OK, I am a fan of Art's, have been for years. Art's Deli in Studio City is a 1 hour drive for my friends and I. It is well worth it. We come from different parts of So Cal ... the OC, South LA, Inland Empire, and High Desert to meet at Art's for lunch. We come to enjoy the great food, the family atmosphere, and each others company. Family atmosphere because we are treated like family by Art's family ... and the servers. As for the food, I invariably get pastrami on rye, though friends try other items. Being an ex-NY'er, I feel qualified to say that Art's pastrami on rye is the best this side of the Hudson. I don't understand others' complaints that it is a basic sandwich, just meat and bread? That IS what is served in NY deli's, no garnishings taking away from the taste of the meat and bread and deli mustard. That is what makes a delicious NY deli sandwich. If you want lettuce, tomato, cheese, or other ... ask for it. In NY City, those are not part of a pastrami, corned beef, roast beef, or other meat-type deli sandwich. Art's sandwiches are big, piled high with meat ... NY style. If you don't want NY style .. go to The Hat for their tasteless pastrami. We make the 1 hour drive because we love the food ... and Art, Mrs Art, Roberta, and Harold. Did I mention that Art's IS true NY kosher Deli style through and through! And if you want a true NY treat ... try a Chocolate Egg Cream, a fountain drink made to true NY specifications.
This is the best pastrami sandwich in LA. I also love the scalloped potatoes and chocolate cake. The parking lot is behind the building.
I Eat at Art's Twice a Week or More! What can you say about one of the last of the real delis? It's still the under the original family ownership. They tend to every customer like they are part of their own family. Huge portions. The closest to New York you'll get west of the Mississippi. Art's is the original, and still the best. My work travels takes me to fine dining places and delis to meet clients. My number one choice is Art's Deli! (If you want a cheap awful imitation pastrami $7.00 sandwich maybe you should go to Subway.) Without exception -- and this includes all the famous delicatessens in Beverly Hills and on Fairfax -- Art's serves up the best over-stuffed sandwiches in the LA area for the same $. Bread is always the freshest, meat always moist, tender and the finest...and you don't HAVE to have a lean corned beef sandwich if you don't like it that way. Art's brisket is worth the trip alone. All the pickles you want and lots of Dr. Brown's flavors. Next time try a hard salami sandwich or take some home. Chopped liver is second to none. I've been eating in Art's since the 70's and always find an excuse to go back. Service is efficient and attentive. Wonderful pastrami. And wonderful matzo ball soup -- full of ingredients, and the matzo ball is the size of a softball. By far the best deli in the valley or the city.
The best deal still is the Tri-Salad plate. Two to three people can easily eat off this. Be sure to ask for extra bread--make mine rye. The food is tasty, properly seasoned, in large portions and served by the sort of very busy, determined and efficient servers you would expect, or should expect, in a authentic deli such as this. The sandwiches are huge, over sized, plenty of meats with fresh baked breads. If you like Jewish deli's, this is the place. Fresh, homemade matzoh ball/chicken soup is just perfect, very delicious. The servings are often large enough to satisfy the hungriest customer with plenty left over to take home for a second meal. One of the great options for deli in Studio City. Food is a little overpriced but it's totally worth it!!