Second Avenue Deli
Its original spot on Second Avenue and 10th Street opened in 1954 and became part of the iconic fabric of New York’s kosher deli legends, and has made it one of Anita Lo’s favorite quintessential Big Apple dining experiences. The pastrami! The chopped liver! The matzoh ball soup!
For almost 40 years, owner Abe Lebewohl’s East Village staple was a must for locals and tourists alike, although for a brief, terrible moment, it looked like one of New York’s favorite spots would be no more. Lebewohl was brutally gunned down by a robber in 2006, only to have greedy landlords push new owner Jack Lebewohl out of the original spot.
But you can’t keep a tough New Yorker down; this bastion of corned beef and gribenes (that’s chicken skin fried in its own fat, to the non-initiated) continues to reign supreme about 20-odd blocks further uptown. And although there might be fewer seats, it still feels like latke-loving home.