The place to go when you’re craving an old school pastrami or corned beef deli sandwich, or a bagel with a schmear. Sure, this is Greenpoint, so it’s a hipsterfied version of a traditional Jewish New York deli, but who cares when the food is this delicious. We recommend The Number One, which is a bagel sandwich with Pastrami Salmon, Scallion Cream Cheese & Dill Cucumber Salad. Their Latkes and Matzo Ball Soup are winners as well. Sadly, seating is very limited and Frankel’s Delicatessen is only open until 4pm daily, so grab an order to go and dine outside in nearby McCarren Park.
they’re “paying homage to Barney Greengrass, Murray’s and Russ & Daughters,” with the usual white glazed tiles and old family photos. In addition to selling smoked fish, pastrami, bagels and bialys, they have a chef, Ashley Berman, chopping chicken livers, making matzo ball soup and braising brisket based on a recipe from Anita Frankel, the brothers’ grandmother, for fork-tender beef, a tad sweet in the older generation tradition.
Frankel’s is not another Russ & Daughters. And it’s not even close to Sadelle’s. But it’s just as worthy of your Saturday morning. A retail shop and Jewish deli counter with around fifteen seats on the Greenpoint/Williamsburg border, Frankel’s was opened by two New York born and bred brothers, one of whom is in the band Holy Ghost!. We’ll give him a pass for that exclamation point since he’s partly responsible for this place.
Smoked fish from Acme and other sources, Browne Trading Company caviar, and Baz bagels line the refrigerator cases and shelves. Ashley Berman, a Food Network kitchen alum and self-described Jewish-deli obsessive, is the executive chef. Her sandwich-centric menu runs the gamut from a whitefish club to hot pastrami. There’s even a nod to Gray’s Papaya in the form of a two-franks-and-soda “recession special.”