Famous 4th Street Delicatessen

★★★★☆
  • 700 S 4th St

    Philadelphia, PA 19147

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  • 215-922-3274

About Famous 4th Street Delicatessen

Hours
Monday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM Tuesday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM Wednesday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM Thursday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM Friday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM Saturday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM Sunday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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I joined citysearch solely to post this review. I sell medical supplies, and on a daily basis I would purchase cookies from the deli (not the bakery next door, but the deli). My order would vary between one dozen to three dozen cookies depending on where I was traveling, but always chocolate chip. One day I ordered two dozen chocolate chip cookies (over the phone) and when I arrived they had prepared two dozen oatmeal raisin cookies. Apparently, they had no chocolate chip cookies (which they did not tell me over the phone) and decided to substitute my chocolate chip order for oatmeal raisin. I told the person who took my order that I did not order oatmeal raisin, did not want oatmeal raisin, and I would not pay for oatmeal raisin cookies. On aside, I took a look at my credit card statements over the past three years, and I had spent over $3,000 in cookies! They would not budge on their mistake so I begrudgingly paid for the cookies, left, and told the waitress to have her manager give me a call. Two days go by, and the manager never calls. I call the deli and get the manager on the phone, and get nowhere with my situation. I told him, I wanted two dozen chocolate chip cookies for free (to compensate for the two dozen cookies I paid for that I did not order or want). I reminded him of my business to the store, and he said they have a store policy that nothing is to be given for free. I said if you do not give me the two dozen cookies for free then I will never purchase cookies from the deli again. He refused, so I am never going back. I am not the biggest customer to frequent the deli, but they are losing 1K a year. They are rude, unaccomadating, and a horrible business. DO NOT VISIT.

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★☆☆☆☆

I joined citysearch solely to post this review. I sell medical supplies, and on a daily basis I would purchase cookies from the deli (not the bakery next door, but the deli). My order would vary between one dozen to three dozen cookies depending on where I was traveling, but always chocolate chip. One day I ordered two dozen chocolate chip cookies (over the phone) and when I arrived they had prepared two dozen oatmeal raisin cookies. Apparently, they had no chocolate chip cookies (which they did not tell me over the phone) and decided to substitute my chocolate chip order for oatmeal raisin. I told the person who took my order that I did not order oatmeal raisin, did not want oatmeal raisin, and I would not pay for oatmeal raisin cookies. On aside, I took a look at my credit card statements over the past three years, and I had spent over $3,000 in cookies! They would not budge on their mistake so I begrudgingly paid for the cookies, left, and told the waitress to have her manager give me a call. Two days go by, and the manager never calls. I call the deli and get the manager on the phone, and get nowhere with my situation. I told him, I wanted two dozen chocolate chip cookies for free (to compensate for the two dozen cookies I paid for that I did not order or want). I reminded him of my business to the store, and he said they have a store policy that nothing is to be given for free. I said if you do not give me the two dozen cookies for free then I will never purchase cookies from the deli again. He refused, so I am never going back. I am not the biggest customer to frequent the deli, but they are losing 1K a year. They are rude, unaccomadating, and a horrible business. DO NOT VISIT.

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You haven't eaten breakfast until you had breakfast here. Stop eating a day in advance, and then order anything. You will love it and you won't want to eat anything for another day. The prices are high, but so are the pastrami sandwiches. See you there!

5
★★★★★

You haven't eaten breakfast until you had breakfast here. Stop eating a day in advance, and then order anything. You will love it and you won't want to eat anything for another day. The prices are high, but so are the pastrami sandwiches. See you there!

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You better come hungry because the serving sizes are HUGE! Clientele range from curious newbie's to clients who have been coming for years with their families. Great for a special occassion, but a little too pricey for regular visits. It is a fun time, though.

4
★★★★☆

You better come hungry because the serving sizes are HUGE! Clientele range from curious newbie's to clients who have been coming for years with their families. Great for a special occassion, but a little too pricey for regular visits. It is a fun time, though.

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Never had a bad meal here -- my family stops in weekly. Great for kids. Try omlettes, sandwiches, salads are not to be beat! Don't leave without trying a slice of cheescake. Great neighborhood deli -- with politicos known to stop by.

