Sarge’s Deli is the one and only Jewish delicatessen open twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, and never, ever closes. Sarge’s Deli has been New York’s promised land of delicatessen treats since Abe “Sarge” Katz opened its doors in 1964. It’s the true New York deli experience, the number one place for old world specialties like pastrami and matzoh ball soup.
Serving every kind of customer, from business people in the morning to hip club goers late night, Sarge’s always hits the spot. With a rich history preserved in its old world decor- classic diner booths, real Tiffany’s stained glass lamps, and of course the iconic wall of celebrity photos, Sarge’s is the destination for the real-deal New York meal.
548 Third Avenue, New York NY 10016
Tel (212) 679-0442 or 877-SARGES1
For more than twenty five years, NYPD Sergeant Abe Katz served in various precincts throughout New York City. Abe first served Precincts 88 and 90 in Brooklyn, and then Precincts 4, 9, 13, 15, and 19 in Manhattan. An institution himself, Abe was known throughout the neighborhoods as “Sarge.”
He frequently worked the late-night shift and was disappointed in not being able to find a decent late-night meal. At the time, the only places that were open late or even serving food tended to be short-order diners with little or no variety. After one too many fried egg sandwiches, Sarge realized his new retirement plan. In 1964, Abe retired from Precinct 19 and opened Sarge’s Delicatessen on Third Avenue between 36th and 37th Streets. It was just what the neighborhood needed and quickly became a New York institution known for its outstanding Jewish-style cooking, and of course, for being open 24/7.
Today Sarge’s is still family-run, and the decor speaks true to Sarge’s original design. Real Tiffany’s stained glass lamps and chandeliers provide warm lighting above the burgundy vinyl booths, and there’s the classic wall of celebrity photos, great big famous smiles confirming happy dining experiences.
In 2012, Sarge’s suffered a tremendous fire, forcing the restaurant to close its doors for the first time. After extensive renovations, Sarge’s reopened in the winter of 2014, unveiling a replica of the original and beloved restaurant. The Sarge’s tradition is still going strong, thanks to the loyalty of its customers, both new and old.