Taking A Bite Of The Big Apple

Jo McGarry
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Friday - April 28, 2006
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It’s not unusual for certain restaurants to have signature dishes. In fact, many chefs hope to create a dish at some point in their career that becomes synonymous with the name of their establishment. Over in Kaimuki, a super-sized dessert was the talk of the town as soon A Taste of New York Deli and Market opened.

“We wanted this deli to be as authentic as anything you’d find in New York,” says owner Michelle Acedo.

That meant scouring the streets of New York for the best those famous delis had to offer. And once Michelle and Sonny found the giant New York cheesecake they knew it was the one. It’s not your average graham cracker crust filled with an inch or two of filling. No, sir. This baby is 5 inches high and the creamy cheese interior is protected by a slightly crunchy, handmade, sugar cookie crust that towers over the cake. It costs $80 complete, and you can buy a slice for $9.95. Made for sharing, the gigantic desserts have their devotees.

“People often order a whole cake to go,” says Michelle, ” and you’d be surprised at how many dainty little ladies can eat a whole slice by themselves.”

But while the cheesecake may be famous, the sandwiches are well worth checking out. Fresh ingredients are piled high onto three layers of bread, creating the biggest sandwiches this side of the Big Apple. Sandwiches are served on a variety of breads (rye, pumpernickel, wheat, white or sourdough) and are served with potato salad, coleslaw or chips. I love the potato salad - it’s certainly a contender for one of the best around. But Michelle isn’t giving out the recipe, so don’t even ask!

Fillings on the classic New York Sandwiches contain 11 ounces of meat -choices include pastrami, corned beef, roast beef, turkey breast, beef tongue, smoked ham and beef salami. You can combo the meats, add cheese or really go for a taste of New York and load them up with coleslaw and Russian dressing.

The deli, in the busy “restaurant center” of Kaimuki on 11th Avenue, is casual and opens from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. And while the dining space is open and vibrant (there’s a lot of blue and orange), there are plans to raise the roof - literally. A rooftop space above the restaurant will be used to increase dining space - and look for some exciting news regarding dinner in the near future.

For now, Sonny and Michelle are working hard to keep up with demand, as word of this excellent eatery spreads. They do have some super salads, wonderful lox and bagel, and a great hot dog. The 1/2-pound 11-inch all-beef steak frank comes with a choice of coleslaw, chips or potato salad. Kids will love the smaller version of the dog, or they can try the cheesy grilled sandwiches with chips and a drink for $4.95.

Bring a friend. You might be able to finish the sandwich on your own, but you’re going to need help with the cheesecake.

A Taste of New York Deli And Market

1137 11th Ave.


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