2
★★★★★

Never had a bad meal here -- my family stops in weekly. Great for kids. Try omlettes, sandwiches, salads are not to be beat! Don't leave without trying a slice of cheescake. Great neighborhood deli -- with politicos known to stop by.

Pros: Great Food -- HUGE portions

Cons: NONE

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I am a New Yorker by birth and upbringing-until I ate at Famous 4th Street, I had not experienced the real deal in Philadelphia. Best bagels and lox, and best corned beef, pastrami, etc. anywhere in the region outside of New York.

Gigantic sandwiches-nobody could eat a whole one in one sitting! From pickles to rugelach a wonderful eating experience-the service is great too!

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★★★★★

I am a New Yorker by birth and upbringing-until I ate at Famous 4th Street, I had not experienced the real deal in Philadelphia. Best bagels and lox, and best corned beef, pastrami, etc. anywhere in the region outside of New York.

Gigantic sandwiches-nobody could eat a whole one in one sitting! From pickles to rugelach a wonderful eating experience-the service is great too!

Pros: Excellent food, service, and ambience.

Cons: A bit expensive, but you get at least two meals out of a sandwich

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You know everything will be perfect -- pickles, matzo ball soup, fish, omelets. You can get chocolate chip cookies to go. The deli sandwiches are enormous -- pack up half and take home. The building is charming with a very authentic vibe. Don't forget the chocolate egg cream.

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★★★★☆

You know everything will be perfect -- pickles, matzo ball soup, fish, omelets. You can get chocolate chip cookies to go. The deli sandwiches are enormous -- pack up half and take home. The building is charming with a very authentic vibe. Don't forget the chocolate egg cream.

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I don't know about this place. The food is good, but they justify the high prices by giving obscene sized portions that no one in their right mind would be interested in eating. Everything is delicious, it is just too much.

5
★★★★★

I don't know about this place. The food is good, but they justify the high prices by giving obscene sized portions that no one in their right mind would be interested in eating. Everything is delicious, it is just too much.

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I dropped by at lunch the other day with no idea of what I was about to experience. I ordered their pastrami reuben. It was the most incredible sandwich I have ever had. I have had a lot of reubens and none of them come close to this sandwich. The pastrami practically melts in your mouth. The size of the sandwich is enormous. The bread is delicious and they serve it at a perfect temperature. The only thing I had a problem with at first was the price. I ordered it and thought, "Damn fourteen dollars, it better be good". It was worth every penny.

2
★★★★★

I dropped by at lunch the other day with no idea of what I was about to experience. I ordered their pastrami reuben. It was the most incredible sandwich I have ever had. I have had a lot of reubens and none of them come close to this sandwich. The pastrami practically melts in your mouth. The size of the sandwich is enormous. The bread is delicious and they serve it at a perfect temperature. The only thing I had a problem with at first was the price. I ordered it and thought, "Damn fourteen dollars, it better be good". It was worth every penny.

Pros: The food. Isn't that what we went there for anyway.

Cons: The price seems scary at first but wait till you see and eat the sandwich. You will see the worth.

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Love this little Gem in Queen Village. Good Food and worth every dollar. Friendly Staff too. Sometimes our Governer has breakfast there too.

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★★★☆☆

Love this little Gem in Queen Village. Good Food and worth every dollar. Friendly Staff too. Sometimes our Governer has breakfast there too.

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I have never heard anything good about this place with the old or new owners, but a friend wanted to try it, so I thought I should be open-minded.

The food at this place is disgusting. I had a ham & cheese scramble for breakfast with a side of bacon. The ham & cheese were cold-cuts(!?!), and the eggs were oily. I could only eat a third before I started feeling sick. The bacon should have been advertised as a thick smoked leather belt cut into 5 inch strips. Only ate 1/2 of a strip and I've been tasting it all day.

They eggs came with fries and I didn't even taste them because the were burnt and totally saturated with oil.

My friend wanted a grilled cheese and we couldn't figure out how anyone could screw that up, but they managed it. Any diner in Philly makes a better one.

