by Beth Keating
July 28, 2022
Shout out to all our former New York and New Jersey residents: The deli sandwiches you’ve been craving – and can’t find down here in Florida – will be arriving soon at the new BoardWalk Deli at Disney World!
Sometimes, Disney seems to take forever to complete an announced project. (Looking at you 2017’s Tron announcement!!!) But in this case, the progress from announcement to slicing of the first sandwich seems to be speeding along. Disney has posted operational hours for the new BoardWalk Deli beginning Monday, August 15, 2022. We only got the news about the deli’s arrival in March! Obviously, the posted serving times are subject to change as construction chugs along, but the grand opening appears to be imminent.
The new deli will be located alongside the BoardWalk resort, and the BoardWalk Bakery has already closed so work on the new venue, as well as that of The Cake Bake Shop by Gwendolyn Rogers, can take place. Fans of the ESPN Club were disappointed to see the old barbells and signs had already been taken down to make room for the new eateries as well.
Disney Parks Blog has shared the tentative menu for the new deli, and if, like us, you are missing some of these Northeast delights, you’ll be thrilled with the selections. Disney says it’s “inspired by the delis of the Northeast region, with a menu that takes you on a road trip of classic sweet and savory flavors from New York to the Jersey Shore.” All of the breads will be baked fresh in-house, and the dill pickles, always wrapped up with sandwiches in New York delis, will be made in-house, too. Specialty coffees will be available to kick-start your park day.
Among the proposed selections will be the signature Italian Sub ($11.49) with thinly sliced capicola, sopressata, and pepperoni with provolone, arugula, tomato, arugula pesto, and mayo on fresh-baked ciabatta bread; a Pastrami Reuben ($12.99) topped with sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, and Thousand Island dressing on marble rye bread (so iconic!); a roasted chicken sandwich ($10.49) with cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, and roasted garlic aioli served on ciabatta; a chicken salad wrap ($10.99) with rotisserie chicken, grapes, walnuts, and mayo in a spinach wrap; and a grilled cheese sandwich with tomato-basil soup ($9.99). Plant-based diners can enjoy the Veggie Crunch Muffaletta ($10.49) with cured and pickled root vegetables, an olive-giardiniera tapenade and plant-based cheese, served on focaccia. Several salads will be offered as well ($9.99-$10.99).
Looking for breakfast? The deli will be serving house-baked bagels with “a choice of schmear;” sweet breakfast pastries ($3.79-$6.79); warm bagel sandwiches, including an everything bagel sandwich ($8.99) with cage-free eggs, sausage, and cheddar cheese, or a bagel breakfast sandwich ($8.99) with cage-free eggs, bacon, sweet caramelized onions, and cheddar cheese; or a plant-based ciabatta sandwich ($7.49) “egg” Florentine, plant-based cheese, tomato jam, and arugula.
As of this posting, it looks like the BoardWalk Deli will be open from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m. That’s especially good news for our former New York and New Jersey friends who are looking for one of those very specific style of breakfast-time egg sandwiches from back home. (I was wondering…it’s just eggs, bacon and cheese. Why is it so hard for local venues to duplicate that? Maybe we can convince Disney to offer the egg sandwiches on Kaiser rolls as well as bagels for a more authentic Northeast deli egg sandwich? Just sayin’.)
And while it may not be the BoardWalk Bakery any longer, there will still be plenty of sweet treats available at the new deli, including cannolis ($4.19) that will amazingly be filled to order in a crispy shell stuffed with mascarpone cheese, ricotta, shaved dark chocolate, lemon zest and an adorable Mickey swirl. Blueberry scones with crème fraiche; chocolate-dipped cream puffs; raspberry danishes; brownie cheesecake; brownies; banana bread; the much-loved Disney “cookies & cream cupcake;” and the 50th Anniversary Celebration Cupcake will all be dished up for you as well.
In our house, we are particularly looking forward to what Disney is calling “New Jersey Crumbcake,” recognizable to those of us from the Northeast as the thick, moist yellow cake with sweet cinnamon-crumb topping that is just as thick as the cake, and is so often displayed in the glass cases of diners and bakeries across the tri-state area. And how about the “New York-style Half-moon Cookie, topped with rich chocolate ganache and buttercream,” which is what we former New Yorkers would call a “black and white”? We can’t wait to see whether it will live up to the cakelike consistency with firm frosting that we all knew and loved back home.
Here’s hoping that the posted start dates are accurate. We’ve been hankering for one of those Pastrami Reubens!
Beth Keating is a theme parks, restaurant and entertainment reporter for DisneyBizJournal.
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