Midtown Has 2 of the 3 Best Matzoh Ball Soups in NYC

Always Hungry has a round up of the best matzo ball soups in New York City, and surprisingly they only liked three versions.  Even more surprising is that 2 of the 3 are right here in Midtown: Sarge’s (on 3rd btw. 36+37th) and 2nd Ave. Deli (on 33rd btw. Lex+3rd).  Carnegie Deli’s version got a C (barely passing) and the Cafe Edison (on 47th btw. B’way+8th) was totally left out!  I wonder how they would have stacked up.


  • Sarge’s also has the city’s best pastrami, yeah you heard me Katz’s…

  • Tyler, that’s a big claim.

  • Yeah, Tyler. I may have to put that place to the test.

  • Trust me, the pastrami isn’t hand cut like Katz’s, but the meat is still sliced to order and has a much higher fat content, so it is ridiculously moist.
    Not to mention they are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. I can’t tell you how many times I have stumbled in there at 4 am to demolish a matzo ball soup and pastrami on rye.

  • The man is right. Corned beef isn’t shabby either.

  • I have to tell you that pastrami (smoked corned beef) which I have been making for nearly 50 years in Texas and Arkansas is some of the best food on the planet.

    BUT — ‘Matzoh Balls’??? They would gag a Southern maggot, that’s for sure.

    However, I HAVE used them as trotline bait when fishing for catfish. And the bottom-scavenging catfish seem to LOVE them!

    Why the last time I went catfishin’ in Arkansas, using that matzoh ball (we call them dough balls in the South) bait, we caught over 85 pounds of catfish.

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