Delicatessens are the go-to spot for fast, affordable and great food. A great New York style deli will have everything you need in one spot for dine-in or take out. When choosing the right one, you have to consider several characteristics about the deli. Does the place offer great customer service? Is it a neighborhood favorite? Is the food fresh and leaving you wanting more after you’re done? Here’s a list of the top delicatessens in Connecticut where the answer to these questions is always “yes!”
Gold’s Delicatessen
421 Post Road E.
Westport, CT 06880
(203) 227-0101

This family-owned delicatessen is known in the area for its authentic New York style food. They are open seven days a week for breakfast and lunch and are usually quite busy during these times.  People come to taste their homemade matzo ball soup that’s made fresh daily. They also offer roasted turkey, fresh brisket and their popular daily specials that include tuna, shrimp and turkey salad. Gold’s Delicatessen also caters and ships orders directly to you.

Katz’s Deli
1658 Litchfield Turnpike
Woodbridge CT 06525
(203) 389-5301

Katz’s prides itself on operating and modeling the service of what a deli should be. Located in Woodbridge, in the area of several professional building, Katz’s is always full for lunch and the phones are always ringing off the hook with orders. Open seven days a week, Katz’s is available to you for take-out, catering and dine-in. Should you choose to dine in, you will not be disappointed. During your dining experience, you get to nibble on some great tasting pickles and try their homemade coleslaw.

Rein’s New York Style Deli
435 Hartford Turnpike
Vernon Rockville, CT 06066
(860) 875-1344

Rein’s (pronounced Rhine’s), voted “best deli in Connecticut” in 2010 and receiving rave reviews for their pastrami and Reuben sandwiches, is one of the best delis to select when looking for authenticity. The quaint deli serves up moderately priced sandwiches, salads, pot pies and so much more. Located just off the turnpike, it’s the perfect stop when headed toward New York.

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Church And Main Deli Cafe
20 Church St.
Hartford, CT 06103
(860) 246-8494

This location presents a very modern and welcoming atmosphere for patrons to enjoy. Open five days a week for breakfast and lunch, Church and Main serves breakfast all day, as well as soups, salads and fresh hot food to enjoy while dining in or to taking out. This location also caters and is happy to assist with your next corporate or social event.

Hans And Fritz Deli
The Exchange Shopping Mall Shopping Center
270 Farmington Ave., Suite 125
Farmington, CT 06032
(860) 677-7000

Serving breakfast and lunch, Hans and Fritz Deli has been around for years and is a neighborhood favorite. Their name and reputation proceeds them and their best form of advertisement is the old-fashioned “word of mouth.” The staff provides great customer service and the food is quality and affordable. If you’re ever in the area be sure to try their turkey clubs or a mouth-watering Reuben sandwich.

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