Delimarie is a low-cost option in that yet unnamed area where Tribeca meets City Hall and various state and federal government buildings. It follows the standard lunch buffet model: grab a container, pick and choose among the hot and cold options, and pay by the pound. But Delimarie is so much better than your average deli buffet place.
Deli buffets usually offer the same choices no matter where you go, and everything looks like it was made in the same offsite industrial kitchen. Not so at Delimarie. The entrees and vegetables looked fresher and were tastier; the salmon was moist and tasted of salmon, not some packaged sauce. Like most delis, Delimarie also offers sandwiches to order, and like their buffet options, the sandwich options were more interesting than what you typically find on offer. More importantly, the long lines of customers waiting to order suggests that they are much better than the typical deli sandwich too.
As if that weren’t enough, Delimarie offers something that no other deli has: beignets. And these are real beignets, made to order, that are almost as good as those you get in New Orleans (we believe there is a connection to that city). We didn’t try them during our lunch time visit, but we had heard that they are excellent. We did try the beignets at Delimarie’s West Village sister restaurant, Cafe Marie (a future review), and they did not disappoint.
Finally, Delimarie offers another option that most delis do not–a relatively quiet eating area that seats at least 25 (look for the stairs in the back of the space). There was background music playing during our visit but the volume was low, and although every seat was taken, the chatter was more than manageable. It wasn’t the prettiest space, but it served it’s purpose and it was clean.
If you are in the Tribeca/City Hall area and want an inexpensive, quick, and quiet nosh, head on over to Delimarie. Just remember to save some room for the beignets!
Monday through Saturday: 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (but buffet closes at 4:00 p.m., sandwiches at 5:00 p.m.)
Street (betw. Broadway and Church Street), New York, NY 10007