3. Most Jewish Delis Named in a Minute: 30
In February 2009, David Sax successfully demonstrated an “encyclopedic knowledge of Jewish delis” by naming 30 of them in just one minute. Recordsetter.com reports that Sax showed tremendous focus during the feat as a heckler kept shouting “Carnegie!” during the recitation. Author of Save the Deli, the undisputed “pastrami expert of his generation” spent five years traveling the world to write his award-winning book, which sheds light on delicatessen culture.
The delis Sax named to break the world record are as follows: Liebman’s, Loeser’s, Lansky’s, Fine and Shapiro, Zabar’s, Artie’s, Carnegie, Stage, Katz’s, Second Avenue Deli, Ben’s, Sarge’s, Gottlieb’s, Adelman’s, Mill Basin, Caplansky’s, Kat’z, Coleman’s, Center Street, Schwartz’s, Main, Smoked Meat Pete, Snowdon Deli, Nate ’n Al’s — many of which are featured on our list of New York City’s Top 10 Under the Radar Delis.