2290 Broadway, at 82nd St.; 212-579-5959
Thoughtful takes on staples—like carefully cured pastrami—served by waitresses who seem like they’ve been working the counter for decades, even though it’s only been open since 1999.
854 Seventh Ave., at 55th St.; 212-757-2245
This Old World deli charges $22.95 for a Reuben—albeit one with about a pound of corned beef and Swiss cheese.
205 E. Houston St., at Ludlow St.; 212-254-2246
The legendary orgasmic deli (see Meg Ryan’s performance in When Harry Met Sally) is also the only place in town that still carves all its pastrami and corned beef by hand.
Second Ave Deli
E. 33rd St., nr. Third Ave.; 212-689-9000
It's not on Second Avenue anymore, but everything else is the same at this kosher deli, once ranked as the best in the Lower East Side. (Now it’s the best in Murray Hill.)
834 Seventh Ave., nr. 53rd St.; 212-245-7850
Across the street from the Late Show studio, this landmark plies midtown with behemoth sandwiches named after celebrities like Conan O’Brien (brisket) and James Gandolfini (roast beef).