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Reader Janelle Fox, a fan of Adelman’s (1906 Kings Highway), walked by the now-shuttered kosher deli yesterday and saw the door open. So, perhaps out of habit and hope and lust for a good latke, she stuck her head in.

They weren’t open, that’s for sure. Fox fired off some shots of the former Brooklyn staple, showing most of the equipment ripped out as familiar trappings, like the Chicken Noodle Soup sign, dangled overhead.

A sad, sad sight indeed. Sheepshead Bites was the first to report that, after 60 years in business, Adelman’s Kosher Deli closed down in March. The landlord told us the tenant had fallen behind on rent, failed to strike a deal, and was evicted. There was still hope at the time of our report that the original owner of Adelman’s could step back in, as they still had a legal right to return to the property, and revive the business. Clearly, that didn’t happen.

Adelman’s was one of three remaining old-school kosher delicatessens in Southern Brooklyn. The last two are Jay & Lloyd’s Kosher Deli (2718 Avenue U) and Mill Basin Deli (5823 Avenue T).


Adelman’s Kosher Deli at 1906 Kings Highway closed its doors for good after 60 years of serving the Kings Highway neighborhood hot pastrami and fluffy matzoh balls.

The restaurant closed up at the start of Passover on March 25, as it does every year. But fans of the delicatessen were shocked when they tried returning after the holiday and found that the eatery never reopened.

As of yesterday, the restaurant remained closed and the windows were covered with paper. There was no sign indicating the closure or a goodbye message to customers. The business’ phone number has been disconnected, and owners could not be reached for comment.

According to a representative for the landlord, however, the neighborhood staple had fallen far behind on rent and was having money troubles. The landlord won an eviction against the business operator after failing to strike a deal.

The landlord, Waldorf Realty Co., said that there’s still a chance Adelman’s could reopen. The evicted owner was not the original owner of the restaurant, and the original owner may still have the right to seize the business and take over the lease.

“We’re waiting to see what the original owner of Adelman’s wants to do,” the representative said. “The Adelman’s name may be worth something to them. Maybe they’ll get partners or investors to come in and reopen it.”

Adelman’s has been in its current location for about half of its 60-year existence. To the right you can see a photo of the location taken by the Department of Finance in the 1980s.

Adelman’s was one of three remaining old-school kosher delicatessens in Southern Brooklyn. The last two are Jay & Lloyd’s Kosher Deli (2718 Avenue U) and Mill Basin Deli (5823 Avenue T).

THE BITEThere’s something wrong with my internal food calendar. I always seem to crave a food item when it’s not “in season.” I like pot roast in the heat of August. I often grill fish when it’s snowing outside. Maybe it’s my inner rebel gourmand; he likes to buck the system and today was no exception. Today, I was craving latkes.

For those of you who don’t know, a latke is a fried potato pancake. Traditionally, latkes are eaten during the feast of Hanukkah by the Jewish people. Me, I’m a goyim. So, I’m not tied to the tradition. Where I grew up we called these potato pancakes and weren’t taught about the holiday connection. I can eat potato pancakes without guilt any time of year and I suspect most of my Jewish friends do too. And so should you.

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Photo by Vinnie Mazzone

Our friend Vinnie Mazzone from “Chicken Masters,” whose pleasant phone greeting in a thick Brooklyn accent — “Thank you for calling Chicken Masters, this is Vinnie speaking” — never fails to make me smile, sent us the above photo.

Major blast from the past, that.

Vinnie tells us that the “porcelain sign” (signs were made out of porcelain?)  from the old H&S Hebrew National Deli is still visible under the awning of Top Taco & Top China, 1654 Sheepshead Bay Road, and that, if memory serves, the owner’s name was Leo.

Funnily enough, Lost City’s Brooks of Sheffield — a guy who loves him some old-timey signage — actually featured Top Taco & Top China on his site this past July, calling it “A Good Sign” without noticing the “Even Better Sign” that was concealed beneath it.

I used to go to H&S quite a lot as a kid in the ’80s, always eating the hot dogs and French fries (or stuffed derma! …smothered in gravy…) because, as a pre-teen, I wasn’t yet introduced to the mysterious, succulent wonders of hot pastrami. Then, before you could say “chopped liver,” it was gone.

How many of us remember the old deli? There are days that I walk along Sheepshead Bay Road and I am still half expecting to see H&S, Wiesen’s, and the colossal roller palace but, alas, all those institutions have gone the way of similar legendary local establishments, such as The Flame (followed by the also defunct Jahn’s), Dubrow’s, Martin’s and Clement’s (followed by the also defunct New Clement’s).

One of the truisms about the internet that always gnawed at me is that the only information that can be found on the web has to have been put there by someone in the first place. When I Google “H&S Hebrew National Deli + Sheepshead Bay Road,” the only direct hit generated is from this post… written by me.

So please, tell me us your memories of the H&S Hebrew National Deli, of blessed memory. Write long stories in the comments about your favorite experiences there, who you remember behind the counter (Leo?), your favorite items on the menu and, if you have photos — please — send them to us at I’m trying to recapture my youth here.

Lloyd Lederman (right) of Jay & Lloyd’s Kosher Deli fame. Source: Jason Fulford for American Way

American Way — the official “award-winning” mag of American Airlines (who knew they had such a fancy website? Or that they even had a website at all?) — did a bang-up cover story on “The Disappearing Deli,” highlighting the sumptuous offerings of our very own Jay and Lloyd’s Kosher Deli (cue the comments war on whether they are kosher or “kosher-style”), alongside the likes of the Lower East Side’s famous Katz’s Delicatessen, and Mile End, the Montreal-style Jewish delicatessen in Downtown Brooklyn.

