Denver >Food & Dining > New York Deli News
7105 E Hampden Ave, Denver, CO | Directions 8022439.653233 -104.906474
Neighborhoods: Southeast Denver, Hampden
Terrible Service and Terrible Food – I have never had food from New York, hope it's not like this place. I can't believe we wasted our time here, not to mention our money. Server #4 as my receipt says was so rude. My husband and I have never felt so unwelcome. She left us without silverware and napkins. I had the BBQ Brisket which wasn't that great. Ate my sandwich with BBQ all over my hands and no napkins in sight. Our server made us feel so uneasy that we were unable to finish our food. We left as quickly as we could. I have never had to leave a restaurant from disgust. Wish I would have read the reviews for this place before I gave them $29.62 for two sandwiches and two drinks.
Don't waste your time or $ at this place!! – the waitress here was rude, very unorganized, we didn't have silverware,napkins,ketchup refills,orders were wrong.
It was the first time we had been there, we asked the waitress to explain some things on the menu,she was to busy to answer are questions, we didn't get anything we thought we were getting, our open faced sandwich was little and didnt come with fries for 11.00$, we were also charged for all kinds of stupid things that most restaurants don't charge for......it was bad, I wouldnt recommend it, and will never go back, I don't get how people have anything good to say about this place!!!!!
A deli I make the trip down from the mountains for – Living in the mountains of Colorado has many attributes, yet we are missing a good deli. Do not get me wrong, we have a few chain sandwich shops which are adequate. What I am talking about is true deli food which any aficionado will advise is beyond just a sandwich.
My business brings me down to Denver a few times a month. While I am usually in downtown, I always squeeze in time to head south on I-25 to the New York Deli News. Most recently due to an overnight stay in Denver I was able to experience both lunch and breakfast at the deli.
My lunch meeting was with colleagues from the Big Apple, thus we are not an easy bunch to please. I went with the classic “Turkey Club” which seems to only be known in the tri-state area of NYC. The NY Deli News makes it just like delis in NYC. The turkey sliced thin yet not to thin when lost texture means lost taste. The lettuce and tomato, fresh with the greens crackling and the tomatoes red and juicy. The bacon, grilled to perfection. I am a purist i.e. whole-wheat toasted and extra mayonnaise. The fries, well the McDonald’s next door may have some competition.
My partner ordered a Pastrami/Corned Beef combination and all I could think was Zocor. Yet, when his meal arrived, the meats were truly succulent. The pastrami, cured perfectly, the corned beef, just enough brine. All served on rye with a side of Russian dressing. Yes, I had to take a few bites and made sure to hit the treadmill at the hotel that night. BTW: I did ask the waitress, seems the meats are brought in from New York City.
Our other dining companions also enjoyed their meals. One ordered the French Dip with ad jus on the side. While I did not taste it, the brisket was piled high. Our 4th dining companion ordered a Cobb Salad. While impressive to look at (and I assume tasty as he polished off the bowl), a salad?
The following morning before heading back to the mountains I headed to the Deli to experience their breakfast and ordered off the back of the menu which offers specials just like in New York City. I had the cheese omelet and was surprised when provolone was offered (I did not think provolone was known west of the Mississippi). The hash browns fried a golden brown. The coffee, strong and re-filled without asking. The bill with tip, les then $10.00.
Is the New York Deli News on par with Carnegie, Katz’ or the former Kaplan’s and Wolff’s (both RIP). I can honestly say no but that is a good thing. When I dine in an area, I enjoy the unique. Katz and Carnegie are unique to New York and their setting and service. Please do not consider locations in Las Vegas! Is The New York Deli News a viable substitute on the high plains? It sure is.
Slow Decline – I'm a slow learner, or maybe I'm just afraid to admit the truth. It took the last 2-3 years to see the light: NYDN is simply a waste of time and money.
My wife and I stopped in for a light lunch yesterday. She had the chicken noodle soup and we shared the rare roast beef on rye. I also ordered a side of coleslaw. Our service was OK - this has always been a hit-or-miss part of eating there.
My wife thought the beef was good, but I couldn't taste much of anything. Odd for a $9 sandwich! The most disappointing parts were the bread - sliced so thin the whole thing fell apart as soon as you picked it up! Talk about missing the taste of a component of the meal. If there isn't much bread to chew through, you can't claim you tasted it!
Worse was the coleslaw side dish. Thinly shredded, dry and 'aged' to the point where it hit the palate with a bitterness I hadn't noticed before. Worse than cafeteria fare.
We've been returning to NYDN for over 20 years, and it's odd that as the interior decor (tables, chairs, booths especially) have been redone over the last few, the food has become a lightweight afterthought, or just downright bad. My wife and I are long time transplants from LA, and just about any chain deli or local (Westside/ Valley) spot was better than what we've experienced lately at NYDN.
I can't speak to the ownership's motives,as others have, but any restaurant operation that assumes I've put my preferences on auto-pilot needs to think a second time about that. There are good deli's of all stripes around Denver. The 'Pho' grills alone underscore the fact that, ethnically speaking, there's alot to enjoy here.
Life's too short to waste any of it downing bad food. It is, however, more fun to get back in the hunt for newer eateries!
