When homesick New Yorkers venture out in search of a classic Big Apple-style delicatessen, they head to Kenny & Ziggy’s. The collaboration between Lower East Side deli maven Ziggy Gruber and Houston restaurateur Kenny Friedman takes a bigger-is-better approach, which has earned the bustling deli shout outs on The Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, as well as in Maxim magazine.
At the restaurant, regulars flock for larger than life sandwiches piled high with pastrami and corned beef, as well as matzoh ball soup. Inside, the space channels New York City with its classic deli case, wood-wrapped walls and leather banquettes. Broadway playbills and cartoon drawings of celebrities adorn the walls. Know before you go: Prices reflect the generous portions, so be prepared to pay $17-18 for standards like The Big Reubowski and the Brooklyn-style Patty Melt, though they are easily enough to feed two people.
Kenny & Ziggy’s is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, daily.