Best Deli in Boston

2015 Best Deli

Sam LaGrassa’s

Boston

If the line seems daunting at lunchtime, don’t worry—it’ll be just minutes until you reach the front, where the warm, sliced-to-order corned beef, pastrami, and roast beef will be piled…Read More

2014 Best Deli

Moody’s Delicatessen & Provisions

Waltham

To be clear, the word ” delicatessen” in Moody’s moniker is not meant to imply eats of the kosher Jewish variety (though after a bite of the piled-high pastrami sandwich…Read More

2013 Best Deli

Michael’s Deli

Brookline

Sure, it’s a bit dingy on the inside. And yes, we find it strange that the specialty sandwiches are named after conservative talk-radio hosts. But corned beef does not compete…Read More

2012 Best Deli

Rubin’s Kosher Restaurant Delicatessen

Brookline

Sadly, the deli is seriously endangered in this country. Thankfully here in Boston, or in Brookline anyway, at least one shining outpost exists, an homage to a time when eating…Read More

2012 Best Deli

Rubin’s Kosher Restaurant Delicatessen

Brookline

Sadly, the deli is seriously endangered in this country. Thankfully here in Boston, or in Brookline anyway, at least one shining outpost exists, an homage to a time when eating…Read More

2011 Best Deli

Rubin’s Kosher Restaurant Delicatessen

Brookline

Sure, the sandwiches are just as good at Michael’s Deli, located half a mile down Harvard Street, but what sets Rubin’s apart is the atmosphere. Step inside, eavesdrop on the…Read More

2010 Best Deli

Michael’s Deli

Brookline

If you’re looking for deli atmosphere, head to Rubin’s—it’s like a time machine, taking you back to an era when the term ‘hot tongue’ had nothing to do with Lady…Read More

2008 Best Deli

Rubin’s Kosher Restaurant Delicatessen

Brookline

Yarmulke-bedecked customers attest to the kosher bona fides at this Brookline mainstay, where the takeout case is long and complete, the sandwiches are overstuffed with choice cuts, and the pickles—well,…Read More

1999 Best Deli, Jewish

Zaftigs

Brookline

This isn’t the place to start a diet, unless you’re on a strict regimen of noodle kugel, knishes, and chopped liver. The fresh cheese blintzes and potato pancakes are to…Read More

1998 Best Deli, Kosher

Rubin’s

Brookline

There’s a reason places like the Harvard Club and the Four Seasons Hotel send out to Rubin’s when their guests want kosher meals. This is homemade food the way your…Read More

1990 Best Deli, Italian

Salumeria Italiana

Boston

If you really know sopresata, Taleggio, pancetta, and pecorino, then you probably know the Salumeria in the North End. If you don’t know the Salumeria, then you probably don’t know…Read More

1983 Best Deli

Berezka Food Store

Brighton

The city’s first Russian deli (as far as we know). Terrific food, friendly people. Very unusual…Read More

1979 Best Delicatessen

Formaggio

Harvard Square

Hard to believe the best cup of coffee and best deli exist side by side in a converted parking garage across the river, but that’s the way it is. Great…Read More

1978 Best Delicatessen

B & D Deli

Brookline

Avoid the sprawling pseudo-Semitic emporia and head for this modest lunch counter. It has homemade cheese blintzes, noodle pudding, potato pancakes, delicious specials—brisket, kishke, corned beef, stuffed cabbage, and beef…Read More

1975 Best Delicatessen

The Premier Restaurant

Roxbury

The Premier Restaurant, 1130 Washington St., Roxbury, remains this city’s premier Jewish deli. One taste of its cabbage soup, kasha varnishkes or corned beef sandwiches (with Russian dressing and coleslaw)…Read More

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