Pastrami on Rye: Top 5 Delis in New York

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Nothing says New York City quite like a meaty, deli-stacked sandwich. We’ve come to believe that this staple is what keeps New Yorkers up and running despite the cold weather, tourist-saturated streets and grumpy commuters. Check out our picks for the most delicious delis in town.

1 Carnegie Deli

The world famous Carnegie Deli has become a New York City landmark, and for good reason! They smoke and cure all their meats and bake their New York cheesecake on the premises. You can't get a higher stacked sandwich anywhere in the city, with at least a pound of meat stuffed in between two slices of bread. Their pastrami, corned beef and brisket are always oozing with juices and Old World faves like matzoh ball soup and stuffed cabbage keeps diners feeling at home.

854 7th Ave.
New York, NY, 10019

2 Katz's Deli

The famous Katz's Deli has been filling New Yorkers' tummies since 1888, making it the oldest deli in the city. The countermen carve all their juicy pastrami and corned beef by hand, and also serve up other savory Jewish deli mainstays from frankfurters to knishes. No wonder Meg Ryan was so excited about their sandwich in When Harry Met Sally!

205 E. Houston St.
New York, 10002

3 2nd Avenue Deli

Another one of New York's famous stops for a stupendous sandwich, the 2nd Ave. Deli serves up an assortment of tasty Kosher "deli"-cacies from hot pastrami to a flavorful chopped liver. And be sure to clinch your meal with a bite of authentic rugalach.

162 East 33rd St.
New York, NY

4 Eisenberg Sandwich Shop

A bite of their tuna melt and you will think you've died and gone to heaven. This Flatiron sandwich stop doles out old school deli fare from the classic pastrami to a dynamite egg salad and bacon sandwich. We also love the egg cream to wash down the meal!

174 5th Ave.
New York, NY 10010

5 Mile End Deli

Mile End is all about fresh and local; falling in line with the trend in many eateries around the city, the deli makes all their plates from scratch. Every bite of meat you eat is smoked and pickled in-house. We love the smoked Creekstone Farms brisket with its mouthwatering seasoning, served on a delicious rye bread.

97A Hoyt St.
Boerum Hill, Brooklyn

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