You just can’t leave New York City without trying New York delis, short for delicatessens. I recommend going with a very empty stomach as their sandwiches and food portions are HUGE!
Living in NYC all my life, and having a husband who this kind of food (who doesn't?), I have tried them all and I am happy to share my experiences and the best and most authentic picks for you to try.
2290 Broadway, between 82nd 83rd Streets
A good Jewish deli where you'll enjoy gristle-free pastrami sandwiches and sumptuous potato pancakes. The recipe Artie's uses for their pastrami is from Bernstein's on Essex, a famous deli that was located on the Lower East Side. Closed on Saturdays.
854 7th Avenue at 55th Street
Carnegie is famous for their mile-high sandwiches—and I do mean mile-high! I recommend sharing a sandwich (although there is a $3 surcharge) and you’ll still be stuffed! A popular destination for visitors and tourists. Cash only.
West 45th St. between Broadway and 8th Avenue
Famous for its fabulous cheesecake, you'll also find delicious matzo ball soup, chopped liver, and brisket.
205 East Houston Street
You’ll find old world Jewish deli here—my grandfather use to eat here all the time (because my grandmother was such a terrible cook). Although it’s far from fancy, the food makes up for it. The famous scene from “When Harry Met Sally” took place here. Nothing beats their warm corned beef or pastrami sandwiches!
548 Third Avenue between 36th and 37th Streets
Although I haven’t been there in a long time, I must list it because my memories of it are absolutely delicious ones.
Second Avenue Deli
162 East 33rd Street, between Lexington and Third Avenues
Although no longer located on second avenue (they lost their lease) this deli continues to attract a large crowd with its Kosher, delicious food.
386 Flatbush Avenue Extension at Dekalb Avenue, Brooklyn
541 Amsterdam Avenue at 86th Street
Although this institution is famous for its sturgeon, smoked salmon, Nova, blintzes and a few other specialties, I refuse to eat there. Why? I think that the prices are totally ridiculous.
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