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 options, 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 a place to consume that hero. Just like your corner bodega, a 24-hour mainstay for anyone who has ever needed gum, laundry detergent or coconut water in the middle of the night, has little in common with a sit-down sandwich shop 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, or prosciutto-heavy heroes at Dave and Tony’s of Astoria, or fresh fiddlehead ferns from Forager’s in DUMBO, there is no shortage of deli variety. Step right up to the counter, grab a number, friend, you've come to the right place.
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