A horrible fire completely wiped out this nearly 50 year old restaurant a bit over a year ago. Now, back in action, you can revisit this staple deli, Sarge’s in Murray Hill.
This old school deli serves up all of your deli favorites from pastrami and ruben sandwiches on rye bread, to matzo ball soup to rugelach. I was glad to be back here for brunch, and almost forgot how amazing this place is. You sit down, and boom, right away you’ve got your coffee, pickles, cole slaw and mini bran muffins. Thank you, Sarge’s mind readers.
For my meal, I decided an old Jewish classic, Matzo Brei with applesauce. The dish itself is pretty basic, but it’s so good and such a real comfort food. The great thing about the matzo brei, is that you can transform it into sweet or savory. Add a little salt and pepper, you have a savory dish, add some jam and the apple sauce, and you’ve got sweet. I went the sweet route and was very pleased I did.
Location: 548 Third Avenue, NYC
The Long and Short: Would I go back? Well, I’ve actually been quite a few times. And, since it’s 24 hours, I can be sure to visit again at any time of day.
Would I recommend it? Yes, you get a real family vibe here with homestyle food. Oh, and try the deli mustard, it’s amazing.