Junior's has a new location and I could not resist to go there few days after their opening! I love Junior's and I am glad they opened other locations, not only in New York in fact as they opened at Boca Raton in Florida. So, the new location on 49th street and Broadway is quite big, looking more modern that its sister a couple of blocks away, with the feel of a modern deli, keeping the vibrant orange theme omnipresent.
Food wise, there is no surprise there as they serve a full menu with classics that made their success, the cheesecakes being of course their number one seller. And if you do not want to dine there, you can just grab one at their takeout counter located right at the entrance.
We went on a Saturday, quite early and were surprised how crowded this place was. They first proposed us to sit at the counter but we preferred a table that we got without even waiting. After ordering, they brought us some pickled beets as well as cabbage and sour pickles that were quite good.
I also ordered a Dr. Brown's root beer, a bit tempted by their milkshakes, but thinking that it would be too much with the cheesecake I was planning to get for dessert.
Jodi ordered a matzo ball soup (always delicious there)
As well as a Greek salad.
On my side, I ordered their pastrami reuben that I admit could have had a bit more cheese and sauerkraut, but was delicious, delightfully messy from the fat dripping from the thick layer of meat and the generous amount of Russian dressing I put on top of the pastrami. I also loved the crunchiness of the toasted bread that gave a nice contrast to the softness of the meat.
Last was the long awaited cheesecake (plain) that is always fantastic and that I consider the best: smooth, dense and creamy.
I love Junior's and was once again not disappointed!
Enjoy (I did)!
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Junior's - 1626 Broadway, New York, New York 10019