A few months ago, while I was still residing in Bergen County, my mom who you may know as Arlene (yes, she writes for me—we love finding great eating spots, like mother like daughter) came up to visit me. This time, unlike the first time she came up we went into New York City and didn’t stay local. We didn’t just go anywhere in NYC either, we went to a hot-spot in SoHo, Delicatessen (yes that’s where Julie Elkind who I interviewed is the Executive Pastry Chef).
I made sure to make the reservation ahead of time just in case it was crowded and we came in and got out table no problem. Once we were seated we were each given a menu, everything sounded delicious. But of course, it wouldn’t be a girl’s day out in the city without starting with cocktails—mom got their signature martini and I got the Prince Street Cider. The cider was delicious and not over spiced either.
Next, we ordered our entrees, we decided not to go with appetizers because the dishes were huge.The Executive Chef behind Delicatessen is Chef Michael Ferraro and he is also the brains behind MacBar located right next door. My mom decided to go for the Shroom Mac, one of the popular mac n cheese served at MacBar and I decided to go for the Fried Chicken. Let me tell you, both dishes did not disappoint and complimented our cocktails nicely. The Shroom Mac was great, not too heavy on the mushrooms or cheese. The Fried Chicken was off the hook, served in a bucket with a cornbread and a homemade butter.
Here’s what mom thought of it: Comfort-deli food, that’s the game here. I had the mac and cheese with mushrooms and truffle oil. OK, not your average deli, nor average comfort…but it was as decadent as it could be. Just thinking about it brings a smile to my face again.
Of course, we had to save room for dessert and try desserts created by the Executive Pastry Chef Julie Elkind. We went in April and at that time when you ordered the Blueberry Pie Sundae 10% of the proceeds would go to Autism Speaks! The Blueberry Pie Sundae was decadent and let me tell you Julie knows what she’s doing. I definitely want to come back again soon and try some of the new desserts she’s launched. I’d also want to try the dinner menu and of course get some mac n cheese from MacBar, since it’s been featured on shows, etc. It was a gorgeous day for us to be in SoHo and our meal was delicious as well as dessert! I highly recommend you try Delicatessen for your comfort food cravings whether it be weekend brunch or a post-work dinner—you will eat very well! I can’t wait to go back for an after work drink or meal!