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lobstagal Mar 24, 2014 11:54 AM

Craving a NYC Deli style reuben or crispy monte cristo sandwich (I like mine with real maple syrup on the side). But currently I am living on the North Shore. Any where I can satisfy this craving w/o hopping on the Acela? South to Boston or North to Southern NH/ME --either direction works for me.

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  1. foodieX2 RE: lobstagal Mar 24, 2014 12:09 PM

    I don't think it will compare to a true NY deli but we love Karls in Peabody.

    Is Chelsea too far? You could try Arthurs. Couldn't find a web site but they are on FB

    In the Boston area there is Sam LaGrassa and Michael's Deli

    Although there are many many on this site who will tell you it can't be had in this area.


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      Blumie RE: lobstagal Mar 24, 2014 12:13 PM

      LaGrassa (Downtown Boston) and Zaftig's (Brookline and Natick) both do a fine version of a reuben.

      Formaggio, in Cambridge, sometimes offers a great reuben (to go only). You'd have to call to find out when it's offered; it may only be on Saturdays when they're not doing their sidewalk bbq.

      Menupages.com lists 160 places that have some sort of reuben on their menu:


      1. drewinmrblhd RE: lobstagal Mar 24, 2014 12:25 PM

        Not really a deli but damn good sandwiches.


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          Blumie RE: drewinmrblhd Mar 24, 2014 12:29 PM

          Not a comment on their sandwiches -- I've never had one -- but their website boasts "Real New York Style Deli Sandwiches," yet shows a photo of a sandwich that's unlike anything you'd find in a NY deli! (That said, if the sandwiches are good, I don't really care whether it's a "real New York style deli sandwich.")

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          catsmeow RE: lobstagal Mar 24, 2014 02:01 PM

          Evan's Deli in Marblehead has some good corned beef and pastrami.

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            phatchris RE: catsmeow Mar 24, 2014 07:51 PM


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              drewinmrblhd RE: phatchris Mar 25, 2014 05:50 PM

              Evan's deli gets most of his food from Michael's Deli in Brookline. I have never been a fan of Evan's. Watching him microwave eggs in a plastic container sealed the deal for me. Marblehead has way too many better choices.

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                phatchris RE: drewinmrblhd Mar 26, 2014 07:29 PM

                Can't speak if his Eggs, but his Pastrami works for me.

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              catsmeow RE: catsmeow Mar 25, 2014 03:30 PM

              Just read that Evans is going to have a food truck in Boston starting this Spring.

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              wandergirl RE: lobstagal Mar 24, 2014 02:08 PM

              I've heard good things about Lendy's in Saugus and they've survived a Panera moving in next to them.


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                catsmeow RE: wandergirl Mar 24, 2014 02:11 PM

                I forgot about Lendys. Good stuff.

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                RoyRon RE: lobstagal Mar 24, 2014 03:02 PM

                I would suggest Barry's in Waban right of Rte 128/95. I think they do excellent NY Deli style sandwiches. If you are a fan of Nova Lox they have some of the finest hand sliced Lox in the area and delicious cream cheese to go with it.

                1. MC Slim JB RE: lobstagal Mar 24, 2014 03:34 PM

                  Nobody mention Moody's yet? No Monte Cristo or Reuben sandwiches, but great deli, about as good as it gets around here for things like pastrami and corned beef. I wouldn't be surprised if they were willing to hand-craft you a Reuben to order.

                  Commonwealth is next on my to-try list.


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                    bear RE: MC Slim JB Mar 25, 2014 05:06 PM

                    They are so nice and accommodating, and the pastrami is outstanding. We had fabulous pastrami sandwiches for dinner Friday night. Both the hot and the cold sandwiches were delicious.

                    I haven't tried the corned beef yet, but I'm guessing it's terrific. I'm willing to bet they would happily do a version of a reuben. This is one place where I really feel that my business is appreciated.

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                      MC Slim JB RE: bear Mar 25, 2014 08:18 PM

                      Agreed: the level of staff engagement and apparent customer care is really extraordinary.


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                        jjbourgeois RE: MC Slim JB Mar 26, 2014 12:25 PM

                        Josh, Wendy, Jesse and Wayne are always fabulous. I haven't been disappointed in any of their products. Even the Saffron Pickled Turnips, which I though a little strange, but Josh gave me some to try and they were great.

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                          johndory RE: jjbourgeois Mar 26, 2014 08:15 PM

                          To pile on here, I'll add that the smoked turkey at Moody's is also excellent, as are the house-made potato chips.

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                            bear RE: johndory Mar 27, 2014 03:31 AM

                            Good to know. I'm often overwhelmed by things I want to try when I'm there. There are some gorgeous brats in my freezer just waiting for me to stop by Swiss Bakers in Allston to pick up some pretzel rolls.

                            Has anyone tried the pulled pork?

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                              Duster17 RE: bear Mar 27, 2014 05:30 AM

                              Pulled pork also excellent!

                  2. black_lab RE: lobstagal Mar 24, 2014 04:40 PM

                    Michael's Deli in Brookline is much improved under the new owner and does an great Reuben.

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