I’d never tried a Reuben sandwich before I went to Mamaleh’s. There, I said it.
I can now report that whether you’re looking for a bagel to-go, top class reuben to savour, or even just a boozy milkshake, there’s something for everyone at Mamaleh’s – a Jewish delicatessen and restaurant in Cambridge’s Kendall Square.
Long devoid of any respectable deli, Boston has the team behind State Park to thank for this new addition to its restaurant scene. Mamaleh’s has the old flavours, but a modern interior of gleaming white tile and neon signage, and was voted one of the city’s best restaurants of the year by both Boston Eater and Boston magazine.
In the tradition of all good delis, Mamaleh’s originated as a breakfast and brunch spot. Some of the highlights include top class bagels (and schmear!), babka french toast, and stellar hot sandwiches, including the Reuben sandwich I had, which was done properly with house corned beef, Russian dressing, sauerkraut, and Swiss cheese and of course, a free pickle.
The restaurant began full dinner service late 2016, so you can get that classic deli experience no matter what time of day you find the craving hitting you. As the first respectable modern deli in the area though, be prepared to wait. My girlfriend (and fellow Spotter) Lia and I showed up for brunch at 3pm on a Sunday, and were still faced with a 30 minute wait!