This place is the typical NYC tourist trap deli. A normal deli makes a sandwich that costs them no more than $2 and sells it for $5. They figured out that if they add another dollar or two worth of cold cuts they can charge you $12-$15. So people come to Philly on buses and order these monstrosities that are bigger than their heads. Go to a normal deli and order two sandwiches for $10 if your that hungry, and maybe you'll see sense before you start the second one.

This place is gross, gross, gross. Only go there if you want to feel like you drank a 12oz can of used fryer grease for the rest of the day. AVOID!

0
★☆☆☆☆

I have never heard anything good about this place with the old or new owners, but a friend wanted to try it, so I thought I should be open-minded.

The food at this place is disgusting. I had a ham & cheese scramble for breakfast with a side of bacon. The ham & cheese were cold-cuts(!?!), and the eggs were oily. I could only eat a third before I started feeling sick. The bacon should have been advertised as a thick smoked leather belt cut into 5 inch strips. Only ate 1/2 of a strip and I've been tasting it all day.

They eggs came with fries and I didn't even taste them because the were burnt and totally saturated with oil.

My friend wanted a grilled cheese and we couldn't figure out how anyone could screw that up, but they managed it. Any diner in Philly makes a better one.

This place is the typical NYC tourist trap deli. A normal deli makes a sandwich that costs them no more than $2 and sells it for $5. They figured out that if they add another dollar or two worth of cold cuts they can charge you $12-$15. So people come to Philly on buses and order these monstrosities that are bigger than their heads. Go to a normal deli and order two sandwiches for $10 if your that hungry, and maybe you'll see sense before you start the second one.

This place is gross, gross, gross. Only go there if you want to feel like you drank a 12oz can of used fryer grease for the rest of the day. AVOID!

Pros: Makes you wallet lighter. Encourages you to eat healthy for days after.

Cons: Everything else. Greasy food. Obnoxiously huge sandwiches. Regret.

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My wife and I have been here twice and once you get a table the service is fast and pleasant. The amount of meat on a sandwich, in our case turkey, defies belief! The shrimp salad platter is also something to write home about with a large quantity of nice sized shrimp. We could not eat everything either time we were here. Its the only place I have ever taken food home from.

2
★★★★★

My wife and I have been here twice and once you get a table the service is fast and pleasant. The amount of meat on a sandwich, in our case turkey, defies belief! The shrimp salad platter is also something to write home about with a large quantity of nice sized shrimp. We could not eat everything either time we were here. Its the only place I have ever taken food home from.

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Frankly, I was completely disgusted by the food served here. The meat was mostly fatty and my reuben consisted of about 1 lb meat, a few strings of sauerkraut, lots of dressing and a slice of swiss on what they claimed to be rye bread, but looked like wonderbread. Big Macs and Whoppers look like mini-sandwich snacks compared to what is served here. For anyone who is health conscientious, I would not recommend this restaurant.

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★★☆☆☆

Frankly, I was completely disgusted by the food served here. The meat was mostly fatty and my reuben consisted of about 1 lb meat, a few strings of sauerkraut, lots of dressing and a slice of swiss on what they claimed to be rye bread, but looked like wonderbread. Big Macs and Whoppers look like mini-sandwich snacks compared to what is served here. For anyone who is health conscientious, I would not recommend this restaurant.

Pros: cookies are good

Cons: you are too full / sick at the end of the meal to eat the cookies.

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The owner Russ is a tool, he is always opening and closing businesses. If you've ever worked for him, make sure you get your last week's pay in product because he will stiff you on the "other" pay usually handed in an envelope. If you know what I mean.

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★☆☆☆☆

The owner Russ is a tool, he is always opening and closing businesses. If you've ever worked for him, make sure you get your last week's pay in product because he will stiff you on the "other" pay usually handed in an envelope. If you know what I mean.

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Do NOT go here unless you are prepared to eat 2.5 times your weight in delicious, delicious food. Everything is piled mile high. Get the french toast - you will not be unhappy. I've had this super thick and filling challah bread french toast and it's FABULOUS everytime! Slightly crispy outside, thick dense, tasteful challah, perfectly (not overly) sweet... absolutely amazing. Order it - it'll be the best french toast you've ever had. Yum... I want some NOW!

