Hours: Breakfast, lunch: seven days; dinner: Monday-Saturday
Authentic Jewish deli.
If you're in the south suburbs and you're craving Jewish comfort food, your prayers will be answered at Bergstein's NY Deli, run by two former countermen at Kaufman's, in Skokie. Delicate knishes enfold fluffy whipped potato; kreplach, though a little heavy, share space in a Mish Mosh soup with feather-light matzo balls in a chicken noodle broth. Prepared on-site from fish shipped in from NYC, salmon and whitefish salad have undeniable integrity. Using the same corned beef and pastrami served at the legendary Manny's downtown, Bergstein's mixes in brisket and stacks all three meats on an onion roll from Lincolnwood's New York Bagel & Bialy for a "monster sandwich." There's an ample sweets section, featuring the requisite rugelach, mandelbrot, and black-and-white cookies, and they'll even whip up an egg cream. Like its Big Apple forebears, Bergstein’s also sells sausage, pickled tomatoes, and other delicacies to go.
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