Friendly Deli owners
- Alex Schneideman
Does anybody know or is anybody a deli owner in NYC
who would like to show some English people how to run
a good deli? I have been asked to bring some people to
New York so that they can learn about your way of
doing things. I would be realy grateful for any
Having lived for ten years in NYC
(and loving every minute) I still
miss the delis of the city I went to
college in: Philadelphia. In my
experience, even the best NYC
delis are pedestrian compared to
the neighborly institutions one
finds in the City of Brotherly
Love. Creations like the Hoagie
and the Philly Cheese-Steak just
simply cannot be reproduced here
for some reason, probably due the
high rents and unavailability of
soft Italian sandwich rolls. I have
never once had a New York hero
that could even begin to approach a
I suggest you contact Koch's Deli
or Pat's Steaks in Philadelphia.
One concession to NYC: the corned
beef and pastrami can't be beat
here. Try Katz's Deli on Houston
Street at Ludlow (better than
Carnegie). A true Lower East Side
legend. Otherwise, head down the
Turnpike to Philly to get a real
re: mark in nyc
I'll try not to get too crazy regarding the Philly
post. Anyone who has either grown up in the 5 boroughs
or moved here and patronized the delis of NYC know that
the ethnic grocery stores in our area are unsurpassed
by anyone in terms of quality and variety.
To me deli can mean many things, not just the tourist
traps like Katz's and the Carnegie.
Corona Park Salumeria, the Polish delis of Greenpoint,
the German butchers/delis of Yorkville and now
Ridgewood, and on and on and on. Don't talk to me about
the city where the grand prize is a week and the 2nd
prize is 2 weeks.
Next, what kind of freakin' deli to people from England
plan on opening here?
Give us some authentic fish & chips and I guarantee you
might have a shot.
P.S. Check out a new pub in Sunnyside called Tailor
Hall on 46th St. @ Queens Blvd.
Great pub food and a perfect pint. The atmosphere will
definetly remind you of Ireland.
Regards, And Good Luck on the new book DOG !!!!!