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I can't get over how good this place is! I have recently fallen victim to the 14th Street hype machine and never really venture west of Thomas Circle to eat. The dining guide made me check this place out and I am glad. I went for brunch with four friends and we all agreed that this is one of the best brunches in town. The food was cooked with care and was an excellent experience with real and thoughtfully prepared ingredients. It was so good that I went back a couple days later to try the food (and drinks Tom recommended). The cocktails were excellent--especially the one with cava, the Le something. My pastrami sandwich was as good as any I have ever had...and I lived in NYC. It was a little loud, but I will definitely be back...and back.
I tried this place based on the Tom's Dining Guide tonight and I can't believe that I walked by it before. I went with a group and we split the deli meat board and pickle plate appetizers. The meats were flavorful and awesome-particularly the pastrami (put my past pastrami experiences to shame). The pickles were really good--and I definitely could have gone for more. For the main course I had the goulash, which was perfect for a chilly rainy night. Comforting and flavorful without being too heavy. The brussel sprouts were a nice compliment with the grapes being an interesting twist on a dish you see more and more around town. In short, the Dining Guide review is spot on! I hope the rest of the new finds from the Guide are as good as DGS.
It was too dark to read the menu. Deli + atmosphere? Please. The "rye" bread on my sandwich was newfangled--bubbe would have called it "fancy schmantzy." Pepperidge Farm does better rye. The pickle came from a glass jar to my plate. No garlic, no vinegar, no flavor, no good. The pastrami sandwich was a generous portion of bland meat. And I had to ask for mustard. I'll try one more time to sample matzo balls and chopped chicken liver. But only one more time.
A deli where you can't order a roast beef sandwich? No potato, kasha, or liver knishes? 3 bucks for a bowl of pickles? No basket of fresh rye on the table? What DGS offers is tasty, but the portions are skimpy and the overall presentation is of a restaurant that hapeens to serve deli, rather than a deli that is a restaurant. With all respect to bymyleave above, we in DC, with no deli tradition, do not need a "reinvention" of the deli(which is just code for small portions at high prices) - what we need is a real deli restaurant. This attractive place has potential and serves a limited selection of very good nouveau Jewish food, but calling it a "deli" - at least for anyone from Philly or New York - is misleading.
Saw several pictures of the Pastrami sandwich posted by some customers and what can I say. Looked like so much fat on the sandwich, and at that price, no way for me. Sorry...I want quality meat not just good rye bread. I'll pass!
There's a place for "standard" deli, be it in Silver Spring, Baltimore or NYC. But DGS isn't, doesn't and shouldn't try to duplicate their gut-crushing platters. Deli's are being reinvented, with DGS among the best in the US [consider Mile End in Brooklyn]. Koslow brings new life to old classics. I love the flanken, accented with figs and Mediterranean-Sephardic spicing. Holishkes are superb, especially if your grandma cooked in the Romanian tradition -- sweet slightly balanced over sour and salt. And DGS has nailed the basics: their smoked meats match, even surpass Schwartz's in Montreal, paired with the finest rye bread I've tasted. Don't miss brunch, already a DC tradition, or DGS's remarkable wine list, cocktails and new bar menu.
Actually, not satisfactory at all. Following your review of the DGS Deli, my wife and I decided to try it. On Thursday, January 24th, we drove downtown to the DGS from Gaithersburg - a trip requiring roughly an hour. We arrived at 2:44pm and were told that they had closed for lunch and would not reopen until 5:00pm. We saw a number of people sitting in the deli and eating. The young lady who greeted us explained that she was sorry but that she could not let us come in and order. We would have to "wander around downtown until 5:00pm", at which point we could come back for dinner. We elected to decline her less than generous invitation and went elsewhere. It appears that the DGS deli is unable to accomodate anyone who is almost fourte
The people looking for an old-time deli are looking in the wrong place. DGS does not hold itself out as an old-time deli, and really, how often does or can anyone eat old-time deli food these days? Instead, they offer updated riffs on traditional Jewish foods, in proper portions. I went last week with my brother. We shared four items: 1. Pickle plate: Weak, won't order again 2. Chopped liver: outstanding! 3. Smoked bluefish: outstanding! 4. Combo sandwich (not on the menu, but we asked and they made): Really good. Looking forward to exploring more of the menu, especially some of the brunch items.
DGS has great character, class, and most importantly DGS has delicious food. I have now been four times and DGS has been on point each time.
