The Au Cheval folks opened a deli, and it looks glorious

Being a credible Jewish deli doesn’t mean having a signed headshot of Larry King on your wall -- it means being serious about the noshables, like this house-cured corned beef, which's brined for 10 days, steamed, and stuffed by the half-pound in each rye sandwich. That’s just what Brendan Sodikoff (Au Cheval, Gilt Bar, Bavette’s) has in this Old World deli packed with Jewish favorites like smoked pastrami, knishes, tongue Reubens, and a potato chip Caesar salad that may have you loosening your borscht belt.

Dillman’s in River North
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The dim, throwback aesthetic will feel familiar to anyone who's dined in Dillman's sibling establishments. The space is divided into a coffee bar and bakery offering communal seating as well as fresh bagels, a cocktail bar where you can put back a Negroni or Saratoga, and a dining room with cushy booth seating, chandeliers, and a fireplace (bearskin-lounging Burt Reynolds not included).

Lox and whitefish terrine at Dillman’s in River North
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The lox and whitefish terrine has smoked whitefish folded with dill, pepper, and cream cheese, and's wrapped in smoked salmon (fish wrapped in fish like a fish Inception, or “Fishception”), served with house-made toast and horseradish sauce. Other terrine action includes duck & goat cheese or smoked foie gras.

Smoked mozzarella sandwich at Dillman’s in River North
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This smoked mozzarella sandwich with avocado, tomato, sprouts, lettuce, and dijonnaise joins the sandwich lineup along with a Russian-style tongue Reuben and a fried beef bologna that’s made the jump from Au Cheval’s menu. Not making the jump after eating it: you.

Lemon pepper salmon at Dillman’s in River North
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For entrees, there’s roast beef French dip, chicken pot pie, and this broiled lemon-pepper salmon with dill potato salad.

Latkes at Dillman’s in River North
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If you’re not done knishing and knoshing, the latkes combine shredded potatoes & sauteed onions and're served with apple sauce and sour cream. It’s enough to make you swoon like Larry King shopping for suspenders.