BETTER THAN BUBBIE'S
Overstuffed pastrami and towering Reubens. Deep bowls of rich, hearty soup. Massive pickles by the barrel. If you're looking for something in between fast food and a traditional sit-down restaurant, a great deli is more than just a shop for outstanding sandwiches — it's an oasis in the desert. It all started in 1888 when the first Jewish delicatessen opened in New York City. By the 1920s, the neighborhood deli was a cornerstone of Jewish-American culture that was in some ways, according to author Ted Merwin, as important to the community as the local synagogue. Today, the delicatessen is no longer the bastion of a single ethnic group but a staple of American cuisine — and amazing delis can be found not just in the crowded boroughs of New York City, but in every corner of America.