Looking for a great deli sandwich in New York? Hop on the ferry and you’ll quickly find that Long Island has plenty of deli gems that are sure to satiate your deepest cravings.
Here are 25 of our top picks for the best delis on Long Island.
Ben’s Kosher Deli
Ben’s has several locations throughout New York and even one in Florida. During their 42 years of operation, Ben’s has been serving up some delicious, traditional favorites and has earned a reputation for being one of the best in the business.
Here you’ll find some amazing overstuffed corned beef, pastrami and hard salami sandwiches. They also have a robust restaurant menu featuring homemade soups and noshes.
Lido Kosher Deli
If you’re looking for an old school Jewish deli that’s the real deal, it’s hard to beat Lido. During its nearly 60 years of operation, it has truly become a Long Island culinary landmark.
Choose from a variety of “overstuffers,” featuring classic meats like pastrami, corned beef and brisket. Or, just try The Sandwich That Made Us Famous (“lotsa corned beef and plus lotsa pastrami”).
The name says it all with Pastrami King. This is an absolute must if you’re crazy about authentic pastrami sandwiches.
Choose from their traditional favorites like hot brisket, beef, salami and chicken liver. If you’re really hungry, go with the “Pastrami King Special” with pastrami, corned beef, roast beef and salami that’s piled high on a triple decker. It’s a sandwich that’s truly fit for a king.
Long Island Gourmet
This place offers a robust menu of more than 100 different sandwiches, spuds, soups and more. Their overstuffed sandwiches include some of the highest quality meats and for a very reasonable price.
Or you can try one of their sandwich sensations like the “Cross Bay” with Genoa salami, capocollo, provolone and roasted red peppers. Either way, can’t go wrong at Long Island Gourmet.
Here’s a place with roots that can be traced all the way back to 1919, when their first salciceria opened in Brooklyn. Since that time, Iavarone Brothers has become one of the most respected gourmet Italian food providers in Long Island as well as the greater NYC area.
Fill up on one of their classic heroes like “The Godfather” with Genoa salami, deluxe ham, pepperoni, mortadella and provolone. Or try one of their speciality heroes like “The Flying Pig” with fan-fried chicken cutlets, smoked bacon and cheddar.
Friend’s Gourmet Deli
Here’s a deli with a simple philosophy: Serve up fresh food using high-quality ingredients at a reasonable price. Maybe that’s why Friend’s Gourmet Deli has a legion of loyal patrons. Peruse the menu, and you’ll find all of the delicious sandwiches you could possibly hope for.
There are the classics like pastrami, corned beef and hard salami. They’ve also got a nice selection of specialties like “The Primo Italiano” with grilled chicken, pepperoni, melted mozzarella, sun-dried tomato and Italian dressing as well as “The Melt Down” with roast beef and melted mozzarella on a garlic bread hero.
Looking for delicious home-cooked fare and a friendly staff? Manor Delicatessen is your spot. Here, you’ll find a smorgasbord of mouthwatering hot sandwiches like the Reuben hero, chicken cutlet and German meat cake hero.
Or you can opt for one of the specialty sandwiches like “The Bismarck” with Black Forest ham, Jarlsberg cheese, lettuce and tomato, and Bauer’s mustard on a hero. Another good option is the “Goodfellas” with ham cappy, Genoa pepperoni, mortadella, provolone and Italian dressing.
As the name implies, My Hero is a go-to spot for delicious hero sandwiches. It has a throwback type of feel and offers some of the best hot and cold heroes you’ll find.
Favorites include “The Champ” with ham capicola, prosciuttini, Genoa salami, provolone and the works, and “The Bocconcini Hero” with fresh mozzarella, eggplant, roasted pepper, also with the works.
This is family-owned deli that’s been around since 1957 and is truly an area landmark. One thing that separates Park Delicatessen from most others is that they prepare your food right in front of you so you can see just how fresh the ingredients are.
Some of their favorites include “The Cruiser” with hot pastrami, Swiss cheese, coleslaw and Russian dressing on toasted bakery rye and “The Paulie Supreme” with salami, mortadella, prosciutto, provolone and Italian dressing.
Pastrami Plus is a classic Kosher deli where you can get all of the authentic Jewish favorites. Try one of their overstuffed sandwiches like hot pastrami, corned beef, brisket or beef tongue. All come with generous portions that will satisfy even the most ravenous of hungers.
They’ve also got some killer combo sandwiches like “The Coney Island” with hot pastrami, fresh turkey, coleslaw and Russian dressing and “The Ultimate” with hot pastrami, corned beef, chopped liver, coleslaw and Russian dressing.
The Pit Stop
This is your quintessential mom and pop place that’s all about homemade fresh food and zero pretentiousness. Since opening in 2001, The Pit Stop has steadily expanded its menu and offers customers a little bit of everything.
Their sandwiches are top-notch with some of the favorites being “The Crispy Chicken Bacon Cheddar” and their steak sandwich with grilled onions, melted mozzarella on garlic bread. You’ve also got your choice of some delicious paninis like the Cuban and turkey jalapeno Reuben.
Here’s a deli that’s definitely steeped in history. At the Se-Port Deli, you can take your pick from a monster menu of sandwiches as well as burgers and fried platters.
Beth Ann Clyde writes in the Long Island Pulse that their sandwiches are so massive that they might as well have created the term “linner” because dining here is like eating lunch and dinner in one meal.
