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Langer's Delicatessen-Restaurant

Map & Directions 704 S. Alvarado St.
Los Angeles, CA 90057
  • American, Deli, Jewish
  • Mon-Sat 8am-4pm
  • All Major Credit Cards
  • Catering, Kosher, Takeout
  • Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch
  • Beer/Wine
  • Reservations Accepted, Reservations Not Necessary
  • Parking Lot Available, Parking Validation, Street Parking


LA Weekly's Description

In the course of the half-block walk from the Alvarado Red Line station to the old-line delicatessen Langer's, you will smell the food from a half-dozen Central American countries, pass within sight of Mexican street murals, and be offered the opportunity to buy fresh mangoes, counterfeit green cards and cut-rate cumbia compilations. Within the deli itself, you may wait for a table with customers speaking Spanish, Korean or Chiapan dialect, though probably not Yiddish. But bite into a Langer's pastrami sandwich: thick slices of hand-sliced meat, glistening with peppery fat, as dense and as smoky as Texas barbecue; thick-cut seeded corn rye, hot, crisp-crusted and soft inside, with a slightly sour tang that helps tame the richness of the meat; a dab of yellow mustard as important to the whole as a sushi master's wasabi. The fact is inescapable: Langer's serves the best pastrami sandwich in America, in a location perhaps better suited to a tamale merchant. Curbside service (call ahead). Validated lot parking (on corner of Westlake Ave. and Seventh St.) See full review.

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Tips from foursquare

  • ZAGAT on 04/26/10

    Call ahead for curbside pickup if you’re in a rush.

  • Eater on 07/28/11

    LA's most famous old school deli, do not miss the pastrami sandwich! [Eater 38 Member]

  • Bravo on 01/27/10

    Try #19. The pastrami is unbelievable! -Suzanne Tracht, Top Chef

  • Epicurious on 08/23/10

    The pastrami on rye at this deli gives its NYC rivals a run for their money. Be prepared, the neighborhood can be sketchy, but the food's worth it. They also have curbside service for takeaway treats.

  • LA Weekly on 12/29/10

    Featured in LA Weekly's 99 Essential Restaurants!

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