18 Reviews

Yes, this is the one! If you grew up in Queens NY and long to taste that great vinegary, peppery thin sliced potato salad you had as a child then look no further. Every time I make it someone asks for the recipe. It takes two days to make it, but worth every minute. Also, gets better each day. Be sure to not over cook the potatoes and then slice them thin. Don't forget the parsley.

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joannetk July 07, 2011

This receipe is amazing. I left New York city (Queens) when I was in my twenties. For Thirty years I've been looking for New York Potato Salad. It is not sold anywhere else in the U.S. I've lived in many cities and have traveled to dozens more. I've tried to make it at home with other recipes and they all have failed. This recipe is perfect. I do remember that some deli's had chopped pimento and others had a hint of finely chopped celery. I've added those 2 ingredients and it made a slight difference. It is still just like I remember. Brad, thanks for bringing this recipe to the world once again.

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goaks260 June 02, 2008

The real long island potato salad has 1/3 of the oil than this recipe. Also a little more sugar which is than heated with the vinegar and water till it dissolves.

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fang800 May 21, 2014

Yup, the one and only!!!! This is the real McCoy. No eggs, no mustard, no relish,no green peppers, no peas. If you insist on eggs make egg salad. Unfortunately it is now next to impossible to find this unique potato salad that was only found in NYC and Long Island. Like pizza, bagels, pastrami, a kaiser roll, a 2 cent plain, a chocolate egg cream and pretzel stick, Hebrew National frankfurters a native New Yorker knows the best the rest of the country can do is try and imitate. Don't rush this salad. Let it sit. It just improves with aging a few days. By the way through the years I must have asked 10 deli's how to make it. They ALWAYS said it was a secret. Like others have posted, every time I introduce it to someone who has never had it, THEY WANT THE RECIPE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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jfmulholland45 March 02, 2014

I grew up in Brooklyn and love NY potato salad. On visits home, my kids grew to love it too. Just found this recipe, made it for July 4th BBQ, and wow! It tasted like real NY deli potato salad! We all loved it! Even had Mainers asking for the recipe.

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EJIsrael July 04, 2013

I live in NYC and have my whole life. This is hands down the best at home version of what I consider real potato salad. Finally a recipe that doesn't call for chopped up vegetables, eggs and mustard. Mustard? Really? Not in New York! That may be potato salad in the rest of the world, but not here. Its sad that even in local delis it is harder and harder to find this style. Now I can just make it at home. Please let this sit overnight like the recipe tells you to or you will be disappointed. I wish I had found this when it was posted five years ago!

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threelittlecats July 04, 2013

I used to work at a German Deli and this recipe is very very close to what we used to make. This recipe is good for a base potato salad. If you don't add the mayonnaise and instead add bacon & onion, then heat, you'll have German potato salad. If you add egg & celery to the recipe as is you'll have a deluxe potato salad. All in all great recipe!! Thanks for posting Brad.

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Imaveryluckyman May 26, 2012

At first I was skeptical whether or not my family would like this version of potato salad but what a hit!!! Everyone that trys it asks for the recipe. My traditional recipe with eggs is no longer the favorite in our house! This one is! Thank you for sharing a great recipe!

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Sweetie 91 June 12, 2010

Perfect, PERfect, PERFECT....Exactly the ONE.....Delicious....

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Chef Deb April 04, 2009

I made this just as is, though I cut it down. Everybody loved it, even our son who never eats potato salad. He asked for more even after it was all gone. Thanks for posting this, Brad.

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Po Valley Indian July 10, 2008
New York Deli Potato Salad