Our friends at Los Angeles Magazine attended David Sax’s “Save the Deli” booksigning event at Langer’s on October 28, 2009, and filed this report on their “The Digest Blog”:
“The gangs are waiting for me back in New York!” joked David Sax, author of the new book Save the Deli, (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) before a crowd of about 50 who’d gathered to fress and hear him speak at Langer’s Delicatessen yesterday afternoon in what has to be the most unorthodox Vroman’s Bookstore reading of all time. Sax was referring to the scornful reaction from New York’s deli-going denizens incited by perhaps the ballsiest assertion in his new book: that L.A. is the best deli town in the country. Sax, who is from Toronto (full disclosure: we’re old friends from that city; he now lives in Brooklyn), refuses to take sides. “I’m not even from New York! I’m a neutral third party, like all Canadians!”
Langer’s is proud to announce we have been selected by Los Angeles Magazines as part of their 2009 Best of LA for “cheap eats.” Thank you, LA Magazine! Click here to read the story on their website.
Langer’s Delicatessen-Restaurant was privileged to be a part of the “Sweet 16” in Los Angeles Magazine’s “64 Greatest Things about LA” promotion (click here for more info). But we were surprised to see in the June issue (on newsstands now – buy a copy!) a short discussion of our spirited participation in the promotion:
Norm Langer, owner of the classic MacArthur park delicatessen that bears his family’s name, told us that his goal had been to make the Sweet 16. If he found himself up against Grauman’s, he knew that he was going to have to “pull a rabbit out of the hat” to win that battle. Langer put up posters about the competition in the deli’s window, and he handed flyers to every patron who walked in the door. “My husband and I had our first date here and go back each year for our anniversary,” wrote in one voter. “Simply fantastic.” In the end, Langer was right: Pickles or no pickles, Grauman’s was too formidable a competitor. Probably because, as another voter put it, “Grauman’s Chiense Theater is a household name in most civilized countries around the world. Need I say more!?”
Thank you again, Los Angeles Magazine and everyone who voted for Langer’s in the promotion!
Thanks to all our friends and customers who voted for us in the LA Magazine “64 Greatest Things in LA” competition.
We made it to the Sweet 16! We won two rounds and we’re VERY grateful to everyone who took the time to vote for us.