Deli Foods

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    August 25, 2014

    The 10 Best Pastrami Dishes in NYC That Aren't Sandwiches

    Introduced to New York by 19th century Eastern European immigrants (the same folks who gave us pierogies, knishes, and kishka), pastrami is an easy contender for GMOAT (Greatest Meat Of All Time), and also one of the foodstuffs most synonymous with our fair city. Brined and coated in strong spices i ... More >>

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    July 31, 2014

    Here's Where to Find the Best Smoked Salmon in the City

    On the streets of Williamsburg and throughout Manhattan, the idea of preserving something from years ago, like a vintage Vespa or your grandmother's sewing machine, is very much in style. In the last year alone, three of the most hyped restaurants have been based on old Jewish culinary traditions: R ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2014

    Katz's Delicatessen's Hot Dog, One of Our 100 Favorite Dishes

    Dish no. 72: Hot dog from Katz's Delicatessen (205 East Houston Street, 212-254-2246)

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    June 19, 2014

    Find the Best Italian Sandwich in the City at Emily's Pork Store

    On a hot June afternoon, Gennaro 'Jerry' Aliperti, owner and operator of Emily's Pork Store (426 Graham Avenue, 718 383-7216) is playing butcher, sandwich composer, and jokester to customers and friends. Aliperti makes first timers instantly comfortable and he has a way with those sometimes difficul ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2014

    Carnegie Deli: No Longer "The Tops"

    "Man, this place is a circus," my friend Jeffrey said when we entered the Carnegie Deli (854 Seventh Avenue, 212-757-2245). We'd just waited 15 minutes outside with a large group of eager tourists, only to be ushered inside, whisked past the congested deli counter, and then forced to squeeze by pack ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2014

    The 10 Best Bagel Shops in NYC

    While Italian immigrants were busy making this city great by giving us pizza, their Eastern European counterparts set to pickling cucumbers and tomatoes, smoking fish, and rolling bagels and bialys by hand. Long New York's unofficial breadstuff, an outstanding bagel starts and ends with proper techn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2014

    You Can Add Black Seed Bagels to the List of the City's Best

    The ubiquitous New York bagel has, for many years, operated as a shadow of its former self, with the worst offenders being puffy to the point of losing their shape yet leaden and tasteless enough to use as a dog's chew toy. So you have to hand it to Noah Bernamoff and Matt Kliegman, restaurateurs in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2014

    Q&A: Why Black Seed's Bagels Were an Instant Hit

    New York eagerly anticipated Black Seed Bagels (170 Elizabeth Street, 212-730-1950), a new shop from Mile End's Noah Bernamoff and The Smile's Matt Kliegman, and since the partners first opened the doors last week, the lines have been relentless. The place is offering a slightly different take on t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2014

    Breaking: At Long Last, Sarge's Deli Rises From the Ashes

    Sarge's Deli (548 Third Avenue, 212-679-0442), the beloved 24-hour Jewish deli/diner hybrid in Murray Hill, is finally reopening its doors at 11 a.m. tomorrow, Thursday, March 6, nearly a year and a half after a fire tore through the space in November of 2012.

  • Blogs

    November 26, 2013

    Leo's Bagels' Bagels and Sandwiches, Our Cheap Eat of the Day

    Bagels and sandwiches from Leo's Bagels (3 Hanover Square, 212-785-4700), $1.15-$9.45 This Financial District bagel shop offers a good reprieve from the joyless deli salad bars and big national chains.

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2013

    A Dozen Spots Serving Interesting Thanksgiving Feasts

    It doesn't matter that Thanksgiving is one of the biggest homemade meal holidays of the year -- apartment kitchens in NYC are still tiny, and the prospect of turning a full feast out of a set-up that resembles an E-Z-Bake oven and a Bunsen burner is daunting at best. If you're inclined to let someon ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2013

    Eisenberg's, Well, Just About Anything, Our Cheap Eat of the Day

    Just about anything from Eisenberg's Sandwich Shop (174 Fifth Avenue, 212-675-5096), $2.50-$10 In the center of Manhattan, this diner still turns out an affordable menu packed with old New York classics.

