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Mile End, A Montreal Jewish Delicatessen in Brooklyn

Friday was my last hurrah in NYC, my final day to eat my fill before heading back to Italy. The litany of delicaces that I will have to do without until my return is longer than I wish to confront and, as usual, I went all out in an attempt to satiate myself until next time. Having slept in after a long and late meal on Thursday night at wd-50, I missed breakfast and went straight for a hearty lunch at Mile End, a Montreal Jewish deli in Brooklyn’s Boerum Hill.

We were too late for Montreal bagels, but my best bud and Buffalo native Jack and I made up for lost carbs elsewhere. We started off with pletzel, a sort of “everything” focaccia, which was dry and not particularly memorable, but at least it kept us from eating off our neighbor’s plates while hunger pangs intensified.

We also ordered poutine, a salad and two sandwiches–smoked meat on rye for me and beef on weck for Jack. The latter is a western NY classic and Jack wholeheartedly approved of this rendition, which used a bun that was more buttery and less salt-encrusted than his native city’s version. At Mile End, they use thinly sliced wagyu roast beef dressed in its own juices, though not excessively so. My cured and smoked beef brisket was just the right balance of brininess and smoke, which was accompanied by a pleasantly tangy mustard. The slaw, on the other hand, was sadly bland.

Not so for the poutine, a French Canadian dish whose name, I believe, is shorthand for “there is a bypass in your very near future”. This decadent and flavorful concoction consists of French fries dressed in cheese curds and drenched in thick gravy.

But believe it or not, it was not the poutine or beef on weck or brisket that stole the show, but a salad. Shaved brussel sprouts, frisée almonds, cheese and poppy seeds were lightly dressed with a fresh and tangy dressing. Flavors were perfectly balanced and the dish itself was a pleasant surprise on such a fat and meat-driven menu.

Mile End is located at 97 Hoyt St in Brooklyn.

2017-02-17T15:19:50+00:00 February 8th, 2012|Categories: Food & Wine, Gastronomic Traditions, New York City, Restaurants, Travel|4 Comments


  1. Kelly February 8, 2012 at 8:55 pm - Reply

    I thought that looked like beef on weck but the bun didn’t look right. Not enough seeds and I couldn’t really see salt. They need to head to South Buffalo to research the real thing.

    From another Bflo native.


    • Katie February 9, 2012 at 8:36 am - Reply

      I need to visit Buffalo for the real thing. my best friend of almost 15 years is from there and i have never been. it’s gotta be an amazing place to eat!

  2. Mitch W. February 10, 2012 at 1:56 pm - Reply

    Hey Katie,

    Check out what else you can do with a pletzel…


  3. New England Erik February 15, 2012 at 11:31 pm - Reply

    Katie, I go to Buffalo once a year on business and have tried the beef on weck. It’s the saltiest thing I’ve ever had, by far. The Dead Sea isn’t even this salty! Consider yourself forewarned.

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