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Jan 7, 2014 06:59 AM

NYC deli food all exactly the same

How is it that all (well, a lot) of the delis in midtown serve the exact same salad, sandwich and steam table food? Are they all owned by the same person? Is there a secret deli overlord? How about all the chexican places that have different names but all serve exactly the same food and have menus with the same font? Secret chexican overlord?

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    1. If you were a businessman(strickly a businessman, not a chef or culinary revolutionalist) to open a deli, what do you think is the safest items you can sell?

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        1. re: Monica

          I also want to add watermelon at buffet table.

          1. re: Monica

            I was going to suggest heroin, until I realised it's more commonly served in pizza parlors.
            (nice profit margin, too -better than coffee and water combined.)

          2. Florists sell flowers. Jewelers sell jewelry. Delis sell sandwiches. What's the problem here?

            1. Are there particular things you're wanting that they don't have?

              1. One huge interconnected subterranean kitchen!!!

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                1. re: Motosport

                  That is the Indians on East 6th Street.