Visit one of these traditional New York delis for a taste of history or just for a delicious pastrami sandwich.
Russ & Daughters I 179 E. Houston St.
Since 1914, Russ & Daughters has been serving up quality salt-cured fish at their Lower East Side establishment — their lox has been called the best in the city. Try it with a bagel and a schmear of their homemade cream cheese.
Katz’s Delicatessen I 205 E. Houston St.
Opened in 1888, the famous Katz’s Deli serves one of the most iconic hot pastrami sandwiches in the city ($15.75), piled high with hand-carved pastrami and served on rye bread.
Zabar’s I 2245 Broadway
From its start as just a deli counter in 1934, Zabar’s Deli on the Upper West Side has turned into one of New York City’s most famous eateries, offering provisions like gourmet cheeses, bagels and fish.
Graham Avenue Meats & Deli I 445 Graham Ave, Brooklyn
Check out Williamsburg’s old-school Graham Avenue Meats & Deli for giant sandwiches packed with quality Italian meats and cheeses. Yelp reviewers go crazy for The Godfather and the Willie Special ($7.50).
Barney Greengrass I 541 Amsterdam Ave.
An Upper East Side fixture for over 100 years, Barney Greengrass — known as the Sturgeon King — specializes in appetizing Jewish fare. Try their sturgeon with scrambled eggs and onion ($18.50) or cheese blintzes ($13).
Mile End Deli I 53 Bond St., Manhattan and 97A Hoyt St.
Though both Brooklyn and NoHo locations were opened within the past three years, Mile End Deli is committed to serving old-world Jewish specialties. Try their smoked meat sandwich ($14) or for breakfast, the Beauty — Mile End’s version of bagels and lox ($11).
Carnegie Deli I 854 Seventh Ave.
In addition to serving huge pastrami and corned beef sandwiches, this classic New York deli is famous for their homemade cheesecakes, like their super delicious rugelach cheesecake topped with creamy milk chocolate ($9.95).
Murray’s Sturgeon I 2429 Broadway
At this Upper East Side mainstay, customers can shop for specialty fish, including their famous sturgeon, as well as for bagels, dried fruits, a variety of salads and a selection of Jewish favorites, including latkes ($3.75 for three) and gefilte fish ($2.99).
2nd Ave Deli I 162 E. 33rd St.
This kosher favorite serves some of New York’s best pastrami sandwiches ($15.95) as well as behemoth triple-decker sandwiches with fillings like cured corned beef, hot pastrami, salami, coleslaw and Russian dressing ($22.95).
Sarge’s Delicatessen I 548 Third Ave.
This 24-hour Murray Hill restaurant serves classic New York deli specialties like delicious pastrami sandwiches ($14.95), New York cheesecake ($6.95) and Souper Soup, which is made with their homemade matzo balls ($9.95).
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