Norm Langer at Heart of Los Angeles’ MacArthur Park Urban Fruit Trail Planting

Norm Langer of Langer’s Delicatessen-Restaurant was proud to be a part of local non-profit Heart of Los Angeles’ planting of fruit trees as part of Fallen Fruit’s “Urban Fruit Trail” being created throughout Los Angeles.

When HOLA’s first planting at Lafayette Park was destroyed by vandals, Norm asked if he could help support a replanting, as well as support their plans for trees at MacArthur Park – directly adjacent to Langer’s Deli’s historic location at 7th and Alvarado. HOLA Communications Director Lee Schube was thrilled to accept Norm’s support, and the MacArthur Park tree planting – featuring more than 30 HOLA young people (Rampart-area students of all ages) was a complete success.

We were joined by HOLA executive director Tony Brown, as well as various members of the local media, including Fox 11 News, KCBS 2 / KCAL 9, KTLA, KNX and many others.

Langer’s Deli provided box lunches to all the participants – just our way of saying “thank you” for not only help revitalize MacArthur Park, but for being such an important and valued part of the lives of the young people who live near us in the Rampart / Westlake area of Los Angeles.

Thank you, Heart of Los Angeles, for allowing us to be a part of your important endeavors. Keep up the fantastic work.


Langer’s Named Among Most Visited Best LA Restaurants by Jonathan Gold Readers

Langer’s Delicatessen-Restaurant is thrilled to have been voted among the most visited of the best of Jonathan Gold’s 101 Best Restaurants list.

Selected by Gold’s readers through a ballot, the most visited list is headed up by Border Grille, and is then joined by Kogi BBQ Truck, Langer’s Delicatessen and the Mozza-plex (Pizzeria and Osteria Mozza and Chi Spacca).

From Jonathan Gold:

“Everyone knows that Langer’s serves the best pastrami sandwich in Los Angeles. Guidebooks say so. National magazines say so. The MTA Red Line disgorges so many Langer’s-bound fressers that it has sometimes been called the Pastrami Express,” wrote Gold. “Distinguished chefs flirting with putting pastrami on their menus rarely do so without at least a nod to the noble deli masters of Westlake.”

We are so grateful to our customers who have supported us for 67 years here at 7th and Alvarado. And this vote only underscores their loyalty and commitment to us – just as we are committed to providing our customers with an unparalleled dining experience with the world’s best pastrami.

Thank you. – The Langers

Please click here to read the complete article.


Corned Beef & Cabbage Makes Eater’s 10 Great Retro Meat Dishes List

Our Corned Beef & Cabbage Dinner made Eater.com’s new 10 Great Retro Meat Dishes list, recently published at their website. Go check out all the listings – we’re in delicious company!

Yes, you do need to order the #19 pastrami sandwich, which also could merit a spot on this list. However, the good old fashioned corned beef and cabbage is a true classic that brings back childhood memories for many baby boomers. Corned beef and cabbage – not just for St. Patrick’s Day!

Click here to read the complete article – Thank you, Eater! - The Langers


Norm Langer Donation Supports Heart of LA’s Urban Fruit Trail Initiative

Langer’s Delicatessen-Restaurant owner Norm Langer is proud to be supporting Heart of Los Angeles’ Urban Fruit Trail initiative – planting fruit trees in City parks that will provide both shade and sustenance to passersby.

Norm heard of the devastating news that Heart of LA’s first planting – performed by its child members – had been vandalized by unknown assailants. “That someone would destroy this kind of thing is absolutely beyond my comprehension,” said Norm. He was moved to make a donation to help fund the replanting of the vandalized trees, and will also be taking part in a planting at MacArthur Park, directly across from Langer’s Deli, on Wednesday, July 16, 2014, at 11AM.

For more on the story, visit LA Magazine here.


Langer’s Once Again Makes Eater’s 38 Essential Los Angeles Restaurants

Langer’s Delicatessen-Restaurant is proud to have once again been named to Eater.com’s 38 Essential Los Angeles Restaurants list. It’s an incredible honor sharing recognition with some of the most amazing restaurants and dining establishments in the Southland.

Click here to view the complete list of 38.

We are grateful and honored for the notice. Thank you, Eater.com. – The Langers


Fourth of July, We Will Be Closed

Langer’s Delicatessen-Restaurant will be closed on Friday, July 4, 2014, so that our employees may celebrate our national holiday with their families and friends. We hope you have a wonderful holiday!

We will re-open on Saturday, July 5, 2014, at 8AM.

Norm Langer on KTLA 5 Morning News

Norm Langer appeared this morning on KTLA 5 Morning News, discussing the now-legendary gentleman’s bet between LAPD Chief Charlie Beck and NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton over the Stanley Cup Finals. He brought in food for the entire crew (including hosts Frank Buckley and Jessica Holmes) and we gave away 10 $100 Langer’s Gift Certificates by texting “Langers” to 515151(or enter at ktla.com/contests). Our sincere thanks to everyone at KTLA for hosting Norm so graciously.


WiseBread.com: $20 in Los Angeles: The 16 Best Ways to Spend It

Max Wong, writing for WiseBread.com, has just published a terrific article that really outdoes the “Best of” genre in many respects, entitled, “$20 in Los Angeles: The 16 Best Ways to Spend It.” We’re honored that Max chose to include Langer’s Delicatessen-Restaurant as part of his 16 selections; just check out her great writing:

David Sax’s book, “Save the Deli,” was the shot heard round the kosher meat world when he stated that, “Brace yourself New York, because what I am about to write is definitely go to piss a lot of you off, but it needs to be said: Los Angeles has become America’s premier deli city.” At the heart of the ensuing kerfuffle was Sax’s proclamation that Langer’s Deli is home to the finest pastrami sandwich in the universe, much less the country. According to Sax, “Los Angeles is the example to the rest of the nation of how a deli can ultimately stay relevant.”

New Yorker foodies, were, of course outraged. Subsequently, everyone from Pulitzer Prize winning food critic Jonathan Gold to the James Beard Foundation have weighed in favor of Langer’s. Native New Yorker Nora Ephron, who went on record in the pages of The New Yorker that Langer’s serves the best pastrami in America, finally did a side-by-side taste-off between Langer’s and Katz’s, the iconic New York deli to quiet East Coast sore losers. Langer’s handily won the re-match.

Suck it New York.

Click here to read the entire article – it’s worth a click. Thank you, Max!


NYPD Commissioner Bratton Honors his Stanley Cup Finals Bet with LAPD Chief Beck

NYPD Commissioner William Bratton honors his Stanley Cup Finals bet with LAPD Chief Charlie Beck! Congratulations to all, especially the 2014 Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings! Go Kings Go!

On Saturday morning, Bratton signaled his intent to honor the bet. He tweeted a photo of Katz’s Deli in New York and tagged Beck’s Twitter account.

“Do you take your pastrami sandwich with or without mustard? Congrats!” Bratton tweeted.

Beck’s response, after telling Bratton he was looking forward to having lunch again soon, was to tweet a picture of L.A.’s most-revered pastrami sandwich, the Number 19 at Langer’s Deli.

The sandwich – tender, hand-sliced pastrami, cool Russian dressing, crisp cole slaw and Swiss cheese between two slices of pillow-soft, crunchy-crusted twice-baked rye bread – is a favorite of the Los Angeles Police Department.

Click here to read the complete article.

LA Times file photo of Commissioner Bratton.