A great NYC deli is an essential part of the Manhattan experience. Just thinking about piles of pastrami on rye gets locals, visitors, and many of our Arlo Hotel staff members excited. Here are some of our favorites Manhattan delis, from new favorites to “institutions” that have been around forever.
A short walk from the Empire State Building, and an even shorter walk from Arlo NoMad is the 2nd Avenue Deli. Its name derives from its previous location, but it still offers the same lineup of delicious meats and other Jewish staples. It’s open seven days a week (many delis are closed on Saturdays) and offers great combinations like the classic matzoh ball soup with a corned beef sandwich.
As its name implies, David’s Brisket House features amazingly tender brisket. Opened more than 50 years ago in Brooklyn, this deli stands out for being a Halal deli that offers an amazing array of traditional and new-style favorites.
Head to the Lower East Side for perhaps the most famous deli: Katz’s Delicatessen. It’s synonymous with New York’s deli scene, and features classic sandwiches made with liver, pastrami, tongue, and other traditional meats. It’s been around since 1888 and remains a cultural and culinary institution for hungry locals and visitors who want to enjoy a delicious piece of Manhattan history.
If you’re in Midtown, then you want to get lunch at Rupert Jee’s Hello Deli, a quirky spot featuring a lineup of sandwiches named after celebrities. Go there for a “David Letterman”, named after the talk show host who frequently showcased Mr. Jee on his program, leading to viral fame and increased business for his delicious deli. Enjoy the “New Yorker Club” or the “Regis Philban” sandwich and then head back out on the town to see the sights.
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