Langer's Deli
704 S Alvarado St.
Los Angeles, CA 90057
(213) 483-8050
 
Cross Streets: Corner of Alvarado and 7th Street
Parking:  Self
Cuisine:  American, Breakfast, Deli, Sub Sandwiches
Services: Lunch, Dinner, Catering, Takeout
 
In Los Angeles, where any business that stays open for more than five years is likely to proclaim itself a "legendary institution," Langer's Delicatessen is the real thing. Langer's is also a living microcosm of the Los Angeles story, from dramatic post-war growth through all the triumphs and tribulations, changes and challenges that have followed. Opened in 1947 with just 12 seats, almost forced out of business by recession and the urban blight of drugs and gangs in the early 1990s, then rescued by — of all things in Los Angeles, a subway! — Langer's lives on, serving what many deli aficionadoes on both coasts consider the best pastrami sandwich in America. Norm Langer started working for his dad, Al, in 1963, and he's been there virtually every day since. His father, who passed away shortly after the restaurant celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2007 — would come in for a few hours three or four days a week to help out with the lunch rush and greet longtime customers, many of whom recognize the children in the family photos on the walls. Just west of downtown, in a neighborhood more shabby than chic, on a street corner at Seventh and Alvarado in a heavily Latino area, adjacent to a burgeoning Korea Town, it draws an eclectic and loyal clientele — including at least one Korean businessman who calls Langer's pastrami "Jewish kimchee."
 
 
Need to know details about this restaurant
Reservations
Not Necessary
Restaurant Style
Casual Dining
Dress Code
Casual
Hours
Monday - Saturday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Closed Sundays

Good to know details about this restaurant
Payment Methods
Cash, Visa, American Express
Meals Served
Breakfast, Lunch, Dessert
Alcohol
Beer
Price Range
$$ ($9-$15)
Features
Lunch, Dinner, Catering, Takeout
Other
Authentic
Specialties
Pastrami Sandwiches
Facilities
Catering facilities available.
Kid Friendly
Yes