2
★★★★☆

Do NOT go here unless you are prepared to eat 2.5 times your weight in delicious, delicious food. Everything is piled mile high. Get the french toast - you will not be unhappy. I've had this super thick and filling challah bread french toast and it's FABULOUS everytime! Slightly crispy outside, thick dense, tasteful challah, perfectly (not overly) sweet... absolutely amazing. Order it - it'll be the best french toast you've ever had. Yum... I want some NOW!

Pros: Great bagel/cream cheese/lox, superb corned beef (huge), and LIFE-CHANGING french toast!!

Cons: crazy busy on weekend mornings, the servers always are busy and rushing everyone around

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When I used to live in NYC, the 2nd Ave Deli was my fave. Since those days, it's been tough to find an NYC-style Jewish deli in Philadelphia. Well, my search has ended! With matzoh ball soup to die for/just like my grandmother's (with matzoh ball the size of softballs, btw), heavenly, heaping pastrami and corned beef sandwiches, flaky (not greasy!) latkes,, AND the best kashe varnishke I've had, 2nd Ave Deli is a surefire treat. Service is fast and friendly. Be prepared to take home leftovers...and eat them for several days....portions are humongous. If you even save room for dessert, be sure to try the monstrous raspberry and chocolate rugulach - the BEST ever. They even give you two, hot, melty chocolate chip cookies AFTER your huge meal!

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★★★★☆

When I used to live in NYC, the 2nd Ave Deli was my fave. Since those days, it's been tough to find an NYC-style Jewish deli in Philadelphia. Well, my search has ended! With matzoh ball soup to die for/just like my grandmother's (with matzoh ball the size of softballs, btw), heavenly, heaping pastrami and corned beef sandwiches, flaky (not greasy!) latkes,, AND the best kashe varnishke I've had, 2nd Ave Deli is a surefire treat. Service is fast and friendly. Be prepared to take home leftovers...and eat them for several days....portions are humongous. If you even save room for dessert, be sure to try the monstrous raspberry and chocolate rugulach - the BEST ever. They even give you two, hot, melty chocolate chip cookies AFTER your huge meal!

Pros: big portions - you'll eat for several days

Cons: Noisy

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For your information....Russ cowan has taken over. He is back at Famous. Six and half months of a different management team did not work out. Some new additions to the menu and the food is still good.
Hours 8am to 9pm Monday thru Sunday.....

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★★★★★

For your information....Russ cowan has taken over. He is back at Famous. Six and half months of a different management team did not work out. Some new additions to the menu and the food is still good.
Hours 8am to 9pm Monday thru Sunday.....

Pros: everything

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Famous 4th has the best chocolate chips cookies I have ever had!!! If you have a sweet tooth this is your place!!

2
★★★★★

Famous 4th has the best chocolate chips cookies I have ever had!!! If you have a sweet tooth this is your place!!

Pros: Cookies and portions

Cons: none

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I Just wanted to post a friendly note to all that ownership of this restaurant changed several months prior to this last revierwers experience. Under past owner Russ Cowan, I experienced excellent service and fantastic food. I have not patronizerd the restaurant since it changed hands, but I just wanted to clarify that the blame should not be on Mr. Cowan. To experience his high quality service and food, try his new location- Mr. Bills, which is on the way to the shore!

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★★★☆☆

I Just wanted to post a friendly note to all that ownership of this restaurant changed several months prior to this last revierwers experience. Under past owner Russ Cowan, I experienced excellent service and fantastic food. I have not patronizerd the restaurant since it changed hands, but I just wanted to clarify that the blame should not be on Mr. Cowan. To experience his high quality service and food, try his new location- Mr. Bills, which is on the way to the shore!

