Richmond is home to many fantastic locally-owned restaurants, but have you ever visited the oldest one of them all? Still going strong after almost a full century of business is New York Deli in Carytown. I paid a visit to this historic eatery and can tell you that there’s a reason it’s stood the test of time.
New York Deli opened its doors in 1929, and moved to its current location in Carytown five years later. Their claim to fame has always been their ability to make killer gourmet sandwiches, with their Reuben arguably being the best you’ll ever eat and a creation of their own, the Sailor, being a local favorite. (although I’m partial to another, which you’ll find out below) They also are known to have a lengthy and rotating beer selection, with both local RVA craft brews, ciders, cask beers, imports, and nationally-known beers available.
The atmosphere of this Richmond staple is just what you’d expect from a downtown deli. It’s quaint and filled with character with its original creeky wood floors, eclectic decor, and bar feel. They even have a working vintage black and white photo booth in the corner, adding to the charm. It’s a cozy place where regulars sit in the tables at the window with their morning paper and coffee, families take a seat for an afternoon lunch after a morning of shopping Carytown’s local stores, and professionals young and old grab an after-work beer with friends and neighbors. It’s just a place you hope stays around forever–it’s tradition, history, familiarity and comfort. And it defines what’s great about Richmond.
The waitstaff at New York Deli is always friendly and accommodating. Our waiter was very attentive, even playing and talking to my daughter between asking if there was anything we needed. I overheard him giving recommendations to newcomers and having them rave about his choices once they’d enjoyed their meals.
My visit was during a Saturday lunch hour, so naturally one of their gourmet sandwiches was a must for me. I’m a sucker for a Cuban, so I had to see how their “Juan’s Cubano” measured up to others I’d had in the area. My husband ordered their famous Reuben. The sandwiches were absolutely delicious. Their Cuban is one of the best I’ve ever eaten and, after grabbing a bite of the Reuben from my husband’s plate, I can see why they say it’s the best in the world. I can’t be the judge of that, of course, but it’s clear why it’s so well known. As for sides, they have a list for every want from fruit to coleslaw, potato salad, veggies and more. We went the traditional route with their beer-battered french fries and they were some of the best fries I’ve found in the city.
Some other dishes offered at New York Deli are their Chicken and Waffles, which are apparently a must-have, burgers, patty melts, bagels and lox, salads, and of course a slew of gourmet sandwiches, hot and cold. Check out their full menu at the link below.
New York Deli is open from 9AM-2AM, 7 days a week and is located at 2920 West Cary Street. For more information and a full menu, visit their website at www.ny-d.com
We had a great experience and left full, happy, and planning our next visit back to this Richmond gem.