New Deli Replaces Old One

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There’s a brand-new deli on the Upper West Side, and it’s located in a familiar old spot.

The corner of 84th and Columbus has been vacant since June 2023, when New Parisian Deli suddenly shut down after 45 years in the neighborhood.

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But as of January 9, a new (non-Parisian) deli, called Eats on Columbus Marketplace, has taken up residence in the same space, and it’s officially open for business.

The market has all the expected staples: candy, snacks, cleaning supplies, and a long wall of sandwiches.

We spoke with owner, Anoer Alkandi, who told us he was thrilled to be here.

“It’s going great. The whole neighborhood likes it.”

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When asked how he felt about replacing New Parisian, Alkandi said that based on his conversations with customers, the old deli was “not it.” That sentiment gels with New Parisian’s 2.5 star Yelp rating, along with reports of a leaky ceiling and problems with the flooring prior to its closure.

Eats on Columbus seems to have fixed these issues and was crowded and buzzing when we showed up, with the aisles full and people filtering in and out.

“Glad this place has opened, It’s great to have a deli back here,” said one customer.

Although we didn’t see any police officers when we were there, Alkandi told us that with the Upper West Side’s 20th Precinct located just a few blocks away, he’s already gotten a fair amount of business from local law enforcement.

“Cops get 10% off, swing by to use the bathroom, whatever, we’re happy to have you,” he said.

The deli is running a few opening week specials including free coffee and a free can of soda with the purchase of a sandwich.

“Open 24/7, we’re like family. If you need anything we’re here. It’s a neighborhood marketplace.”

Eats on Columbus Marketplace is located at 501 Columbus Avenue.


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