Maurice Green and his wife Sylvia started their deli (The Original Maurice’s) in downtown Schenectady during the 1950's. Having been a cook in the army, Maurice had acquired experience serving large groups in a tight time schedule. Maurice quickly became popular with legions of GE worker's for his uniquely seasoned, rotisserie-cooked beef eye rounds. Each day they would line up to try Maurice’s famous Hot Roast Beef, sliced to order, dipped “au jus”, served on daily fresh baked breads or rolls. Each sandwich was topped with his home-made horseradish sauce, they all agreed that it's the "finest roast beef you'll ever have".
Although Maurice's has built its loyal following on Roast Beef, our reputation for great lunches does not stop there. We cook fresh corned beef, pastrami, turkey and chicken breast. While other "delis" may take the easy route and purchase their meats ready-to-serve, we take great pride in cooking our products in-house, whereby we can control ingredients, meat grade and cooking technique which ultimately affects flavor, freshness, and overall product quality. Our mission is to serve honest, high quality, deli food at an exceptional value!
In 1974, after many successful years of business in Schenectady, Maurice retired and sold the delicatessen. The deli was relocated to the iconic Nicholaus Building on the corner of State St. and Erie Boulevard. For the next 25 years, Maurice's continued its reputation as the premier lunch spot in downtown Schenectady.
The opening of Maurice's Pearl Street, on the corner of S. Pearl and Howard streets ushered in the third generation. Maurice's was hungrily greeted by many who knew of our good reputation for a quality meal at a great value. Since its opening, the Pearl St. shop has continued to grow its following for quality personalized lunches as well as a great place to call upon when your office needed a catered luncheon.
Maurice’s of Downtown Albany continues to operate with the same values started in Schenectady in the 1950’s with some modern changes to standards and operations.
In 2014 Maurice’s was purchased by Keith Mahler, a veteran food service procurement and merchandising specialist with a great eye for quality produce and seafood. Keith continues to grow the reputation of Maurice’s as the premier lunch and catering location in downtown Albany.