“New York Deli” must have already been taken

So why not turn to other state names when it comes to naming your deli/grocery/bodega? Kentucky isn’t all that far from New York. Or perhaps the owners of this Avenue D establishment were trying to make a point about how much distance lies between their store and the center of Manhattan.


Calling your shop the Alaska Food Market at least implies that the beer and soda will always be ice-cold. It’s in Chelsea on lower Ninth Avenue.


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7 Responses to ““New York Deli” must have already been taken”

  1. Force Tube Avenue Says:

    The best example of the out-of-state naming convention is the apartment building, put up on what was then the “plains” of the upper west side, the Dakota.

  2. Nick Says:

    I suppose that’s where one goes if they want a mint julep with their pastrami on rye?

  3. He Left His Teeth Next to the Marionette - City Room Blog - NYTimes.com Says:

    […] name “New York Deli” was already taken. [Ephemeral New […]

  4. PizzaBagel Says:

    Force Tube Avenue! Love that name! Does anybody know the origin of that street name? Did it have any connection to the nearby Ridgewood Reservoir, perhaps?

  5. Force Tube Avenue Says:

    Hello PB –

    You are correct about Force Tube Avenue and the Ridgewood Reservoir; here is a link to the history of the name:



  6. Rachel Goldstein Says:

    Love it. Here’s a big catalog of deli signs… check out “Yemen Classon” for example, along with Jesus Deli and Mao Deli.

  7. wildnewyork Says:

    Great signage, thanks for the link! I should add that after I posted this I spotted the Carolina Deli in East Harlem.

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