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Lansky's Old World Deli Closes, Citing Rising Rents

By Emily Frost | February 28, 2013 8:48am

UPPER WEST SIDE — Famed sandwich haven Lansky's Old World Deli on Columbus Avenue has closed its doors.

The restaurant, located between West 70th and 71st streets, had always been a hit with locals, especially on weekends.

But the owners could not keep up with rising rents.

The closing of the popular Jewish deli, which had been at 235 Columbus Ave. for six years, was originally reported by the West Side Rag.

The move comes just weeks after new neighborhood eateries Cafe Tallulah and the Dakota Bar opened their doors just a stone's throw away.

According to Barbara Adler, executive director of the Columbus Avenue BID, Columbus Avenue has boasted 100 percent occupancy for some months now, with a mix of mainly clothing stores and restaurants. Adler said Lansky's Deli "was already spoken for" in terms of a new owner, even within days of closing its doors.

Lansky's was known for its pastrami and matzo ball soup, but also for enormous sandwiches like the $26 "The Jackpot," reports Gothamist. The celebrated concoction had seven pounds of meat sandwiched between 10 slices of rye bread with cheese and all the fixings, including cole slaw and Russian dressing. 

Lansky's other claim to fame? Last April, Jon Hamm, of Mad Men fame, was spotted enjoying a bowl of soup by himself, seated near a window.