More than once on this blog I’ve sung the praises of The New Yorker Deli, the venerable and quite inexpensive landmark restaurant on Williamson Road.
It is still venerable and inexpensive and popular (and cash-only … hmmm). The joint was full Friday night. But after an awful dining experience there, the place is going to be difficult to recommend again. The food and service at Hardees are better.
There is no ambiance to the New Yorker, but few of its fans expect any. What they expect are delicious, overstuffed sandwiches prepared and served efficiently.
They have to be quick because the food is so cheap the only way they can make any real money is via turnover. And that was only one of the problems my wife, son and I noted Friday night.
It took 20 minutes to get a pitcher of beer and a glass of lemonade. And then another 20 minutes for the food to arrive. My son’s Italian sub was fine and just as expected. The wife’s turkey sub was big and tasteless as it always has been.
I ordered the New Yorker Special, a concoction of ham, corned beef, pastrami and salami on overly starchy rye. I ate two bites and then couldn’t stomach any more. It was so salty it was inedible.
Our harried waitress scratched my sandwich off the check and took it back to the kitchen. She asked me if I wanted something else. I did, but I didn’t want to wait half an hour for it. So I ate half of Donna’s bland turkey sub instead.
I left wondering if, in an effort to control cost and keep prices down, the management is substituting lower-quality cold cuts for what used to be higher-quality ones. If that’s the case, they should raise their prices a bit and use meats that actually have some flavor. Boars Head, perhaps?
The good news is, we only got nicked for $25, not including tip. I reckon I’ll give the place another chance, sometime. But unless I’m in the mood for a salt sandwich, I’ll stay away from the New Yorker Special.