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Astoria Deli Makes List of Nation's Best Eats for 3 Years Straight

ASTORIA — Longtime neighborhood deli Sal, Kris and Charlie's — famous for its massive sandwiches, including the cold cuts-packed hero "The Bomb" — was named one of the nation's best eats in a recent Yelp ranking.


My lunch is better that yours. "Da bomb" from Sal, Kris & Charlie's Deli

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The sandwich shop is number 64 on the review site's "Top 100 Places to Eat in the U.S. for 2016," the third year in a row it's landed on the list (it was ranked 65th last year, falling from number 28 in 2014).

This year's list was compiled by looking at the ratings and number of reviews for eateries across the country, and "honors businesses that rank so highly in the Yelp community’s opinion that they have earned the status of 'must try within this lifetime,'" according to the site.

Sal, Kris and Charlie's has been running at 23rd Avenue between 33rd and 35th streets for the last three decades, and dubs itself the "Sandwich King of Astoria."

Its best-known concoction is "The Bomb" — a foot-long hero packed with salami, pepperoni, roast beef, ham, turkey, pastrami, mortadella, chicken and American and provolone cheese — which has earned it a spot on a number of "best sandwiches" lists and praise from customers. 

"The Bomb is probably the best sandwich I've ever had," one Yelp reviewer wrote earlier this month.

Other New York City spots to make Yelp's top 100 list this year include the The Halal Guys food cart in Midtown at number 82, Gramercy Tavern ranked 32nd, Chelsea Market vendor Los Tacos No. 1 ranked 40th and upscale Upper East Side eatery Daniel at number 70.