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NY style deli sandwich in SE MI

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I have looked near and far for a decent NY style deli and have come up empty.
Does anyone know of a joint that serves up decent heroes with some Boars Head cold cuts?
Why can't Nino make sandwiches?

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  1. Hounders and foodies rave about Zingerman's in Ann Arbor. Personally, I think the place is expensive and overrated, but go and try for yourself. Zingerman's certainly has a lot of fans. I don't think that they serve Boar's Head though. I could be wrong.

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    1. re: Summerfield

      There are various delicatessens, including Zingerman's and the Bread Basket (main location is in Oak Park). But it seems that the poster is asking about hero sandwiches, a.k.a. subs, grinders, wedges, and torpedoes. I know just what he means--in NYS such delis are operated by Italians more often than not, and the sandwiches start with great cold cuts and are dripping with olive oil and herbs. And I agree--I don't know where to find them either. I worked in Albany for a bit, developed a taste for these, and still miss 'em sometimes. Chains are moving in because they realize these subs are hard to find here--DiBella's, which is a Rochester, NY chain, and Bellacino's aren't bad (try the seafood sub at Bellacino's), but there's gotta be a great indie somewhere.

      I think Kroger carries Boar's Head meats, and you can certainly get good Italian sub rolls around here . . .

      1. re: Jim M

        Wouldn't Sottini's Sub Shop in Ann Arbor fall into this category? I don't know if they use Boars Head, but they are pretty Italian in terms of olive oil and herbs, and good rolls and meat, in my mind. And definitely far cheaper than Zingerman's.

        1. re: annex

          Yes, Yes, Yes on Sottini's. I've posted before that they have the freshest deli meat in town.

          I don't know from NY subs, but DiBellas in Ann Arbor has some good subs too.

    2. Here's a start:

      In Southfield, Gateway Deli; Star Deli; Steve's Deli.
      In Livonia, David's of New York.
      In Dearborn, Mati's Deli.
      In Royal Oak, Spanky's Deli.
      In St. Clair Shores, Bommarito's Bakery
      All over...Buscemi's

      Good luck in finding that memorable sub, hero, grinder.

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      1. re: Griller

        Spanky's is something else this week. Hasn't that place changed about 20 times in the last year?

        I'd also throw in a recommendation for Samuel Hoffmans in Clawson, particularly their pastrami. Don't know where they get it, but I like their pastrami sandwich better event than Bread Basket.

      2. If you are really after a NYC-like deli sammich... RUN, don't walk to Tony's Embers Deli on Orchard Lake just north of where Commerce dead ends. It's very unassuming looking but along with the lox, knish, chopped liver, corned beef and pastrami served on authentic Jewish rye, you'll close your eyes and think you are at the Second Ave Deli...

        1. Star Deli at 12 & Telegraph is fantastic.

          Also check out The Vineyard's Marketplace on Northwestern Highway just south of 14 Mile.

          1. I know exactly what you are looking for and I know exactly where you can find it. It is an Italian Market the Deli Counter makes subs to order, hard or soft rolls with the hot peppers oil and spices. It is called Ventimiglia's and is located at 35197 Dodge Park in Sterling Heights. Dodge Park runs north off of 15 mile rd. between Van Dyke and Schoenherr.
            You will not me disappointed.

            Gary