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Corey Kaplan // Owner

Corey Kaplan’s vision of bringing a New York Style “pizza joint” to Chicago was created after his first successful business endeavor NYC Bagel Deli. The first store opened in 1999 @ North & Sheffield in Lincoln Park. NYC Bagel Deli has been very “accepted” in the City of Big Shoulders with New York style kettle-boiled bagels, 5-STAR Catering, mouth-watering sandwiches, homemade cream cheeses and Boar’s Head meats and cheeses. NYC Bagel Deli has been featured on WGN, Fox Chicago, Serious Eats and is one of only 12 Deli’s of Distinction in the United States, as awarded by Boar’s Head Brand Provisions.

Kaplan’s pizza recipe was brought over straight from Brooklyn to Chicago and the recipe has authentic New York City qualities impossible to find in Chicago. Even more important is the crust, it’s thin, foldable and cut in large pie slices, the true New York way! NYC Slices also prides itself on being the only “authentic” New York Style pizza joint in Chicago just like Corey Kaplan’s authentic bagels. NYC Bagel Deli’s 515 North Dearborn location is home to the first NYC Slices. Due to popular demand another location (500 West Madison) quickly followed. To this day chances are very good that you’ll still find Corey Kaplan, behind the counter greeting customers with a smile and perfecting his product.

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Justin Aquino // Manager

Justin Aquino brings years of experience to Chicago’s newest “pizza joint.” Beginning his career in 2008
as a chef at Mastros in Beverly Hills California. Justin maintained operating percentages at optimum levels, increased yearly sales and exceeded company benchmarks through the development of operational restaurant programs. Fast forward to July 2012, Justin joined NYC Bagel Deli Corporation as director of NYC Slices operations specializing in custom gourmet Slices, and management. Aquino leads all aspects of operations, working in conjunction with Corey Kaplan.

Six months after joining the NYC Bagel Deli team, his involvement with operations of NYC Slices at 515 North Dearborn led to the second location (515 West Madison) and recognition as “THE” most authentic NYC pizza joint in Chicago. Aquino brings his operational expertise, industry knowledge and hard work to NYC Slices and specializes in making the traditional NYC Slice blend with complementary gourmet elements. He is driven to create the best product possible and won’t stop at anything less.

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