Charming 'Deli Man' takes a hearty look at the kosher deli

March 6, 2015 1:05 PM

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In 1931, New York City's Department of Public Markets listed 1,550 kosher delicatessens in the five boroughs alone. Today there are an estimated 150 in all of North America. Much to its credit, the documentary "Deli Man" wisely chooses not to bemoan the decline but to celebrate the robust survivors that remain as well as the culture they preserve.

An unexpectedly charming documentary directed by Erik Greenberg Anjou that is warm and piquant as well as informative, "Deli Man" understands the reasons for those statistics. It's well aware of the wages of assimilation and the fact that the waves of Yiddish-speaking immigrants from the Eastern Eur...

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