While the casual New York deli may be on the decline, a new day of national Jewish delis has dawned.
Jewish delis are going international, with new locations opening in places as unusual as Denver, Colorado and Tokyo, Japan. Here’s a roundup of all the new delis that opened in 2018 that are worth paying a visit to.
Check out the map on the bottom for help planning your cross-country deli-tasting trip.
Rye Society - Denver, Colorado
A modern Jewish deli in Denver Colorado, offering memorable food experiences from a fourth generation Colorado native, featuring pastrami flown in from New York.
Leven Deli Co - Denver, Colorado
The foods you love in the last place you’d expect!
Manny’s Restaurant and Delicatessen - Holland, Pennsylvania
“All of these Jewish delis are closing not because they’re going bad but because people are retiring and it’s time and we think that we can change that,” Jeremy Thomas told WFMZ.com.
Call Your Mother - Washington, DC
This Jew-ish deli is set to serve the best of New York and Montreal bagels, combining the sweetness of Montreal bagels and the chewiness of New York bagels.
Dingfelder’s Delicatessen - Seattle, Washington
Filling the void of Jewish comfort food in Capital Hill with authentic old world deli meats. Hot dog? Knish, anyone?
Solomon’s Delicatessen - Davis, California
Who says Sacramento is a dead zone for Jewish deli? Not anymore!
Meyvn - Minneapolis, Minnesota
Bringing Jewish soul food to the Twin Cities.
Frunchroom - Chicago, Illinois
Where Italian food, Jewish food and homemade charcuterie intersect in a wonderful way.
Larder Delicatessen and Bakery - Cleveland, Ohio
This shop, run by a fermentation expert, is putting a spin on traditional Jewish deli foods with items like koji-cured pastrami sandwiches.
Josh’s Deli - Surfside, Florida
A Jewish deli done so right it’s wrong, offering transgressive eats like the Lobster Jewchachos.
Half Sour - Chicago, Illinois
The Jewish influence is apparent when you try the latkes, chopped liver and whitefish croquettes offered here.
Lox, Stock and Brisket - Cleveland, Ohio
Bills itself as a new kind of Jewish deli, offering sandwiches like the Larry David and the Upper East Side.
Wise Sons - Tokyo, Japan
Serving up Jewish favorites in Japan, Evan Wise’s new outpost boasts lines out the door when it comes time for lunch.
Broadway Deli - Kansas City, Missouri
After approximately five decades of dreaming about opening a kosher deli in Kansas City, owner Bill Fromm’s dream of providing people with a place to buy a real egg salad sandwich is finally coming to life.
Cans Deli - Tucson, Arizona
Imagine a place where you can go buy a pastrami sandwich while listening to live music. That’s Cans.
Freedman’s - Los Angeles, California
Cross your bubby’s cooking with constant gastronomic innovation and you’ve got Freedman’s.
Sadelle’s - Las Vegas, Nevada
A Sadelle’s in Las Vegas? Will wonders never cease?
The Essen Room - Pikesville, Maryland
This restaurant is a place where size does matter. In fact, any person who can eat one full order, along with coleslaw and pickle, in under 55 minutes, will get their meal comped and their name on the wall.
Any delis that opened in 2018 that we haven’t written about? Send me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll add it to the list.