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Junior's

Grand Central Station, New York, NY - (212) 983-5257
Posted By Bill Homan on 8/16/2010 11:27:00 PM
My girlfriend and I like to try new places, and when we heard Junior's was opening up in the Lower Concourse of Grand Central Station, we had to try it. It's a nice respite from the constant flow of people upstairs on the main level. Our waiter, Ricardo, brought us a complimentary starter of pickled beets, sour pickles, and vinegar coleslaw. The flavors of these were very bright, clean, and lip-puckeringly good. They really got my appetite going!

My girlfriend had the turkey burger with fries and onion rings. I didn't try the burger, but the fries and rings were quite good. Greasy, but that's what worked for me on this evening. The onion rings were batter dipped and especially good.

I had the roasted turkey Reuben sandwich and it came with, I believe, Russian dressing on the side. Now, I'm a huge sandwich lover. I think if I could just have one food, it would be sandwiches. This one was really, really good! Ricardo said the turkey was roasted on the bone and it shows. The very moist meat was bursting with roasted flavor. This was no grocery store deli counter turkey, but the real deal. Also packed in that baby were crunchy, crisp coleslaw and Swiss cheese. All served on grilled rye bread that obviously had been buttered with an experienced hand as the crunch when I bit into it blew me away. Lots of dressing was liberally spread on this sandwich. A real winner here. I washed it all down with a classic Dr. Brown's black cherry soda.

The atmosphere attempts to evoke memories of Brooklyn, but it's all about the food. A great meal was had here.

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3 - Overall: Excellent - Worth a Detour
Overall: Excellent - Worth a Detour
Roasted Turkey Reuben
Pastrami & Corned Beef on Twin Onion Rolls
Cheesecake
Red Velvet Cake
Pastrami/Corned Beef Combo Reuben
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Pastrami and corned beef on twin onion rolls: a deli classic, and Junior's tender, meaty version was just great.
"Pastrami and corned beef on twin onion rolls: a deli classic, and Junior's tender, meaty version was just great."
Bill Homan





Moist, with an assertive cocoa flavor; the tangy cream cheese frosting really puts the red velvet cake over the top for me.
"Moist, with an assertive cocoa flavor; the tangy cream cheese frosting really puts the red velvet cake over the top for me."
Bill Homan


While I'm not much of a slaw fan, those half sours get me every time.
"While I'm not much of a slaw fan, those half sours get me every time."
Bill Homan


A one-two punch of some intensely flavorful pastrami and corned beef.
"A one-two punch of some intensely flavorful pastrami and corned beef."
Bill Homan


Light and creamy, this is still the best cheesecake I have ever eaten.
"Light and creamy, this is still the best cheesecake I have ever eaten."
Bill Homan


This was one achingly tender pile of cured meat.
"This was one achingly tender pile of cured meat."
Bill Homan


While this egg cream had a nice, white foamy head, it could have been mixed more thoroughly.
"While this egg cream had a nice, white foamy head, it could have been mixed more thoroughly."
Bill Homan


A classic deli drink.
"A classic deli drink."
Bill Homan


The fries and rings were appropriately greasy and delicious.
"The fries and rings were appropriately greasy and delicious."
Bill Homan


Every element of this sandwich comes together in perfect harmony.
"Every element of this sandwich comes together in perfect harmony."
Bill Homan


A great way to get the appetite going.
"A great way to get the appetite going."
Bill Homan


Finally, in Manhattan!
"Finally, in Manhattan!"
Bill Homan



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