Manhattan in the Desert

Manhattan in the Desert

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://manhattaninthedesert.com/
  • Phone: 7603223354
  • Hours of Operation:
    Sunday thru Thursday: 7:00am - 9:00pm Friday and Saturday: 7:00am - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Comfort Food
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Counter Seating, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We cater any event, big or small.
  • Special Events: Reserve our back room for special occasions.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Farrell
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Manhattan in the Desert
This popular New York Style Deli serves up amazing deli sandwiches, soups and salads and much more - huge menu, huge portions.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Manhattan in the Desert reviews from OpenTable diners
36 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (20)great for brunch (18)neighborhood gem (15)good for groups (10)fit for foodies (7)kid-friendly (6)hot spot (6)special occasion (1)great for outdoor dining (1)scenic view (1)late-night find (1)romantic (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • One of the two best Deli's in town
    sagewoodVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Humongous portions. Do your waistline a favor, and bring a friend to share in your bounty. The food is a cut above the average deli. Great sandwiches, and a huge menu to select from. Just about everything is good. Some of my favorites are the pastrami, corned beef and rare roast beef sandwiches. For dinner fare, believe it or not, they have some of the best BBQ'd ribs in the desert. Also good are the Fish and Chips, and the not to be missed Mish Mash Soup. Desserts are decadent and huge, so if you indulge, one for a table of 4 or 2 is probably plenty.
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    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Simply the best
    LIVINTHEDREAM
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We always go to "Manhattan Deli" when in the desert. Why go anywhere else? Everyone & every good item is great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • RAYMONDVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    The food is good but not value for money. The servers could be less surly.
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  • Good Dining
    Constance
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    We enjoyed bringing out of town guests to the Manhattan for dinner. Our guests were pleased so that was great. However, my husband and I both ordered the fish and chips which we wouldn't recommend. We have dined at the restaurant many times and have always enjoyed all other menu items. Quality is excellent and portions more than adequate. Service has always been very good.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall ok but service needs work
    HikeCa
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Bottom line is that we eat here often and usually enjoy it. The food is normally very consistent however the service needs work. Where restaurants got the idea to have someone other then the wait staff bringing out the food is beyond me. We had 4 people in our party, 3 of the meals came out incorrect. The bus person, who dropped off the food, said he would handle it, not done. Then we flagged down someone else, they said they would handle it, nothing again. Finally our waitress came back to see how things were and she was really concerned and handled the issues immediately. No one told her about the problems so we were left hanging. We have had this happen at other places as well so its not just here.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderfull
    Lovfood
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Great place for family outing. Great price for what you order. Fast service and great service
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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  • One of the best
    NotHard2PleaseVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    It's always a good experience for a good casual experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • reviewerrobert
    reviewerrobertVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Great for breakfast but stay away if you want real deli food. Lox and bagel was absolutely tastless. Pastrami tasted like it cam prepackaged from a grocery store - Where is the flavor? In fairness, we moved here from NYC but this was terribel. Maybe bland is good for an elderly clientel but I want real deli. Pancakes and baked goods are great so stick to those.
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  • Manhatten of the Desert
    JimmyD
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Very easy to make a reservation. Staff members were very pleasant. Unfortunately, it was just too loud and hard to carry on a conversation. I will not schedule another meeting at this location. However, I will return to dine and will recommend it to others.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unfriendly - poor service
    Jezebel
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Inattentive service-unfriendly wait staff. Broccoli in soup was so over cooked, I sent it back to kitchen, server said we would be charged the same price for the half sandwich and soup as though, it was a complete order, I ordered another half sandwich, she grudgingly brought the item. sandwiches ok, pastrami was rolled rather than flat on sandwich, which made the sandwich appear larger than actual food layers. would try Sherman's in Palm Springs next time.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • awesome
    hugefan
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Fantastic food, huge desserts, friendly staff ane reasonably priced
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently Good
    Fred
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Always good deli food, numerous choices and pleasant staff.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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  • Good food, friendly service!
    JCCLACAVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    The bacon, mushroom, cheese omelette is so good, very generous with all ingredients. It's the cheesiest, yum! Service is always friendly here!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food and service!
    JCCLACAVIP
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    We've been here many times and the food is always consistently good and everyone who works here are nice and friendly. Great for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The bacon and sausage pancakes...YUM!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    there was nothing to absorb sound and a loud table of eight golfers was really intrusive. Not much you can do about that, our misfortune. We should have asked to be reseated. The food, predictably, was tasty and nicely presented and our waiter was very attentive and cordial. As usual, the portions are huge and, knowing that, I ordered off the appetizer menu which was perfect. Wish there were half-orders of more items.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best deli in the valley
    sagewoodVIP
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    Mile high sandwiches can easily be split between two people. Desserts are also Gynormous! Good service by caring staff. Don't miss it.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our Favorite Deli
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    This has to be our favorite Deli. It's great for breakfast, Lunch and Dinner and we always try and go a couple of times when ever we are in Palm Springs. Food is always great and portion sizes are huge. Check out the cake counter, the cakes are enormous.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous - must go
    AlwayshonestfoodieVIP
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    By far the BEST Deli, Brunch, Bakery in all of CA. Actually puts NY Delis to shame. I had the egg omelette with onions and mushrooms, they actually sautéed the onions and mushrooms first! Hash browns are shredded and cooked to perfection. My daughter got the strawberry Nutella waffle.... It was fabulous. Smoked salmon egg sandwich served on a toasted sesame bagel. Every dish was just amazing. We were in town for 5 days and we said we are coming back for lunch. The dinner entrees looked amazing as well. The best part is you can have anything on the menu anytime of the day . I recommend Manhattan in the desert 100%. You will not be disappointed in any way!,
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    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • It is Manhattan in the Desert
    MarcSVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    As a transplanted New Yorker, whenever I need a corned beef or a Pastrami fix I had here. The food is authentic and delicious and the cakes and parties can't be beat
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 17 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food3.9
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 140 reviews are from the Manhattan in the Desert reviews archive.
  • The real McCoy...
    rexvultVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    This is a true New York style deli! Everything is fresh and flavorful. The matza ball soup is amazing. Be sure to get it mish-mash then you get to experience the amazing krepla! The half sandwich and soup is my standard lunch fare. For around ten bucks you get a generous portion of soup half a sandwich stacked high with pastrami, corned beef or many other choices from their amazing selection. What can you say, never had a bad thing there. It's okay if you don't save room for the huge slices of cake and pastry from the bakery, I usually get mine to go (along with some of the best chocolate chip cookies and cinnamon arugalas in the world. Manhattan in The Desert...they got that right.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food and service!
    JCCLACAVIP
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    The food is consistently good here and some of the friendliest waitstaff around!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Brunch!
    Neighborhoodspots
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    We had wonderful food at Brunch on Sunday, however, it is so busy that they tend to forget people out on the patio. We have eaten there often and this would not deter us from going again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great to Celebrate
    Highapp
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    They made a special event for us wonderful. The guests enjoyed the food and the accommodations for a large party! Thanks.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reliably excellent!
    Northwesterner
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Manhattan in the Desert never misses, whether it's the delicious chicken salad platter, or the Carrot Cake French Toast (unbelievably good ... must be tasted to be believed).
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • BOS2SANVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Their pastries are outrageous so anything you get is fantastic...big enough for 3-4 ppl to share!! I ordered two eggs over medium well and they were extremely well-done...crispy with a hard yoke! Our waiter immediately corrected the problem. Substituted a latka for home fries, and although a little greasy, it was great and served with sour cream and cinnamon apple sauce. Would definitely return.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent local restaurant
    Lifeisgood
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    This is a great local restaurant for all meals. The food is excellent, portion are more then adequate, service is good and a good value especially for family dinning.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food!
    kemevaVIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    love the split 1/2 sandwich and soup. the portions are so big this seems to be a sane amount of food. everything is great!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies
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  • TRUE Deli
    DeliDevotee
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Living in LA, I've enjoyed Cantor's, Langer's and Brent's - each for their special contribution to the Deli experience. Manhattan Deli is just a great example of the best Deli has to offer. The very attentive staff adds to the joy. Thanks; living in Palm Desert can be better with the short drive along the 111.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Deli
    FoodandWineLover
    Dined on 4/7/2014
    We love Manhattan in the Desert, especially for breakfast, lunch and dessert. It is a great value with excellent food. Not gormet but well done. Besides dinner, we had two breakfasts and one lunch during our stay. All portions are HUGE. The desserts are beyond HUGE (GINORMOUS is a more appropriate description.) Each dessert that we purchased provided enough for 4 people. Sandwiches are as stacked high with meat. The least memorable was actually dinner only because the other meals outstanding. If you love a NY Jewish deli and restaurant this is the place for you.
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    Great for Lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for Consumers and Carnivores
    VegetarianbyChoice
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Only 2 menu items for vegetarians. both items are only mediocre. Large helpings and huge bakery items.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was excellent, lots of
    rbon17
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    Food was excellent, lots of choices to choose from...wait staff was outstanding, attentive and friendly!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, kid-friendly
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  • Disappointing Supper
    lcam
    Dined on 3/10/2014
    The gravy on turkey and potatoes was like glue, dressing was very dry and not very hot. The turkey was tasty though.. My husband loved his ribs. Soup was just so so. Saying that, the deli-style food that was served at another table looked really good. Should have ordered a deli sandwich. May try again for lunch, definitely not supper place.
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    great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Reservation is Still a Reservatio
    CLHfromPSVIP
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    The MOST notable thing that happened was that we made a reservation about a half a hour before arriving as it was Saturday morning and they had availability. When we arrived, there were several groups ahead of us. After checking everyone in - about a minute - we were immediately ushered to our table ahead of the parties walking in. I was incredibly impressed as we could have had to wait until the non-reserved queue was seated and the 'choice' table were all taken. Here a reservation is STILL a reservation. All other aspects were VERY GOOD but this stood out.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Jewish Deli in the Desert
    JohnSVIP
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Great place when you need a getaway for comfort food in Palm Springs
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    neighborhood gem
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  • The best go-to restaurant!
    NotHard2PleaseVIP
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Never had a bad experience at Manhattan's. The food is great, plus a wide variety AND breakfast is served all day.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Learn a few tricks
    Foodie101
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Eggs Benedict were outstanding...it's the additional lemon squeeze in the hollandaise sauce, The pastry display was unbelievable as was the tantalizing taste of the chocolate cake. This is a favorite spot, especially to bring out of town guests.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Valentines Day Dinner
    TImm
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Opening reservations made it easy to book and head over for dinner. Opted for the Valentines day dinner for two Each entree was fresh and nicely presented. The service was kind and attentive and the price was very reasonable.
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    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • A good lunch place in Palm Springs
    Obi1VIP
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    I think this restaurant is a better breakfast, lunch or brunch place serving traditional deli food. Had a problem with my dinner and they were so nice to correct it and then gave me a bag of rugalach which were delicious, being able o taste the butter and cream cheese in the cookie. Will try it again during the day rather than dinner.
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    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Worth the parking hassle
    desertdiner
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    Once inside Manhattan in the Desert, the diner forgets the hassle of parking. Our group of three finally gave up and parked near Walgreens in the Smoke Tree Center and walked to the deli. Being able to make a reservation is a plus, but I need to get a better sense of the hours that parking in Manhattan's lot is possible. Wonderful food, fast/efficient service, pleasant (albeit a bit noisy) atmosphere. Obviously a Palm Springs favorite. Perhaps mid summer rather than "in season" would be a better time as far as parking is concerned. I will be a return customer.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ready & Waiting for us.
    mmmak
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    When we arrived they had our table ready for us. Our food was great as always.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.