- Kutsher’s Tribeca
186 Franklin St., nr. Greenwich St.; 212-431-0606
Don’t get us wrong. We still like to worship, on Saturday afternoons, at the ancient temple of Katz’s, and at least once a year, we’ll stand in line with the rabble of tourists to get a taste of the bread-box-size sandwiches at Carnegie Deli. But for a quick fix of all the guilty delicacies that make deli special, our choice these days is the Delicatessen, which you will find under the “charcuterie” section at the popular, even posh, new Jewish-American “bistro” Kutsher’s Tribeca. Order the “works” option and you will receive strips of “spicy” salami, slabs of duck and deckle pastrami, which are pliably soft but weirdly unfatty, and little lozenges of smoked veal tongue the color of pink roses. You can complement them with all the usual fixings (mustard, rye, pickles), but if you’re feeling bold, we suggest a dab of the house horseradish aïoli, which is leavened with capers and a gourmet helping of shallots.
Best Deli Plate
From the 2012 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).