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My wife and I had occasion to visit Famous today 6/14/07 to get something to take home. We had been customers for many years, but no longer. The deli clerk who later identified himself as one of the owners waited on us. My wife asked for a 'heavy half pound' of corned beef. The clerk apparently did not understand her and she repeated the order. She then explained that she wanted about .60 of a pound and that she knew that .50 was a half pound on the scale. At that point he stated 'I don't feel like waiting on you, good bye.' My wife said nothing that a deliman would normally hear in the course of a day, he was apparently hard of hearing. I know that the amount of money that he lost won't hurt him, but, I hope this blurb takes away some of his bluster. The food WAS usually good, but there are MANY more places to get a corned beef sandwich without the rude owners.

The previous paragraph was, in retrospect, much too kind. I have found out that the owners name is Russ Cowan...the rest of the staff of the deli were, in the past, entertaining and interesting. The food, while much too much (amount & price) was usually tasty. But, no customer should be 'dismissed' with an 'I don't want to serve you", ever. What happened to the adage, the customer is always right? Mr. Cowan, take your obnoxious attitude back to New York, if I want obnoxious I can go to Hymies. If I want quality food and treatment I will go to Murray(s) or Pumpernicks. I am still being kind, if I was able to do so in this forum, this and the previous review would be liberally peppered with words beginning with F and S...funny...F-amou-S...begins and ends with those letters...prophetic. STAY AWAY FROM FAMOUS PS: The clerk who claimed to be the owner, was not...I later found a picture of him and they weren't the same...possibly a son, manager, or whatever? No matter...Don't go.

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★☆☆☆☆

My wife and I had occasion to visit Famous today 6/14/07 to get something to take home. We had been customers for many years, but no longer. The deli clerk who later identified himself as one of the owners waited on us. My wife asked for a 'heavy half pound' of corned beef. The clerk apparently did not understand her and she repeated the order. She then explained that she wanted about .60 of a pound and that she knew that .50 was a half pound on the scale. At that point he stated 'I don't feel like waiting on you, good bye.' My wife said nothing that a deliman would normally hear in the course of a day, he was apparently hard of hearing. I know that the amount of money that he lost won't hurt him, but, I hope this blurb takes away some of his bluster. The food WAS usually good, but there are MANY more places to get a corned beef sandwich without the rude owners.

The previous paragraph was, in retrospect, much too kind. I have found out that the owners name is Russ Cowan...the rest of the staff of the deli were, in the past, entertaining and interesting. The food, while much too much (amount & price) was usually tasty. But, no customer should be 'dismissed' with an 'I don't want to serve you", ever. What happened to the adage, the customer is always right? Mr. Cowan, take your obnoxious attitude back to New York, if I want obnoxious I can go to Hymies. If I want quality food and treatment I will go to Murray(s) or Pumpernicks. I am still being kind, if I was able to do so in this forum, this and the previous review would be liberally peppered with words beginning with F and S...funny...F-amou-S...begins and ends with those letters...prophetic. STAY AWAY FROM FAMOUS PS: The clerk who claimed to be the owner, was not...I later found a picture of him and they weren't the same...possibly a son, manager, or whatever? No matter...Don't go.

Pros: I WON'T PATRONIZE THEM EVER

Cons: RUDE AND OBNOXIOUS DELI CLERKS (THE OWNER)

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My fiance and I had stopped there after a long day of chaotic flights on a Friday night. We told the waiter we were tired and in a hurry to get home. He promptly took our order and within in minutes our hot corned beef sandwiches arrived. The pickles are my favorite treat with my overwhelming sandwich. Absolutely awesome sandwich that for the price cannot be beat anywhere.
Course, if you can actually eat your way through one of their sandwiches than you have go to try one of their desserts. Incredible! and reasonably priced!
This place certainly fits a family budget.

If you have a large appetite and want satisfaction without going broke this is the place to go.

2
★★★★★

My fiance and I had stopped there after a long day of chaotic flights on a Friday night. We told the waiter we were tired and in a hurry to get home. He promptly took our order and within in minutes our hot corned beef sandwiches arrived. The pickles are my favorite treat with my overwhelming sandwich. Absolutely awesome sandwich that for the price cannot be beat anywhere.
Course, if you can actually eat your way through one of their sandwiches than you have go to try one of their desserts. Incredible! and reasonably priced!
This place certainly fits a family budget.

If you have a large appetite and want satisfaction without going broke this is the place to go.

