500 Harvard St, Brookline, MA | Directions 0244642.348067 -71.129419
Monday 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Sunday 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Neighborhoods: North Brookline
Once great, Now fallen to the bottom in quality – WOW serving old dried out corn beef... it is dry because it is lean is what the said... I would avoid this once great deli as the standards of quality have fallen so far down. I ordered a lean corn beef sandwich and it was tasteless, it left that almost numbing , yucky taste that old meat does in ones mouth. The hostess and the waitress both backed things up as being "the way lean beef tastes" and wouldnt taste the untouched half of the sandwich when I asked them to sample it to show them how bad it was. Any GOOD restaurant would have offered to replace the meal, I had only taken one bite, they did not. This is the ONLY kosher or other deli ANYWHERE I have EVER had this experience in! If the lean is a problem why didnt they warn me that it wouldn't have the flavors? BECAUSE THEY DO NOT CARE AND KNOW THIS IS A PROBLEM! AVOID THIS PLACE ! IF THEY ARE SERVING OLD MEATS THEN THERE ARE OTHER PROBLEMS BEHIND THE COUNTER!!
Decent corned beef, yummy latkes – My uncle has been coming here ever since he was growing up in Newton! It's a family favorite, but as a college kid, I usually only go when my parents treat because it can be a bit overpriced. The corned beef is good; doesn't compare to the NY-style kosher delis where I'm from in CT, but it's decent enough. My family loves to stop in from time to time, and they've never complained about the food. Definitely draws a Jewish crowd so don't be too surprised to see Orthodox Jews hangin' out here :)
Over Priced and Understuffed – My boyfriend and I went in search of some authentic kosher food and we found Rubin's was the "Best of Boston" 2008. How could we go wrong? Apparently Boston is unaware of how deli food should taste if this is the best. We were famished and ordered a nice supper. We had the chopped liver app, which was the most bizarre liver I have ever had, it had none of the reminiscent taste of schmaltz and onions and instead tasted like a sweet tomato product.
We each ordered a cup of chicken noodle soup with a matzo ball, the soup itself was above average, but the matzo ball was weak. For an entree we each picked a sandwich and split them. One was Corned Beef on pumpernickel, if you can call it that. It was the most light weight dark bread I have ever had, never mind in a deli! It could not even contain the condiments on the sandwich. The corned beef was good, not top notch but good. However for the price we expected more of it.
The second sandwich was hot pastrami on a bulky roll. The roll was chintzy and fell apart and the pastrami was not a really great quality. Again, the portion was small for the price.
In hopes of finishing on a good note we tried to order dessert and coffee, we got the dessert ordered but our server walked away in the middle of it and did not get our request for coffee, when she did come back to drop off the dessert we asked for coffee. We waited a few minutes hoping it would come shortly as it was not crowded at all, it took forever and when it did arrive it was obviously microwaved. The mug and coffee were too hot to touch never mind drink!
So overall we ordered 2 sodas, (they do have Dr. Browns) 1 app, 2 small soups, 2 sandwiches and a piece of cake the grand total with an average tip was $76!
Would I go there again, possibly just to the deli so I could find kosher meats. Would I eat there again, NO! The quality was that of an average sandwich shop and the price was that of a mid priced restaurant. If you average the quality, the service, and the price it is a lose, lose, lose proposition.
I don't know where this guy get's off calling this a NY Kosher deli - but it is far from it, except for the smell. Cold, flavorless food at exorbitant prices. If you've ever been to a Kosher deli in crucible of Kosher deli's in NYC then this imposter will not suffice, doesn't even compare to a LA or Miami Kosher deli of which all three I have partaken.
My Favorite Comfort Food – Keeping kosher is important to me, and I love good beef, so Rubin's is a favorite haunt of mine. I keep coming back for their bar-b-q dinner or wrap. On a cold day, I enjoy the chicken soup and open-faced turkey on marble rye. Yummy garlic mashed potatoes! The fries are also delicious.
Good Kosher – Food: Omelettes come with fresh fruit, hamburger is ground on site, and deserts are home-made. The menu offers classic Jewish Deli items (corned beef, pastrami, chop liver, tongue) as well as breakfast and dinner items, soups, salads and weekly specials such as Morrocan Lamb over Cous Cous and Potato Encrusted Salmon.
Service: Unless it's Sunday or a holiday, in which case there may be a line, service is prompt. Some meals, such as well-done burgers or the thick steaks, take some time as they are cooked to order; deli items generally arrive quickly. Food servers know a lot about the food and give the best service possible- like all restaurants, if understaffed, service is naturally slower.
Value: Kosher food is expensive; dairy substitutes are expensive, maintaining a Kosher seal is expensive, importing fresh food is expensive. Yes, Rubins is expensive, but fairly priced nonetheless.
Good Jewish Deli Food – I felt moved to add a review given the nature of the other two online reviews which are complete garbage. If your looking for good meats and the genuine "Deli Experience" your here. The patrons, mostly locals, underscore that and the line outside the door. You won't go wrong here. If you are looking for something other than Jewish soul food beat it, but don't give them a bad review.
A seemingly endless array of Jewish-American comfort foods, served with home-style flair in a friendly, no-frills environment. – In Short
All of the "greatest hits" of kosher cuisine are available, from potato kugel and roast brisket to stuffed cabbage and barbecue chicken. The dining crowd, mostly local and filled with repeat customers, ranges from families with young children to groups of retirees. The dessert case, stacked with flavored cheesecakes and other temptations, imparts a diner feel while foot traffic to the busy deli counter underscores the casual atmosphere.
Feh. – If you've every been to a really lousy New York Deli, you'll find yourself in familiar territory at Rubin's. This place may be run by Jewish People and it may be a deli, but there's a major disconnect somewhere in there. I bought lox and whitefish to go once and the cashier said, "You really eat this stuff?" That about sums up what they know about the cuisine. Greasy fried chicken, flavorless meats, soggy vegetables and inconsistent freshness. Tables are crowded, but at least the service is fast and friendly. Skip Rubin's and make the trip to Rein's in CT or better yet, go to Brooklyn.
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