Toasties Deli


By Dane Feldman

Photo by Dane Feldman.

Toasties is located on Seventh Avenue between 22nd and 23rd streets, which is practically in BTR’s backyard. The deli originally become an office go-to because of its location, but has since become a favorite more because of the food than because of anything else.

The food:
While Toasties is no Millburn Deli, the expansive menu makes it a contender for runner-up. Toasties offers a wide selection of sandwiches, both hot and cold, as well as breakfast foods, salad, and even a New York favorite: H&H bagels.

Like the Millburn Deli, Toasties offers a Thanksgiving special sandwich year round. It isn’t quite as good as MD’s, but if you’ve not been to the Millburn Deli then you can remain blissfully unaware. I’m still quite content with Toasties’ version of the Gobbler.

My personal favorite from Toasties is the Smoked Jack (smoked turkey, melted jalapeno jack cheese, bacon, spinach, sun-dried tomato pate, and honey Dijon mustard), which I usually order on a wrap.

The drinks:
Toasties offers a wide selection of brand name sodas, specialty sodas and drinks, milk, coffee, and tea.

The service/ambience:
The men that work the counter at Toasties are friendly, attentive, and knowledgeable. They’re quite helpful and are perfectly content making substitutions/accommodating to customer preferences. Even at lunchtime, when the deli is bustling with patrons, the service is quick and well organized. Salad and sandwiches are ordered at separate sections of the counter.

Some delis in the city can be a bit cramped inside, but Toasties is roomy even with its indoor seating.

Toasties has other locations in Manhattan, but I’ve only been to their Chelsea location. If the other spots are anything like this one, then they are equally well-worth the visit.