J.J. and wife Claudie Jean-Charles hold a signature Reuben sandwich in front of Stephen's Restaurant and New York Style Deli in Hialeah which they own and run.

Stephen's Restaurant and New York Style Deli 


The menu, the Formica-topped tables, the counter with stools -- everything at Stephens Restaurant and New York Style Deli in Hialeah is just what you'd expect except one: the owner. Claudie Jean-Charles, a Haitian-American woman from Chicago, bought the 54-year-old deli two years ago from long-time owner Shelly Nadelman. (Nadelman had taken it over from the original owner; no one seems to remember who "Stephen" was.) New York accents prevail here along with Reuben sandwiches -- thick slices of hot, hand-carved corned beef on pan-grilled rye smothered with sauerkraut, Swiss cheese and Thousand Island dressing. The Romanian pastrami, its edges crusted in crushed black pepper, is also thick-cut, served on rye with the works. Brisket with potato pancakes and applesauce is another classic. Regular customers are devoted to the daily specials, especially Tuesday's meatloaf with mashed potatoes and Wednesday's split pea soup. If it's your lucky day, you can end your meal with another special: bread pudding glazed in pineapple jam.

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  • American, Sandwiches
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  • Indoor
  • Breakfast, Lunch
  • Hushed
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