The Federal Deli is one of Al Browns delicious eateries in Auckland. It’s a take on an old school NYC Jewish Deli open early and closed late. We came here for a late night dinner after a show in the city.
For dinner the dishes are designed for sharing, however in this case we actually had our own meals and shared the buffalo wings and a large portion of the fries with cheese curds and gravy (my absolute fav). I actually had the matzo ball soup – oops forget to take a pic but it includes bagel dumplings. The broth itself was full of flavour and clear however I thought the rest was good, but maybe not quite exciting enough for a menu item. Although it was nice I probably wouldn’t order it again only purely because there are better items on the extensive menu.
Both the veal schnitzel and NY strip was good, nothing to complain about, well cooked and delicious. The house pastrami was good but yes it is definitely made for sharing more than the other dishes on the menu. There’s just a plate with a lot of pastrami and not much else – so just a bit odd and a bit much for a strong flavoured meat. I had been told to try the sweet pies, so we had the three way combo takeaway. So delicious but they were too squished in the one box, as it was pretty difficult to remove them cleanly to eat. You must try the banoffe pie with caramel popcorn on top. Sounds fatty I know but so good.
I think overall the food and service is good but the size of the meals are a bit expensive for the value for money.
Value for Money: Average
86 Federal Street, Auckland Central
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 7am-Late