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    October 22, 2013

    10 Things the NYC Dining Scene Does Better Than Anywhere Else

    With tens of thousands of brick-and-mortar restaurants and even more kiosks, delis, and roadside stands where you can grab a bite to eat, there's no place in the world like New York City when it comes to food and drink--you could spend your entire life eating and drinking here without conquering all ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2013

    Loeser's Pastrami Sandwich, One of Our 100 Favorite Dishes

    No. 16: Pastrami sandwich from Loeser's Deli (214 West 231st Street, Bronx, 718-548-9735) Come for the cultural time travel, stay for one of the city's timeless classics.

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2013

    The Strangest Sandwiches in the City Come From Sunny & Annie's

    The deli sandwiches from my neighborhood bodega are reserved for particular times of day: 4 a.m., when I'm stumbling home drunk, or around midday after a big night out when I'm stocking up on water and Advil and don't have the willpower to wait for a more decent meal to soak up the hangover. Sunny ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2013

    Hoboken's Roast Beef Battle: Brooklyn and Manhattan Fight Back!

    Gravesend's version of the sainted roast-beef mozzarella hero Last week, FiTR pitted a pair of excellent Italian-American roast beef heros found in Hoboken, New Jersey against each other. These classic sandwiches featured roast beef done rare to medium rare and thinly sliced, just-made mozzarella ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2013

    Hoboken's Roast Beef Battle

    Fiore Deli's Italian roast beef hero, including cross-sectional view One of the stunning achievements of Italian-American cooking is the invention of the hero sandwich. Whether stuffed with cold cuts or cutlets, with cheese or without, served warm or at room temperature, dressed with tomato sauce ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 13, 2013

    Nordic Express at Aamanns-Copenhagen

    The city's only Danish restaurant offers less than a complete dinner

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2013

    UWS Street Cart Offers Cut-Rate Hot Pastrami Sandwiches

    You read it right -- pastrami sandwiches for only $2.50 each. A street cart parked at the southeast corner of 72nd Street and Broadway, the crossroads of the Upper West Side, has started outflanking area delis by offering a hot pastrami sandwich at the incredible price of $2.50. Typical pastrami s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2012

    David's New Bay Ridge Brisket House

    David's smallest brisket sandwich, at $7, is enough for nearly any appetite. Bed-Stuy mainstay David's Brisket House is one of Brooklyn's most unusual restaurants. It was founded in the '70s as a Jewish deli, slinging exemplary pastrami, corned beef, and roasted beef brisket. Nearly 30 years later ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 27, 2012

    Mile End Deli: Social Media Flare Sours Smoked Meat's Return

    It took Mile End Sandwich almost a month to get smoked meat back on their menu after Hurricane Sandy destroyed the Red Hook commissary. But after raising the sandwich price from $12 to $14, a heated discourse between owner Noah Bernamoff and unhappy patrons hit Twitter and Facebook.

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2012

    Where To Eat in Washington, DC

    This is how your seven-course meal begins at Little Serow, with pig skin, fish dip, and a giant basket of local herbs and crudite. Most New Yorkers find themselves in DC from time to time for business reasons, to visit friends, or as patriotic sightseers. Thus it was I found myself in the nation's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2012

    10 Best Sandwiches in New York

    [See More 10 Bests: Draft-Beer Bars | Best NY Burgers, 2012] Great sandwiches can be humble, flashy, delicate, gut-busting. What they have in common is that they're built with care and made to carry. It's a tough sandwich competition in New York, but from patty melts and lobster rolls to meatball p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2012

    OMG! Beef on Weck at Mile End Sandwich

    The picture-perfect beef on weck sandwich at Mile End Sandwich. It's something of a black eye that New Yorker City dwellers have never quite figured out how to make a beef on weck sandwich until now. Mainly because it's a particular specialty of our sister metropolis of Buffalo, New York -- both c ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 28, 2012

    Spring Guide 2012: Which 'Wich?

