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Offline JLEE3

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Best deli for cold cuts?
« on: April 28, 2017, 12:46:15 PM »
Does anyone have any recommendations for where to get good quality cold cuts at great prices in Jackson Heights?

Offline ClydeM

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Re: Best deli for cold cuts?
« Reply #1 on: April 28, 2017, 07:03:20 PM »
There isn't one and this is something that the neighborhood could really use. I usually make a weekly trip to Sorriso's in Astoria to stock up on things for the week. The prices are pretty good for the quality and they know how to cut the cold cuts.

There used to be a good person at the deli counter at Trade Fair at 89th and 37th who knew what he was doing. However, I haven't seen him recently and my last couple of experiences were not very good (e.g. corned beef cut with the grain).

Despaña on Northern and 87th has excellent prepackaged specialty items like serrano ham at very good prices but nothing cut to order. It's a great store, though, especially for cheese, and the prices are really food. If you go on a Saturday, you can sample their wares and catch a nice buzz from the wine that they thrust at you (and continue to refill) when you walk through the door. Plus the people are really nice.


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Re: Best deli for cold cuts?
« Reply #2 on: April 28, 2017, 09:23:18 PM »
Please enlighten me on this topic. 

Boar's Head products are ubiquitous in the city... not exciting but generally good enough for most days.  Some markets have other brands like Hormel that I've always assumed aren't as good.  Foodtown and Lemon Farm have various nicer imported salamis, sopressata, prosciutto, etc. that are always great for a picnic.  There are more specialized imported products available at Appetito and Despaña.   And if I want good pastrami, I go to a place like Ben's Best that makes its own.

Beyond this landscape, is there something else I should be looking for?  Some commercial brand that is better than Boar's Head, or a deli somewhere that makes a broad selection of fine cold cuts in-house? 

Offline hum@njukebox1

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Re: Best deli for cold cuts?
« Reply #3 on: April 29, 2017, 06:46:43 AM »
Good questions toddg.  Wish I knew the answers.  I've been looking for good pastrami......where is Ben's Best?  I've never heard of it.  Also, I happened to get the Hormel honey ham instead of Boar's Head one day and actually preferred it.

Offline dssjh

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Re: Best deli for cold cuts?
« Reply #4 on: April 29, 2017, 09:59:03 AM »
Ben's Best is on Queens Blvd in Rego Park, literally 50 or so feet from the entrance/exit from the 63rd Drive station. Old fashioned kosher deli of the almost-extinct variety. Easily the best pastrami in the borough, and while it's a cut or two below Katz's (non-kosher), it's top five in the city.

they also make excellent chopped liver -my second go-to sandwich is a turkey/chopped liver combo -- and terrific kreplach and matzo ball soup (the matzo balls themselves really clinch it).


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Re: Best deli for cold cuts?
« Reply #5 on: April 29, 2017, 10:53:48 AM »
Sadly, not within walking distance.  Maybe I'll ride my bike out there one of these days.  But, Queens Blvd. is so scary!  Thanks for the info.

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Re: Best deli for cold cuts?
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