Deli Dining: 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 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.


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 has staked their claims. Fortunately, they appreciate what...  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

Grab your Metrocard and bring an appetite to this Italian-American sandwich shop, where the 95-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

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

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

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 Advent,...  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

Back in 1937 in a German neighborhood once known as Yorkville, Schaller & Weber opened a butcher or wurstmaker specializing in pork products. Eventually it morphed into a German specialty store that continues to promise and deliver...  Read More

Small, unobtrusive, no flashing lights because Astorians know Sorriso's, which means "smile" in Italian. Everything item here will inspire just that: a smile not to mention loyalty from Manhattan foodies to locals . Fledgling cooks will be...  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


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