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Sarge’s Deli (548 Third Avenue, 212-679-0442), the beloved 24-hour Jewish deli/diner hybrid in Murray Hill, is finally reopening its doors at 11 a.m. tomorrow, Thursday, March 6, nearly a year and a half after a fire tore through the space in November of 2012.
This 50-year-old neighborhood institution has less name recognition than Katz’s and Second Avenue Deli, but insiders know the pastrami here is just as moist — and the wait times are half as long.
Owner Andrew Wengrover says that while there are some small updates to the menu — like fresh strawberry and blueberry compote for the blintzes — the classics remain largely unchanged, including the Monster, a sandwich the deli proclaims is “New York’s Largest,” a compilation of corned beef, pastrami, roast beef, turkey, salami, sliced tomato, lettuce, cole slaw, and Russian dressing on thickly cut rye.
We recommend the massive homemade cheese blintzes, which are stuffed with a secret three-cheese blend and fried in butter for a crispy exterior that you can’t find anywhere else.
We’ve missed you, Sarge’s. Glad to have you back.