    Spring for some one-hand sammy classics

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2012

    Case Study: Celebrity Sandwich Dedications

    Dedicating a sandwich on your menu to a celebrity is usually a good idea, as long as you don't go about it like a complete idiot. The name of the dish will be instantly memorable and who doesn't want to eat a sandwich that reminds you of Woody Allen or Salma Hayek? But, as we found out over the week ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2012

    Carnegie Deli's Tebow Sandwich Sucks! Probably on Purpose

    At least, at $22.22 the Tebow sandwich is a comparative bargain. Bring two friends -- one a vegetarian -- and subdivide it. (The vegetarian gets the top part.) Consider it a Judaic repudiation of Christianity, or maybe a revenge exacted by real New Yorkers on all those tourists who sashay into Kat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2012

    Tim Tebow In New York: Sees Broadway Musical, Gets Carnegie Deli Sandwich Named After Him

    New York, get ready, Tebow's in town and you're going to hear about every move he makes. First up: Tebow sees a show! Though we're not sure if he needs any lessons on how to be popular, Tim Tebow went to see the Broadway musical Wicked in New York last night, according to the New York Daily News. Do ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2012

    Our 10 Best Late Night Eats in New York City

    New York is the city that never sleeps and never stops eating, no matter what hour of the day -- or night as the case may be. While it's true that a lot of the foods consumed after midnight are of the drunk pizza variety, the city boasts many 24-hour restaurants that serve some damn fine fare. Her ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2012

    Cemita Versus Torta: Your Mexican Sandwich Primer

    Peeling back the top of a sandwich from a Mexican bodega can sometimes cause momentary confusion. "Where's the pickled jalapeno? What's this green stuff?" is all too common a refrain. Here we clear up the difference between the two most popular Mexican sandwiches, the cemita and the torta, and where ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2012

    10 Iconic Foods of New York City, and Where To Find Them

    ​Ultra-creamy New York cheesecake may be the world's richest dessert. Hotbed of culinary fusion, NYC is not only a repository of cuisines from around the globe, but the place where many important dishes originated, if not by pure invention, then as uniquely compelling adaptations of things t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2012

    Il Buco Alimentari e Vineria, Yelped

    Alexia NaderCured meat is serious business ​Il Buco Alimentari e Vineria just received three stars from Times critic Pete Wells, who said that the cured meats served there are "among the finest salumi in the country." But the restaurant has gotten more mixed reviews from the carnivores on Yelp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2012

    David's Brisket House Seemingly Bites the Dust; Early Jim Leff Find and Chowhound Fave

    ​David's overstuffed brisket sandwich (with gravy) was legendary. One of the city's best and most unique delis has apparently gone down for the count. On Friday I went to David's Brisket House for my usual bimonthly roast beef brisket sandwich on rye with gravy (a notably delicious mess) an ... More >>

  • Dining

    January 4, 2012

    Kutsher's Tribeca: Pseudo Summer in the City

    A new spot evokes the Jewish resort hotels of the past

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2011

    The UES 2nd Avenue Deli Will Indeed Open This Summer

    2nd Avenue Deli​Two years after Upper East Siders started drooling in anticipation of massive caloric intake, the 2nd Avenue Deli is finally close to opening its doors on First Avenue.

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    March 18, 2011

    The Best Thing I Ate Yesterday

    Welcome to The Best Thing I Ate Yesterday, where we endeavor to remember the very best thing we stuffed down our gullets over the past 24 hours. Why? Because the only thing better than enjoying a meal is wallowing in the memory of one savored in the recent past. Today's fond reminiscences ...