Pros: Excellent food

Cons: Parking can be challenging

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Hard to find a real deli in the city...here is one of the few good ones.

Great sandwiches, authentic Jewish/eastern european hearty food. Hungarian Goulash, all sorts of Deli meats, sandwich combinations make this place.

2
★★★★☆

Hard to find a real deli in the city...here is one of the few good ones.

Great sandwiches, authentic Jewish/eastern european hearty food. Hungarian Goulash, all sorts of Deli meats, sandwich combinations make this place.

Pros: Food is very good.

Cons: Canned soda..not good. Service is slow and with attitude. Pricey.

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Famous for huge portions, decent deli food, and surly staff. Take the corned
beef over the pastrami, and be prepared to take half home. The potato pancakes
are a bit overfried, but the bagels and pastry are fine. It's an experience to
eat there - the waitresses are incredibly rude and uncaring. A recent breakfast
there ended in a huge fight with a very cranky waitress named Joyce. We might
come back for take-out, but for not the abuse dished out by her.

2
★★★★☆

Famous for huge portions, decent deli food, and surly staff. Take the corned
beef over the pastrami, and be prepared to take half home. The potato pancakes
are a bit overfried, but the bagels and pastry are fine. It's an experience to
eat there - the waitresses are incredibly rude and uncaring. A recent breakfast
there ended in a huge fight with a very cranky waitress named Joyce. We might
come back for take-out, but for not the abuse dished out by her.

Pros: Deli Delightful

Cons: Horrible Service

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This is a unique place to enjoy Jewish food ...I live in Kansas City,Missouri but whenever I visit Pa.I always make sure I visit my favorite deli...See you soon,Dave

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★★★★★

This is a unique place to enjoy Jewish food ...I live in Kansas City,Missouri but whenever I visit Pa.I always make sure I visit my favorite deli...See you soon,Dave

Pros: Excellent food

Cons: none

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The new owners have done a good job of revitalizing this fading gem. They've CLEANED, which the place really needed. They also freshened up the menu and added new dishes.

Be warned the portions are now Huge! Every dish the four of us had could have easily been shared by at least two people without either feeling hungry afterwards.

The cookies at the end are smaller, yet still good. But, who has room for them anyway after all that food?

2
★★★★☆

The new owners have done a good job of revitalizing this fading gem. They've CLEANED, which the place really needed. They also freshened up the menu and added new dishes.

Be warned the portions are now Huge! Every dish the four of us had could have easily been shared by at least two people without either feeling hungry afterwards.

The cookies at the end are smaller, yet still good. But, who has room for them anyway after all that food?

Pros: Good Jewish deli food (corned beef, pastrami sandwiches, bagels with lox

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Just thought I'd add a bit about one of my favorites in the city. Contrary to what has been written on this page, it is NOT a corporate place, rather it has been bought and refurbished by one of a long line of New York deli-men. It's a great place, and the food is fantastic. Try the brisket or the Famous chopped liver.

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★★★★★

Just thought I'd add a bit about one of my favorites in the city. Contrary to what has been written on this page, it is NOT a corporate place, rather it has been bought and refurbished by one of a long line of New York deli-men. It's a great place, and the food is fantastic. Try the brisket or the Famous chopped liver.

Pros: brisket, Famous chopped liver, stawberry shortcake

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Overbuilt sandwiches - yes - it's for the hype. You can't really eat what they serve you. Almost everyone goes home with a styrofoam box.
At the same time the prices are too high. It would be a lot better to have more normal size sandwiches and lower prices - but that's not what lures the mindless public. They just see the corned beed piled eight inches high and think they have something good.
Now, the food is better than in the old days - remember those sickly platters and that cold, thick, split pea soup?
But what happened to the "free" chocolate chip cookies - they've shrunk by half.
And the service - while our old favorite is no longer with us- the new folks, while polite, are "GAP" polite - they don't seem to really care, - it's just corporate show.

