Mile End is a Jewish delicatessen in New York City committed to breathing new life into old-world traditions. With locations in Boerum Hill Brooklyn, and NoHo Manhattan, Mile End redefines delicatessen classics by fusing the spirit and craftsmanship of the past with a thoroughly modern sensibility and aesthetic.
What began as rooftop experiments, Mile End was conceived throughout the summer of 2009 by Noah Bernamoff, his wife, Rae, and close friend, Max Levine. Mile End Delicatessen opened January 2010, in a tiny converted garage in Brooklyn with the simple mission of producing and serving the Jewish comfort foods of Noah’s Montreal youth. Word of Mile End Delicatessen’s opening spread quickly and before long, hungry New Yorkers lined snowy Hoyt Street in search of hand-sliced smoked meat, steaming bowls of Nana’s chicken soup and warm, neighborhood service.
Since those early days, Mile End Delicatessen has grown from a quirky startup into a real family business. With a team of over 60 talented men and women, Mile End creates and produces a wide variety of cured and smoked meats and fish, pickled goods, and freshly baked bagels, breads, rolls, and pastries along the historic Red Hook waterfront. From James Beard House dinners to Chinese food on Christmas, Mile End is proud to participate in New York City’s finest food festivals and markets and to actively contribute to esteemed organizations within our community.
Mile End Sandwich opened May 2012, in a former hardware store on gritty Bond Street serving the heart of the delicatessen playbook, replete with a newfound enthusiasm for the sandwiches of yore. Released in September 2012 by Clarkson Potter, The Mile End Cookbook looks back at the past three years of working and cooking and a lifetime of dreaming to spread the philosophy of good, homemade Jewish food. And finally, a home online, mileenddeli.com, brings up-to-date musings, techniques and hand-crafted products from our kitchen straight to yours.
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That was a pretty rockin' burger I had last night. A pretty pretty pretty damn good burger.
Over the summer we ate next door at the French restaurant. I poked my head inside to Mile End Delicatessen and looked at the menu. I actually said this, Damn! On Tuesday nights they have a burger and beer special. Well isn't that special, lets join the Mile High Club that day.
I walk in with my buddies. Its about 7pm and we're tired and hungry. The nice waitress starts telling us the specials for the day, I politely interrupt her and ask her about the Tuesday special.
Oh yes, its our smoked meat burger comes with Poutine and a Labatts beer.
I look at my buddies and start cracking up. They're pitching a bitch: Labatts beers?? Like from the 80s Pamala Anderson Labatt Blue beer? And WTF is Poutine??
(My wife is French Canadian and I'm pissing myself)
Listen you Mets fan freaks! The Mets won in 86, lets have an 80s beer!
Oh ok, makes sense.
So our beer comes out and we all say cheers. Then the burgers and poutine. Poutine, think of French Fries, a typical American food. Then top them with cheese curds and brown chicken gravy. Me? I've grown accustom to poutine but my buddies? ahahahah, they are looking at it and saying WTF!
The Smoke Meat Burger to me was a homerun. Topped with both a fried egg and smoked beef, it was a flavor town hit. Juicy and pretty large, anyone who says The Brindle is the best in NYC needs to come over to Mile End Delicatessen. Burger done right son!
My buddies dig into their burger and fries. They take a sip of their Labatts beer. Dreams of Pamala Anderson are now in our heads. (Before the plastic surgery and fake tatas)
Mile End Delicatessen Manhattan, you made a rocking' burger and have three new converts.
We left a few loonie and toonie and were on our way. à tout à l'heure!
- I don't think Mile End stacks up favorably against the upper tier of New York delicatessens (or against Schwartz's), but they make a good sandwich. The smoked meat could be a little fattier, but it's OK. The poutine and the chopped liver are brighter lights on this menu than the sandwiches, both in terms of execution and value (though the sandwiches are generously-portioned, too). Don't care for the bagels.
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