Ready for a new, authentic deli in the Myrtle Beach area?
Such a deal! Not one, but two opened recently that have strong ties to New York, the heart of America's deli-dom.
Gershon's NY Deli, 3140 U.S. 17 S. Business, in Garden City Beach, is owned by Bob Lessner and his wife, Evelyn. Bob owned the original Gershon's in Schenectady, from 1973 (when he bought it from his aunt and uncle, Lena and Irv Gershon) until 1985.
Native New Yorkers and other Grand Strand folks have been high-tailing it to the spot for what they say are authentic N.Y. deli sandwiches.
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“We are originally from Schenectady, and this is the real thing,” said Don Rickson, who was having lunch there with his fiancée, Stefanie Hall.
Meat for the sandwiches is prepared in-house, including the corned beef, roast beef, chopped liver and turkey. The deli also caters.
Customers also were impressed that the deli sells Dr. Brown's sodas.
Meat sandwich prices start at $5.50, with triple-deckers costing $7.95.
Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday. Details: 843-357-3354.
Mike Kaminsky, former owner of Goldberg's New York Bagels & Deli in North Myrtle Beach, has opened Kaminsky's N.Y. Deli, 7223 N. Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach.
Mike and Eva Kaminsky, from Long Island, own the place, which features N.Y. deli favorites, including knishes.
Breakfast prices start at $1.96, while sandwiches start at $5.99. The deli also sells Dr. Brown's soda and caters.
Mike Kaminsky is also having fun by issuing what he calls the N.Y. Challenge. If you eat his triple-decker of that name (it has 1 pound of turkey and 1 pound of corned beef, topped with Swiss cheese, coleslaw and Russian dressing) with a side of potato salad and a pickle in 30 minutes or less, you get the sandwich free. If not, you pay $18.
Hours: 6:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Details: 843-213-1261. Johanna Wilson, Myrtle Beach Sun-News
DINING – MYRTLE BEACH
Bombay at the Beach
The place: 702 N. Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach. Hours: 11a.m.-3 p.m. (lunch) and 5-10 p.m. (dinner) daily. Details: 843-444-9090.
The taste: Fresh herbs and seasonings are evident in the Indian cuisine prepared at Bombay at the Beach.
Its Northern Indian food can win over skeptics afraid to stray from fried chicken, collards and corn bread. The menu features an array of appetizers, breads and specialty dishes, as well as vegetable, seafood, chicken, lamb and goat entrees.
Popular items include Butter Chicken and Chicken Tikka Masala. Both entrees have tender cubes of chicken cooked in tomato-based sauces.
The Bhindi Masala, made with okra, onions and spices, is good, although too greasy.
The other vegetable offerings include Saag Paneer, which is homemade cottage cheese cooked with spinach and spices, and my favorite, Navratan Korma. This all-vegetable entrée's variety of flavors meld effortlessly together.
A daily lunch buffet highlights menu favorites.
Desserts include Gulab Jamun, fried milk puffs soaked in syrup.
To drink: Soft drinks are $1.49. The $2.95 Mango Lassi (made of mango puree, yogurt and whole milk) is delicious and my favorite. Sweet Lassi is $2.49. Chai tea is $1.49.
The price: The lunch buffet is $8.95 plus tax. Prices for entrees start at $7.95. Johanna Wilson