Stein's Market & Deli

Stein's Market & DeliStein's Market & Deli
BA SCORE
4.46/5
99 Ratings
Stein's Market & DeliStein's Market & Deli
PLACE INFO

Type: Eatery, Beer-to-go

2207 Magazine St
New Orleans, Louisiana, 70130-5636
United States

(504) 527-0771 | map
steinsdeli.net

Notes:
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday – Friday: 7am – 7pm
Saturday and Sunday: 9am – 5pm
Closed Mondays

Added by dlintern on 01-05-2008

PLACE STATS
Reviews:
64
Ratings:
99
pDev:
11.66%
 
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Reviews by kensuthe:
Photo of kensuthe
4.7/5  rDev +5.4%

Atmosphere - Stein's Market & Deli is located in the Magazine Street shopping district in uptown New Orleans. As the name implies, it is a market that sells an assortment of nice food and beverage products and is also a deli that sells some excellent, absolutely tasty food. Alcohol can not be consumed on the premises, but that shouldn't stop anyone who is looking for quality beer in New Orleans from stopping by (and picking up an awesome sandwich while you're at it). The place can be bustling when it's busy and laid back and relaxed during down time, so plan your trip accordingly.

Quality - The food, foodstuffs, and ingredients are all top notch, but that's not what this review is for. Fortunately, the beer is top notch too. There are a few coolers that are not set too cold for keeping some beer near servable temperatures, and there are also a few wire racks and displays to store more product. I know that some people frown upon coolers, but if you've ever been in New Orleans in the summer (which lasts about 9 months out of the year), both you and your beer will be thankful for the coolers.

Service - The service is great, both for the deli and for the beer. The deli side of things can get slammed at meal times, so if you know you're going to need some extra help with your beer perusing then you might want to plan to visit when it's not time for food. The owner really knows his stuff for both beer and food, and he's got a good staff with him.

Selection - Easily the best assortment and variety of quality beers in the state. They do a good job of ordering styles for seasons, and of keeping a mix of American craft as well as import offerings. The only thing that keeps their selection from being perfect is the limited amount of space they have to work with, but they do an excellent job with the space that they do have. If you see something you like but there is only one bottle available, ask if there is more in stock. There is additional storage on site, just not enough room to keep everything in the front.

Value - The prices are more than reasonable for the quality of the products available. The hidden value is that the owner keeps striving to bring in more and more quality products, which can only help to grow the beer culture in the region.

If you're local or just visiting, stop in for some excellent food. Walk out with some excellent beer, too. If you like beer and in you're in New Orleans, this is a place to see.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of newsprint
5/5  rDev +12.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Come for the beer, stay for the food. Best dang sandwiches in the country. Great selection, owner knows beer and is very helpful.

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Photo of IdrinkGas
3.93/5  rDev -11.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of Karibourgeois
4.65/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Great deli with an even better bottle selection...probably the best in New Orleans. Stopped in on the recommendation of a friend while visiting NOLa and had a great lunch but then spent way too much on beer to take back home...amazing selection!

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.65/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Based on reviews, I visited Steins for lunch whilst in New Orleans on a business trip

Nice , gentrified funky little neighborhood. Walk into Steins and the place has character and an attitude in a good way. It's a deli that sells take out beer. Posters, signs , batman paraphernalia adorns the walls . I order the Muphuelatta( philly style in keeping with Steins) and cream soda. Excellent sandwich , recommended and would reorder . While dining at one of the communal tables, one of the workers starts to load the beer cooler behind me. I start up a conversation and recommends some local beers to me. The owner is at the other end of the table paying bills and we get to talking. He takes me into the beer room out back. Actually , you go out the door , into an enclosed court and enter a door in an adjacent building. Amazing beer selection. We discuss beers and he hand picks some extra fresh IPAs. Nice selection of quality beers and he rotates the stock to keep it fresh. Suggested another store for some beers I was searching for. Bought a few local selections on his recommendation, Great food, service and selection. I'd go back.

