Noisy, packed and full of pickles – you known what we’re talking about – New York City’s famous delis. With so many to pick from, it can be hard to know where to go for the best corned beef or even a simple haute-dog. Whether you’re in the mood for a pastrami sandwich, chicken salad or matzo ball soup, look no further than our picks for the Top 5 Delis in New York City.
1 Katz’s Delicatessen
Maybe you recognize this place from its countless movie and television appearances or maybe you’re just a regular for Sunday brunch – hold the coleslaw! Either way, it goes without saying, Katz’s is one the best Jewish delis in Manhattan. Their corned beef sandwiches are piled high with meat and the rye bread is made fresh everyday. Make sure you check out all the celebrity photos on the wall; this place certainly is a favorite of everybody from the neighborhood moms to Hollywood’s hottest stars.
2 2nd Avenue Deli
Although their new locations are no longer on second avenue, this deli is still as yummy as ever. Everything here is kosher and their corned beef is house cured. If you’re either famished or up for a challenge, triple decker sandwiches are a real treat and most of them come topped with coleslaw. If you’re in the mood for a taste of the old country, try some blintzes or pierogies with all the traditional accoutrements. You may have to fight the long lines here – but believe us, it’s worth it!
3 Carnegie Deli
One of the more expensive rides in town, this sandwich shop fare is worth every penny. Established in 1937, Carnegie Deli is one the oldest Jewish delis in New York City. If you’re looking for something to sip on, start off with one of their delicious iced cappuccinos while you work up the courage to order something a little more filling. Once you’ve had your fill of red meat, move onto something a little sweeter. Try their famous cheesecake – it’s famous for a reason. Opened daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
4 Stage Deli
A one time favorite of Milton Berle’s, the current location of this famous deli opened in 1943 and has been a sandwich staple in Manhattan ever since. Everybody from the Dutchess of York to Aretha Franklin have made patronage to this special spot and it’s not hard to see why. Their sandwiches are hearty, the pickles are perfectly sour and the staff is friendly. Make sure to try their mustard; they’re known for it and you can even buy a bottle to keep in your fridge. If you don’t feel like waiting on line, buy 2 pounds of their famous salami to go and make your Sunday brunch sandwich at home.
5 Ben’s Delicatessen
Rumored to have the best matzo ball soup in town, this delicatessen makes midtown look good. Owner and founder, Ronnie Dragoon, is dedicated to keeping the quality of his food at the top of the culinary bracket. We recommend the half soup and sandwich combo – perfect for those who have trouble making up their minds. You can eat in or take out and they even have a special menu for the little ones!