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Matzo ball soup, half-sour pickles, fluorescent lighting, Formica tabletops…if it wasn't for the view of MacArthur Park, you might swear you were in a deli on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.
Located in a Latino business district, the Jewish deli is a holdout from another era, and after over 65 years, patrons still say they serve up the "best pastrami in the world." Full review →
Langer's has the look of a no-frills Jewish deli back in New York. The draw here is the hand-cut pastrami. Full review →
The most sought after sandwich among locals, by far, is the famous No. 19, with pastrami, Swiss cheese, coleslaw, and Russian-style dressing. Full review →
One of the city's most beloved delis, this L.A. landmark has been going strong since 1947. Full review →
When I am showing first-time visitors around Los Angeles, I like to take them for a pastrami sandwich at Langer’s, the old-line Jewish delicatessen across the street from MacArthur Park. Full review →
Since 1947, generations of smoked-meat lovers have flocked to this old-school Jewish deli famous for its juicy hot pastrami sandwiches. Full review →
Great Jewish deli in MacArthur Park. Try the pastrami sandwiches. Full review →
Offers more than twenty ways of eating what is easily LA’s best pastrami sandwich. Open daylight hours only in a dicey spot; kerbside pick-up available.
At Langer’s, you simply aren’t just eating the best pastrami in town, you’re possibly eating some of the best pastrami in the world. Full review →
Operating out of the same storefront it's owned since 1947, this James Beard Award-winning LA eatery has consistently satisfied multiple generations' worth of hot pastrami cravings—and shows no signs of slowing down. Full review →
The meat—smoky around the edges, Kobe-tender, and bursting with beefy juice—requires not a smidge of seasoning, though mustard comes standard. Full review →
"The best deli west of the Hudson River" according to fans, this Downtown "time warp" has been a source for "superb" hand-sliced pastrami on "fabulous Jewish rye" since 1947. Full review →