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Hobby’s Delicatessen + Restaurant — A Top-Rated Jewish Deli in Newark

by Samantha Impaglia
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Essex County is full of delis that serve up delicious fare — and this Newark gem is no different. Hobby’s Delicatessen + Restaurant — located at 32 Brandford Place on the corner of Halsey Street in Newark — is a Jewish deli that just reopened after closing due to a fire back in late June 2019. This spot has always been known for its quality food — and recently, it was ranked a top 20 Jewish deli in the United States. Read on to learn more about Hobby’s Deli and why it’s a Newark + North Jersey favorite.

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(Photo credit: Hobby’s Delicatessen + Restaurant Facebook)

All About Hobby’s + The Food

Located in downtown Newark near the Prudential Center, Hobby’s Delicatessen + Restaurant has been family-run by the Brummer family since 1962 with the motto, “A Newark Tradition Since Before You Were Born.” The spot is only open for three hours per day — 11:30AM – 2:30PM on weekdays and Saturdays — and it’s closed on Sundays, so make sure to get your fix early in the day.

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Aside from serving up hard-to-find and top-quality Eastern European delicacies like corned beef, chopped liver, potato pancakes, and homemade soups, this old-fashioned Jewish deli also has a selection of fresh salads, fruits, and other modern fare and daily specials like salmon, chicken fajita wraps, and more. Hobby’s is best known for its mouthwatering corned beef, which is pickled in 50-gallon stainless steel vats in-house before being sandwiched between rye bread.

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The full selection is not on the website because it changes weekly. Hobby’s suggests that you call the store at 973-623-0410 for the most up-to-date menu.

A Fire, A Reopening, +  National Press

A lot has happened in the past few years for this local spot. At the end of June 2019, a fire tore through the storefront of the deli right after a lunchtime rush — forcing it to close down until further notice. The building was left with extensive smoke and water damage, and the iconic “Hobby’s Delicatessen” neon sign out front was also badly damaged on the right side. Thankfully, there were no injuries and the fire was later ruled to be electrical.

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(Photo credit: Hobby’s Delicatessen + Restaurant Facebook)

Hobby’s announced it was reopening in early August of this year after lots of renovations, bringing an iconic spot back to downtown Newark. Local figures like NHL players Miles Wood and Nate Bastian of the New Jersey Devils have since visited this beloved deli to celebrate its reopening — and rightfully so, since it was just rated a top 20 Jewish deli in the United States by TastingTable.com. The outlet said within the piece that “Hobby’s understated style and no-holds-bar food make it a culinary legend within U.S. Jewish deli culture and, most importantly, a beloved local go-to.”

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The deli has also received lots of other good press, including accolades from The New York Times, The Star-LedgerNew Jersey Law Journal, and New Jersey Lawyer, as well as Channel 2 News, Fox News, CNN, WINS, WCBS, BBC, and many more. Hobby’s is also rated by Zagat as “Excellent” and a “Top 10 Best Buy in New Jersey” — and it was featured in WNET’s A Walk Through Newark. With all of these top ratings, you should definitely give this Newark spot a try.

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