There's nothing more iconic than a NYC Deli


  • January 31, 2023
  • Tips
  • By: CYTIES

There may be no greater moment of city serenity than sitting at the perfect seat in a New York City deli. These institutions are endangered species in the concrete jungle, representing generations of commitment to a beautiful craft. Sure, you can have an epic meal in the grandest room, and we love that; New York has it all. But, genuine, unadulterated happiness and satisfaction; that’s in a corned beef piled high, topped with kraut and russian dressing, blanketed in melted swiss. There are countless variations around every corner, from Italian-American salumeria’s to a Jewish Delis heaping pastrami sandwiches. The list and map below are our favorite Delis in New York City,  sourced by our CYTIES team in no particular order. Remember, “to each their own”; some views may differ. Much respect for different opinions as the adventure is finding the answer that best fits your own Deli-loving heart. Add this page to your mobile bookmark settings to seek out the best deli’s the next time you’re hitting the concrete in the Big Apple.

  • Sarge’s Delicatessen & Diner – Pastrami, matzo ball soup & other Jewish deli fare are found at this updated diner.
  • David’s Brisket House – Simple nook preparing hearty deli sandwiches such as pastrami, brisket & corned beef.
  • Mill Basin Deli – Classic Jewish deli standards are served, surrounded by fine art from the likes of Chagall & Erte.
  • 2nd Avenue Deli (Midtown East) – Old-school eatery serving blintzes, knishes & other Jewish fare, plus a variety of sandwiches.
  • Katz’s Delicatessen – You’ve heard of it. No-frills deli with theatrically cranky service serving mile-high sandwiches since 1888. Long line, get in early.
  • S & P – Iconic deli, try the cream cheese and olive sandwich on rye.
  • Russ and Daughters – Family-owned shop offering high-end smoked fish, caviar & New York-style specialty foods since 1914.
  • Dave and Tony’s Salumeria – Classic Italian Deli and market that will never let you down.
  • Frankel’s Delicatessen & Appetizing – Contemporary Jewish deli specializing in bagels with smoked fish, plus classic sandwiches & brisket.
  • Barney Greengrass – Jewish deli institution since 1908, known for smoked fish & not taking credit cards.
  • Pastrami Queen – Kosher deli with three locations known for its stacks and sandwich size.
  • Liebman’s Kosher Delicatessen – Kosher Jewish deli, open since 1953, offering traditional soups, sandwiches, salads & meats.