Lenny’s 48th Street Smoked Chicken Deluxe: Delicious & Reliable

Date December 14, 2007

After the disaster at Backstage Deli last week, I went right to Lenny’s to satisfy my Midtown sandwich fix Thursday night. I ordered a Smoked Chicken Deluxe hero ($7.99 for hero or wrap, $7.25 on a roll; you should always get a hero), substituting the requisite smoked mozzarella with American Cheese and adding some Russian into the mix. I had three of these delivered for my friends and I and each was still hot and delicious; even the toasted hero held up. The only time Lenny’s has ever disappointed NYC Food Guy was when I ordered a roll instead of a hero.


Chicken Cutlet, Grilled Pastrami, Lettuce, Tomato, Dill Pickles, and Russian; a combo that never disappoints.

NYC Food Guy’s old standard at Lenny’s is usually the G3, a hero with grilled roast beef, crispy bacon, grilled onions, melted American cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickles, and I replace the A1 Steak Sauce with Russian. That is a heartstopper and though the Smoked Chicken Deluxe is equally bad for you, it’s a little lighter, but not much, as you can see below. Look at that deliciously disgusting melted American melding with the Chicken Cutlet and Russian:


Looking at the color of the tomato, pastrami, and even the lettuce, we know the ingredients are all fresh and delicious:


Long story short, Lenny’s hasn’t disappointed me yet. There’s 10 locations all over New York. While I can’t speak for the other 9 branches, the spot on 48th street between 5th and 6th Ave. has always been solid, even in the midst of the Midtown lunchtime rush.

NYC Food Guy advises the hero over the wrap, roll, and any sliced bread solely due to value. You end up paying $0.75 more for nearly twice the sandwich, a NYC Food Guy no-brainer. I’ve only had the Smoked Chicken Deluxe and G3, so if you know of any other consistently reliable sandwiches, leave your comments below.

Lenny’s 48th St. (between 5th and 6th Ave)

Phone: 212.871.6677
Fax: 212.997.3596

See other locations here

9 Responses to “Lenny’s 48th Street Smoked Chicken Deluxe: Delicious & Reliable”

  1. lennys lover said:

    I usually order the same sandwich from most delis I go to, and this didn’t change when I went to Lennys. The sandwich is a “Craigarino”, named this because obviously, my name is Craig. I ordered it from my hometown deli enough to have the owner notice and name it after me and add it to the menu. The delicious mix is Chicken Cutlet/Grilled Chicken (depending on the mood), Bacon, Fresh Mozz, and BBQ Sauce on a toasted hero. If you really want a heart attack, through that on Garlic Bread for the ride of your life. After getting it at Lennys with the chicken cutlet and lettuce, I was tempted to say it was even better than the original Craigarino. If youre in the mood for something with a little smokey bbq flavor try it out: Chicken Cutlet, Bacon, Fresh Mozz, Lettuce and BBQ sauce on a toasted hero from Lennys

  2. Gotham City Eats said:

    I love Lenny’s – go there at least once a week. Tried out the SCD after reading about here, and it was great. The Russian dressing was a nice add-on too!

  3. The NYC Food Guy said:

    Gotham City Eats-

    Lenny’s is definitely a go to Midtown spot, it’s quality and consisten and the variety truly can’t be beat. Try the G3 next time you go: Grilled Steak, grilled onion, L/T, pickles, melted American and swap out the A1 for Russian. As you can see, I’m all about the Russian dressing. I read your review on GCE and I’m sorry I didn’t tell you to extra Russian in advance, it’s an essential move. Look forward to hearing about your continued midtown adventures.

  4. Anonymous said:

    it’s all about the fresh roasted turkey + cheddar + bacon + avocado on a hero. YUM.

  5. The NYC Food Guy said:


    That actually sounds like a pretty money order. My only reserve, after speaking with some other knowledgeable food lovers, would be the ability of Lenny’s hero roll to handle a sandwich like this. I could see a nice ciabatta or grilled sourdough getting the job done though. I’m going to have to investigate and let you know how it went. Keep an eye out for my review. Thanks for the comment.

    NYC Food Guy

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