A grocery store is like a carnival midway—it offers shelves and shelves of goodies guarded by employees who hope you don't knock down any stacks of bottles. Step right up to this Groupon.
$12 for $24 Worth of Salads, Deli Meats, Bagels, and More
The menu includes kosher deli meats, such as corned beef ($11.99/half-pound) and pickled tongue ($15.99/half-pound) and seasonal soups ($7.99) including borscht and potato-leek varieties. Quickes cheddar cheese ($15.99/half-pound) is made in the traditional style of English farmhouse cheddars and aged for at least 18 months, and flavored cream cheeses ($10+/pound) come in styles from savory scallion to sweet walnut and raisin.
Murray’s Sturgeon Shop
From dealing with high rents to competing with new business fads, New York institutions can be hard to come by these days. Murray’s Sturgeon Shop, however, curbs that trend and keeps to an old-school tradition of devoted customer service and attention to detail in its artfully plated deli spreads. Since 1946, the Zagat-rated eatery—which also garnered nods from New York Magazine—has stocked products made from its namesake fish, such as smoked sturgeon or caviar. Alaskan salmon, whitefish, and lox complement kosher deli meats such as corned beef and pastrami. To cater parties or Tamagotchi-addiction interventions, the shop delivers ready-to-eat soups, salads, imported cheeses, and indulgent desserts such as old-fashioned crumb cake and rugelach by the pound.