The classic cuisine of the city that never stops eating has been imitated, parodied and occasionally overlooked – even by locals – for fusion fads or lunchtime flavors of the week. But the classic New York deli has unending appeal. Knowing a good tradition when they see one, with the demand for GMO-free and organic products, upstarts are moving in on deli territory with deli/market/ready-to-eat options.
Of course, like everything in this city of endless choice, there are countless variations on the theme. An Italian-American salumeria will be happy to cater your cousin's birthday party, but may not have the space so you can consume that hero. Delis have little in common with sit-down sandwich shops where they cure the pastrami in-house.
Whether you're in the mood for the mountains of meat served on grainy rye from Katz's Deli, or Sarge's knishes so good you'll want to call your mother from Russ & Daughters, not to mention the windfall of wursts at Schaller & Weber, prosciutto-heavy heroes at Astoria' Dave and Tony’s, or the made-just-right-eggplant rollatini at Sorriso's, there is no shortage of deli variety. Step right up to the counter, grab a number, friend, you've come to the right place. And just about all of them, deliver nationwide, so order away.