Savvy newcomer "Delicatessen" adds a deli flair to Washington Square.
The new Delicatessen on Washington Square offers a touch of both tradition and innovation.


703 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA

Thanks to Delicatessen, Washington Square now has a place to satisfy diners in search of noteworthy deli fare.  After a quiet opening in late February, this new eatery proudly boasts both traditional entrees, like the smoked fish platters, as well as more original, unique plates like the Monty Cristoberg, a sandwich consisting of challah French toast topped with corned beef, roasted turkey, Swiss cheese, two fried eggs, and warm maple syrup. There's definitely something for everyone at this deli.

In the 40-seat deli, the metal-topped tables are complimented by refurbished church pews that provide seating.  A colorful painting of an Atlantic City bathing-suit competition hangs on a tin metal wall. Staffed by young locals and overseen by Michael Spector, former manager of North Bowl and Cuba Libre, the atmosphere is both intimate and hip.  And don't fret if you're in a rush.  Just step up to the register, peruse the chalkboard menu above the counter, and order your meal to go.

One tasty option is The Classic: toasted pumpernickel bread topped with nova, whitefish salad, cream cheese, thinly sliced cucumber, red onion, tomato and capers.  Another good choice is the house-smoked pastrami served on fresh rye bread.  Most dishes are served with your choice of sides, which include potato latkes, cheese kugel and homemade applesauce.  And yes, the kugel is just as good as Bubbe's.

Delicatessen is currently open from 8a.m. to 6p.m. with plans of introducing a dinner service later in the spring.  Prices are reasonable and the portions, true to traditional deli form, are enormous, meaning there's a good chance you'll go home with leftovers.

Whether you live around the corner or are in the neighborhood touring Independence Hall, Delicatessen is an excellent breakfast and lunch option in the Washington Square area.