Dave's New York Deli

Um…look at that sandwich. It’s half a pound of delicious corned beef and pastrami, mustard, and swiss cheese between rye bread. I could really just end this review right now because it’s all you need to know, but I want you guys to learn more about Dave’s New York Deli located at Town of Tioga (12921 SW 1st Road Suite 105). For anyone who lives in the area, this place is no secret. But anyone who hasn’t ventured out to this west end eatery is missing out on some tasty yummies.

Dave’s started out in a small location just a bit west on Newberry Road from where it is now. Its loyal following and big lunch crowds enabled them to move into their current location. It’s no accident. They serve great cuts of meat (mostly Boar’s Head), offer a large selection of New York Deli sandwiches, hot and cold subs, salads, burgers, hot dogs, cheesesteaks, and desserts are flown in from the Big Apple itself. Most of the sandwiches on the menu are offered in a regular size (4 oz of meat) and NY Size (8 oz of meat).

The second you walk in, you get the feel of a busy New York deli. Checkerboard tiles adorn the place with long communal tables so you can sit near another stranger struggling to fit a giant sandwich in their mouths. There’s the wall of photos where Dave (yes, he’s real) is posing with the likes of Fred Taylor, Ryan Lochte, Bobby Flay, and sigh…Guy Fieri. I didn’t want to mention him, but you can’t miss the douche goatee and frosted tips. The formidable menu fills an entire wall as tall counters shield you from the busy-bees behind the meat cooler, churning out monstrous sandwiches at a furious pace.

The big star for me is obviously the “New York, New York” sandwich. I prefer it NY Size ($10.99), with half a pound of pastrami and corned beef, deli mustard, some swiss cheese, piled high in between two pieces of rye bread, and served with a pickle. I will sometimes even order a side of French Fries and stuff them in the sandwich, because I’m a terrible terrible person and it’s frickin’ delicious. Wash it down with some Dr. Brown’s root beer, and you’ll suddenly develop the strange urge to wear a Yankees cap and yell at taxis. Dave’s also makes a mean Reuben ($7.49/$11.49 – corned beef, swiss, sauerkraut, house Reuben dressing, and rye bread) and a classic BLT referred to as the “Brentwood” ($6.99/$10.99).

Other picks on the menu include Dave’s Famous Knish ($7.99/$11.99), a big ol’ potato knish smothered with pastrami, swiss, and mustard, and the Manhattan ($6.49 for a 8”, $8.49 for a 12”) that consists of turkey breast, roast beef, choice of cheese, veggies (lettuce, tomato, onions, peppers), and dressing. And yes, despite being a “NY Deli”, their Philly Cheesesteaks are pretty good too! There’s only, oh…about 10 varieties to choose from. All of the cheesesteak meat comes from the “Original Philadelphia Cheesesteak Company”, who supply some of Philadelphia’s most popular cheesesteak stands and stadiums. There’s also gluten-free bread available for most of the sandwiches, so your friends with gluten-intolerances (and the ones who don’t know what gluten is but like to tell you it’s bad) can all join in the meaty goodness!

Then there’s the dessert. The cheesecake here is phenomenal. How could it not? Dave’s gets them shipped here directly from New York’s famous Carnegie Deli, and he does it often because it sells so well. The cannolis are fantastic as well, and are all made by the Brooklyn Cannoli Company. Some will scoff at the fact that they’re not made in house. But Dave promises a taste of New York City, and well…it doesn’t get any closer to the real thing…because it is the real thing…from New York.

As far as I’m concerned, there are only two places in town where I’ll go get a sandwich; Hogan’s and Dave’s New York Deli. If you do decide to check it out, they are open 8 AM to 8 PM Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 8 PM on Saturday, and 10 AM to 3 PM on Sundays. If you still need a good reason to visit, just look at that sandwich again, it’s beautiful.

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