Joshua Lurie of Discover Los Angeles has published a great round-up of attention-worthy eating establishments in our fine city – as a way of helping you select where to take your out-of-town family and friends during their visits this holiday season. And Langer’s Delicatessen-Restaurant makes the cut:
Aggravate visiting New York know-it-alls by proving the best U.S. pastrami resides in LA. Al Langer first started building his family’s pastrami legend in 1936, when he relocated from the East Coast to LA. Son Norm and daughter Trisha run the show at the MacArthur Park institution, which is best known for hand-sliced pastrami, which they still sugar-cure and season like corned beef before applying smoke and a delectable spice rub. Langer’s bestseller is #19 on the menu, a pastrami sandwich with Swiss, cole slaw, Russian dressing and warm re-baked rye. Another popular choice is the #44 with tangy sauerkraut and nippy cheese. Corned beef, potato pancakes and frothy egg creams further bolster the menu.
Click here to read the complete article. Thank you, Joshua!
Here’s a great round-up of author “Bun Boy”‘s favorite sandwiches that can be found in our home city of Los Angeles (and surrounding communities, of course), and the Langer’s original #19 hot pastrami sandwich makes the cut:
Langer’s famous Pastrami sandwiches have been keeping Angelenos fat and happy since 1947. With consistent lines out the door, the wait is worth the reward of what I believe to be the best pastrami sandwich I’ve ever had. Forget Johnnie’s, the meat here is thicker with less fat and goes perfectly with the cole slaw and Swiss cheese. I’ve tried other sandwiches here but no need to go beyond the perfection that is #19.
Click through to read the entire story and check out the images. It’s a great grouping! Thank you for the notice, Bun Boy!
Langer’s Deli is proud to have been named once again to Eater.com’s “38 Essential Los Angeles Restaurants” list for October 2013.
We are in some amazingly fine company, and are proud to merit inclusion on this important list. Thank you, editors, writers and readers of Eater.com, for this distinguished honor.
- The Langer Family
Here’s a great LAist.com interview with Jesse Thorn, host of public radio’s “Bullseye” (airing locally on KPCC), who also happens to be our MacArthur Park neighbor and a fan of Langer’s – in his words, “Langer’s Delicatessen is the best in the world. Bar none.” Thank you, Jesse – stop by soon and please say hello!
Image by Gordon de los Santos
La Opinion, the largest Spanish-language print publication in Southern California, has published a great review by Lucero Amador-Miranda of Langer’s Delicatessen-Restaurant entitled “Langer’s el mejor deli en pleno Pico Union” (“Langer’s the best deli in the heart of Pico Union”).
If you speak Spanish, please click here to read the complete article.
If you do not, we’ve included a Google translation below:
For those who never heard of Langer ‘s, will seem weird to know that one of the best deli in the country, even the world , is located in Los Angeles.
But most surprising is that it is located in the midst of the unthinkable: in the area of Pico Union / Westlake , opposite the historic MacArthur Park, at the corner of Alvarado and Seventh Street . There is Langer’s Delicatessen, full of the most delightful stories accumulated in the 66 years with the establishment.
Their menu is a long list of options, but most are rather classic pastrami sandwich ($13.50). It does not include potatoes, or salt water, or pickles: everything is paid separately.
But the most popular is the Sandwich #19, which is pastrami , Swiss cheese and cole slaw, with classic Russian style dressing, preparation of the house.
The pastrami is cooked in point, is soft, juicy and the flavor is just delicious.
These sandwiches are served in a bar fine rye bread (rye bread) whose middle part has the softness of a freshly baked but the edges are crisp.
Other options include Roast Beef sandwich ($14.25) or Corned Beef ($15.20). In their letter they also have burgers ($6.50).
The sandwiches are great. If it takes too hungry can share, but when testing the first bite surely want everything.
If you still have a little place in your stomach , do not miss the Apple Pie ($4.75). It is truly a delight. Not too sweet, can separate the taste of bread, even predominant brandy sauce. If you want to give more intensity, order A la Mode (5.75) with vanilla ice cream.
Langer’s retains the Jewish style in the preparation of their food, as did the founders, Al and Jean Langer.
If you do not want to wait or do not have too long to fill a table , you can place your order by phone, go in your car and receive smoothly.
You can also reach it without taking your car. The restaurant is within walking distance of the Metro Red Line, the Westlake – MacArthur Park station .
Thank you so much, Lucero Amador-Miranda, and La Opinion, for your wonderful article – The Langer Family!
Justin Bolois has written a fantastic article for FirstWeFeast.com entitled “A Complete guide to the Jewish Delis of Los Angeles.” We’re thrilled that Langer’s Deli was included, along with imagery of meat cutting and our pastrami steamer, plus interview quotes with Norm Langer.
Just ask the deli proprietors in L.A., and they’ll be sure to give you an earful about how they do things differently. Norm Langer of Langer’s Deli put it plain and simple when I asked him what separates the cities. He grabbed a cream soda and began to role-play: “Here it is. You’ll like it. That’s the New York way. New York has a matter-of-fact practice that just doesn’t fly here.” Sometimes, going into Katz’s—where you take a ticket, nudge your way past people, and hope that the line that you’re in is actually a line—feels like rushing into a subway car. That’s the experience, and there’s an element of excitement to it, some might say. Sure, but in L.A., eating at a deli never feels like a hassle or a race to the finish line.
The entire piece is exceedingly well written, and we encourage you to take a moment to read it – it’s terrific and includes many deli highlights from around the Los Angeles area.
Thank you, Justin, for such a thoughtful and entertaining article – The Langer Family
Fantasy Football fans – check out our good friend Robyn Remick’s ESPN podcast “Fantasy Football for Beginners” at the link below – this edition brought to you by Langer’s Delicatessen in Los Angeles – thank you for the shout-out, Robyn!
All of us at Langer’s are thrilled with the photo essay by the incomparable Elizabeth Daniels done for Eater.com on “Langer’s Deli on a typical Wednesday at 1PM”…check it out and see if you can find the talented Seth Rogen in one of the shots enjoying our pastrami.
Thank you, Eater.com and Elizabeth – make sure you sign up for Eater’s newsletter, it’s fantastic.
All of us at Langer’s Deli extend our sincere condolences to the family of Art Ginsburg, owner of Art’s Deli in Studio City. A Los Angeles deli legend, Art passed away yesterday, July 24, 2013.
Our thoughts go out to his wife Sandy, his son Harold, and daughters Roberta and Beverly, their spouses and grandchildren.
- The Langer Family
We’re excited about being named to LAist’s “12 Best Classic Los Angeles Restaurants” – along with Cole’s, Philippe’s, Canter’s, Musso & Frank’s, and many other awesome places. Thank you to the editors of LAist.com for this great notice!