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2011

    Noah Bernamoff Talks About Schmaltz, Bagels, and Keeping Jewish Food Alive

    MetromixNoah Bernamoff and his wife, Rae Cohen.​Yesterday, Noah Bernamoff spoke with us about his plans for Mile End, the phenomenally successful smoked-meat mecca he opened a little more than a year ago in Boerum Hill. Today, he talks with us about his grandmother's recipes, keeping tradition ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 15, 2010

    Exploring the Montreal-New York Food Connection

    A trip up over the border to the great French north

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2010

    The Inspiration for Mile End's Ruth Wilensky Sandwich

    ​Mile End's Ruth Wilensky is made with very good artisanal salami -- but the bologna has been omitted. Named after a Montreal neighborhood northeast of Mont Royale, Mile End is a Brooklyn deli that seeks to deliver -- at lunch at least -- a reasonable facsimile of several vernacular culinary ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2010

    Dish No. 9: Bucatini con le Sarde at Donatella Pizzeria

    ​Welcome to 100 Dishes to Eat Now, Fork in the Road's handy list of some of our favorite dishes -- old standbys and new finds alike -- compiled daily. Today's pick: Bucatini con le sarde ($15) at Donatella Pizzeria (184 Eighth Avenue, Chelsea, 212-493-5150)

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    October 13, 2010

    Dish No. 10: Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese Pretzel Sandwich From Sigmund Pretzel

    ​Welcome to 100 Dishes to Eat Now, Fork in the Road's handy list of some of our favorite dishes -- old standbys and new finds alike -- compiled daily. Today's pick: Smoked salmon and cream cheese pretzel sandwich ($7) from Sigmund Pretzel (29 Avenue B, 646-410-0333).

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    September 30, 2010

    Dish No. 27: Goat Curry at Gourmet Sweets and Restaurant

    ​ Welcome to 100 Dishes to Eat Now, Fork in the Road's handy list of some of our favorite dishes -- old standbys and new finds alike -- compiled daily. Today's pick: Goat curry from Gourmet Sweets and Restaurant (72-08 Broadway, Queens, 718-533-8700).

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    September 29, 2010

    Dish No. 29: The Tofu Sandwich at François Payard Bakery

    ​ Welcome to 100 Dishes to Eat Now, Fork in the Road's handy list of some of our favorite dishes -- old standbys and new finds alike -- compiled daily. Today's pick: the Vegetarian Tofu, Tomato, and Basil Sandwich ($7.50) at François Payard Bakery (116 West Houston Street, 212-995-088 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2010

    San Matteo Brings Panuozzi -- Not Panini -- to the Upper East Side

    Daniel Zemans/SliceA panuozzo from Freddy's Pizza & Gelateria in Illinois.​New York just can't seem to eat enough Italian carbohydrates, regardless of whether they hail from a wood-fired oven, a tiella, or the mind of a former Ogilvy adman. And now, thanks to San Matteo, a new restaurant on up ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2010

    The Sliced Bagel Tax: This is Actually A Thing?

    ​Yeah, sure, you've heard New York is cash-strapped and needs to tax whatever they can in order to drum up some coin for the state. But how strapped? Try this: There's a tax on bagels. Not just bagels, but sliced bagels. And unsliced bagels are untaxed bagels. Unless you eat the bagel in the s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2010

    The Fresh Turkey Sandwich at Giant Bagel

    ​Made with freshly roasted turkey still warm, Giant Bagel Shop's turkey sandwich is a near miracle. Giant Bagel Shop looks like any other Village deli, turning out luncheon meat sandwiches and salad bar assortments to feed a constituency of office workers, students, and union employees, whose ... More >>

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    July 21, 2010

    Dish #95: The Beauty at Mile End

    ​ Welcome to 100 Dishes to Eat Now, Fork in the Road's handy list of some of our favorite dishes -- old standbys and new finds alike -- compiled daily. Today's pick: The Beauty ($11) from Mile End.

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    June 24, 2010

    The $2.70 Mortadella Panino at Il Cantuccio in the West Village

    ​The mortadella panino is made with traditional saltless Tuscan bread. One of the best sandwich deals in town is found, not at a deli or sandwich shop, but at a Central Italian bakery called Il Cantuccio, open only a few months in the West Village.

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    June 15, 2010

    The Miracle of David's Brisket House in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn

    ​David's hyperbolically good $10 roast brisket sandwich, in this case on rye with gravy. The history of David's Brisket House is lost in the murk of time. Surprisingly, it's a Jewish-style deli in the commercial heart of Bed-Stuy. Does it date from the days early in the last century when the ... More >>

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