This ex Manhattanite never ventured into Brooklyn while he lived there. Now, after years in Philly, my best friend ( a native Brooklynite), apalled at my ignorance, made a beeline (with me in tow) straight to Adelmans! This is exactly the New York experience I pined away for in Manhattan for years! \r
Food: The corned beef and pastrami are the best I've ever had in my life, prepared in the traditional manner. It is tender, flavorful and fresh. The menu is extensive and this is a real problem. Making a decision can become an existential nightmare, especially when you only get to Brooklyn occasionally. I mean, how do you pass up a turkey dinner special with all the trimmings when what you're really craving are two kosher dogs, a dish of fries (the best on the eastern seaboard!), and a cream soda? It's kind of embarrassing, especially with things like stuffed breast of veal, potato kugel, noodle pudding, sweet potato fries and don't get me started on the knishes! In fact, writing this review is reminding me of all the things I haven't tried yet. Luckily, I'm going there tomorrow!\r
Dessert? Most of us will have to wrap it up and take it home. But if you've shown a little restraint ( a Herculean feat here), you'll be amply rewarded. Seven layer cake, checkerboard cake, apple strudel, melt in your mouth cookies. Any of these with a nice cup of tea make a nice accompaniment to after dinner conversation. \r
Ambience? Sometimes quiet, sometimes raucous but always uninhibited, fun, and friendly.\r
Staff: Outside of the movies, I've never seen service this professional or with so much character.\r
Adelmans is a delicious joy you won't soon forget.
Pros: Delicious food and ambience that'll cure the blues!
Cons: Tough to make a decision! You'll see what I mean when you go!