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Good Pastrami in Westchester?

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Jeremy D. May 27, 2003 10:21 AM

My otherwise sensible wife thinks driving to the Lower East Side from Westchester just to pick up a Pastrami sandwich is not a good use of precious time on the weekend. So, can anyone recommend superlative Pastrami in Westchester? I miss it since we moved out of the City.

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    The Rogue RE: Jeremy D. May 27, 2003 10:41 AM

    I was just talking about this with a friend. I too drive to the city for an occasional pastrami fix. The only place that attempts pastrami is Epsteins on Central Ave in Yonkers and Epsteins on Central Ave in Hartsdale / White Plains. Both are skimpy on the meat and it is on the dry end. Not nice and juicy like Katz's.

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      Robert Deutsch RE: Jeremy D. May 27, 2003 02:43 PM

      Traditionally It's somewhat hit or miss but this weekend I got lucky at the Mount Kisco Kosher Deli. The Pastrami was everything it should be. Better than I have ever had it here before.

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        Josh Mittleman RE: Robert Deutsch May 27, 2003 09:25 PM

        I've always had good luck at Mt. Kisco Kosher Deli. On the other hand, I don't go anywhere near Epsteins since the second time I found something disgusting in my food.

        The pastrami at the new deli in Yorktown was mediocre; but other things there were great, e.g. chopped liver. I'll try it again.

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          Robert Deutsch RE: Josh Mittleman May 28, 2003 10:19 AM

          I agree completely about Bloom’s in Yorktown. I really wanted to like this place because of the shortage of kosher deli’s in the area. After some good chopped liver, the pastrami and corned beef plate I ordered was not offensive, but not something I would like to try again. The meat was dry and lacking any character at all. I don’t understand the rigors of deli business, but it seems to me that if you don’t have access to great corned beef or pastrami you should find another line of work.

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        adlai RE: Jeremy D. May 28, 2003 10:36 AM

        How about the Rye Ridge Deli in the Rye Ridge Shopping Center? I haven't had their pastrami, but everything else I've had (like the corned beef) has been delicious.

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          Jeremy D. RE: Jeremy D. May 28, 2003 04:18 PM

          Thank you all for your replies and your help, even if they all sort of inspire despair. I will certainly check these places out and report back after my comparative taste test. While I have found good pizza and excellent bagels in Westchester, I should have done more deli research before leaving the City!

          Thanks again!
          Jeremy

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            Josh Mittleman RE: Jeremy D. May 29, 2003 05:55 PM

            2nd Ave Deli does mail order at their website.

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              Nick RE: Josh Mittleman Jun 11, 2003 09:22 PM

              Has anybody tried the mail order pastrami from 2nd Avenue? I used to live in the East Village, midway between 2nd Avenue and Katz's. I must confess I never understood the allure of the pastrami at Katz's, but I sure feasted on numerous occasions on the pastrami at 2nd Avenue. Based on the tips from you hounds, I'll venture into Mt. Kisco Deli to sample the pastrami.

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            Big Ed RE: Jeremy D. May 29, 2003 10:09 AM

            Come across the line into the Bronx and try the Skyview Deli on Riverdale Ave around 254th st. Classic formica, nasty, ancient waitresses, matzoh ball soup and a good jewish bakery next door to take home dessert. While in Riverdale, take home a Lloyd's Carrott Cake...B'way around 248th. Lloyd came to NY years ago with the shirt on his back and his Mama's recipe. Now a major provider to NY restaurants, etc. Tiny retail window at his bakery. Eratic hours.

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              PJCooks RE: Jeremy D. Jun 23, 2010 01:01 PM

              It might sound odd, but the Pastrami on Rye at Stew's is the best I've tasted

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                anonymouse1935 RE: PJCooks Jun 24, 2010 01:46 AM

                I don't know if Jeremy has since moved back to Manhattan for the pastrami - Katz's has no equal in Westchester - but the deli in the block of stores where Cosi is, on Quaker Ridge Road in New Rochelle, has good pastrami and corned beef.

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                  corky RE: anonymouse1935 Jun 24, 2010 06:28 AM

                  Katz's has no equal on the planet...imho

              2. The Chowhound Team RE: Jeremy D. Jun 24, 2010 07:20 PM

                Some general discussion about Pastrami has been split over to our General Topics board: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/716398

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