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Kicks! Quicks | A taste of New York in the heart of Garden City

Gershons has been a Garden City favorite for many years and offers a New York menu with a sizable dose of Southern hospitality.
Gershons has been a Garden City favorite for many years and offers a New York menu with a sizable dose of Southern hospitality. For The Sun News

Sometimes you just want some comfort food—you know, the nice substantial food that transport you back to childhood. Sure, leafy green salads are great, but when your inner carnivore roars, head to Gershons NY Deli for some indulgent eats.

Gershons has been a Garden City favorite for many years and offers a New York menu with a sizable dose of Southern hospitality.

If you’re in a hurry, bear left at the front door and choose a to-go lunch or dinner from a long case of Jewish-deli style delights. Chopped chicken liver, knishes, lox, pickled beets, homemade potato pancakes and stuffed cabbage rolls will be comfortingly familiar fare to visiting or transplanted New Yorkers and are sure to add a refreshing change to the mundane dinner table menu.

Gershons carries a full line of Boar’s Head sliced-to-order meats and cheeses, perfect for school lunch boxes, as well as the bagels to pile them on. You’ll find all types of salads, too, from potato, macaroni, cucumber, shrimp, egg and more.

Homemade freshly prepared meats are ready to go too, including corned beef, brisket, roasted pork loin and Gershons meat loaf. The only item common to New York Jewish delis that I didn’t see was derma, stuffed or otherwise. Thank goodness (look it up!).

Ideally though, sit, relax and have a nosh from the enormous menu in Gershons’ dining room. Somehow I have never developed a liking for corned beef (directly blamed on my Irish mother who served it way too often!) or pastrami, but my husband and son, who had one of each, gave the mile-high sandwiches on marble rye mile-high marks.

I could only finish half of my own delicious Turkey Rueben made with Swiss cheese and homemade sauerkraut with Russian dressing on the same chewy rye. I should have chosen the half-n-half option, a half sandwich accompanied by a bowl of soup or chowder.

And yes, matzo ball soup is on the menu, as well as chicken noodle and the soup of the day. We shared an order of the savory potato pancakes, not greasy and with great flavor.

We three were quite hungry when we found Gershons and ordered quickly, but plan on a good 10-minute menu read. Grilled panninis in many varieties, including brisket; double and triple decker clubs; stuffed combo sandwiches, like roast turkey and chopped liver; and specialty subs are just some other lunch choices.

You can even make a Gershons “Monster sandwich” by requesting double meat, but definitely come while ravenous for that one.

Grilled hamburgers, marinated chicken and a Boar’s Head hot dog in natural casing are some other worthy options at Gershons.

If your inner carnivore is taking a nap, there is a nice salad selection, including a Chicken Salad Toss or Italian salads made with salami, capicola ham and provolone.

Even vegetarians will leave satisfied after an Egg Salad Toss or a hefty house salads made with cucumber, hard boiled eggs and olives.

Among specialty to-go dinner items are bratwurst simmered in beer and grilled with sauerkraut or Stuffed Cabbage Rolls served with potato pancakes. To wash it all down, enjoy a Dr. Brown’s Soda or an authentic Brooklyn Egg Cream.

Gershons NY Deli also serves breakfast, and I’ve heard good things about excellent overstuffed omelets.

They will be happy to cater your next shindig, too. The prices at Gershons are moderate, with sandwiches, salads, grilled food and even dinners in the $6-$10 range.

If you eat

What | Gershons NY Deli

Where | 3140 U.S. 17 Business, Garden City

Hours | 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday and 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday

Contact | 843-357-DELI (3354)

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