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Hershel's East Side Deli

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51 N 12th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107-2902
+1 215-922-6220
08:00 - 18:00
Closed now
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Sun 09:00 - 17:00
Mon - Sat 08:00 - 18:00
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Colorado Springs, CO
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227 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We stopped in for lunch on a very busy weekend. There was a line, but it was worth the wait. I had the pastrami sandwich which can compete with any pastrami sandwich in NYC! Others had the brisket. Everything was exceptional in quality, and well worth the price. I'll be back.

Thank COCowboy
Southern Shores, North Carolina
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37 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

visited Hershels on a saturday and shared a pastrami sandwich best outside nyc i've ever had . big sandwich great cole slaw and thwe counter staff were super.

Thank brianbollwage
St. Petersburg, Florida
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55 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Friend brought my girlfriend and I here for lunch and said how great the Reuben's were and he was right. I love turkey, so I opted for the turkey Reuben and was glad I did. The sandwich had an amazing flavor, the dressing, sauerkraut, and bread were all perfectly flavored. My friend loved his with pastrami and my GF got... More 

Thank Matt S
New Jersey
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Hershel's is inside the Reading Terminal market. You need to wait in line to place your order and wait again for it to be filled. There are plenty of tables available in the general area but you cannot look for one until you secure your food. There are plenty of stuffed deli sandwiches with a choice of meats, soups and... More 

Thank H B
Bowling Green, Ohio
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8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

It's a huge sandwich, not to be eaten alone. Great pastrami, perfect bread, sauerkraut, dressing and cheese. Quite a handful, but they will give you plenty of napkins. Great for lunch, open for an early dinner but closes promptly at 6pm. Busy so be prepared to wait in line. This sandwich is worth the weight. Don't forget to tip, the... More 

Thank Lori_Young
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017 via mobile

Seating is always a pain at Reading b Terminal market but if you want something quick and good I recommend it. We fit the pastrami omelet sandwich on rye. It was very good. Served on real Jewish rye. Would come back.

Thank Tanya S
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017 via mobile

In a place with amazing food this place stands out as the best. Get the pastrami egg and cheese on rye breakfast sandwich. Without question the best breakfast sandwich in the us and only $7.

Thank Adam R
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 267 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017

Best deli in Philly......we had pastrami on rye and corned beef on rye.....way too much for a single meal.....great traditional deli with spectacular sandwiches.

Thank RickMIusa
Westport, Connecticut
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123 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

Brought my son and his rowing team from CT. They thought their sandwiches were better than anything they ever had. Pastrami Ruben !! with sauerkraut Swiss Cheese hand carved lean pastrami all of which meld together for the most delicious perfect sandwich on the planet. Every time I pass thru Phili I detour to Hershel's. Every time perfect. Best Pastrami... More 

Thank robert c
New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

This kind of delicious but decadent meat is not something we SHOULD eat everyday-- but, when you do, boy is it good! Tried the meat sampler plate-- a ton on there-- goo d way to try their options. All are good-- but the corned beef is my favorite!

Thank karpach

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Fast food, Delicatessen
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Open Hours
09:00 - 17:00
08:00 - 18:00
08:00 - 18:00
08:00 - 18:00
08:00 - 18:00
08:00 - 18:00
08:00 - 18:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 51 N 12th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107-2902
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Philadelphia>  > Chinatown
  • Neighbourhood: Chinatown
  • Phone Number: +1 215-922-6220

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?