Deli Man (8/10)
by Tony Medley
Runtime 85 minutes
OK for children.
In the 1930s there were 5000 Jewish delicatessen restaurants in the
United States. Today, according to this film, there are only
approximately 150 left. In New York alone the city’s Department of
public markets listed 1550 kosher delicatessen stores and 150 kosher
This excellent documentary tells the story of 160 years of tradition of
the Jewish delicatessen. It does so by profiling the story of Ziggy
Gruber, a third generation delicatessen man, a Yiddish speaking French
trained chef, who operates Kinney and Ziggy’s in Houston, Texas.
Ziggy tells his own story in his own words. But along the way we are
introduced to other delis around the world like Nate and Al’s and
Cantor’s in Los Angeles. Also interviewed are prominent connoisseurs of
Deli, like Jerry Stiller, Alan Dershowitz, and Larry King.