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Good Taste: Mendy's
November 28, 2005 by Howard Blas

Mendy’s Grand Central Station (Lower Level Dining Concourse), NY Mendy’s Dairy and Appetizers: 7am-5:45pm, Sunday 7:30am- 3pm Mendy’s Kosher Deli: 10:30am- 8:45pm, Sundays till 6pm Closed on Shabbat Tel: (212) 856-9399

Drop by Grand Central Station’s lower level dining concourse, with its 22 food booths, at lunchtime and it feels like, well, Grand Central Station. In-a-hurry kosher customers need only look for the green and blue awnings to find Mendy’s Kosher Deli and Mendy’s Dairy and Appetizers, sitting side-by-side sandwiched between Masa Sushi (serving sushi and maki rolls) and Feng Shui (Chinese cuisine). Two booths away is Eata Pita (not kosher). The pricey deli offers sandwiches at unusual prices - from $7.36 for salami, for corned beef and pastrami $8.52, and $11.05 for tongue. The meat special on the day of my visit was Cobb Salad, topped with grilled breast of chicken ($9.21). Soup (including split pea and matza ball) and half a sandwich costs $8.52 and knishes (potato, kasha and spinach) are $2.75.

Mendy’s Dairy booth advertises “spreads and shmears on your choice of bagel.” And the choice is wide - onion, garlic, whole wheat, sesame, cinnamon raisin and everything, to name a few. As for the shmears, there are a variety of cream cheeses, including plain for $1.75, scallion for $2.50 and tofu at $2.50. If you add some smoked fish, Nova or sable, it will bring the total to $7.50; gravlax will set you back $7.95. People-watching and a discarded newspaper are free of charge.

I didn’t notice any dessert at either Mendy’s, but ice cream, pastries and coffee are available all over Grand Central and the neighborhood. It is New York.

Howard Blas
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