2
★★★★☆

Overbuilt sandwiches - yes - it's for the hype. You can't really eat what they serve you. Almost everyone goes home with a styrofoam box.
At the same time the prices are too high. It would be a lot better to have more normal size sandwiches and lower prices - but that's not what lures the mindless public. They just see the corned beed piled eight inches high and think they have something good.
Now, the food is better than in the old days - remember those sickly platters and that cold, thick, split pea soup?
But what happened to the "free" chocolate chip cookies - they've shrunk by half.
And the service - while our old favorite is no longer with us- the new folks, while polite, are "GAP" polite - they don't seem to really care, - it's just corporate show.

Pros: food

Cons: quantity, service, cookies

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The flavor of our pastrami sandwiches was OK but WAY TOO LARGE; the pastrami itself was TOUGH and STRINGY. Had the COFFEE been any stronger might it have been mistaken for dishwater. A $1.75 a cup OUTRAGE!

No one was exactly rude but the service was understandably robotic, brusque and lacked the original Famous Deli charm. Understandable considering that a corporation runs it. I did not sense that there was the same joy of serving food and fun of the old place. No one asked about the food or service. When I did tell the waiter about the pastrami and rotten coffee he advised to order something different next time. Next Time? My partner and I left both saddened and miffed.

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★☆☆☆☆

The flavor of our pastrami sandwiches was OK but WAY TOO LARGE; the pastrami itself was TOUGH and STRINGY. Had the COFFEE been any stronger might it have been mistaken for dishwater. A $1.75 a cup OUTRAGE!

No one was exactly rude but the service was understandably robotic, brusque and lacked the original Famous Deli charm. Understandable considering that a corporation runs it. I did not sense that there was the same joy of serving food and fun of the old place. No one asked about the food or service. When I did tell the waiter about the pastrami and rotten coffee he advised to order something different next time. Next Time? My partner and I left both saddened and miffed.

Pros: None

Cons: Caveat Emptor

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Famous 4th St Deli has the best hot pastrami around. You get more than enough food, I suggest sharing. The start off with great pickles on the table while you wait for your meal. If you get a special make sure you get the side of coleslaw because there just isnt enough for all of the meat on the sandwhich. To top it off the best chocolate chip cookies are given with your check. WOW! You must make it to 4th St for the best sandwhiches!

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★★★★★

Famous 4th St Deli has the best hot pastrami around. You get more than enough food, I suggest sharing. The start off with great pickles on the table while you wait for your meal. If you get a special make sure you get the side of coleslaw because there just isnt enough for all of the meat on the sandwhich. To top it off the best chocolate chip cookies are given with your check. WOW! You must make it to 4th St for the best sandwhiches!

Pros: huge portions, very clean

Cons: service

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A good place for a fat pastrami and corned beef with the rye cut thick. Spend the !.75 for the extra lean. Its nice to have a homemade (large) knish and potato pancakes in Philly. I close my eyes and I'm (almost) back on the Lower East side chowing down at 3am. Inhouse bakery with enormous eclairs. Complimentary chewy homemade chocolate chip cookies with the check.

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★★★★★

A good place for a fat pastrami and corned beef with the rye cut thick. Spend the !.75 for the extra lean. Its nice to have a homemade (large) knish and potato pancakes in Philly. I close my eyes and I'm (almost) back on the Lower East side chowing down at 3am. Inhouse bakery with enormous eclairs. Complimentary chewy homemade chocolate chip cookies with the check.

Pros: pastrami , corned beef , knish

Cons: sodium

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They charge 6 dollars for a plate of bananas and sour cream. Do yourself a favor and make a sandwich at home the way you like it, and spare yourself the $5 surcharge per dish for the name on the door. The free cookies at the end of the meal are a nice bonus though.

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★★☆☆☆

They charge 6 dollars for a plate of bananas and sour cream. Do yourself a favor and make a sandwich at home the way you like it, and spare yourself the $5 surcharge per dish for the name on the door. The free cookies at the end of the meal are a nice bonus though.

Pros: Cookies, Location

Cons: Overpriced, Service slow

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This is a landmark deli, with white-tiled walls covered with signed photos of celebrities who have dined here on the traditional Jewish specials. Try the matzoh ball soup, the knishes, and the golden blintzes with sour cream. Of course,…

 

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