First Stop in my travels – I live in New York, only blocks from several old world delis, and I have to say New York Deli News is the first stop right off the airplane in Denver. I don't even unpack or comb my hair before I show up for a french dip, matzo ball soup and black and white cookie....which they'll make for me, even at 8:00 in the morning. Love the folks there. NO New York attitude, so refreshing. I always know that I'm going to be satisfied and taken good care of . When I moved from Denver 11 years ago, I thought I'd be getting the best deli in the world in New York, and there are some great ones here, but I still love NYDN. The food is every bit as good and at half the price. It's like coming home to my second home. Sure you don't want to open a location in Midtown Manhattan???? It would save me a lot of plane fare.
Cures homesickness for a former New Yorker – As a former New Yorker, I know deli. Having grown up with Katz’s on the Lower East Side, taken visitors to Carnegie in Midtown, mourned the loss of Kaplan’s on East 59th and now enjoy Artie’s at 82nd & Broadway on the UWS, The New York Deli News is my “home away from home” when I have a craving for deli, both food and experience.
I have been enjoying the New York Deli News since it opened 20+ years ago when Arthur (may he rest in peace), the oldest waiter in Denver still brought food to the table with wit and humor. For those who did not have the pleasure of knowing Arthur, his picture hangs in Booth #1 which is named Arthur's Booth in his honor.
While The New York Deli News in my opinion has the best deli meats in the metro area and desserts (the cheesecake is on par with The Palm, my other home away from home refuge), I admit I am a creature of habit and during 99% of my visit's I order a “French Dip”. The other 1%, the Prime Rib Special on Friday nights.
I have enjoyed the perfectly cured pastrami and the brine on the corned beef is succulent. The “deli hash” screams Upper West Side (UWS) and the Dr. Browns Cel-Ray completes the experience. While I have tried the majority of the menu, I keep returning to The French Dip, a non-traditional deli meal.
Start with New York procured brisket cooked to a tender consistency. Pile the brisket high on a seeded Kaiser roll, perfectly split. On the side, french fries, cooked golden brown which would make McDonald’s jealous. Yet, I am not a purist; I substitute Russian dressing for the “au jus” as a real New Yorker does. Of course I enjoy the cole-slaw as every meal must have a vegetable.
Prior to “the Dip”, I enjoy the pickles on the table. Also, The New York Deli News is one of the few places which knows how to make an Iced Coffee. A New York Iced Coffee, not the pretend stuff at Starbucks. By the way, regular means one cream and two sugars.
The one thing The New York Deli News lacks is the "New York Attitude". The owners and staff are truly “hands on” and greet customers, new and old-timers as family. The pictures in the entry hall of the owner with the many “younger customers” provide insight to the next generations of deli patrons. The children are all smiling (probably because Mom and Dad shared a delicious homemade “Black and White” and the children are on a sugar high.
Now if we can only get a Dunkin’ Donuts in Denver (maybe replace a few Krispy Kremes), I may actually give up my NYC apartment.
great breakfast and lunch place – I've been going to the deli for the last two years since I arrived in Denver. The food has always been delicious, especially the BBQ beef briscuit sandwhich and the french toast. For the size of your plate the prices are more than reasonable. Not exactly the most healthy stuff in the world, but worth every penny. The food has always been delivered quickly and the servers are a fun bunch.
HORRIBLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! – BUYER BEWARE!!!!!!!! I have been going to this deli very often since it opened about 20 years ago. The food is decent. Lousy service. Case in point....On March 12, 2010, I came their for dinner. They always run a special coupon in the newspaper "Buy one dinner and two drinks get up to nine dollars off second meal". I was greeted by Al the owner when I arrived with my mom. I said hi to him. He knows me from having been a patron for so many years. I told him I forgot the coupon and asked if he would honor the "special". He said "Absolutely not!". He then said, "Why don't you buy a newspaper. You can one get one a few blocks away". I was aghast. I could not believe what I had heard. I wanted to tell him a few choice words. I decided to just leave and not say anything. I thought it would be more effective if potential customers read this review first and educate them. As a result of his arrogance it cost him a loyal customer. I will spread the word on his nasty attitude......I know in the past his restaurant had been reviewed and had consistently been given low scores for service. But now I know why. The attitude comes straight from the owner.........BUYER BEWARE!!!!!!!!!!!.....You will be disappointed!!!!!!!
great place with great food – this place is awesome, great food with huge portions and great service. try the breakfast burrito if you get there for breakfast. and the black and white cookie for dessert!!
Amazing food at a great price – I have gone to the deli regularly over the last three years since moving to Denver for school, and this is by far my favorite place to come and eat and to take family and friends visiting from out of town. For breakfast, lunch or dinner, this is THE place to go. The staff is attentive and courteous as well as the managers Al and Tory. I have yet to ever have a bad meal or bad service while eating here. The breakfast burritos which are on special a few days during the week is the best breakfast burrito I have ever had. The menu offerings seem endless and they always fill you up leaving you satisfied after eating. I know of no one who leaves the Deli still hungry for more food. The food is truly reminiscent of a deli straight out of New York City...something that is truly hard to find in Denver.
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