Dominick’s is a classic Italian-American deli run by a father and son team. Come in and you’ll find all of the classic Italian favorites like prosciutto, sopressata, capicola and salami.
They also offer a nice list of specialty sandwiches like “The Dominick’s Special” with homemade fresh sliced mozzarella, roasted peppers, tomatoes, basil, salt, pepper and balsamic vinaigrette.
Established in 1985, Salpino III has been serving up great Italian eats to Long Islanders for more than 30 years. Here you’ll find all of the old school favorites under one roof.
Try “The Classic” with prosciutto, fresh mozzarella and sun-dried tomato, or “The Italian” with salami, pepperoni, ham cappy, mortadella and provolone.
Island Park Deli
Located just near Long Beach, the Island Park Deli is known for their quality food and friendly staff. Take your pick from their extensive list of specialty sandwiches like the reuben on rye or the “Here’s the Beef” with sliced roast beef on melted mozzarella garlic bread.
They also serve up some mean speciality ciabattas like “The Sicilian” with roasted peppers, eggplant, fresh mozzarella, pesto and sun-dried tomato spread.
Regal Kosher Deli & Caterers
Known locally simply as “The Deli,” Regal Kosher Deli & Caterers is truly an institution with an authentic feel that conjures up a sense of nostalgia for many of its patrons. It’s got the old school vibe that simply can’t be replicated.
Here you’ll find classic kosher favorites like corned beef, pastrami, brisket and liverwurst. They’ve also got some delicious cold cuts and several overstuffed sandwiches if you’re really looking to indulge.
Delicacies Gourmet Delicatessen and Pizza
Opened more than 20 years ago, Delicacies is a one-stop-shop for food lovers. You’ve got your classic sandwiches, heroes, paninis, burgers, pizza and more.
You can even grab some amazing breakfast sandwiches for that early morning food fix. The menu is incredibly robust, and the food is packed with high-quality, gourmet ingredients.
This is an all-American deli where you’ll find a plethora of delicious sandwiches.
Some of the favorites include the “Italian Philly Cheesesteak” with grilled peppers, onions, mozzarella and tomato sauce on a toasted garlic roll or hero, and “The Bad Boy,” which is a chicken cutlet with melted mozzarella, bacon, brown gravy and spicy french fries.
Roy’s Deli also offers some pretty amazing paninis, wraps and wings.
SeaQua Deli of Patchogue
This is a family-run deli that was founded in 1983, and it’s well worth the drive, especially for one of SeaQua’s delicious gourmet sandwiches.
Try the “Italian Bomb” with ham cappy, Genoa salami, pepperoni, prosciutto, fresh mozzarella and roasted peppers or the “Long Beach Press” with a breaded chicken cutlet, bacon, red onion, grilled red peppers, cheddar cheese and ranch dressing on focaccia.
Suburban Eats is a full-scale deli and eatery that prides itself on offering high-quality foods and a robust menu. You’ll find a variety of gourmet sandwiches like the “Plum Tomato and Mozzarella” and the “Black Forest Special” with mesquite turkey breast and Muenster cheese on a black Russian roll.
You’ll also find some delicious wraps, paninis and brick oven pizza. It’s all here at Suburban Eats.
Willis Avenue Deli
Located in Roslyn Heights, the Willis Avenue Deli is a culinary goldmine and offers a killer selection of mouthwatering sandwiches. Grab one of the classics like a cappy ham, prosciutto or liverwurst.
Or opt for one of their signatures like “The East End,” which features a chicken cutlet, melted mozzarella and brown gravy or “The Macho Man Special” with grilled roast beef, mozzarella or Swiss cheese, fried onion and brown gravy on a toasted garlic hero.
Brightwaters Village Delicatessen
This is another Long Island deli that offers some tantalizing signature sandwiches. Maybe you’re in the mood for “The Beast” with roast beef, sauteed mushrooms, melted Muenster cheese & horseradish mayo on a roll.
Or how about “The Long Islander.” It includes ham, turkey, bacon, Alpine-lace Swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato and ranch dressing on a roll. At Brightwaters, you can also choose from a delicious selection of wraps, paninis, ciabattas and more.
Carl’s Main Street Deli
Here’s a spot in Huntington that features an amazing lunch menu of sandwiches.
Some of the favorites at Carl’s Main Street Deli include “The Vanderbilt” with capocollo, Genoa salami, pepperoni and provolone and “The Montauk” with roast beef, bacon, Vermont cheddar cheese, caramelized onions and chipotle aioli.
Papacino’s Bagels, Deli & Catering
Although this is a fairly new establishment that opened in 2010, the chef and owner of Papacino’s has been making delicious food for much longer. While the bagels are often the focal point, you’ll also find some ridiculously delicious sandwiches on the lunch menu.
There’s “The Stallone” with sweet or spicy Italian sausage, mozzarella, marinara sauce and herbed pesto as well as “The Manhattan,” which consists of meat dipped in au just and horseradish cheddar on a toasted garlic hero.
This last pick is a no-nonsense kind of place where you’ll find some crazy good sandwiches.
At the Malverne Deli, you’ll find classic corned beef and reubens as well as some great signatures like “The Italiano” with fresh mozzarella, prosciutto, marinated peppers and fresh basil.
A Deli Paradise
There’s certainly no lack of deli options in Long Island. Whether you’re looking for the old school classics or sandwiches with an innovative twist, you’re sure to be satisfied with all of the amazing eats just outside of the city.
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