. Sarge's would be a good choice for tourists who find themselves checking into their hotel at odd hours with a big appetite who want to start off their New York trip with a reasonably authentic Manhattan experience (i.e. not a chain restaurant). I went to Sarge's at 1 am and I found the service tolerable.
Pros: Open 24/7; the jack of all trades of New York Delis
Cons: Doesn't do one thing outstanding
DO NOT ORDER FROM HERE.....they are completely incapable of taking an order from seamless web or over the phone. I am now still waiting almost 3 hours later for my meal. I have called three times and only found out the third time that they didn't have my order. Yet, they had confirmed twice that it was on its way out. Not only has this been ridiculous, but they showed no remorse or compensation. They obviously didn't give a sh*t about their customers because I used to be a loyal Sarge's order. IT'S NOT WORTH THE WAIT OR THE HASSLE AND THEIR SERVICE AND EMPLOYEES ARE RUDE AND INCAPABLE OF DELIVERING A SIMPLE ORDER....THEIR FOOD IS NOT EVEN WORTH A QUARTER OF THE HASSLE.
I spent half my New York vacation eating here, the sandwiches were so good. We found it whilst wandering a few blocks from our hotel after a 9 hour flight and were really pleasantly surprised. It was being refurbished when we visited so it was a little untidy and as always, very busy. However the staff were really great, explaining all the menu items as we were obviously out-of-towners. I'd highly recommend the brisket sandwich with gravy...I almost miss it! They do a great rang of desserts aswell and for the atmosphere and service the price is more than reasonable. I'll definitely stop by the next time I'm in town.
Pros: Ambience, Price, Food
Cons: Menu needs explaining!
I've tried this place three times now. The portions are huge for sure. But i find the food rather bland. I miss the Second Avenue Deli. I ordered in once - it took over 90 minute to get my order. it was ridiculous.
Pros: Huge portions
Cons: bland, bland, bland
Got into NYC late and hungry, citysearch found Sarge's a few blocks from my hotel. A little past midnight, but still with a decent number of people. Big menu, a lot to choose from ... so I went for my favorite: pastrami. Flavorful, moist, and stuffed ... little pricey but I've paid more for less. Cole slaw and pickles arrived first and they were great. Wish I was staying longer so I could try more of the menu. One thing I really liked was that this felt like a neighborhood place ... not one of those 'big name' places, but a good place that locals come to. Very comfortable.
Pros: 24 hrs, nice neighborhood feel
Cons: menu might be too big?
Sarge's is an old school Midtown gem, a survivor from the days when such delis were common in almost every NYC neighborhood. The food is at least as good, if not better, than the "big name" delis the tourists flock to in droves, and while it would be nice for Sarge's to get the extra business, the fact that Sarge's is a bit of a secret means you're unlikely to be stuck behind some out of towner asking where Meg Ryan sat or what the difference is between pastrami and corned beef. This is the NY deli experience the way it was meant to be.
Pros: Good food, nice people, authentic deli atmosphere
Cons: No celebrity connection, for those this matters to
I love the tongue sandwiches, grilled hotdogs & potato latkes w/ apple sauce. But don't ever order bacon late at nite (either platter or in sandwiches, for that matter don't from any take out place) as it is from the morning frying & turns out hard almost like bacos, hurt my molars. otherwise, good stuff for late nite eats. black & white shakes came out good also. sandwiches tho pricey are over stuffed - can serve 2 persons easily thus cost effective!
Pros: 24/7, tongue sandwich, over stuffed
Cons: bacon late nite, pricey sandwiches
The pastrami is really good and I love everything else.It is so good that I forgot what other food they had. I will definitely go back. We saw a actress named ruemchlahaman or something like that from the golden girls.The service ambience and everything else is excellent.
Pros: service is good, food was good, evrything else
Cons: nothing, nothing, nothing
Truly, don't waste your time or money. They lie about how long the food will take to arrive, usually 1-2 hours i.e. cold and soggy, and then they are rude to downright hostile when you complain.
Cons: Terrible service
Unlike other places in NYC where the sandwiches you want only come as a triple-decker, here you can get what you want in a reasonably-sized portion (and price). The corned beef and pastrami are excellent, much less fatty than those big tourist places around Times Square. The menu has lots of options: I hope to go back to try those potato pancakes. Lunch came with pickels and slaw, no extra charge. It seems like this is a place the locals like and the people working here liked it too.
Pros: Good Deli, Reasonable Portions, Service
Cons: Menu too big
Late nite omelletes are not good here, there is no variety! They came out over cooked and the cheese was almost non existant. They used shredded cheese on top! I will not be coming here at 3am again.
Nice place though.
Was there Friday night. Best Pastrami I ever had and great portion without being ridiculous. And I've been to many NYC delis. My wife had the fried shrimp which are huge and loved it. Price no more than a Jersey deli but way better.
Pros: food, friendly, owner cares