Save the Deli

Some close, Some Open, Some Are Reborn

Hope everyone had a great summer. Here’s a few news items to kick off fall.

The New York Times reports today that Kutsher’s, the legendary Catskills resort, is opening a high end restaurant version of itself in tony Tribeca. Promising “hand-cut pastrami, and matzoh-crusted fried chicken, and a Romanian tenderloin cooked with prime skirt steak and served with a roasted garlic and wild mushroom knish,” along with gefilte fish, it could give Sammy’s Romanian steakhouse a run for its schmaltz. Here’s hoping they hire Freddy Roman as head tummeler.

As if this month wasn’t bad enough for Vermont, Burlington’s Sadie Katz deli has just closed. Oy.

And finally, I didn’t write about this a month back, out of sheer laziness, but Lorne Pancer is back in the deli business north of Toronto at Pancer’s Deli Emporium, up in Maple. Or Vaughan. Let’s just call it Yucchuputz and go for some corned beef. The original Moe Pancer’s Deli is still in business, so it’s basically a booming market for Pancers’.

2 Responses to “Some close, Some Open, Some Are Reborn”

  1. Eric Riback Says:

    I’d like to feel good about the Kutsher’s news. I’m not against some refinement of the food, but you can’t make kasha varnishkes with quinoa. Perhaps you can make quinoa varnishkes. And citing that substitution makes the entire thing suspect. Buckwheat groats are healthy and key to the taste of that dish. Don’t change for change’s sake.

  2. Dee Says:

    We thought work might be in Vermont, but not if Sadie Katz has closed. Pancers will be a lovely site when we see family in Toronto. Will they have smoked meat? D

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