Kenny & Ziggy's New York Delicatessen Restaurant
To start, Kenny & Ziggy’s Deli has one of the best selections of cured and smoked fish in town, from belly lox and sturgeon to sable and whitefish. Traditionally, delis never sold fish, but this is a modern deli, in which fish swim with the meats. At times, the extensive menu is almost overwhelming. Kenny & Ziggy’s is the place for all things Jewish, from kasha to kishka. By the way, the kasha varnishkes, or buckwheat groats with bow-tie pasta, were once featured on the Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives with Guy Fieri. The corned beef shared some of the limelight, too. But for some reason, Kenny & Ziggy’s hot pastrami didn’t make the cut. It should have because it’s mouthwatering good.
If you’re missing New York, the smoked pastrami here will take you right back. Pastrami is the standard by which a Jewish deli is judged. The meat should be slightly fatty, subtly spicy and flavorful, never dry or tasteless, which we’ve never encountered here. Another thing delis are known for: Big, fat sandwiches, the kind thick enough to please football players. You would never refer to the sandwiches here as delicate, so bring your appetite or a friend. Oh, another thing you judge a great deli by: Good sour and half-sour pickles. Here, you can eat as many as you can stomach—just ask.
Ziggy Gruber is a third generation deli man. It all started with his grandfather, Max, who opened the Rialto in New York City in 1927 with his brothers-in-law. The Rialto was the first deli to open on Broadway, and for the next quarter of a century, it attracted such A-listers as Milton Berle, The Marx Brothers, Ethel Merman and other Broadway stars.