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When you think of great, classic New York City fare, it’s hard to top a solid deli sandwich. Stuffed to the brim with smoked meat and dripping with spicy mustard, oil, and vinegar, it’s portable, potent, and downright delicious. While the beloved Katz’s Delicatessen is known far and wide for its iconic Pastrami Sandwich, it’s worth trying some of the city’s hidden and lesser-known gems, where you can dodge tourists and try equally robust and noteworthy concoctions.

The first Jewish American deli opened in 1888, right here in New York City. As such, it’s no wonder that the city has become synonymous with such institutions, and that every year or so, another hot spot appears in the vein of the old-school tradition. Join us as we explore 10 noteworthy delis you may have missed on your way to other stops around the city. This Friday, February 9, also happens to be National Bagel and Lox Day, so you may want to celebrate by paying a visit to one — or a few — of the eateries below.)

1. Fine & Schapiro

Since 1927, this Upper West Side Kosher deli on 138 W 72nd Street has been dishing up decadent and timeless deli fare with a twist. Grab your favorite sandwich to go (try the hot corned beef or pastrami sandwiches) with a side of the institution’s signature Kreplach soup.

If you get a little hungry while you wait inside the aromatic, no-frills interior, Fine & Schapiro also offers coleslaw and pickles to munch on — totally on the house. It also happens to be one of the oldest continuously operating Kosher restaurants in New York City.