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Photo of Beersnake1
4.32/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Visited during a visit to New Orleans. I based my visit on the ratings here. I did not eat there, so this is simply a review of the beer and selection. The beer room is at the back through a couple of doors. I have read that people were concerned about the lack of prices. As of January 2017, all of the beer is labeled with prices in the back. The selection is pretty awesome. They had Backwoods, Christmas Bomb, Xocoveza, among other seasonal releases. They had a good selection of Bruery beers, as well as a number of Fantome and other European beers. I would definitely recommend a visit if you are in the area.

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Photo of ELS
4.48/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

I headed straight back to the beer room when I arrived. One of their guys came in a couple minutes later to do some stocking and immediately helped me. He hooked me up with a local brew called Parish Envie American Pale Ale and a couple others. I never heard of Parish Brewery/beer but since it was super fresh having been bottled 6 days earlier and highly recommended I was pretty sure it was going to be good. I then went to the front of the store and my wife was already eating what looked like a very good turkey sandwich. I ate the other half and all I can say is "it was awesome".

It was pretty quiet on a Thursday afternoon so I introduced myself to Dan Stein. He was pretty receptive telling me about the owner of Parish Brewery and how he recently changed his yeast. Dan then brought out a month old Envie from the cooler so I could compare the same beer using two different yeasts. Pretty cool! Had the beer minutes later when I left the deli and it was damn good. Overall, a great deli with an excellent beer selection owned/run by a guy that knows a hell of a lot about beer!

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Photo of KensWorld
4.59/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

One of a kind!

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Photo of Spreetaper
4.19/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Squire123
4.33/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of Murphdog08
4.44/5  rDev -0.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Franziskaner
4.36/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

This place was about 2 miles from my hotel on Canal Street and is like a beer oasis compared to those sad package shops on Bourbon Street. I also love that they open at 7 AM, so if you are conferencing you can plan to be there at 7 and still get back for work. There's lots of singles in the sliding coolers in the main deli portion, but if you follow these signs, go through the door in back into their private alley, and walk into this room in the back, you will be glad you did. There's tons of choices from Stone, Founders, Terrapin, The Bruery, Brooklyn, and Prairie to name a few. Good regional stuff from Saint Arnolds, NOLA, Southern Prohibition, and Parish to name a few more. Found Tilquin Oude Gueuze & 2013 Bigfoot sitting on the shelf! I spoke with a guy who worked there who was pretty passionate about beer and brought the Saint Arnolds Bishop's Barrel 13 out of another room after talking to me for awhile. This place is legit! Prices weren't on the bottles or the shelves, which was a bit annoying. I didn't try any food.

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Photo of Minnesota_beer_guy
3.17/5  rDev -28.9%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.75

Photo of tobelerone
3.83/5  rDev -14.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Cool spot with good but slightly overpriced sandwiches and a very nice beer selection in a separate shed in the back. Carefully curated with a nice mix of local and regional beers, some limited barrel aged offerings, and a handful of fantome and other difficult to find euro brews. Lots of crooked stave stuff. A few bottles from Grassroots, a pleasant surprise.

Downsides: none of the beer, in a separate building even, is priced at all. So you grab your beer and take it to the counter and THEN find out the price. Nothing shocked me since I bought hard to find and expensive sours and was expecting high prices. Still to not have anything labeled is pretty annoying. Also I found the staff either largely indifferent or too-cool-for-school tattooed hipster types that automatically assumed I didn't know much about anything. Guess that's what they deal with most of the time in this city but it's still completely insufferable.

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Photo of logicalparadox
3.53/5  rDev -20.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

A nice little shop with specialty foods, gourmet items, as well as deli style foods and drinks. Didn't try the food, but looked like they had some good sandwiches and lunch items.

Was told this was the go-to place for beer in the NOLA area... Mixed conclusions on that point...

