335 Harvard St, Brookline, MA | Directions 0244642.343810 -71.123819
Neighborhoods: North Brookline
Since 1997, Zaftigs Delicatessen has been offering great meals in a lively atmosphere. Have banana-stuffed French toast, potato pancakes, matzo ball soup or a Reuben sandwich while appreciating jazz and the arts indoors.
Our complete menu is available for takeout and most menu items can be prepared to meet your dietary needs.
We serve breakfast all day, lunch and dinner.
We were voted one of the Ten Best Delis in the World by Reader's Digest in 2006.
Midweek Secret...weekend headache! – Yeah, it's good and they keep your coffee cup filled. Good Knishes, potato pancakes, lots of good breakfast stuff. It's not a fun wait on the weekends. Don't wait for it, just figure out a way to go mid week. We all have "more time" on the weekend, but don't waste it on the sidewalk. They're too busy.
Overrated and overpriced – I'm sorry, but I just don't understand all the good reviews. I'm from NY, and most of the deli food I've tried here just doesn't cut it. How can you serve a pastrami sandwich on such lousy rye bread? Some of the other items -- tuna nicoise salad, for example -- are excellent....but I would never go here for authentic NY-style deli.
Breaks your diet and your wallet. – Up front, I'll admit that this deserves a more complete review. I just need to vent.
It's always surprised me how few New York style delis there are in Brookline. Despite the relatively sizable Jewish population, I know of only three delis in the area. Since the 2005 closure of B&D, it's Harvard Ave or bust. And this is the best we can do? While tasty, Zaftig's is very overpriced and equally overcrowded. It can't be the cost of divine supervision-- Zaftig's isn't even kosher.
Go for the bagel chips, stay for the water, and leave your friend with the bill. If it's roast beef you're after, hit up Michael's Deli, two blocks south east on Harvard.
good but inconsistent – I’ve been to Zaftigs many times – so, its not so bad that I avoid it. The Israeli Couscous Salad salad is delicious and their fries are pretty good. My friends like the cheesy fries with gravy…it grosses me out but it doesn’t last long when they order it. The Potato Pancakes are also a favorite with my friends, but they are too heavy for me. I’m not opposed to heavy foods, I just don’t like greasy things. The sandwiches are good and I like their chicken bbq sandwich a lot. Other than that…this place is just okay. It’s usually busy so the wait staff work hard and sometimes cant smile, which is okay with me…especially when I’m specific about wanting 5 napkins. I want the couscous salad now….
Overrated – OK. I'll disclamor that I'm biased against Zaftigs having lived in NYC and being a huge fan of NY style delis (adore Katz's deli) . Food at Zaftigs is average at best. Michael's, also in Brookline actually tries to be authentic without offering every quasi jewish food under the sky. Seriously, this is where less is more. On last visit, the place felt like a machine turned food, that honestly Friday's or Joe's could have done better with little training.
Depends on what you order – The atmosphere is fun and funky. If you go when it's not too crowded, it's nice to sit by the window and watch the hubbub of Coolidge Corner. I've had some very disappointing things here--all the soups, roast turkey sandwich, and some that are good (any breakfast items especially stuffed french toast and home fries). Coffee is weak. Huge servings. Good egg salad.
Better than New York ! – My fave is the racheal sandwich and potato(e) salad with a glass of red wine. Very good food!! I travel all over the eastern US and suggest this place for deli food without hesitation.
"New-Jewish" style restaurant serves comforting deli fare in one of Coolidge Corner's busiest dining rooms. – The Scene
First-time visitors to this popular, poll-topping delicatessen who expect bland, cafeteria-style seating are surprised to see hardwood floors, colorful paintings, large windows and comfy banquettes. On weekend mornings and weeknights, casually-dressed crowds often spill out onto Harvard Street. Speedy servers do their best to keep local families and area academics satisfied by constantly topping off coffee cups and water glasses.
While old standbys like chopped liver and stuffed cabbage are popular choices, Zaftigs ups the ante by providing a "new-Jewish" spin on familiar favorites: banana-stuffed challah French toast, cheddar-apple omelettes. With the breakfast menu served at all hours, many patrons make a dinner out of homemade sweet cheese blintzes and crisp potato pancakes (be sure to ask for some homemade applesauce). Popular deli sandwiches make up for their relatively average size by featuring quality meats like smoky Romanian pastrami and lean corned beef.
Good, Quality Food – I have never been disappointed! They have many different options on their menu, and they are all delicious. They are located right in the heart of Coolidge Corner. Good, quality, decently priced food.
northern comfort food – I'm from the south, i miss my comfort foods until this place redefined comfort food for me. I love the matza ball soup and hollys heavenly salad and fish plates. i didn't care for the potpie or turkey/avocado/cranberry roll. I love their variety appetizer plate, rice pudding, and rootbeer floats.
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