Deli's in New York

Old Feb 3rd, 2014, 07:31 AM
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Deli's in New York

Whenever I'm in NYC, we go to the Carnegie Deli. For a change on our next trip we'd like to try somewhere new (to us anyway). I've heard of Katz's(?), any other su8ggestions for places along the same lines?
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Old Feb 3rd, 2014, 07:35 AM
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The 2nd Avenue Deli is a longtime favorite. Excellent pastrami and good side dishes, too.

http://www.2ndavedeli.com/
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Old Feb 3rd, 2014, 07:40 AM
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2nd Ave deli is much better than Katz. and they give you free pickles and slaw when you sit down at 2nd ave deli.
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Old Feb 3rd, 2014, 07:57 AM
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The menu looks great, thanks a lot, on the list.
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We went to both Katz’ and 2nd Avenue on our trip to NYC. LOVED 2nd Avenue over Katz’ by a longshot.
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LOL - Just remember; it's not on 2nd Avenue!

I would kill to have food from either deli out here in the desert southwest...sigh.
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2nd Avenue over Katz's. The differences is in the side dishes such as the kugels and kasha varnishkes. We split a sandwich and feast on the sides.

Both Katz's and 2nd Ave are far superior to Carnegie. Carnegie is just more convenient for most visitors. Also 2nd Ave is small compared to Katz's, so be sure to go during the week and a little later than lunch if that fits your schedule.
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Another vote for 2nd Avenue. I've been a fan since visiting with a cousin in the 90s. We stop and eat every visit to NY (in the actual 2nd Avenue and the new location too.) I've passed this tradition along to my kids.
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There are a few less-storied deli restaurants that might be worth a stop. Sarge's on 3rd Avenue (near 2nd Avenue Deli, which also has a new location on the Upper East Side) is not quite as good or has as much history, but it's a neighborhood institution and better for breakfast, in my opinion. And it is just reopening after a big fire last year.

And there's Pastrami Queen, which for me has better pastrami than 2nd Ave. Deli, which excels with corned beef. But Pastrami Queen is just a shell of its former self and has just a few tables. But it's on Lexington at 77th.
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Thanks a lot guys, looks like I need to take the pants with the elastic waistband!
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Thanks for the info. on 2nd Avenue; we'll have to try that one on our next trip.
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For a great read on the history of Deli in NYC and in the states and Canada too - read Katz' "Save the Deli".

They have a Facebook page too.

I also liked Stage Deli - one of the original "Big 3" along with Carnegie and Katz - but it closed - and for the Upper East side - liked Pastrami Queen - and glad it's still open - even if only a shell of it's former self.

For one that has a different kind of smoked meat - a la the Canadian delis - is it Mile End deli out of Brooklyn? - which opened a small branch in NoHo?

And for bagels - with decent lox offerings and meats - several choices but I like Murray's - especially the one in the Village.
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Actually - it's David Sax who wrote Save the Deli - and he wrote the book while visiting all the delis he mentions.

I even went to a couple Sax recommended in Las Vegas and they really liked the fact that Sax had visited and written about them, even the one owned by the former mayor/noted attorney for the mob - Oscar Goldman - but the name escapes me now. The other was a long term deli in Henderson that had been revitalized by a new owner - and it had a loyal following.

Have also been to a couple Delis in the book - which were in LA - but that was even before the book came out - with my old roomie from SF - whose family lived in LA for generations.

Loved the Lox omlette at Nate'n Al in Beverly Hills (where my former roomie's uncle Morrie hung out) - even if we sat at the counter.
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