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Pastrami Chowdown - Part Two - M & L Market

Cynsa Jul 11, 2006 08:42 AM

On Monday, five 'hounds continued the Pastrami Quest at M & L Market (691-14th Street)...May is at the register while Judy keeps the sandwich line moving swiftly. This pastrami, hot and well-marbled with fat, makes a moist bite every time. The price is right at $5.25 ($5.75 for the combo turkey & pastrami) - the sandwich of choice comes with an almond cookie!
M&L Market, also known as May's is a gem of a place...gotta love it. Hours: 11:30am-4pm
-Many thanks to Derek for his post-lunch hospitality with Carnegie Delicatessen's Pastrami from Costco...and the real brown mustard from NY's Carnegie Deli, too! This was a taste-off challenge.

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    Meatball Jul 11, 2006 08:00 PM

    Pastrami was good, but the bread and condiments were very avarage. Thanks Derek for your hospitality (and much better bread)!

    1. ChowFun_derek Jul 11, 2006 07:50 PM

      This was fun...the M&L Pastrami was fattier than the Carnegie Pastrami, so it had a nicer mouth feel....the spicing on the Carnegie Pastrami (which was quite moist, just not fatty "enough")! had more intense and "authentic" New York spicing......I think I'll make a couple of sandwiches out of the C.D. pastrami and shlep them down to the Ferry Building for our next comparison with Golden Gates' pastrami...stay tuned.....!

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        Mick Ruthven Jul 11, 2006 05:28 PM

        You can eat right there at M & L.

        1. Windy Jul 11, 2006 05:25 PM

          is it takeout only?

          and how did the Carnegie-Costco compare?

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          1. re: Windy
            Cynsa Jul 11, 2006 06:07 PM

            Three 4-top tables line the wall ...one of the 'hounds who lives in the 'hood and always does Take-Out never noticed the tables until yesterday. M&L's pastrami is pre-sliced and warmed in the steamer - not cut to order from a hot piece of meat - but, still tasty.
            The Carnegie-Costco was well-seasoned, pre-sliced and packaged for microwaving. We agreed that it was more NY than M&L.

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