Review: New York Deli

I’ll be the first to admit that I am easily convinced to try new restaurants in Columbus, often due to a reader suggestion or a review I’ve read in a local media outlet, or buzz on Columbus Underground. It doesn’t take much to get me in the door the first time. However, the deciding factor on whether a restaurant is good or not (at least in my book) is whether I ever go back. Today I bring you one that went from being totally off our radar, to one we visit with amazing regularity, especially given that it’s located over a half hour away from us in Powell.

New York Deli is located on Presidential Parkway, in the former Benvenuto Amici space. While Benvenuto Amici struggled, this new restaurant seems to be doing quite well. Maybe it’s a better fit for the neighborhood. In any case, in the time we were there, it filled up very quickly – to the point people were actually waiting for tables, which is almost unheard of in a deli, at least in Ohio. Non-plussed by all the hubbub, the vivacious lady who waited on us (who I believe is also co-owner) was extremely helpful and friendly, with a bit of a snarky edge.

After trying a few different sandwiches over numerous visits, my husband and I have reached a consensus that our favorite is The Todd ($9.49) – easily one of the best sandwiches in  Columbus. It’s their version of an Italian sub – with ham, salami, cappacola, lettuce, tomato, onion, roasted red peppers, oil and vinegar. In short, lots of Boar’s Head meat with extremely fresh toppings on a exceptional roll. Great value, extremely flavorful, more sandwich than anyone with a normal appetite can realistically finish in one sitting. We declared this one worth the trip in and of itself.

"The Todd" from New York Deli

The day of our first trip was extremely cold, so we opted to get a bowl of the Turkey Noodle Soup ($4.95 for a ginormous bowl). The soup was definitely homemade, as evidenced by the presence of a bone in my bowl. It had great flavor, the serving size was easily enough for two, and it was very hearty and warming.

Turkey Noodle Soup from New York Deli

The giant dill pickles ($1.50 each) that they serve here are exceptional. We’ve made trips back here for the pickles alone. They are also Boar’s Head brand, but have a different flavor than the retail version (did a side by side comparison with a jar of the same Whole Dill Pickles I had picked up at Jungle Jim’s). I’m indifferent to most pickles, but love these. They are crunchy and have a strong garlic flavor, which make these perfect to just sit down and gnaw on.

Garlic Pickles from New York Deli

My husband is partial to liverwurst, so he got The Tom ($6.99). Great sandwich construction, with lots of good Boar’s Head liverwurst, Swiss cheese and plenty of crisp sliced onion with mustard on rye.  As far as liverwurst sandwiches go, we’ve both concurred that this is also the best we’ve had in Columbus so far.

Liverwurst Sandwich from NY Deli

Not so pleasing was the bowl of Chicken Tortilla Soup ($4.95). Where’s the chicken? Where’s the tortilla? Good flavor, but it’s not what we were craving or expected.

Chicken Tortilla Soup from New York Deli

In short, if you live in one of the Northwest suburbs, or are already out and about at Polaris or Sawmill anyway, trying this place out should be a no-brainer. For us, it’s worth traveling for – but bear in mind that we’d drive to Cleveland or Cincinnati if there was a good meal waiting for us at the end of the trip. It’s at least as good as any of the other delis in town, definitely more value for the price. Worth leaving downtown for, though? Only if you’re planning on it anyway.

If you’d like to go: New York Deli, 4032 Presidential Parkway, Powell, OH 43065, 614.766.1111

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8 thoughts on “Review: New York Deli

  1. I stopped at The New York Deli for the first time about a week ago–had a tuna on sourdough bread–gave the tuna salad maybe a B- and the sourdough bread was just plain awful..The owner was very nice BUT really didn't think much of the food..Almost forgot did order a side of potato salad and it was worthy of ordering again, imho…Left paying $10.95 where I coulda/shoulda gotten a veggie at Subway for $5!!
    Now ask me about the North Star on High–ate there yesterday had a Buddha Bowl-yum!! yum!!

  2. I guess it depends on what you're ordering – the only thing we've had so far that we weren't crazy about was the chicken tortilla soup, but then again, we haven't branched out TOO much in the sandwich ordering department. If you ever get back up that way, try The Todd if you're into Italian subs at all – it truly is spectacular, I promise.

    I love Northstar, but haven't been there for ages – I love their veggie burger but when it passed the $10 mark I couldn't justify it anymore. What is this Buddha Bowl you speak of? :)

  3. I happen to have a takeout menu right here so I don't have to stretch my memory or imagination to describe The Buddha Bowl–"pan seared organic tofu or roasted chicken (I had the chicken), long-grain organic brown rice with peanut sauce and bright vegetables.
    I know what you mean by the $$$–I was with a group of women that are not bothered by cost and they all had $4.50 smoothies and a $3.00 cookie along with their burgers, etc…I like to keep lunch under $10–
    Sure enjoy your website..keep up the good work!
    Susan

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  5. My friend and I recently visited the New York Deli. We liked the quality of the food very much. Between us we had the potato salad, The Mandy, The Todd, a shared brownie, and a slice of cheesecake. Although my friend was satisfied with The Mandy, The Todd was nowhere big enough for a “biggest sandwich”–I’m one of those people with an uncommon appetite. The potato salad was just okay because it didn’t have enough character. As for the desserts, the brownie was of the not-too-sweet variety and moist which I prefer; the cheesecake, to me, was exceptional, possessing just the right amount of heft and tang with a delicate crust.

  6. My friend and I recently visited the New York Deli. We liked the quality of the food very much. Between us we had the potato salad, The Mandy, The Todd, a shared brownie, and a slice of cheesecake. Although my friend was satisfied with The Mandy, The Todd was nowhere big enough for a "biggest sandwich"–I'm one of those people with an uncommon appetite. The potato salad was just okay because it didn't have enough character. As for the desserts, the brownie was of the not-too-sweet variety and moist which I prefer; the cheesecake, to me, was exceptional, possessing just the right amount of heft and tang with a delicate crust.

  7. Boyfriend loves the place, so I thought I'd give it a try. He got the Todd, his favorite, and I went with the Reuben (they call it something else) and some coleslaw. My sandwich was okay, but not almost ten dollars worth of sandwich (a little bag of chips also came with). And the coleslaw was TERRIBLE. It tasted like they just plopped some mayo on; no seasoning or flavor, just mayo coated cabbage. BLEH. For a little over $25 I expected waaayyyy better food. I won't be back..

  8. I'm one of those people with an uncommon appetite. The potato salad was just okay because it didn't have enough character. As for the desserts, the brownie was of the not-too-sweet variety and moist which I prefer; the cheesecake, to me, was exceptional, possessing just the right amount of heft and tang with a delicate crust

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