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Best Delis on the Upper West Side

October 03 2018 | Dining

It’s no secret that New York City is known for its delicatessen. Ever since Jewish delis started appearing in the city before the turn of the last century, bagels and sandwiches have become an everyday provision for New Yorkers. Carryout deli fare continues to agree with the fast-paced lifestyle of most locals.

The Upper West Side is home to old school delis that have been around for generations. While you’re here, nosh on goods from a local deli. Order a sandwich to eat in nearby Central Park; take a seat and have a bagel while observing the quick pace of a corner deli; or stock up on delicatessen groceries to later prepare in the kitchenette of your hotel room. Here are some of the best Upper West Side deli picks.

Zabar’s

With over 80 years at its Broadway location, Zabar’s now spans nearly a city block. The deli is famous for its smoked fish, roasted coffee blends and artisanal cheeses. Try a bit of everything, from chocolate babka to potato knish. No visit to the Upper West Side is complete without a stop at Zabar’s.
2245 Broadway and 80th Street

Andy’s Deli

Located just a block from Hotel Beacon, Andy’s is your typical neighborhood deli. No indoor seating or frills, this straight-forward counter deli service is always reliable and fast. Order food to go or for quick delivery right to your hotel room. Best of all, Andy’s is open 6 am to 1 am – hours that suit just about any New Yorker.
295 Amsterdam and 74th Street

Fine & Schapiro

One of the city’s oldest kosher delis, Fine & Schapiro opened their doors in 1927 and not much has changed since. The restaurant and deli is the perfect example of old-school deli fare, with juicy corned beef and pastrami sandwiches on rye, matzo ball soup, and other delicious classics. Pickles and coleslaw are served as compliments to your meal – go for lunch and enjoy the atmosphere of a bygone era.
138 W. 72nd St., between Columbus and Amsterdam avenues

Barney Greengrass

The Sturgeon King has been in the neighborhood since 1908 and holds strong today. Prices are steep compared to other delis, but cured fish cuts are high-quality and masterfully prepared. Order a bagel with Nova Scotia salmon, or if you want to try something unusual, try the sturgeon. The flakey, firm white fish tastes excellent with – you guessed it – cream cheese.
541 Amsterdam Ave.

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