Doors Closed at Melissa’s Gourmet Deli in Columbus Circle

Melissa’s Gourmet Deli — located at 1879 Broadway, between 61st and 62nd streets — has closed its doors.

A reader sent us this image of the interior emptied out and the entrance padlocked. We tried to call the number listed but got a “call could not be completed as dialed.”

Melissa's Gourmet Deli

After contacting the business by email, we did receive a reply. “Unfortunately with COVID woes we couldn’t stay open. It’s a sad time for us, because our business has been open since 1989. We’re also sorry to leave our loyal customers.”

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Reviews written up in the last year or so include some pretty horrifying allegations … including multiple claims from customers who say they got food poisoning from the long-time deli’s meats. (The owner has denied all claims.)

“I ordered a Wally sandwich and added cheese on a roll which was extra and i didn’t mind that. But what I did mind was right after I had that sandwich I vomited it up right away,” wrote Sophia Y. in August 2021.

“I have ordered delicatessen meat from this restaurant before. Last night I got some roast beef sliced cold cuts from them and had to stay home today as I had food poisoning. I’m a physician and I know all the signs,” wrote The B. in June 2021.

Other disappointed patrons mentioned issues including products with past-expiration dates on the shelves, rude employees, overpriced items, and generally bad food.

We’ll provide an update when we find out what’s expected to replace Melissa’s Gourmet Deli.




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