Opened in 1993, Jay & Lloyd’s is operated by third-generation deli owner Lloyd Lederman and Jay Stern, boyhood friends who grew up down the street from each other in Brooklyn. “We saw the old ways going,” Lederman says. “Most of the delis were becoming commercialized, and they didn’t have that traditional deli atmosphere and flavor. We are using Grandma and Grandpa’s recipes and holding true to form.”


Lederman says that although kosher meats and products are more expensive, they offer superior quality. “Sure, you can get a sandwich at the local bagel deli counter for $5,” he says. “But you are getting what you pay for.”

But beyond the quality of the beef, part of what the customer is paying for is the deli experience. “We kibitz with our customers,” Lederman says, referring to the Yiddish term for joking. “It’s almost like a Catskills Mountains, Borscht Belt routine around here. That’s what makes the New York deli unique.”

If you are a Jewish deli aficionado, it’s definitely worth a look see. As for myself, it’s been said that the most dangerous spot in New York City is the space between myself and a Katz’s pastrami on rye.


Jay Stern and Lloyd Lederman were in high spirits yesterday, as throngs of people packed into the 2718 Avenue U storefront to celebrate the kosher-style deli’s 18th anniversary. Not to miss a food celebration, Borough President Marty Markowitz stopped by to issue a proclamation honoring the Brooklyn deli. Sure, he was accompanied by representatives from Congressman Anthony Weiner, Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz, Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein and Councilman Michael Nelson – all with their own certificates and proclamations – but the real draw were the $1 hot dogs being sold by the front of the shop.

Markowitz & Co. palled around for the better part of an hour, while the beaming owners of Jay and Lloyd’s Kosher Deli bounced about, shaking hands and cracking wise. The only hitch of the day was the unforgivable sin committed by the beep, when he dropped the first hot dog handed to him.

Even seniors from the Crown Nursing & Rehab Center made an outing, perching themselves in front of the establishment to enjoy the nice weather with their processed meats.

Our only wish? Congressman Weiner himself should’ve stopped by. The opportunity for more of Weiner’s weiner jokes was just too good.

Sheepshead Bites wishes the establishment a happy anniversary, and hopes to see many more.

View the photo gallery and read Markowitz’s proclamation.



Sheepshead Bay’s darling den of deli delights — Jay and Lloyd’s Kosher Deli — will be honored today for its 18 years of providing top notch kosher-style cuisine by the Gourmand-In-Chief himself, Borough President Marty Markowitz. The beep will present a proclamation to owners Jay Stern and Lloyd Lederman at 1:00 p.m.  in commemoration of the restaurant’s anniversary, proclaiming April 11, 2011 “Jay and Lloyd’s Deli 18th Anniversary Celebration Day.”

To celebrate, we’re told the establishment will be selling hot dogs for $1.00 today, with a limit of two per customer. We know where we’re getting lunch!

The restaurant, recently re-opened after being shuttered for repairs, has been at its 2718 Avenue U location since 1993, “not exactly a short time in New York restaurant years,” according to Lost City blogger Brooks of Sheffield, who visited the restaurant in February and avowed that, even though the pastrami is supposed to be their specialty, the hot dog he ordered instead “hit the spot.”

Noting that Jay and Lloyd were “friends since childhood who did everything together,” and even met their wives, who were one-time customers at the deli, the proclamation stated that “it was only natural that Lloyd, coming from a third generation deli family, would partner with his best friend [Jay] with them becoming true connoisseurs of corn beef, knishes, and their celebrated pastrami, among many other delicacies.”


by Ethan Dante Bello

Local filmmaker Yura Dashevsky is in the process of putting together a documentary on one of the city’s landmark shrines to Jewish cuisine, and he’s looking for your help.

After building a website for Katz’s Delicatessen in Manhattan’s Lower East Side, Dashevsky got swept up in its unbelievable history, and was astonished to discover that a movie had never been made exploring its cultural importance. Now, in it’s 123rd year, the seeds have been sown for a film centered around the place that New Yorkers have known and loved since its opening day.

Enter Katz’s: That’s All. With three years of filming already accomplished, Dashevsky has about 40 hours on tape, interviewing employees, patrons and a slew of star pastrami-eaters. With four U.S. presidents, a plethora of celebrities who have taken a bite out of the unmatched pastrami on rye, and a slew of references in movies and pop culture, there’s no shortage of material for Dashevsky to set his lens on.

Keep reading, and find out how you can be a part of this project.

Sneaker Corner's old look - Source: Google Maps

Three businesses on and around Nostrand Avenue are fixin’ up the joint, including Brooklyn’s Sneaker Corner, which redid its storefront. The decades old business at 3570 Nostrand Avenue has a new look with a real sign on the way. It’s old sign has been a Sheepshead Bay fixture with a lot of character, so I look forward to see if the new sign will be an improvement to this rather dreary stretch of Nostrand Avenue businesses.

Currently closed for renovations are two Avenue U businesses a few blocks shy of Nostrand Avenue. Pizzeria Del Corso (3003 Avenue U) has been closed since at least last week with a sign in the window informing readers of the work going on inside. No word on when it’ll reopen. Also, Jay & Lloyd’s Kosher Deli at 2718 Avenue U is shuttered for repairs. We’ll let you know when the area’s only kosher-style deli is reopened. I hear good things about this place, but never had the chance to try it. I’ll remedy that when doors are open again.