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Kenny & Zuke's Delicatessen Restaurant Review: Ken Gordon and Nick Zukin, longtime local food purveyors, serve authentic Jewish deli favorites prepared with artisan care. Pastrami and corned beef are made from quality meat that is house cured, smoked, steamed and pickled, and then thickly sliced. Homesick New Yorkers, tourists (especially those from the hip Ace Hotel next door) and native Portlanders flock to this glassed-in downtown spot for fresh bagels and bialys, Reubens, egg creams and Cel-Ray soda. Share a huge plate of crispy round potato latkes accompanied by chunky homemade applesauce and sour cream. If you order a sandwich, you'll find that the meat packed between two slices of corn rye is more modest than the gigantic protein fests common at New York delis, which means it doesn't overwhelm classic accompaniments such as lettuce, pickles and Russian dressing. Breakfast is served all day. Fried chicken cooked in duck fat is served on Wednesday nights. Waitstaff is friendly, and the mood casual and relaxed. You may also buy meat at the house deli. Northwest Portland happily claims a Kenny & Zuke's Bagelworks annex, while another shop, the Deli Bar in Northeast Portland, serves coffee and bagels first thing in the morning and craft cocktails in the evening.