New York delicatessen making move to bigger location; closing old one Jan. 17

New York delicatessen making move to bigger location; closing old one Jan. 17

Kenny & Ziggy’s New York Delicatessen Restaurant is just days from making the biggest to-go order in its 21-year Houston history.

Heading out its doors starting Jan. 17 will be the entire deli, everything to go to a larger location just up the street from its current spot, which will close after business Sunday, Jan. 16.

The finishing touches are being put on the new spot, which will have everything everyone loved about the current Kenny & Ziggy’s, along with a host of new customer-pleasing services to make it even more popular among fans looking for the most authentic New York deli food outside of New York.

Opening date at the new location is planned for late January, hopefully 10-14 days after the move begins.

Prompted by the planned demolition of the strip center where it currently is located in the 2300 block of Post Oak, Houston’s favorite deli destination has made a jaw-dropping transformation of the space formerly held by Luby’s Cafeteria at 1743 Post Oak.

For the bare facts, the new Kenny & Ziggy’s has more than double the seating, adding 100 seats in the main dining room, some 40 more seats in the private Schmooze Room, nearly two dozen comfortably backed stools for dining at the two counters on the north and east walls of the main dining room and the addition of outdoor seating on two covered patios.

This is where the wow factor comes
in: Tile workers have meticulously worked New York magic on the floors and walls, almost daring you to listen for the arrival of a subway. Tables are topped in natural wood, and booths and stools all are upholstered in Kenny & Ziggy’s signature red.

The new store isn’t your grandfather’s deli, either, unless your grandfather took his deli goods to the bar down the street. The new Kenny & Ziggy’s has The Spritzer Bar, a full-service bar for mixing, stirring and shaking a full menu of favorite cocktails, along with a number of signature drinks which only Kenny & Ziggy’s possibly would think of.

The beautifully designed cocktail area includes both booths and counter seating, all tastefully separated from the dining area by waist-high, brass-accented partitions. There’s a bar menu for those just wanting to sip and nosh, or guests can order from the full restaurant menu.

Along the front of the restaurant is another new addition – an inviting soda fountain and coffee bar where sweet tooths can enjoy milkshakes (regular and fancy, schmancy over-the-top varieties), ice cream sodas and delectable sundaes, along with coffee, cakes, pies and pastries. The area is flooded with natural light from windows behind the bar.

Baristas will be on-hand to whip-up a wide variety of coffee and espresso drinks. There is seating right at the soda fountain counter to keep an eye on the jerks preparing orders.

Comfortable, casual and vibrant just like before, the new dining room may have 300 seats (100 more than before), but its partitioned design actually feels less crowded and more open than before. A high, beamed ceiling adds to the airiness and better displays the hundreds of Broadway “Playbills” and signed posters, as well as celebrity caricatures that fill the high walls, a reminder of owner Ziggy Gruber’s family and its Broadway beginnings.

Ziggy’s grandfather opened The Rialto Delicatessen near New York’s famed Rialto Theater in 1927, the first Jewish deli to open on Broadway. That history is noted on the wall behind the full-sized deli counter for customers to purchase all the restaurant’s treasures to take home. The year of The Rialto’s opening is included there.

Kenny & Ziggy’s Schmooze Room, the completely private room available for functions and meetings of all descriptions, has gotten so many upgrades in this new spot, it’s bound to be one of the most popular party spaces in town. A high, architecturally enhanced ceiling first catches the eye when guests enter. Then, attention quickly is drawn to the adjoining covered patio that makes the room seem only larger. Which it is. Where it once only took 60 schmoozers for seated events, the room now will hold up to 100 seated guests, up to 100 for buffets and up to 120 for standing receptions.

Since the famed 21-year-old Houston restaurant always has been about family, with this new expanded space, Gruber will be bringing in all the family. This means catering. The deli’s bakery and nationwide shipping will be under one roof as before, but with more space to operate. The ever-growing nationwide shipping operation the deli maintains through the New York firm, Goldbelly, now will have room to expand.

Within a few months, Kenny & Ziggy’s will move its successful K&Z Cakeworks to Post Oak, as well.

For all the thousands of fans who have supported Kenny & Ziggy’s for more than 20 years, this move will not change a thing. If customers loved the old one, they’ll really love the new one – and have even more to love.

Kenny & Ziggy’s will continue to operate at 2327 Post Oak Blvd., until the end of business hours on Jan. 16, with a break in service for one to two weeks before the new location at 1743 Post Oak debuts. The opening date will be announced soon. For more information, call 713-871-8883 or go to

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