In late 2012, a massive fire ravaged Murray Hill institution Sarge's Delicatessen. Over a year later, the restaurant is back open, with all the deli fare it has been serving for half a century.
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At over a foot long, the sandwiches at Pisillo Italian Panini certainly delivers on size. The Cagliari, with sopressata and artichoke hearts, delivers flavor to match the heft.
Finding a good deli in Midtown is notoriously difficult. Could Park Italian Gourmet, with its Little Italy charm and no-frills decor, make sandwiches better than the ubiquitous steam table joint competition?
Sorriso Pork Store is an Italian deli in Astoria with a reputation for good sandwiches, great deli products, and some of the friendliest counter staff you'll find anywhere. It deserves that rep on all fronts.
For a change-up from Mile End's smoked meat, consider this salami and mustard sandwich on a kaiser roll.
Don't go out of your way for this deli, but if you're nearby and in need of a quick, cheap bite, they have some sandwiches that will fill you up.
Il Salumaio is the newest Italian deli open in the Upper East Side. A small space managed by a more than friendly staff, the sandwich shop is a destination we would gladly visit again for a quick lunch fix. The sandwiches hew close to deli classics, but with some subtle twists.
The sandwich reaches the vertical heights of other overstuffing deli specialists around the city, but nowhere else does the pastrami melt in your mouth quite like it does on Broadway and 83rd.
It's a simple, no frills sandwich that combines the best thing about breakfast with one of the best things about New York lunch counters.
Market Tours: Irish Ham, Boiling Bacon, and Black Pudding at The Butcher's Block in Sunnyside, Queens
On a quiet side street off Queens Boulevard in Sunnyside, Queens, there's a cartoony wooden cutout of a maniacally gleeful butcher (with unnaturally blue eyes), grasping a red cow. Then you notice the shamrocks painted on the window behind him. And the bold red letters hinting at other treats inside: boiling bacon, corned beef, black and white pudding, rashers. Welcome to The Butcher's Block, one of NYC's few Irish grocery stores.
The sandwich itself is not much besides pastrami: a few shmears of mustard keep things together on Jewish rye. If you're still unconvinced this is the real deal, try their black and white cookies, homemade daily and with icing so freshly slicked you can still see the knife strokes in the fondant.