8 Best Delis in New York City

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

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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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  • 01 of 08
    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.

  • 02 of 08
    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.

  • 03 of 08
    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.

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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 its 33rd Street location. 2nd Avenue Deli is very family-friendly (with high chairs and changing tables) and it is well worth visiting.

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  • 05 of 08
    Ben's Delicatessen
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    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.

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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.

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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.

  • 08 of 08
    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.