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Lenny Briskets Deli Diner Bar

After building a cult following as a food truck, Lenny Briskets' first permanent diner is all about loaded NYC-style deli sandwiches.
By Ben Hansen
June 05, 2023
By Ben Hansen
June 05, 2023

You may have caught Lenny Briskets serving up loaded sambos around town since the food truck first hit our streets in 2021. Bringing a taste of New York to Sydney, the roaming kitchen has built a cult following with its tender meats and generous serving sizes. Now, the Briskets team has swapped wheels for bricks with its first permanent diner, joining the likes of Mrs Palmer, South Dowling Sandwiches, Sandoitchi and The Sandwich Stop in Sydney's sandwich hub, Darlinghurst.

All of the charm of the food truck's meaty menu is here, but with a solid list of craft beers and wine by the glass for those dining in. At the heart of the restaurant are the deli meats, which can be ordered on a sandwich or on their own for you to take home and get creative with yourself.

There are a few signature sangas to choose from. Your instinct may be to opt for a well-worn classic like a pastrami on rye, French dipped or reuben — and you'd be right — but don't discount some of the more playful combos like the New Amsterdam, which loads up two slices of bread with barbecue brisket, American cheese, fire-roasted capsicum and Russian dressing.

Each sandwich can be ordered with 150 or 300 grams of meat, depending on how ravenous you're feeling. There's also the Double El Grande — a take on the pastrami sandwich for those that like a challenge. This $38 monster is piled high with half a kilogram of Lenny Briskets' fan-favourite smoked pastrami.

Venture past the sandwiches and you'll find plenty of fun options including winter soups, house-made pickles, mac 'n' cheese, onion rings, and fries loaded with queso, pastrami and jalapenos.

As for the drinks, Batch and Wayward are the two breweries in charge of the beers, with their respective rosters of craft brews on offer alongside W seltzers and an eight-glass wine list featuring a little something for everyone.

Each Thursday–Sunday, Lenny Briskets keeps things rolling until 9pm, turning the venue's energy from a charming lunch spot to a neighbourhood bar with top-notch eats. Head in for Batch West Coast IPA or a glass of Spanish tempranillo with a side of pickles or loaded fries.

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