photo credit: NEAL SANTOS
Samuel’s – the reimagining of the space above Giuseppe & Sons – is the newest project from the Schulson Collective (the group behind Sampan, Double Knot, and Alpen Rose). We call it a project because, well, it’s hard to nail down exactly what it is (besides an eerily similar concept to NYC’s Sadelle’s). On one hand, it’s a Jewish deli, with most of its menu dedicated to classics like corned beef specials, towers of Nova lox, and challah french toast. But on the other, there’s deli outliers like fried chicken, tuna tartare, and for some reason, brook trout. The in-house bakery offers decent rugelach and black-and-white cookies, but skip the bagels (that are so chewy, they’re nearly impossible to eat). If you’re in the area, pop in for Lenny’s egg cream, the Latke Royale (topped with lox, sour cream, and caviar), or a pastrami reuben. Despite the extensive menu, those are the few memorable items.