Southern Brooklyn

After 60 Years, Adelman’s Kosher Deli On Kings Highway Closes


Adelman’s Kosher Deli at 1906 Kings Highway closed its doors for good after 60 years of serving the Kings Highway neighborhood hot pastrami and fluffy matzoh balls.

The restaurant closed up at the start of Passover on March 25, as it does every year. But fans of the delicatessen were shocked when they tried returning after the holiday and found that the eatery never reopened.

As of yesterday, the restaurant remained closed and the windows were covered with paper. There was no sign indicating the closure or a goodbye message to customers. The business’ phone number has been disconnected, and owners could not be reached for comment.

According to a representative for the landlord, however, the neighborhood staple had fallen far behind on rent and was having money troubles. The landlord won an eviction against the business operator after failing to strike a deal.

The landlord, Waldorf Realty Co., said that there’s still a chance Adelman’s could reopen. The evicted owner was not the original owner of the restaurant, and the original owner may still have the right to seize the business and take over the lease.

“We’re waiting to see what the original owner of Adelman’s wants to do,” the representative said. “The Adelman’s name may be worth something to them. Maybe they’ll get partners or investors to come in and reopen it.”

Adelman’s has been in its current location for about half of its 60-year existence. To the right you can see a photo of the location taken by the Department of Finance in the 1980s.

Adelman’s was one of three remaining old-school kosher delicatessens in Southern Brooklyn. The last two are Jay & Lloyd’s Kosher Deli (2718 Avenue U) and Mill Basin Deli (5823 Avenue T).

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  1. The guy who owned and ran it for years before Mo is Italian who bought it from the original Jewish owners years ago.

  2. I don’ think many knew about that or even cared. I noticed the quality was not as good in recent years. The salad never seemed fresh.

  3. You really think that people stopped going due to the ethnicity if the owner? Seriously? It couldn’t be anything else? Pardon my French (as my mother used to say), but you’re a schmuck.

  4. I don’t think so, I do know so…
    And if you can’t keep up with civilized communication – STFU!

  5. Oh, the lion’s share of my response was civilized, but perhaps I went a bit far with my personal comment. That aside, how do *you KNOW* that the proprietor’s background was the cause of the Adelman’s closure?

  6. My dad used to own this Adelmans, along with one in Bay Ridge and one on Staten Island in the 1970’s and 80’s, and this just is a sign of the times…it does break my heart though..

  7. JAY AND Llyod’s has a sign in their window already. And the body and the kishka aren’t even cold yet..

  8. What about that other Adelman’s, that as I recall, use to be on Thirteenth Avenue, the seminal ones, that graced Eighty-Sixth street, or the one that used to be next to Grillo’s on Newkirk Plaza?! Look, truth be told, the many landsmen, landsmenettes, some paisans, and fewer Erin Go Brahs, who once frequented the great Delis of southern Brooklyn, either have gone to that wonderful Deli in the sky, or have scadadled out of here, in the past fifty years or so! Except for us few holdovers, who are enjoying the new boom, we are left with the Frum, and who really knows or cares where they are from, a bunch of Arab Jews, eastern Slavs, and Chinese, who wouldn’t know a Deli from a whatever! Things change! But, thank G-d we still have the Mill Basin Deli, and a couple of others, and we can still make it to the City, and Nassau County! Perhaps, it is time for a visionary, with excellent marketing skills to open up a new one, somewhere in southern Brooklyn! However as this event shows, it would involve a lot of risk!!!

  9. I ate there last month. They weren’t doing a lot of sit down business but did seem to sell a lot of stuff from their counter when I was there.

    So unfortunate, but times do change, whether we like it or not.

  10. I went to the auction; it was held on Wednesday afternoon. I just stumbled upon it after getting off the train. I bought several pieces of the sports memorabilia for $140– 3 of those uncut football card sheets, a Jim Brown autographed photo, 2 Rangers items, 49ers stuff (Steve Young, etc.), the Don Mattingly-Nabisco poster, and more. Still sad it is gone! BTW, some of the stuff I bought…smells like deli.

  11. Oh, and there’s some hipster deli “Kosher Style” in Park Slope. I think they are skunks…so I won’t even mention their name. Why give them any more press. But that’s what sells…”kosher style”. Baloney.

  12. Don’t let this happen to any other long time Brooklyn business. Support Jay and LLoyds deli, Mill basin deli, your favorite local bakery, local Brooklyn bagel shop and pizza shop.

  13. This won’t happen to any long time Brooklyn business that remains relevant to the changing demographics.

    Incoming Eastern Europeans, Mexicans, Indians, Chinese, etc. don’t care for deli’s. That’s the bottom line.

    As the demographics shift, so does the commercial landscape.

  14. There are people who moved to the burbs and come back to Brooklyn for many of these long time Brooklyn businesses.

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