It seems that regardless of where you’re at in NYC, you’re only a stone’s throw away from an amazing deli. From Astoria to Jamaica to Rockaway Beach, Queens has plenty of delicious delis to be found throughout.
Here’s a list of 20 of our favorites.
Here’s a spot that’s been satisfying the appetites of its patrons for over 75 years. Manor Delicatessen prides itself on serving up high quality deli fare using the best ingredients that are free of artificial preservatives.
Try one of their signature wraps or sandwiches, like “The Goodfellas” with ham cappy, Genoa pepperoni, mortadella and provolone with Italian dressing or “The Woodhaven Manor Classic” with a sliced chicken cutlet, crispy bacon and American cheese.
Be sure to come hungry to Othello’s because they’re known for their massive “super heroes” — most of which have epic, original names.
Go for “The Othello Bad Boy,” which includes a chicken cutlet, bacon, Swiss cheese, caramelized onions and brown gravy. Or how about “The Luigi?” It features cappy ham, sopressata, pepperoni and melted mozzarella.
Here’s a spot in Whitestone that offers some serious deli eats in an old-school, unpretentious atmosphere. Tony’s Beechhurst Deli has an amazing selection of meats and sandwiches that are made completely from scratch.
One of their favorites is “Tony’s Special Hero” with layer upon layer of sopressata, pepperoni, mortadella and provolone. This place was even specially recommended by musician and culinary personality Action Bronson on his food show on Viceland.
Located in Flushing, Buddy’s has all of your classic kosher favorites. Here, you’ll find a laundry list of “super sandwiches” like hot corned beef, hot pastrami and chopped liver.
You can also also choose from their house favorites, including “The Rockin’ Ruby” with a fried chicken cutlet on a hero with tomato and Russian dressing, and “Ala Jose” with brisket mixed with gravy and red onions.
Constantine’s offers a robust menu that’s filled with top notch cold and hot sandwiches as well paninis, burgers and wraps. They place an emphasis on sourcing the highest quality and best-tasting ingredients that keep their patrons’ tastebuds happy.
Some of their favorites include “The Pot O’ Gold,” which features pastrami, corned beef, melted Swiss, coleslaw and Russian dressing, and “The Sicilian Special” with prosciutto di Parma, sopressata, capicola, mozzarella, mortadella and balsamic vinegar.
Hollis Deli is a true throwback in the best possible way. It’s an inconspicuous corner deli nestled in Queens Village where you’ll find premium cold cuts like pastrami, corned beef and salami.
Be sure to check out their specialty sandwiches like “The Hollis Special,” which includes hot roast beef, turkey, melted mozzarella and fried onions, and “The Money Haze” with pastrami, roast beef, tomato and fried onions.
This place is a true staple of the Jackson Heights neighborhood and has a loyal legion of hungry patrons. K & L Delicatessen also has some of the most delicious heroes you could ever hope to find.
Some of these include the classic Italian with Genoa salami, pepperoni, capicola, provolone and oil and vinegar, as well as “The Suicide Squeeze” with grilled seasoned roast beef, melted mozzarella and bacon.
Ben’s Best is truly one of the best in the business and an absolute gem for classic deli lovers. Opened in 1945, this place has established itself as a genuine landmark and has even been featured on The Travel Channel’s “Food Paradise” and “Delicious Destinations.”
Here, you’ll find a smorgasbord of deli favorites like hot pastrami, corned beef and salami. If you’re really famished, opt for one of their overstuffed sandwiches that will tame even the harshest of hungers.
This is a place that’s known for its hearty deli fare. At Fresco Deli Cafe, you can choose from a sizable list of hot and cold sandwiches as well as their signatures.
Some of their favorites include “The Santorini Sandwich” with a chicken cutlet, feta cheese, roasted red peppers and roasted red pepper mayo, and “The OMGG!! (Oh My Greek God) Sandwich” with grilled chicken, feta and tzatziki.
Here’s another great spot in Whitestone that’s open until 3 a.m. every single day of the week. This makes it a favorite for night owls looking to satisfy their late-night deli cravings.
Cherry Valley has some amazing chicken specials like “The Beast” that comes with a chicken cutlet, bacon, Swiss cheese, onion rings and brown gravy, and “The Last Call” with a chicken cutlet, mushrooms, mozzarella and brown gravy.
They’ve also got some ridiculously good appetizers like cheese fries and cheese waffle fries.
