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I’m counting down the 100 best dishes I tasted in 2015…

Deli Wellington at SARGE'S DELI

I re-visited some Jewish delis this year for the Gothamist article I wrote. On my new journey, I discovered some other dishes outside my typical corned/beef pastrami sandwich. One in particular that I will not forget is the gutbomb known as a Deli Wellington.

Deli Wellington at SARGE'S DELI

The calorie ball is basically a thick layer of puff pastry wrapped around a giant ball of pastrami and corned beef mixed up with a potato hash. It’s mighty tasty, but incredibly dangerous. And this gigantic monster is even considered a nosh!! Price: $8.95

SARGE’S DELI
548 Third Avenue (between 36th and 37th Street),
Midtown East
(212) 679-0442
sargesdeli.com

My search for the best corned beef/pastrami in New York continues….

BEN'S BEST KOSHER DELICATESSEN, 96-40 Queens Boulevard (between 64th Road and 63rd Drive), Rego Park, QueensPart of the deli experience is the deli man. There is even a documentary made about this cultural icon. While I was sitting at Ben’s Best Kosher Deli, I watched the owner Jay Parker walk around and joke with some of the diners. He never made it to my table, but in all fairness, it was an off-hour and I imagine he wanted to sit down and take a break. I also probably don’t put out the “talk to me” vibe when I’m out by myself. I’m trying to be incognito and get an unbiased taste of the food. (more…)


My search for the best corned beef/pastrami in New York continues….

LOESER'S KOSHER DELI, 214 West 231st Street (between Broadway and Godwin Terrace), Kingsbridge, BronxJewish delis have a certain look about them. Usually they’re bright with old photographs on the wall and lots of nostalgic kitsch. I was surprised when I walked into Loeser’s (one of two remaining delis in the Bronx). Behind the take-out counter was a makeshift dining room with a dark dingy feel to it. It definitely has that stuck-in-time vibe, but something was missing. I have yet to put my finger on it, but it didn’t feel like most Jewish delis. (more…)


My search for the best corned beef/pastrami in New York continues….

SADLY, CAFE EDISON IS NOW CLOSED.

CAFE EDISON, 228 West 47th Street (between Broadway and Eighth Avenue), Theater District

I was amazed at how little Cafe Edison has changed in ten years. I used to frequent this old-school diner in the heart of Times Square quite a bit when I first moved to New York. It was near all my auditions and the hearty Eastern European Jewish food was affordable and nostalgic.

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My food adventures of late have taken me much further downtown to some of the hipper restaurant offerings and to the outer boroughs for some exciting and unexplored ethnic cuisines. But rarely do I get to eat an actual meal in the heart of Times Square. Nor would I want to, to be perfectly honest.

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