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Best Delis in NYC

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Where are there some really good delis in NYC. Not the tourist ones like Katz, 2nd Ave. I’m looking for some outstanding pastrami sandwiches. Thx

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I would be heading over to Hometown BBQ in Industry City, Brooklyn but that might be too far for you.

Check out this Eater list with included map: https://ny.eater.com/2021/2/17/22266913/where-to-find-nyc-best-pastrami

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Honestly, the best delis with outstanding pastrami *are* the tourist ones: Katz, Second Avenue, Sarge’s, the Pastrami Queen. It’s just not a big thing for most locals. I like Jewish deli food *a lot,* but I probably get it here once a year (if that), if I happen to find myself in the vicinity of one of the old warhorse delis at lunchtime and/or am with out-of-towners. (I eat more deli when I’m visiting family in Detroit than I do here.)

Not a deli, but with outrageously good (and outrageously expensive) pastrami: Hometown Barbecue in Industry City (Brooklyn). For good (not the best, but very good), reasonably-priced pastrami with a great back story: David’s Brisket House on Nostrand Av in Bed-Stuy, owned by o servant Muslims & serving a mainly Black clientele. Either of those spots would be well off the tourist track.

Edited to add - cross-posted with Aynat.

Edited: 02 September 2021, 03:43
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Yeah, Davids Brisket House too.

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Around the corner from me is Mile End. I am actually not sure if they have pastrami, but they have some good options.

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There arent very many jewish delis anymore

There is Gottliebs and Essex on Coney in Brooklyn. Neither really is in a tourist area (Gotliebs is in Williamsburg) , there is also a Jewish Deli in the Time Out food Hall iby Brooklyn Bridge Park

There is also one in the Bronx, I think near Woodlawn and another in Mill Basin Brooklyn (neither is easy access)

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If you want pastrami, try Eisenberg and Russ and Daughters. Neither on the list, but both iconic NYC venues.

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The one in the Bronx is called Liebermans, it was on Ayanats List

This is the Mill Basin Deli

https://millbasindeli.com/

Gotliebs in Brooklyn

https://gottliebsrestaurant.com/

Essex on Coney

http://www.essennydeli.com/

Libermans Deli in The Bronx

https://liebmansdeli.com/

Belive it or not there is only one Deli in Queens, Ben's Delicatessen, and its more of a small chain rather than a real Deli

https://bensdeli.net/

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#4: I like Mile End a lot, but it’s Montreal-style “smoked meat,” not pastrami.

(I’ll confess that it’s hard for me to tell the difference & I might even like smoked meat better (gasp). Also, they use superior rye bread.)

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No pastrami at Russ and Daughters but great smoked fish. http://russanddaughters.com/highholidays/

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Eisenberg’s is temporarily closed by all accounts last I saw, remotely .

A Deli I really like is Sunny and Annie’s in Alphabet City. They have a huge eclectic menu . They do have pastrami .

I like to get the sandwiches that have all ingredients listed rather than build your own , in and building your own you end up paying more and getting less.

The sandwiches are really good though. Looks like they’re still open 24 hours.

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