It was in NYC's Katz's Deli that Meg Ryan faked her orgasm in When Harry Met Sally. But hundreds of New York snowbirds were in their own state of bliss in Miami Beach's Rascal House, which served Jewish comfort food ever since Wolfie Cohen opened it in 1954. It closed in 2008, and diehard fans lined up to score mementos from their favorite corned beef sandwich purveyor. Cream cheese-flecked plastic menus sold for $25 each. The sign with the adage "There are two kinds of people in this world; people who love delis, and people you shouldn't associate with" went for $250.
For those who need to dwell further on the demise of the Miami Beach institution, catch the screenings at Miami Jewish Life in Film at the Jewish Museum of Florida this Sunday at 2 p.m. Filmmaker Aaron Davidson recorded the Rascal House's last day of whitefish, blintzes, and cheesecake. Stay seated for shorts films about the Beach's Abraham's Kosher Bakery and Goldstein & Sons butcher shop, as well as a Q&A with the 20-year-old filmmaker.
Sun., April 4, 2 p.m., 2010