KFI AM640’s John Kobylt and Ken Chiampou of The John and Ken Show had a visit on Thursday, May 31, 2018, from Norm Langer, who brought #19s and pastrami sandwiches to the entire John and Ken Show crew at iHeart Radio in Burbank. Thank you both for allowing us to visit, and hope to see you soon at the deli. – The Langers
KFI AM640’s John Kobylt and Ken Chiampou of The John and Ken Show spent a minute discussing pastrami on Wednesday, May 23, 2018, and John mentioned he had recently visited Langer’s Delicatessen. Thank you both for all your kind words about our pastrami! – The Langers
Andrea Black of Traveller.com.au recently authored a new piece entitled “Six of the best: Classic Los Angeles Dining Experiences,” and she included Langer’s Delicatessen-Restaurant:
For the ultimate Jewish deli experience, some will recommend Greenblatt’s or Canters, but Langer’s Deli in Westlake is the go to place in LA, just ask celebrated food critic, Jonathan Gold who wrote, “The fact is inescapable: Langer’s serves the best pastrami sandwich in America”. The diner-styled interior and facade haven’t changed since they were built in 1947, nor have the owners, a constant in an area that’s been in a state of flux for years. The deli is across from the faded glory of MacArthur Park (yes, the same park Richard Harris sang about) among rundown pawn shops and gang-tagged walls. The much-lauded pastrami sandwich features slow-cooked meat combined with house Russian sauce and the crunch of fresh, crusty, carroway studded ryebread. Taking a slug of my egg-cream soda, I look around at my fellow diners – we’re told Dr Dre was here last week – all lost in the same sandwich induced reverie.
We are thrilled and proud to be once again named to Eater’s “38 Essential Los Angeles Restaurants” list for Spring of 2018. This prestigious honor means so much to everyone who works every day to ensure a great dining experience at Langer’s Delicatessen. Thank you to the Eater team for acknowledging our valued employees. – The Langers
Yes, the No. 19 pastrami sandwich is an amazing sandwich, but the pure pastrami on house-based rye is simplicity at its best. There’s a reason why people make pilgrimages to try this place’s pastrami and even corned beef: there is no better version anywhere in town, and perhaps even in the country. Pro tip: Try the No. 54, a blend of both the pastrami and corned beef in one sandwich. And don’t skip the rest of the classic Jewish deli menu — it’s all very well executed in one of the best daytime dining rooms in town.
We’re thrilled to be named to Eater LA’s “27 Epic LA Sandwiches, Winter 2018” edition!
“An easy choice for the most popular pastrami sandwich at this historic deli in Westlake, just west of Downtown. This near-perfect Jewish deli sandwich features house-baked rye bread, russian dressing, cheese, coleslaw and freshly sliced slivers of the most achingly perfect, smoked pastrami on earth. There is simply no equal when it comes to this pastrami.”
We agree! Thank you, Eater! – The Langers
Student journalist Niko Klein has authored a terrific new piece entitled “Pastrami on Rye” for the Loyolan, the student newspaper of Loyola Marymount University in the Westchester area of Los Angeles. The author visited three delis – Nate ‘n Al’s, Factor’s, and Langer’s – and has generous write-ups for each. Here’s what Niko thought of Langer’s:
The interior screams classic, unchanged, Jewish deli, with classic delicacies behind a long glass display case, brown leather, wood paneling and charismatic servers that seem to be transplants from decades past. While Langer’s itself hasn’t changed much since its 1940s founding, the surrounding area has. Across the street from L.A.’s infamous MacArthur Park, Langer’s lies in a surrounding black and white to that of Nate n’ Al. Langer’s sticks out like a sore thumb amongst discount clothing shops, storefronts brimming with images of Christ and corner fruit vendors. In an area once known for gang violence, the deli not only survives, but thrives. Langer’s exists shoulder-to-shoulder with the Dodgers, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the city’s other great historic institutions. Some will tell you that Langer’s offers the best hot pastrami on rye in the whole United States of America, always neck-to-neck with Katz in New York. This author has never been to New York, so I’ll continue to side with Langer’s as my deli of choice. Maybe it’s atmosphere, maybe it’s nostalgia or maybe the pastrami sandwich is truly superior, but I have an undying affection for this delicatessen that is less than a mile from my beloved Loyola High.
The difference lies in the cut. Langer’s has always hand-cut their pastrami. While most delis machine slice their pastrami, Langer’s hand-cuts in order to avoid drawing out the meat’s moisture, as a machine-cutting process does. With a Langer’s sandwich, you’re guaranteed a melt in your mouth experience. This consistency can be attributed to Langer’s steaming process. The pastrami delivered daily to the store is ready for consumption, but Langer’s steams the pastrami for a few hours in order to get the product as soft as possible. The #19 is their most famous, with swiss, Russian dressing and coleslaw; however, I opt for the #1, as I don’t care for Swiss. The bread is a big competitive advantage for Langer’s. Though most delis will claim a double-baked rye, this downtown delicatessen delivers big time. A hard, crispy crust and a heavenly, soft inside make this the best rye bread around. Nate n’ Al has Langer’s beat on the Matzo ball soup, but Langer’s still delivers a good cup. I usually get an order of French fries, extra pickles and occasionally a chocolate malt, if I’m feeling indulgent. Go in and get a sandwich, but don’t mistake the adjoining park for a pleasant picnic spot.
Click here to read the complete article. Thank you, Niko! – The Langers
We are honored to be ranked #1 in The Infatuation’s “LA Deli Power Rankings” again!
“There’s nothing more liberating than seeing the look on a New Yorker’s face when someone says LA has the best pastrami. So we’ll go ahead and say it again – LA has the best pastrami. And all you need to do is head down to Alvarado and 7th, and pay a quick visit to Langer’s for proof.”
We are proud and grateful to be named once again to Eater’s 38 Essential Los Angeles Restaurants (Winter 2017-18). Thank you, Eater LA and thank you to our valued customers who have supported us into this, our 71st year of operation at 7th and Alvarado.
Yes, the #19 pastrami sandwich is an amazing sandwich, but the pure pastrami on house-based rye is simplicity at its best. There’s a reason why people make pilgrimages to try their pastrami and even corned beef: there is no better version anywhere in town, and perhaps even in the country. Pro tip: try the #54, a blend of both the pastrami and corned beef in one sandwich. And don’t skip the rest of the classic Jewish deli menu — it’s all very well executed in one of the best day-time dining rooms in town.
Click here to review the complete list. Thank you, Eater. – The Langers
We are extremely proud to have been named to The Infatuation‘s “The Los Angeles Greatest Hits List” of favorite restaurants. Looking through the list makes you realize how unique Los Angeles is when it comes to food culture – and how lucky we are for its amazing range and diversity. Thank you, The Infatuation, for including us.
One thing that never fits into the common stereotype of LA is just how good our deli scene is. We have a handful of delicatessens we confidently know could go toe-to-toe with the best in America, but Langer’s is our undoubted leader. Their #19 pastrami sandwich is the stuff of legend. The best part of Langer’s, though? Its Westlake location leaves it utterly devoid of the brochure tourists and Instagramming lifestyle bloggers that ruin other places like this. Go enjoy an unadulterated classic.
Thank you so much – it’s a great honor to be included in such a list. – The Langers
We are honored to have been named to Jonathan Gold’s “101 Best Restaurants 2017” in the Los Angeles Times. It is a major honor and we are grateful. Thank you, Jonathan – The Langers