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Write in Delis in Philly and Jersey

I realized this week that it was just over a year ago when I finished my deli journey around the United States. In two months, and over 10,000 miles, I drove from Toronto to Los Angeles, over to Miami, and back home, hitting as many delis as I could along the way. I probably went to over 200 delis, though I’ve yet to formally count them all. I had very little free time, drove like mad, and ate like a fiend. But even then, I missed quite a lot. Geography deprived me of delis in Minnesota and the Pacific Northwest. And in the end, with Passover approaching, I had to cut the trip short and head back home straight from DC. So I missed out on several key deli markets, including Baltimore, Philadelphia, New Jersey and Boston.

Some of you have noticed this, and two recently wrote in to recommend delis in those areas.

Today I got an email from Randall, who had recently visited Hershel’s Deli in the Reading Terminal Market. Hershel’s opened in the past few years, and is similar to other such market based delis, like the I Love New York Deli in Seattle’s Pike Place Market, and Friedman’s Kosher in New York’s Chelsea Market. It makes perfect sense to open up a great deli in a building dedicated to food. Their pastrami is hand cut, and I am told home cured. And while I can’t specifically comment on the food from Hershel’s, Randall and others tell me it’s great. There’s also some good info HERE.

photo courtesy of Randall

Another reader named Stephen came upon the blog last week when I featured the enormous sandwiches of Harold’s in New Jersey. He wanted to know why I hadn’t featured more NJ delis, and has shared with me a list of his favorites. I encourage all of you to hit up the garden state and check out these temples of deliciousness. LInks and addresses provided by Stephen.

Harold’s New York Deli Restaurant
3050 Woodbridge Ave
Edison, NJ


707 Rt 46E
Parsippany, NJ

Jack Cooper’s Celebrity Deli
1199 Amboy Ave.

Eppes Essen
105 E. Mt. Pleasant Ave.
Livingston, NJ

The Kosher Nosh
894 Prospect Street
Glen Rock, NJ

Jonathan’s Kosher Deli Restaurant
2900 Route 10 West
Morris Plains, NJ

I’m also going to throw in Noah’s Ark, a Glatt kosher deli from NJ. I’ve only eaten at their Manhattan location, but they originated in Teaneck, where they have two locations.
Noah’s Ark
493 Cedar Lane
Teaneck, NJ 07666
Toll Free-800.772.NOAH

Many thanks to Stephen and Randall for their suggestions. Keep ‘em coming deli lovers.

5 Responses to “Write in Delis in Philly and Jersey”

  1. michael Says:

    Love the site, but you missed my delicatessen – Hobby’s Delicatessen and Restaurant in Newark, New Jersey. (I know we emailed about sending salamis a few months back, did I miss a mention of Hobby’s?) Anyway, we pickle our corned beef in 55 gallon vats in our basement and roast 4-6 40 pound turkeys daily. We are a family business for the past 46 years with my 84 year old father still coming in and making sure everything is up to his exacting standards. Hobby’s also has a concession in the new Prudential Center in Newark, the home ot the New Jersey Devils.

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