The coolers up front house about 4 more coolers worth of beers in singles and 750ml bottles. Nice. The beer laws here also allow drinking a beer from the bottle as you walk down the street, provided it's in a paper bag, which they are happy to provide. So, you can buy a single a stroll down Magazine street while sipping a cold brew. Cool!

Strangely, you're not allowed to drink beer inside nor at their tables outside, even if order food. What strange alcohol laws and regulations we have in the various parts of this country. Eh, not the proprietor's fault.

OK, so... The coolers are nice, especially given the location, but nothing crazy. That's not all. Not even much. The real beer room is not obvious. I had to ask and almost left thinking that was it. They have a room all the way to the back, out a door, and around a corner through an alley/courtyard where the real selection is. Secret beer lair? Not sure if this feels cool or shady...

There you fin a 15 by 15 space with just racks if beer. Dozens of breweries, both craft from around the world and local micros I'd never heard of. Found some good offerings from St. Bernardus and Clown Shoes that I've not had luck finding back in NY. Definitely a great selection given the size of the space and the other options I've found in NOLA.

BUT, do I judge based in that? Or in absolute terms? Compared to what we have in NY, Wegmans grocery store has a larger and almost as eclectic selection. I can think of at least 5 places nearby that dwarf what's here and my giti beer store at home has probably 100x as much. Also, some glaring omissions; I didn't see any Dogfish Head here, for example, so this is a place to go and browse to see what they've got, not a place to go if you're looking for something specific. Unless you're looking for something rare and hoping they might have a bottle because you'vr looked everywhere else.

Still, very cool place. Im told the craft beer scene in NOLA is a good decade behind the cutting edge, and this seems to support that theory if this really is one of the largest selections in the state. Not sure how much stock to put into that, though, considering that both Whole Foods and World Market have pretty good selections.

The staff are very laid back and helpful if you have questions

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Photo of tduecen
4.8/5  rDev +7.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Great beer selection in the back, go in and pick out what you want. Also, try a sandwich before you leave, yo will not be disappointed. Always a good conversation to be had if you are open to talking with strangers.

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Photo of Gig2828
4/5  rDev -10.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Great little whole in the wall with fun surprises.

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Photo of Joetheduck
5/5  rDev +12.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of seanzig
4.31/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

Photo of NateMac13
3.76/5  rDev -15.7%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

Photo of sdeese21
4.75/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I really wish I could score the "Food" category higher than a 5 because they make some unbelievably good sandwiches and rolls! Great beer selection and they tend to get a lot of the harder to get stuff in pretty readily. If you go there to only peruse over the great beer selection and don't pick up something from the deli then you've missed out!

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Photo of tone77
3.23/5  rDev -27.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4

This place is unique and has a interesting set up. A few coolers full of imports, mostly Belgian and German, as well as some American craft, are up front in the deli area. Out the back door and to the right is a small but packed beer room. Selection is really good and well stocked, lots of singles and bombers, at prices that are a bit high, but not outrageous. The staff member in the rear room was nice enough, however the young man up front where I checked out, not so much. He was on the phone throughout our transaction, and seemed to get agitated when I had the audacity to ask for a bag for my beer. Overall, great selection, cool atmosphere, didn't try the food but it looked great. The downside is prices are a bit high, and service not so good.

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Photo of stumac
4.98/5  rDev +11.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Very cool place. A true Kosher deli. Delicious food, they specialize in sammies, huge beer selection to go, very small but enough room to eat, good coffee, fast and good service. The owner Dan seems like he's straight outta the East Coast. Very monotonous but seems like a good guy.

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Photo of kylelenk
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Stein's is the best beer store that I've been able to track down in the NOLA area.

The food, first off, is delicious. No beer can be consumed on premise, but there is a nice selection of craft sodas.

Front coolers are stacked with shelf craft and macros, real treat is in the back. Great selection of Belgians, Founders, and Prairie. Older Mikeller as well.

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Photo of Anaxagoris
4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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