Gershon’s

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Delis. We’ve all been to one before. Pretty predictable places, right? Think again. Gershon’s on Union Avenue elevates those delicatessen favorites to a new level.

Serving iconic sandwiches, salads, baked goods and other exciting eats, Gershon’s recently celebrated its 60th anniversary. And let me tell you, there’s a reason Gershon’s is still in business.

This week our resident food critic takes a trip to Gershon’s Deli. Courtesy of Marc Perlman
This week our resident food critic takes a trip to Gershon’s Deli. Courtesy of Marc Perlman

Entering the establishment for the first time, you immediately feel like you’ve been there before. That traditional homey environment emits good vibes. Then you’re met with a waitress. Mine was attentive and grandmotherly.

The menu is enormous. Yes, they have corned beef, bologna, tuna, turkey, coleslaw, salads and soups. But they also have trendy options that you would not expect at the average deli. On Tuesdays, the special is Hoisin Ginger Chicken sandwich. Probably can’t get that at your local deli.

A fan of grilled cheese? This is the place for you. With over nine cheeses to choose from, oo-ey goo-ey deliciousness is inevitable. Gershon’s also sports an array of triple decker sandwiches. Piled skyscraper-high with your choice of meats, cheeses, and fixings you definitely will think to yourself “can I finish that?” After a bite, the answer will be a resounding yes.

My personal favorite is the Reuben. This noble sandwich classically has corned beef, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, Russian dressing on grilled rye. Gershon’s does a phenomenal job of blending these ingredients together for the perfect bite. The toasted bread snaps.

The meat is tender. The cheese and sauerkraut offer a loud zing, while the Russian contributes a soft sweet note, kind of like a hug. The dish is an A+. Let’s just say I never fail to clean my plate. The sandwich comes with a generous dollop of macaroni salad, thick-cut ruffle chips, and a semisweet pickle. The macaroni salad is a little boring. It lacks personality and needs seasoning. The other sides work well though.

Finally, if you have room for dessert you cannot miss the opportunity to try their homemade desserts. Their signature desserts include NY cheesecake and apple strudel, but they have loads more like tiramisu, carrot cake, and rocky road brownie (I’ll take twelve of these). Gershon’s needs appreciation for its daily home-made food. Every day, they cut the meats, cook the soups, toss the salads, and you can actually taste the care and attention to detail. That’s their secret.

All in all, the portions and flavor punch make Gershon’s a great place to go for a hearty lunch.

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