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Houston’s Deli Man, Ziggy Gruber, Talks About The Art Of Delicatessen

Ziggy Gruber of Kenny and Ziggy’s New York Delicatessen is one of the subjects of the documentary, Deli Man.

Ziggy Gruber And A Monster Sandwich
In a scene from the documentary Deli Man, Ziggy Gruber shows off one the monster sandwiches from his Houston restaurant, Kenny & Ziggy’s New York Delicatessen.

This past weekend, the documentary Deli Man was screened at the University of Houston. The film tells the story of the American delicatessen, largely through a Houston guide – Ziggy Gruber. He’s a third-generation deli man and the owner and operator of Houston’s Kenny & Ziggy's New York Delicatessen.

In February 2015, Craig Cohen sat down with Ziggy Gruber at his restaurant to talk about the state of traditional delis here in Houston and across the country.

Craig began by asking him how he and his family got into the deli business.

  • Ziggy Gruber (right) of Kenny & Ziggy's New York Delicatessen talks with a customer at his Houston restaurant. (Photo Credit: Cohen Media)
    Ziggy Gruber (right) of Kenny & Ziggy's New York Delicatessen talks with a customer at his Houston restaurant. (Photo Credit: Cohen Media)
  • Ziggy Gruber in the kitchen at Kenny & Ziggy's New York Delicatessen in a scene from the documentary Deli Man. (Photo Credit: Cohen Media)
    Ziggy Gruber in the kitchen at Kenny & Ziggy's New York Delicatessen in a scene from the documentary Deli Man. (Photo Credit: Cohen Media)
  • In a scene from the documentary Deli Man, Ziggy Gruber shows off one the monster sandwiches from his Houston restaurant, Kenny & Ziggy's New York Delicatessen. (Photo Credit: Cohen Media)
    In a scene from the documentary Deli Man, Ziggy Gruber shows off one the monster sandwiches from his Houston restaurant, Kenny & Ziggy's New York Delicatessen. (Photo Credit: Cohen Media)
  • Inside Kenny & Ziggy's New York Delicatessen in Houston. (Photo Credit: Craig Cohen)
    Inside Kenny & Ziggy's New York Delicatessen in Houston. (Photo Credit: Craig Cohen)
  • The revolving dessert display at Kenny & Ziggy's New York Delicatessen in Houston. (Photo Credit: Craig Cohen)
    The revolving dessert display at Kenny & Ziggy's New York Delicatessen in Houston. (Photo Credit: Craig Cohen)
  • A display case at Kenny & Ziggy's New York Delicatessen in Houston. (Photo Credit: Craig Cohen)
    A display case at Kenny & Ziggy's New York Delicatessen in Houston. (Photo Credit: Craig Cohen)