Hot off a series of pop-ups that showcased its food around the city, North Seattle’s forthcoming Jewish deli, Zylberschtein’s, is nearly ready for its full-fledged debut. Owner Josh Grunig says he’s putting the finishing touches on the space and plans to be open at the end of April.
Once the deli is up and running, Grunig will bake fresh bread for reuben sandwiches, and use family recipes for dishes like matzo ball soup. “It won’t necessarily be a New York-style deli because I’m not from New York,” he says. But it will pay homage to his roots, as Zylberschtein was a surname in his family. Other menu items might include pastrami on rye, smoked eggplant with spicy hummus and pickled cauliflower on baguette, Yemeni beef stew with toast, parsnip apple soup with toast, and chocolate babka.
Grunig has been building out the deli at 11752 15th Ave NE, in the same North Seattle shopping center where his Standard Bakery operates. When it opens, the new deli will absorb the current bakery, and the two will operate under a single banner: Zylberschtein’s Delicatessen and Bakery. Standard Bakery’s name will exist only at the University District and Ballard farmers markets where Grunig sells his cookies and pastries.