Best of Boston


2014 BEST Deli
Photograph by Michael Piazza

Moody’s Delicatessen & Provisions


To be clear, the word ” delicatessen” in Moody’s moniker is not meant to imply eats of the kosher Jewish variety (though after a bite of the piled-high pastrami sandwich or peppery corned-beef version, you may be convinced otherwise). No,… read more»

2013 BEST Deli

Michael’s Deli


Sure, it’s a bit dingy on the inside. And yes, we find it strange that the specialty sandwiches are named after conservative talk-radio hosts. But corned beef does not compete in a beauty pageant, and pastrami does not have politics…. read more»

2012 BEST Deli

Rubin’s Kosher Restaurant Delicatessen


Sadly, the deli is seriously endangered in this country. Thankfully here in Boston, or in Brookline anyway, at least one shining outpost exists, an homage to a time when eating a sandwich piled high with corned beef, pastrami, coleslaw, and… read more»

2011 BEST Deli

Rubin’s Kosher Restaurant Delicatessen


Sure, the sandwiches are just as good at Michael’s Deli, located half a mile down Harvard Street, but what sets Rubin’s apart is the atmosphere. Step inside, eavesdrop on the old frummers a booth over, and chomp into a half-sour… read more»

2010 BEST Deli

Michael’s Deli


If you’re looking for deli atmosphere, head to Rubin’s—it’s like a time machine, taking you back to an era when the term ‘hot tongue’ had nothing to do with Lady Gaga. But for pure beefy deliciousness smushed between slices of… read more»

2008 BEST Deli

Rubin’s Kosher Restaurant Delicatessen


Yarmulke-bedecked customers attest to the kosher bona fides at this Brookline mainstay, where the takeout case is long and complete, the sandwiches are overstuffed with choice cuts, and the pickles—well, Rubin’s knows from pickles, offered free in the tightly packed… read more»

1999 BEST Deli, Jewish



This isn’t the place to start a diet, unless you’re on a strict regimen of noodle kugel, knishes, and chopped liver. The fresh cheese blintzes and potato pancakes are to die for. And your Jewish mother will kvell over the… read more»

1998 BEST Deli, Kosher



There’s a reason places like the Harvard Club and the Four Seasons Hotel send out to Rubin’s when their guests want kosher meals. This is homemade food the way your bubbie used to make it. Sure, the prices are a… read more»

1990 BEST Deli, Italian

Salumeria Italiana


If you really know sopresata, Taleggio, pancetta, and pecorino, then you probably know the Salumeria in the North End. If you don’t know the Salumeria, then you probably don’t know the best sopresata, Taleggio, pancetta, and pecorino. read more»

1983 BEST Deli

Berezka Food Store


The city’s first Russian deli (as far as we know). Terrific food, friendly people. Very unusual. read more»