Wise Sons Jewish Delicatessen. Ah, this place has been on my list for a very, very long time. I’m so glad to finally try it last week. At their downtown location inside the Contemporary Jewish Museum, they have a “Downtown Special” which is a soup and sandwich combo. You get a bowl of matzo ball soup and a half pastrami, corned beef, egg salad, liver, or trout sandwich with potato salad or coleslaw for $13.75 (with tax it comes out to $15).

As a first timer, I got the combo deal and went with the chopped liver sandwich. I know, you’re thinking, “Liver?!? Ewww.” I thought about getting the smoked trout but chopped liver just seem more of a classic Jewish dish.

A quick run down. The portion was huge, so I saved some for a late afternoon snack. The best part of the meal was the potato salad! It was seriously super delicious. The matzo ball soup was disappointing. 🙁 The soup was decent, but the matzo ball itself was dense, dry, and hard. The chopped liver sandwich was more pate like than “chopped” liver. It tasted sweeter than I imagined it would be. The combination of the liver, chopped eggs, lettuce, and pickled onion was great though. I’m not sure where they get their bread from, but it really made the sandwich.

I definitely will be coming back to try the other items on the menu.

Wise Sons lunch combopotato salad

matzo soup

chopper liver sandwich


They are only open for lunch so make sure you get there during opening hours or you’ll be sad to find them closed. Their hours are Mon – Fri 11am – 2pm and Sat – Sun from 11am to 4pm. You can dine inside the museum, outside, or do take-out at the window. Also, if you show your receipt from Wise Sons, you get $2 off the admission to the Contemporary Jewish Museum. Oh! By the way, you have to go through the museum’s screening even if you’re only having lunch.


Contemporary Jewish Museum

wise sons front

wise sons interior