(Junior’s) AM-PM Deli & Organic Foods
480 9th Avenue@37th Street
New York, NY 100
Open: 24 Hours
I believe the deli just changed hands hence the name change.
I came across AM-PM Deli & Organic Foods while working at the Soup Kitchen which is located further down 9th Avenue. Every morning I pass the deli and a legion of construction workers from the buildings going up over the Hudson Railroad Yards fill the place every morning. They always look like they are enjoying their breakfasts and lunches while sitting in the L-shaped bar by the front windows.
The deli’s morning specials are extremely fair priced. Their breakfast platters can run anywhere from $5.99 to $7.49 if you add a breakfast meat. I was in early for a class one morning and decided to have breakfast there. There seemed to be a mix up with what I ordered (I had ordered the pancake special breakfast ($6.99) and I got the Two Egg order with bacon and potatoes ($6.49). I didn’t even remember telling the guy I wanted them scrambled.
What the placed lacked that morning in service (the guy cooking did look a little flustered) made up in the quality and quantity of the breakfast platter. It was delicious. I had two large scrambled eggs, three nice size pieces of bacon and a mound of hash browns cooked with peppers and onions. The eggs were perfectly cooked in butter and were light and fluffy. The bacon had a meaty smoky flavor and the hash browns were perfectly cooked. I still will have to go back and try those pancakes that the construction workers seem to rave about.
Another morning before I got to Soup Kitchen, I tried their Two Eggs on a roll with Sausage ($3.50) and the guy cooking seemed to be confused again. He ended up giving me a Bacon, Egg and Cheese on a roll ($4.00) so I guess I made up the difference on price between the two orders. The bacon, egg and cheese was a nicely sized sandwich loaded down with all the ingredients on a buttered fresh soft roll. The combination of flavors were perfect and the size of the sandwich was very large. No wonder I always hear the construction workers talking about it.
One morning when I was in the City for an early walking tour, I tried the Pancake Platter Special ($6.95), which consisted of two scrambled eggs, three slices of bacon and three pancakes that were cooked perfectly, golden and caramelized on the outside and moist on the inside. The eggs were cooked on the grill with clarified butter and did not need any salt or pepper. It was a very generous portion size and you will not have a need for lunch. The pancakes had a nice malted flavor to them and I watched the guys at the griddle bake a smear of butter into each pancake.
The deli also has a reasonable list of lunch specials for $7.95 including burger platters, hot sandwiches with chips and a chicken finger special. The prices here will not break the bank and the portion sizes will keep you full until the next meal.
I was in the City for a late night function and knowing that the deli was open for 24 hours decided to head down and try it for dinner. I was not disappointed. I had originally wanted to try the Chicken Parmesan Platter but the cook working said that they had run out of sauce so I ordered the Cheeseburger Platter ($7.95). You will not be disappointed.
The hamburger was the size of a small plate. Though it was a frozen patty I could tell by the taste that it had been ground and was not commercial. The platter consisted of the burger with two slices of American cheese on it on a pressed roll with two slices of tomato and a hand full of shredded lettuce and about pound of freshly cooked French fries that finished out this mound of food that I could barely finish. The whole patter could have fed two people comfortably if it had been split. The burger was juicy and flavorful and the fries even though they were commercial were blazing hot and had a nice salty flavor to them. The meal was perfectly cooked and the best part was the cook was so happy when I told him how much I enjoyed the meal.
I guess those construction workers know a thing or two about food!
Now if they could only get the cook to listen carefully.