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  • glenn May 19, 2000 10:56 AM
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Can anyone report on the status of the Pastrami King in Queens? I did a search but only found dated posts. Is it still there, and how is the quality?

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  1. They closed their original location last year (or maybe the year before?) and reopened in Manhattan as Pastrami Queen -- on the east side of Lexington Avenue, between 85th and 86th Streets.

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    1. re: Dena
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      Harry Polishook

      Ate there just the other day...
      85-86th on Lex.
      Pastrami is very good. Corned beef as well. rotisserie chicken looked fab, but they wouldn't serve me just a half chicken I had to get the dinner. I hate that. Just serve it to me and figure out what to charge me....sigh...So instead I go potato pancakes, avoid them. Terrible. Great garlic pickles though..

      Hp

      1. re: Dena

        SORRY BUT THE ORIGINAL LOCATION WAS IN WILLIAMSBURG. THEN THEY MOVED TO MY BELOVED QUEENS. I BELIEVE THAT PK IS ON IT'S 4TH OWNER. IT' NOT BEEN THE SAME SINCE THE EARLY '80'S

        1. re: IVAN STOLER

          My recollection is that the Williamsburgh and Queens Pastrami Kings coexisted, quite unrelated, until the second time that the Williamsburgh place was trashed by its kindly neighbors during one of the '70s blackouts. At that point, its elderly owner opted not to rebuild, and instead joined the Queens team or sold them his recipe.

          Queens, even after the recipe transfer, was never as good as Brooklyn, and the Manhattan place, while fine, does not serve pastrami that resembles the other two. Its meat reminds be a bit of that served by the Second Avenue Deli, whereas the real Kings served meat that was darker, softer, drier, smokier, and far more garlicky.