For four decades, Benkert’s Classic Delicatessen has been loading patrons with ample portions from a menu of breakfast eats, salads, sandwiches, and hot-lunch dishes. Customers can jump start their day with two eggs any style ($2.50) while gulping complimentary coffee, tea, or hot chocolate and surfing the free WiFi on a free wireless surfboard. For midday breaks, specialty salad sandwiches cover beds of bread in quilts of egg ($4.25) and shrimp ($6.25) salad. Gourmet wraps and sandwiches ($6.95) include the Fat Tony, packed with six cold cuts, mozzarella, peppers, greens, and vinaigrette, and protected by a hero bun toasted for its noble deeds. Hot sandwiches such as the barbecue chicken ($5.75) are hearty enough to scare away the most intimidating hunger hauntings. Accessorize entrees with sides of mac 'n' cheese ($4.99/lb.) or mozzarella sticks ($3.99), and cross the finish line with a sweet slice of pound cake ($1.95).
The Messina family started creating fine pastries and baked goods at Dortoni Bakery in Levittown in 1976. Over the years, their business expanded to include a pair of upscale pastry shops (La Bonne Boulangerie), a pizzeria (Red Tomato Pizza), and Messina Market. At the marketplace, visitors choose from a sumptuous selection of cold and toasted sandwiches, fresh fruits, and veggies, watching in awe as chefs prepare omelets, paninis, and burgers without harming a single spatula. A 20-foot display case shows off an impressive spread of housemade quiche, pot pies, and vegetarian dishes, the dinners taunting grumbling stomachs from their safe perches behind the glass. Gift Baskets—such as the candy-stuffed junk-food package or Italian gourmet basket—reward loved ones with parcels of sweets, fruits, jams, and jellies. Also available are catering services that supply weddings, holiday dinners, and luncheons with everything from country-style barbecue to Russian caviar.
For the two years he lived in Alaska, Alan Pagano sold wild Alaskan salmon that he bought directly from fishing boats. This experience has led to a lifetime of cultivating relationships with top seafood suppliers, which he takes full advantage of at his fish market, Pagano's Seafood. From markets in New York, Massachusetts, and Florida, Alan and his team hand select each batch of wholesale seafood from around the world including red snapper from the Caribbean and naturally raised Scottish salmon. He also sells individual orders of jumbo shrimp, Pacific cod, and caviar. Each order is accompanied by complementary cooking instructions and, in the case of lobster, tips for cleaning, cooking, and cracking them, and then properly mourning their passing.