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Published February 21, 2012

Rising Sons
Wise Sons Deli, by the Numbers

It all started as a buzzy little pop-up. Now, Wise Sons Deli, the Mission’s first Jewish deli, is open, and a bit of pandemonium has ensued. As lovers of pandemonium, we stopped by to bring you just the vital intel...

Hebrew year when they started their first pop-up: 5771
Total Jewish delis in the Mission at that time: 0
Total Jewish delis in the Mission as of now: 1
Number of framed family photographs hanging on the wall: 20
Number of wrestlers in said photo montage: 1
Number documenting the bar mitzvah of a line cook’s uncle: 1
Communal table dubbed the “mishpucha” table (Yiddish for “family”): 1
Total number of wooden two-tops in the dining room: 11
Approximate wait in minutes on a Sunday around 1pm: 45
Total passes of babka samples offered while in line: 6
Approximate wait in minutes per babka sample: 7.5
Number of cooks in the exhibition kitchen: 5
Percentage of cooks wearing beanies: 40
Yarmulke sightings: 0
Days the pastrami meat spends in a salty-sweet bath: 7
Hours the pastrami is smoked over hickory: 8
Total times “pastrami” appears on the printed menu: 10
Daily specials, sometimes including pastrami bread pudding: 3
Odds of getting out of here without consuming pastrami in some form: it’s not looking good
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