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Holy Kreplach!

The abrupt closure of the 2nd Ave. Deli earlier this month (and its uncertain future) reminds us never to take chicken in the pot for granted again. So grab your bubbe and support your local deli.


1. Katz’s Delicatessen
The pastrami gets all the press, but we’re partial to the thick, garlicky knockwurst, best washed down with a pitcher of the house beer.
205 E. Houston St., at Ludlow St.; 212-254-2246

2. Sarge’s Deli
The staff’s all lifers, the booths are well worn, and the pastrami is house-cured.
548 Third Ave., nr. 37th St.; 212-679-0442

3. Carnegie Deli
Touristy, sure, but the tongue still packs a potent punch, and there’s no place better to satisfy a late-night craving for stuffed derma.
854 Seventh Ave., nr. 55th St.; 212-757-2245


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