HOME > Chowhound > Manhattan >
What's your latest food quest?

Best deli EGG SALAD (preferably UES/UWS)?

sequins Dec 29, 2008 09:14 AM

Not an egg-salad sandwich -- just egg salad: fresh, deliciously seasoned, and ideally at less than $6 per pound. Thanks!

  1. Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. JungMann Dec 29, 2008 11:09 AM

    I rather like the egg salad at Fairway.

    4 Replies
    1. re: JungMann
      msny98 Dec 29, 2008 11:46 AM

      Second this, from the deli counter, not the food cases. I think they add dill and something else that makes it perfect

      1. re: msny98
        sequins Dec 30, 2008 07:46 PM

        Thanks -- I'll definitely try Fairway and report back.

        Meanwhile, a couple I ate in the past 24 hours: Zabar's at $9.99/lb. is relatively fresh (though pre-packaged, not available from the deli counter) but its taste is too purist, as it contains only eggs, (not particularly flavorful) mayonnaise, and salt.

        Fresh Direct's at $6.99/lb. has a nice vinegary tang, assisted by bits of scallion, but the eggs are too hard-boiled -- or perhaps just a tad past freshness -- and lack the tenderness to render a creamy salad.

        1. re: sequins
          alc Dec 31, 2008 03:09 PM

          I love the Zabar's egg salad for exactly the reason that sequins does not!

          1. re: alc
            goodhealthgourmet Jan 3, 2009 05:54 PM

            my mother *loves* that Zabar's egg salad (with some freshly ground pepper on it)...whereas i just take one look at all that mayo and start gagging. to each her own!

    2. e
      eameyer Dec 29, 2008 11:25 AM

      I like the egg salad at Todaro Brothers 2nd and 31st. They have a really amazing chicken salad too...

      1 Reply
      1. re: eameyer
        sequins Dec 30, 2008 07:46 PM

        Thanks -- will keep this in mind when I'm next in that neighborhood!

      2. g
        Gelaine Dec 31, 2008 02:43 PM

        I close my eyes to the price whenever I buy it..... but Eli has good egg salad. Also, if you're near 86th and York... Bagel Bob's isn't too bad (and about 1 /10th the price of Eli's.)

        1 Reply
        1. re: Gelaine
          Brian W Jan 3, 2009 08:29 AM

          And next door to Bagel Bob's is the Mansion Diner on the corner of 86th & York. So far this is my favorite egg salad and you can get a serving to go. It's made without celery, the egg salad killer.

        2. d
          dkny21 Dec 31, 2008 06:01 PM

          Sables on 2nd between 77th and 78th.

          1. d
            dpastor Jan 2, 2009 01:59 PM

            Egg salad at Murrays - 90th and Bway - is great. For a change, try the spinach egg salad.

            1. f
              fooodie Jan 3, 2009 05:26 PM

              Not in your preferred area, but for something delicious and different than your typical egg salad, try Lamazou on 27th and 3rd. They mix in Roquefort cheese. Yum!

              1 Reply
              1. re: fooodie
                jackieparis Jan 5, 2009 05:43 PM

                I agree. I think Lamazou's is the best egg salad in the city. Its amazing!

              2. i
                italianagambino Jan 5, 2009 10:39 AM

                I love the egg salad at pick a bagel.

                4 Replies
                1. re: italianagambino
                  sequins Jan 5, 2009 10:46 AM

                  Hmm... I keep underestimating that place for no reason. There's one just 'round the corner from me so I'll give it a go.

                  Also - please keep all suggestions coming. I will try as many of your suggestions as possible and (for the sake of any other egg-salad devotees) post back over the next weeks!

                  1. re: italianagambino
                    goodhealthgourmet Jan 5, 2009 11:08 AM

                    now that you mention it, when my sis lived on the UES she loved the egg salad from the Pick-A-Bagel location at 77th & Lex.

                    1. re: goodhealthgourmet
                      sequins Jan 5, 2009 06:52 PM

                      Just had some from this Pick-A-Bagel. At $10 a pound it was pricey, and the ingredients seem quite plain really, but somehow the subdued saltiness, the amount of time it was aired / had aged throughout the day (hopefully not much longer), and generous yolk-to-white ratio made for quite a satisfying egg salad. No doubt it'd taste even better on (could benefit from the enhancing powers of?) a toasted bagel.

                      1. re: sequins
                        goodhealthgourmet Jan 6, 2009 05:53 AM

                        those types of mayonnaise-based salads - egg, tuna, whitefish, salmon, chicken - are *always* better on a good, toasted bagel. something about the contrast of the creaminess with that toasted flavor & crunch.

                        but i'm also in agreement with PAULSCOHEN - i prefer homemade whenever possible. and $10/lb is WAY too much to pay for hard-cooked eggs & mayo, particularly if it doesn't knock your socks off.

                  2. p
                    PAULSCOHEN Jan 5, 2009 11:37 AM

                    hi sequins, egg salad is so easy to make. you should try making it yoourself at home. ggently simmer eggs for6-7 min. remove from shell add desired amount of mayo, s&p celery ,dill or red pepper. make a batch, store in fridge up to 4 days. better than fairways ,zabars and anywhere else

                    1 Reply
                    1. re: PAULSCOHEN
                      sequins Jan 5, 2009 06:54 PM

                      You are so right. I really should supply myself endlessly with the stuff -- and will try / have tried now and then. Just hoping to find a supplier more reliable than myself for the lazy times....

                    2. EmoryJ Jan 6, 2009 04:10 PM

                      The Market Deli at 74th and 1st. Ave. sells a very plain, but very fresh, mayo-based egg salad that's mostly halved eggs. I like it 'cause I can mush it and season it to my own specs. They also have a great shrimp salad there that is the only thing I've ever liked that uses (audible shudder) Krab.

                      Show Hidden Posts