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.
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!
3 2nd Avenue Deli
4 Eisenberg Sandwich Shop
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.