The New York Deli opened last year on Snowden River Parkway, and I discovered last week that they're making their own corned beef on site. Harold's in Edison, NJ ruined most corned beef for me because its spectacular meat make most commercial beef taste like cardboard. The New York Deli isn't Harold's, but it's hot corned beef sandwich plays in a similar league.
Go hot sandwich with the soft marbled rye. You'll get a full sandwich with thin-sliced corned beef. Lean corned beef, but with a meaty flavor and the brittle texture separates corned beef made by experts from those made by industry. The rye bread is soft and thick. Not my normal preference, which only reinforced the quality because I thought it really improved the sandwich. Good mustard. Good pickle. Overall, it's my favorite straight deli sandwich tn Howard County. (I have eaten many sandwiches that never reached the blog because there is no fun in smacking down a place for serving average food.)
I loved the New York Deli atmosphere. Because it's on the south-bound side of Snowden, I stopped there knowing that I wanted to visit Pars Market before going home to eat. I told the woman at the counter that I wanted a hot sandwich, but I had to do an errand before I ate. She said told me to change my plans. No sugar coating. No prevarication. She said I was going to love the hot sandwich so I should endure some U-turns on Snowden and get the sandwich right before I went home. So New York attitude. So right on the money.
Next time, I'm going for the reuben, although I'll eat it there. You can't even wait 10 minutes when the sandwich is hot, filled with sauerkraut and greased with Russian dressing.
New York Deli also got a rave from elgringoviejo on Chowhound. Elgringoviejo is one of the best Howard County voices on Chowhound. He knows his stuff and writes with an experienced, practical voice. He liked the sausage sub. New York Deli delivers, which would be nice for anyone who works nearby.
New York Deli
9359 Snowden River Parkway
Columbia, MD 21045
NEAR: New York Deli is in one of the shopping centers between Oakland Mills Parkway and Broken Land Parkway. You can only access from the southbound lanes of Snowden. New York Deli is in the first shopping center in that section -- the one with House of India, not the one with Akbar and Pho Dat Trahn.