Bragman's Jewish Deli & Restaurant

by Jule Spohn


Hello everyone. Finally got a chance to go over to Bragman Deli at 393 Hawthorne Ave for lunch and am glad I did. I had one of the best sandwiches today that I've had in the past 30 years. I had the "Charlie Special" which is hot corned beef, pastrami, cole slaw, and Russian dressing. The sandwich was huge. Could hardly get my mouth around it. My mouth is still watering as I write this. I also had their home made chicken noodle soup. Unbelievable. Next time I have a cold I know where to go instead of to the drug store.

The store has been in business for over 80 years. It is run today by Larry Reisner. His father and mother bought it back in the 50's from the Bragman's. It was originally a few blocks away from the present location but has been in this location since the 60's.

Many of you might remember Larry's parents - Charlie and Janice Reisner. Charlie passed away in 1995 but his mother is still doing fairly well and comes in quite often.

I had my reservations about going over to that area today and was worrying about my car being stolen etc. Turned out to be no problem. The ares is still half-way decent. Don't think I go over there after dark however. The store is nothing special. Still "old" looking - a few tables, old counter, and old cases, etc. It is still probably the way most of you remember it. I guess they do mostly a take out business. The prices are great. There is only one item on the menu over $7.00 - the "Janice Special" - hot pastrami, hot corned beef & turkey, cole slaw & russian dressing - prices at $7.08 (strange number, eh?). Everything else is priced at either $4.48 or $5.48. (I don't understand these numbers either). The chili dogs and reuben dogs are priced at $1.41.

I'm really glad I finally got there and will go back again quite often. I think that we might even do one of our monthly lunches there sometime this summer.

If you are craving for a great old-fashioned Jewish sandwich then Bragman's is the place to go.

I only wish I knew the right Yiddish word to end this properly. Nat or Seymour help me out.


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