It's my new favorite. Took me several visits to appreciate the subtlety and freshness of the pickle plate. Now, I wouldn't start a meal without it. It did not take me several visits to fall in love with every other menu item I've ordered: the chopped liver and borscht are to die for. The flanken and stuffed cabbage were delicious. But the brunch -- Oy Vey! A DGS Bloody Mary followed by matzoh brie with chicken liver, well, don't know if I can pass it up again to try what my friend called the best french toast [with challah bread] he ever had. I've never had a martini or cocktail with my meal at Parkway or Celebrity, but I love it! Restaurant or deli? As the Post says, "If you don't get it, you don't get it."
Finally D.C. has a deli that doesn't smell like rotten gefilte fish. I love the concept that DGS has created in adding a unique twist to several traditional jewish deli items. My personal favorites are the salmon pastrami sandwich and the eggplant reuben. Add the amazing aesthetics, a hip atmosphere, and phenomenal food (and drinks), DGS has it all!!! I take all of my out of town guests to DGS and they are always very impressed. It can be busy at times, but the back bar is a great place to grab a cocktail while you wait. Every time I have been there the service from the hostesses, managers, and servers has been impeccable. I will continue to go to DGS and eat tastier and higher quality food than most restaurants in DuPont and DC!
Agree, a wonderful new addition to DC dining that's not micro-sous vide-deconstructed-American. It's wonderful Jewish food with a fresher edge than what you might find in an old NY neighborhood - and that's OK. We had a great dinner at the bar where the bartender was quite friendly and helpful with wines as well as the menu. A spare, clean design and fun 80s background music made this a surprise keeper for me.
To me, this is one of the best new restaurants in town, if not the best. After three visits, I know that Tom Sietsema is right that the chopped liver is truly superlative. I also have enjoyed the pastrami, the short ribs, and, perhaps most of all, the desserts. The bread pudding, which is not mentioned in the Post review, is a must-try. To the extent I have criticisms, I have found a few of the dishes too salty (fries, brussels sprouts). But overall, the food at DGS is head and shoulders above any Jewish-style restaurants in this area -- it's not even close.
This is the best delicatessen DC has ever seen. Say what you will, I fear dementia has set in and made you remember your long closed "deli's" as better than they were. Thank the guys at DGS for having the you know whats to bring this concept to DC which has nothing even close. If you prefer Parkway, please go there so I am able to get a seat at DGS. The innovative food is excellent by the way. The ambiance is fun. And you can drink well here. If that doesn't appeal to you Amtrak is near.
I was very dissappointed. I thought the pastrami sandwich was bad, with a dominating sourness that must be from the pickled seeds. From my first bite, I questioned whether anyone had tasted the batch of pastrami because I could not imagine it tasted as intended.
The dishes I tasted (the Smoked Chicken, chopped liver and the stuffed cabbage) tasted just exactly as my (Berlin-born) grandmother's cooking a few decades ago. Don't think I've eaten any such "schmaltzed greens" anywhere in the U.S. My American Jewish husband, though, could not make any emotional connection to the food, but then again, he never had a grandmother who would cook for him. The "decaf" I had there late at night was amazing -- I'd come back just for that coffee -- but it did keep me up into the wee hours. It was a fun visit altogether.
Maybe we went too soon after opening, but, all 3 of us were disappointed with our dinner choices. However, Tom..... the service was very solicitous... so, it wasn't you. :) I may give it a few months and try it again........ oh, how I wish we had a really good (New York-style) Jewish Deli in DC and/or Northern Virginia. I know Maryland has a few as does Baltimore.
The true "deli" experience does not need "innovation" - the corned beef here is devoid of any fat and, therefore, lacking in the texture and flavor of the traditional experience; rye bread should not be brown - if I wanted whole wheat, I'd go to a health food restaurant; whatever is in the "homemade" mustard is not a desirable addition - traditional yellow and brown mustard should at least be available. For $13, the sandwich was relatively skimpy (if you want to see what a $13 deli sandwich should look, feel and, most importantly, taste, like, try the pastrami sandwich at Stachowski's). And, there is a surcharge of $4 or $5 for the (unfortunately lacking in crispness) pickles/sour tomatoes/etc. that are gratis at real delis.
5 of us went for dinner and basically sampled the menu. The reuben, beef ribs, and salmon are great. The sides I sampled - latkes, schmucky fries, knish, chopped liver, and cauliflower are also great. We ordered the donuts for dessert and loved em. I'll be back.
nice but....missing the deli-feel! When my friend and I went for dinner, e both ordered a starter of fries and an entree each. The fries didn't come, the entries did. I reminded them about the fries. They came as we were finishing out entries. I asked to "sample" the white fish salad, in high hopes for a return brunch visit. They said they could not "sample", not even a spoonful, because everything is pre-proportioned. That crushed the whole experience for me! So we ordered a "whitefish melt", a play on a tun melt. It was heavy and lacked that smoked whitefish taste. Not a "deli" in my mind. Plus "kosher-style" does NOT mean kosher!