Eater: 27 Epic Los Angeles Sandwiches, Winter 2018

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

Loyolan: Pastrami on Rye

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

The Infatuation: LA Deli Power Rankings

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.”

Read the entire list – how many have you visited?

DC Comics “Mister Miracle” Visits Langer’s Deli

From Daily Bulletin columnist David Allen comes this amazing find from DC Comics’ “Mister Miracle” comics – an obvious visit by characters to Langer’s Delicatessen ordering #19s and cabbage soup!

Eater: 38 Essentially Los Angeles Restaurants, Winter 2017-18

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

Grubhub: 2017 In Review

We are proud to be a part of this new Grubhub 2017 highlights video showcasing how Grubhub restaurant partners can be a part of something bigger than ourselves. We hope you enjoy it (watch all the way to the end!).

The Infatuation: The Los Angeles Greatest Hits List

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

Click here to read the complete article.

Los Angeles Times: Jonathan Gold’s 101 Best Restaurants 2017

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

Los Angeles vs. Chicago: The Bet Is On

LA WANTS DEEP DISH! It’s the LA Dodgers against the Chicago Cubs in the NLCS, and once again, Chief Beck and Superintendent of Police Johnson are wagering their favorites for city pride. If LA wins, Chicago sends Chief Beck deep dish pizza. If Chicago wins (UNLIKELY!), Los Angeles sends Langer’s world-famous #19 pastrami sandwiches. Who will win? #pastrami

Eater: 38 Essential Los Angeles Restaurants, Fall 2017

We are honored to be named to Eater.com’s “38 Essential Los Angeles Restaurants” for Fall 2017. Here’s what they had to say about us:

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.

Please click here to read the complete article. Thank you, Eater and Matthew Kang. – The Langers

Eater: 20 Most Iconic Restaurant Dishes, Fall 2017

We are proud and thrilled to have been named to Eater’s “20 Most Iconic Restaurant Dishes, Fall 2017” for Los Angeles. Here is their take on our legendary #19 sandwich:

There is no more iconic single sandwich in Los Angeles (and no better pastrami sandwich in America) than the #19 at Langer’s. It’s the absolute pinnacle of a Jewish deli staple, complete with mile-high stacks of pastrami, Swiss cheese, and coleslaw on rye.

Thank you again, Eater! – The Langers

LAist: The 8 Best Jewish Delis In Los Angeles

We are thrilled and honored to have been included in LAist’s “The 8 Best Jewish Delis In Los Angeles” article just published at their site. Their write-up of our food and location are terrific:

We’ve written before about Langer’s legendary pastrami sandwich, which no less a food authority than Nora Ephron famously deemed the best in the world. The 70-year-old Westlake deli is no one-hit wonder, though; Norm Langer, who inherited the business from his father Al, can often be spotted at the restaurant, doling out corned beef and cheese blintzes with a side of Borscht Belt humor. Sadly, Langer’s closes at 4 p.m. daily—if you’re in a rush, avail yourself of their “curb service” and get an order to go, but be warned that the famous #19 Hot Pastrami Sandwich is best enjoyed at one of Langer’s signature brown booths.

Click here to read the complete article. Thank you, LAist! – The Langers