Fast casual is still a fairly new concept in the restaurant business. It is halfway between a fast food and a full service restaurant but with the exception of having to give your order at the counter and paying at the register the NY Marina Deli feels like you are walking into a real New York Deli (except I have never heard "Subway" yelled by the cashier when you leave a tip in the tip jar or on a credit car! Every time I hear it I want to get up and go to Subway and order a hero!)
Everyone who works there is pleasant and helpful which immediately puts in a first class category! Employer and employee none are above cleaning a table, getting you a condiment and checking that everything is okay.
With all the above if the food isn't good than you can forget a 5 star restaurant but here the food is good, many times great, whether you are in the mood for deli or not!
Usually Allen and I will split a corned beef and pastrami sandwich but this time he had a Reuben Sandwich and I had a Turkey Sandwich. Each is served with a sour pickle and a choice of Potato Salad or Cole Slaw. Everything tastes excellent from the pickle that tastes like it was just picked from a barrel on Orchid Street (ask a New Yorker) with both sides tasty and the sandwiches melt in your mouth though because it was so thick Allen had a little problem with his Reuben (check the picture). He had a diet cola and I had a large cup of fresh coffee.
I usually get a receipt but forgot to this time but, with a 15% coupon, our check came to $27+change which for lunch is a reasonable price in Fort Lauderdale.
Located in the Southport shopping center on the north side of 17th Street near 1/2 a dozen other restaurants, close by the cruise ships, airport traffic, hotels and available to locals, the New York Marina Deli is a place to go!