Dishing on Delis: NY's 10best where you'll never leave hungry

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.

Affectionately known as "The Sturgeon King," Barney Greengrass is the place where fish want to be smoked. Housed in its current location on the Upper West Side since 1929, the faded wallpaper and worn linoleum scream old-school Jewish eatery,...  Read More

Located next to Brooklyn Bridge Park DUMBO, Foragers Market calls itself a craft grocery store with a farm-to-table deli, and grab-and-go element. The 'deli' component includes made-to-order sandwiches with the same farmstead meats seen in their...  Read More

Astoria has always been a stalwart community of immigrants who stayed and did not stray to the suburbs. Recently, a younger crowd driven out of Manhattan on a quest for affordable rents. Fortunately they appreciate what really makes Astoria –...  Read More

Grab your Metrocard and bring an appetite to this Italian-American sandwich shop, where the 94-year-old Red Hook original serves up eggplant parm subs, pork heroes smothered in tomato sauce, and tangy cucumber, eggplant and pickled giardiniera...  Read More

Named in honor of the late restaurateur Artie Cutler (of Carmine's, Dock's, Ollie's, Virgils, Gabriela's, Jake's and Columbia Bagels), this top-notch joint was based on the concept of the classic, 1930s Jewish delicatessen. Artie's is a vision...  Read More

By day you will see the classic booths are stuffed with suits, but by midnight, a scattering of hipsters, clubby types clamor for a repast way past midnight. Ok pastrami you think is either lean of fatty but at Sarge's the smoky blends with the...  Read More

Dave & Tony Salumeria
Photo courtesy of Maria Lisella

This is the first place Lidia Bastianich of Eataly and Felidia fame returns to every time she comes home to Astoria. Cooks and diners alike come here for the most authentic and most diverse array of Italian deli meats, cheeses and come...  Read More

It may not be on Second Avenue anymore, but this timeless deli brings Lower East Side elan to a small but spirited space on East 33rd Street. The menu spans all the kosher classics. Start with the heart-stoppingly good gribenes, or fried chicken...  Read More

The original "appetizing store" debuted in 1914, and today stands as a throwback to a time when the Lower East Side was a neighborhood of new immigrants. The iconic storefront on East Houston Street stocks a broad selection of Jewish-American...  Read More

Lower East Side

Set in the Lower East Side, a part of town you won't want to miss if you are a first-time visitor, this has been a Manhattan mainstay since 1888. This kosher-style deli has been delighting generations of the cold, tired and corned beef-ready...  Read More


Meet Maria Lisella

No matter how many countries Maria Lisella has visited (62), this native New Yorker finds the world at her doorstep in amazing Queens where its residents speak 138 languages.

Maria writes...  More About Maria

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