The location might be great but the buck stops here. The "decor" of the restaurant is very downscale but the prices imply that you are at a much classier spot. I paid at least $14 for a sandwich with a nasty side salad and it left a lot to be desired. The turkey was salty and the sandwich could have been made by a 4 year old as it was so simple and plain. I second that the restaurant is hard to find (Ocean Two Building) but if you are not staying there then you have to go around through the beach entrance and out back. Parking can be found below the bridge if you are lucky and its not a weekend. This place could be so much more than it is.
Usually go here for lunch so I can't tell you how the place is at night. Having a drink with your feet in the sands us the best part. Obviously a great location and scenery with being on the beach. I usually get the duck with the sauce on the side and the wine selection is great. Just ask the chef what he recommends based on your food
There were nine in our party on a Sunday afternoon for lunch. This was my first experience with authentic Russian food (all but 2 of us, myself included, were Russian) and I was not disappointed. The only reason this place does not get my five stars is because their decor lacks something fierce and the name of this place does not represent their authentic heritage (they're even located in little Russia!). We had so many dishes, all eaten family style, that I can't remember them all, but I didn't taste anything I didn't like. The highlights that I remember were the salads (Greek, cucumber, and carrot versions), the borscht soup, the lamb kebabs, and the dessert. The salads came first. The Greek was as you'd expect, except the dressing was perfectly applied - not too much, and it wasn't too vinegar-y, as can be the case. The cucumber was a mix of sliced vegetables soaked in a thin, light and mild dressing that disguises the fact that it's supposed to be a salad. Almost a sweet taste to it. The carrot salad had the same dressing but the ingredients were just thinly sliced carrots. It doesn't sound that great, I know, but it tasted great. For the soup course, I ordered the borscht. This soup changed the game for me, and all future vegetable soups will be judged against this. It comes out thin and there are meat, potatoes, and veggies floating around. The far out part for me was the large clump of sour cream floating atop the broth. Weird, for sure. Stir it in, they said, it changes the texture. Jealously, my tablemates watched as I stirred and this piping hot, heaping bowl of soup turned into a creamy, pinkish heaven. There was so much of it, I could barely keep it from spilling over the sides. I could've stopped eating after just the soup - that's how satisfying and filling this dish was. But of course, there was more to come... Next up were the lamb kebabs. Brought to us on metal skewers, the kebabs were very hot and perfectly seasoned. It would be insulting to dip these meats in any kind of sauce. And you wouldn't need or want to - as they got the flavor just right, they were plenty moist all the way through, and the outside edges were barely crispy. Then came dessert. It was a traditional Russian layer cake that I believe is called medovik, similar to the Armenian version of a layer cake - marlenka. Layers of moist yet crumbly dough with cream cheese frosting and/or honey. The chocolate and honey versions are delicious and we got both to split. I would definitely get the kebabs again. And the borscht. And the salad. Probably the dessert too. And those are just the dishes I can remember. Oh, and they also have Russian ice cream. If you can manage after a full meal like this, major props.
I'm not from Miami but was in the area for a friend's birthday. There was a large group of us that were gathering for lunch and the majority of people in our group were Russians. And they insisted on eating at New York Deli as it was a tradition they do every time they get together in Miami. I went along with the group's decision but was really confused...Russian food at "New York Deli"??? Crazy Russians...:) Well this turned out to be one of the best lunches I've ever had in my life! I just wish I had a bigger stomach. Our table took a "family style" approach to ordering food so we could all try a little bit of everything. If you're with a big group, I definitely recommend ordering that way. The meal started off with bread..which was buttery, soft, warm, and yummy. We were then served an array of different soups (all delicious, but I'd stay away from the gnocchi one, it's nothing special), salad, roasted seasoned potatoes, and vegetables. All of it was fresh and so mouth-watering! The main meal was chicken, salmon, beef, and lamb kabobs. They were the best kabobs I've ever had, but the lamb kabob was by far the BEST! It was tender, juicy, and perfectly seasoned. Don't leave this place without ordering the lamb kabob. We also ordered one of each of their desserts to-go, which we ate later on the beach. It was a great idea! Why this place is called "New York Deli"? I have no idea..it's definitely not New York style in anyway and it's not a deli either! It's a legit Russian place. Even the staff was fluent in Russian. Also the food was served on Chinese food plates....just kind of adds to the irony of the whole place. The restaurant is located in a dodgy looking motel's parking lot. If you're driving past this place on the street, I doubt you'd stop by here on your own. However this restaurant is a great example of why you shouldn't judge a book by its cover!
I'm surprised to see a few 1 stars on this restaurant. While it's not fancy shmancy, the food is consistently good. My family and I come here (not as often as I'd like, but I guess you can't have it all), we have never left with a poor experience. Granted, Russians aren't known for their hospitality so don't expect them to come often to check on you, but the food comes out quickly and if you sit back and take time to enjoy the meal and the company you're with, then isn't that all that matters when you go out? We had the lavash bread- great with butter, but I opted to spread the goat cheese that we ordered. I wouldn't order the goat cheese again; it was too much dill and parsley and nothing special about the goat cheese. Ohh well. Then we had the tomato and cucumber salad (so fresh!), the plov (mouthwatering), and the lamb kabobs (cooked to perfection). We loved it all!
Friendly staff and excellent service. It gets busy in the late mornings and afternoon.
I had no problems, no real highlights. They have the Starbucks menu. It's the same. The staff has been good when I've stopped by this location. Really, this location is the standard Miami Starbucks cafe experience (excepting those few horrible locations scattered throughout the grid). The inside was Starbucks colored. The ambiance smelled like coffee and there was an ambient pastry scent as well. I would really have had no idea I was in Sunny Isles Beach except for the excessive skyscraper-sized cascading fountain across the street. Fun to look at while you're sitting outside with your USD $5.00$ buck coffee (do ho ho ho).
I like this Starbucks. Plenty of seating inside and outside, with a seated power bar for plugging in laptops right in the middle of it all. Several loveseats to sit in. Cool staff.