10 Best Delis in New York City

Bring your appetite when you dine at NYC's best delis

Pastrami Queen
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Whether you want hot corned beef on rye, matzo ball soup or chopped liver, look no further than one of New York City's best delis to fulfill your cravings. Be warned: top deli sandwiches don't come cheap -- at most of these restaurants a corned beef or pastrami on rye will cost $15 or more. To ensure you have an ​authentic experience, make sure to have pickles and Dr. Brown's soda with your meal.

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    2nd Avenue Deli
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    Even though it's no longer located on Second Avenue, the 2nd Ave Deli continues to please visitors with outstanding Kosher deli offerings in it's 33rd Street location. 2nd Avenue Deli is very family-friendly (high chairs, changing tables) and it well worth visiting.

    • Address: 162 East 33rd Street
    • Telephone: 212-689-9000
    • 6 a.m. - midnight daily
    • Subway: 6 to 33rd Street
    • Cash & Major Credit Cards
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    Katz's Delicatessen
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    Hand your ticket, along with a tip to the counterman and receive a generous serving of the only hand-carved meats in the city. Famous as the location of the orgasm scene in When Harry Met Sally, the delicious food makes up for the sparse decor and the ticket system.

    • Address: 205 East Houston Street
    • Telephone: 212-254-2246
    • Opens at 8 a.m. daily; closes at 10 p.m. Sun-Tues, 11 p.m. on Wed and 3 a.m. Fri & Sat
    • Subway: F/V to 2nd Ave.
    • Cash & Major Credit Cards
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    Despite a cash-only policy, strict minimums and surly service, Carnegie Deli often has a line out the door. Open since 1937, its midtown location makes it a popular choice for visitors and late hours mean it's a good choice anytime you want a mile-high pastrami sandwich, onion rings or cheesecake. $3 surcharge to share the huge sandwiches.

    • Address: 854 7th Ave (55th Street)
    • Phone: 212-757-2245
    • 6:30 a.m. - 4 a.m.
    • Subway: N/R/Q/W to Seventh Ave.
    • Cash Only
    • Beer available
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    Mile End Deli exterior
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    This delicatessen seeks not to replicate the classic NYC deli, but to share the Montreal tradition of smoked meat with New Yorkers. The original location is in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, but they've also got a sandwich shop in NoHo if you want to experience it without leaving Manhattan.

    Brooklyn Location

    Address: 97A Hoyt Street, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn
    Phone: 718-852-7510
    Monday - Friday: Breakfast and Lunch; Wednesday - Saturday: Brunch and Dinner; Sunday: Brunch and Sunday Chinese Dinner
    Subway: A/C or G to Hoyt-Schermerhorn; F or G to Bergen; 2/3 to Hoyt
    Beer available

    NoHo Location

    Address: 53 Bond Street, Manhattan
    Phone: 212-529-2990
    Breakfast and Lunch daily: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
    Subway: B/D/F or M to Broadway-Lafayette; 6 to Bleecker

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    Artie's Deli

    Artie's Deli
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    Pastrami, hot dogs and potato pancakes are great choices at Artie's Upper West Side delicatessen. The recipe Artie's uses for their pastrami is from Bernstein's on Essex, a long-ago loved Lower East Side deli.

    • Address: 2290 Broadway (82nd/83rd)
    • Phone: 212-579-5959
    • Sun - Thur 9 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.; Fri - Sat 9 a.m. – 1 a.m.
    • Subway: 1 to 79th or 86th Sts
    • Cash & Major Credit Cards
    • Beer & Wine available
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    Bagel from Barney Greengrass
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    Sturgeon, smoked salmon and Nova are the real stars of this Upper West Side breakfast and lunch destination, but chopped liver and cheese blintzes are also a cut above. Nova with eggs and onions or a bagel with cream cheese and smoked salmon are great choices for breakfast at Barney Greengrass.

    • Address: 541 Amsterdam Avenue (86th St)
    • Phone: 212-724-4707
    • Tuesdays through Sunday 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
    • Subway: B/C to 86th St.; 1 to 86th St.
    • Cash only
    • Beer & Wine available
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    Ben's Delicatessen

    This midtown Kosher Deli is a great choice in the area. The spacious restaurant can easily accommodate groups of all sizes, and they even have a children's menu available. Pastrami, corned beef, potato pancakes and stuffed cabbage are great alongside the coleslaw, rye bread, and pickles served in this art-deco style restaurant

    • Address: 209 W 38th St (7th Ave)
    • Phone: 212-398-2367
    • 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
    • Subway: B/D; N/Q; 1/2/3; S; 7; A/C/E at 42nd St
    • Cash & Major Credit Cards
    • Full bar available
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    Junior's Cheesecake
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    Famous for its outstanding cheesecake, a trip to Junior's in Brooklyn is a New York institution. While the food might not rival Katz's or 2nd Ave Deli, it's a solid choice for matzo ball soup, chopped liver, and brisket.

    Brooklyn Location

    Address: 386 Flatbush Avenue Extension at Dekalb Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11201
    Phone: 718-852-5257
    8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    Subway: M, N, R to DeKalb Ave

    Times Square Location

    Address: West 45th St. between Broadway and 8th Ave.
    Phone: 212-302-2000
    Subway: A/C/E; 7; 1/2/3 to Times Square/42nd Street

    Grand Central Location

    Address: Lower Level Dining Concourse
    Phone: 212-983-5257
    Subway: 4/5/6; 7 to Grand Central

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    Pastrami Queens
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    This Upper East Side Kosher Deli serves great pastrami, though their sandwiches are smaller than many other delis. French fries and potato pancakes are popular with diners -- along with the pickles and coleslaw served gratis at the tables.

    • Address: 1269 Lexington Avenue (85th St)
    • Phone: 212-828-0007
    • Sun - Thu: 9 a.m. - 10 p.m.; Fri - Sat: 9 a.m. - 11 p.m.
    • Subway: 4/5/6 at 86th St.
    • Cash & Major Credit Cards
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    Cured meat
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    House-cured meats are the specialty at Sarge's Deli. Salmon and whitefish salad are also good choices at this 24-hour Murray Hill deli.

    • Address: 548 Third Ave. (36th/37th)
    • Phone: 212-679-0442
    • 24 hours
    • Subway: 6 to 33rd St.; 4, 5, 6, 7, S to 42nd St.
    • Cash & Major Credit Cards
    • Beer & Wine available