At Benateri’s, the focal point is offering super fresh foods with the highest quality ingredients possible.
Sandwich lovers will definitely want to try one of their Italian creations like “The Supreme Roll” with sweet sopressata, pepperoni, prosciutto, provolone and roasted peppers with garlic dressing, or “The Mother in-Law Roll” with fried eggplant, Asiago cheese, sauteed spinach in garlic and oil and roasted red peppers.
This is an old-school, no-nonsense type of deli where you can get mouthwatering oversized Italian subs. Located in Astoria, Sal, Kris and Charlie’s Deli has been around for more than 70 years, with its current ownership in place since 1987.
One of their favorites is “The Bomb,” a mammoth of a sub that’s capable of satisfying even the most ravenous of hungers. On it, you’ll find nearly two pounds of thinly sliced pastrami, roast beef, ham, turkey, mortadella, provolone cheese, American cheese and more.
Adam Kuban writes at Serious Eats that The Bomb is nearly as long and thick as the forearms of the police officers and ConEd lineworkers who eat here daily. It’s no joke.
Here’s a classic hole in the wall deli that offers a full spread of tantalizing sandwiches for a price that’s very reasonable. Some of the favorites at Andy’s Delicatessen include “The Fat Boy” with roasted beef and mozzarella on toasted garlic bread and “The Plumber’s Helper” with turkey, bacon, melted American cheese, lettuce tomato and Russian dressing.
They also offer some delicious sides including German potato salad, rice pudding, and sweet and sour cabbage.
Located in the JFK International Airport, Brooklyn National Deli is the perfect place to grab some grub on the go. Customers rave about their delicious pastrami and Reuben sandwiches.
You can also find some top-notch hot dogs and kebabs. Even if you’re simply on a layover, this is a deli that will give you a taste of New York.
Looking for a place that serves up a mix of killer classic sandwiches along with some insanely good signatures? Look no further than Redwood Deli.
Located in Forest Hills, this is a place that offers sandwiches with high quality ingredients at a reasonable price. Be sure to try one of their geological inspired favorites like the “Mt. McKinley” with Boar’s Head ham, Genoa salami, Muenster cheese and sliced onion, or the “Mt. Vesuvius” with a chicken cutlet, turkey breast and melted provolone.
If you’re looking for a quintessential Italian deli with all of the classic favorites, Rosario’s is the place. Here, you’ll find some absolutely mind-blowing footlong subs like “The Calabria” with spicy sopressata, Muenster cheese and hot cherry peppers, and “The Passion” with Italian ham, coppa, sopressata and provolone.
This place was even featured by Rachel Wharton in New York Daily News, where she lists it as one of the top spots for Italian fare in Astoria.
Some of their favorites include “The Corned Beef Queen” with grilled corned beef, melted Muenster cheese, hot pepper lettuce and Russian dressing, and “The Love Handle” with grilled roast beef, mozzarella, bacon, spicy French fries and hot sauce brown gravy.
This place has amassed quite a following and is the “home of NY’s best potato salad.”
Douglaston Delicatessen also happens to have some crazy good signature sandwiches such as “The Italian Hero” with salami, mozzarella, pepperoni and Italian dressing, and “The Shoreroad,” which includes a chicken cutlet, cheddar, bacon and sweet and tangy BBQ sauce.
As its name implies, Home Deli Pizza & Catering is one part deli and one part pizzeria. Both options are delicious.
If a hot hero is your thing, try “Mario’s Special,” which includes a chicken cutlet, bacon, fries, mozzarella and Marsala sauce. Or if you’d prefer a classic cold hero, check out “The Pastrami Reuben” with pastrami, sauerkraut, melted Swiss, chipotle peppers and mayo.
This final spot is a go-to for delicious gourmet sandwiches where quality ingredients are the focal point. Nick’s Gourmet Deli & Catering has a great variety of classics like smoked turkey breast, rare roast beef and grilled chicken breast.
They also have a mean Cuban and a caprese with super fresh mozzarella.
Queens has a lot to offer. You can watch the Mets at Citi Field, check out some amazing art at MoMA PS1 or relax in one the beautiful parks.
And when it comes to great eats, there’s no lack of that, either. In fact, Queens has some of the most delicious delis in NYC. Whether you’re looking for classic Jewish kosher, Italian or American fare, you’ll find it all here.
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