Bringing Da Bronx to da Beach: The New York Corner Deli

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By Donna Byrd

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One of the things I like best about blogging for Treasure Realty is that I get to check out the
wonderful restaurants in our area so that I can tell all of you guys about them. It’s always good to get a “heads up” on places to visit if you’re vacationing on Topsail Island or if you’ve just moved to our beautiful coastal area.  Last week, I decided to pay a visit to one of my favorite eateries in Surf City: the New York Corner Deli.

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I can remember the first time I went to lunch at this
very popular eating establishment. I was visiting family, (at the time I lived in Alabama) and we stopped in after a church service on a Sunday afternoon. I was told that “Everything they have is good, so whatever you order, just like they say in da Bronx, ‘forget about it…’ You’re going to like it!”

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They were right! Since then, I moved to the area and do a little happy dance every time I know I’m going to eat at the restaurant that brought “da Bronx to da beach.” The sandwiches and food are authentic in every way. You get the flavors, quality, size and feeling of being in New York City, all the while enjoying the little southern seaside town of Surf City.


Thursday, I was able to sit down with Alex Hoffman, one of the family members who owns and operates the New York Corner Deli. He told me that in 2004, his father Barry and his mom, June, opened their restaIMG_2327 (Large)urant in Surf City, after having owned a delicatessen in New York City for over a decade.  Now that he and his brother Barry are grown, they too, have joined their parents in bringing the best of New York to Surf City.


Continuing in their tradition of keeping every thing as authentically “New York” as possible, they order their corned beef, pastrami, roast beef and much of their meats from New York. Some of their breads also come from there too. The cheesecakes and desserts are made in house, as well as the tuna, chicken and other salads.IMG_2295 (Large)


When you step into their southern restaurant, you might as well be in a New York deli. There are several glass cases of fresh salads and meats. On the counters is a chalk board with the specials of the day written on it. (You’ll always do well to order from that board, by the way. It will never steer you wrong! If there is soup involved, try it!)  Pictures of New York City’s skyline and famous iconic landmarks cover the walls. If you eat upstairs, you can sit next to Yankee Stadium.IMG_2310 (Large)


Breakfast is served all day and yes, they even offer a lox platter. That’s a pretty rare menu option for a deli in the south! But hey! Da Bronx is now at da beach!


The New York Corner Deli is open seven days a week year round from 7:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Consider them also for your catering needs.

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The New York Corner Deli

206 N. Topsail Dr. Surf City, NC 28445


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