A Taste Of Rappy’s, Boca’s Newest Deli

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The comfort of a New York City-style pastrami on rye is heading to Boca Raton.
Rappy’s, the latest restaurant to join Rapoport’s Restaurant Group, has opened its doors at 5560 North Military Trail at Park Place.
We got a sample of the some of the menu items before the restaurant opened.
The tasting started with the chicken noodle soup that was topped with a large matzo ball. The broth had flavor and it was accompanied by a mirepoix and hint of dill. The soup tastes just like grandma made it.
The soup was followed by a plate of nosh’s including a pastry-puff knish filled with caramelized onions, kasha varnishkes with classic bow tie pasta, onion and herbs, sweet noodle pudding topped with a cornflake crust and a creative take on a spring roll, pastrami was wrapped inside with caraway braised cabbage, gruyere and thousand island dipping sauce.
Because we weren’t full enough, the next plate featured samplings of classic pastrami, a classic ruben and a rappy’s dog topped with coleslaw. The pastrami is hand sliced so no two pieces feel the same. The meat is thick and juicy and melts in your mouth. To go along with the sandwiches, we sampled potato salad, cucumber salad and a health slaw, which combines a salad with a slaw.
To top it all off, the meal ended with homemade rice pudding that tasted like the holidays, chocolate pudding so rich it tasted like it came right off the stove and a cheesecake topped with strawberries so light it wasn’t hard to polish off an oversized slice.
We previewed the restaurant in our last edition. This Rapoport restaurant is inspired by Burt Rapoport’s experiences growing up in an iconic New York Jewish restaurant, owned by his grandfather and then this father more than 50 years.
Named after his father, Ray “Rappy” Rapoport, he said he hopes to create a deli-restaurant for the modern world.
Rappy’s is located at 5560 North Military Trail, at the new Park Place plaza, Boca Raton. For more information visit Rappysdeli.com.