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Oct 10, 2006 11:01 PM

Langer's. So I finally tried it and...........

I FINALLY was able to try out Langer's yesterday and to be honest, I wasn't blown away. Langer's has been on my list forEVER, having heard so much about it here on chowhound. I SO wanted to love it and be wowed, but I just wasn't.

Let me start off by saying a few things. First, I can't do rye bread. The taste is just off-putting to me. Sometimes I'll sit and pick out EVERY single seed and I still won't be able to handle the taste. Second, I don't like coleslaw. I used to think I was traumatized by my childhood Sunday picnics, with my dad buying the biggest tub of KFC coleslaw he could buy. But at every deli, I always give it a try. And I still don't like it.

So here's what I ordered. A #44 on white, with swiss. Oh, I LOVE their curbside delivery service. The guy on the phone was great, and I barely even waited 10 seconds before he popped up at my car window. Not wanting the sandwich to get soggy, I drove over to a nearby friend's house, not more than 10 minutes away. There, I ripped open the bag and dove right in. I loved the bread, toasted and grilled like a crouton. I pulled the sandwich apart and was excited to see that gooey string of swiss cheese. I noticed that the pastrami wasn't piled "miles high" as they do at other delis, but hey, I was looking for quality, not quantity, right? I took a bite and all that came to me was, 'eh, it's a pastrami sandwich'. THAT'S SO NOT WHAT I WANTED TO THINK! I wanted to ooh and ahh and moan over the sheer pleasure of finally having THE Langer's pastrami sandwich! So what made me not like the sandwich. There seemed to be a little tooo much sauerkraut on my sandwich. So I took some off and tried it again. I typically like my pastrami sandwich with swiss and mustard and realized there was no mustard. So I grabbed some brown mustard and dabbed it on my sandwich and took another bite. It still didn't feel right. So then I tried eating the pastrami alone. The taste was "eh okay" and the texture was a bit on the "softer" side than I prefer.

Perhaps rye bread and coleslaw is what MAKES Langer's the best pastrami sandwich. If that’s the case, I guess I’ll never appreciate Langer’s. Which kind of sucks......

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  1. Yeah, I'm not a big Langer's fan either.

    But I can see where it can have its definite appeal for those who like the place.

    1. When I'm not in the mood for rye, Langer's has fantastic Kaiser rolls too. They work well with the pastrami.

      1. So let me get this straight, you were having a Reuben (with pastrami rather than corned beef) - not a simple pastrami sandwich - and you were having it on toasted white bread. Seems to me that what makes a great sandwich is the combination of the flavors of the ingredients that go into it. The bread is as vital to a Langer's pastrami sandwich as the pastrami is. One reason it's a great pastrami sandwich is that it isn't overstuffed like so many others - so the balance of flavors is better. You obviously had some kind of sandwich, but it sure wasn't a "Langer's pastrami sandwich." If you don't like rye bread, so be it, but then there's no way you'd ever have any hope of liking a Langer's pastrami sandwich.

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        1. re: estone888

          Is the pastrami so bad that it MUST have the exact accompaniment? If a person really likes pastrami a certain way then good pastrami should be just fine.

          I do like the flavor of Langer's pastrami O.K.. Does not blow my socks off though. The size and price are my mail complaints.

        2. The thing is, it's not a LANGER'S pastrami on rye if you don't have it served on rye bread.

          It's much more than the sum of its parts. That's true of lots of foods. Particularly a sandwich. You could each ingredient separately for any sandwich, but it's obviously not the same thing as eating the sandwich.

          The warmed rye bread is an intergral part of a pastrami on rye at Langer's.

          I could also see how a couple of slices of white bread could ruin any pastrami sandwich.

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          1. re: Jack Flash

            Yup... the bread is in it's own league themselves...

            To the OP... don't feel too bad though, there are serveral foods that I'll never really 'enjoy' either because I just don't have the taste for them... You gave it shot... now you can move on and explore for something you know you'll really like. :)


          2. I was introduced Langer’s pastrami sandwich thru office BD lunches (I’ve been at this job for almost 18 years). Through the years, IMO, Langer’s has had a very good pastrami sandwich and, occasionally, THE BEST pastrami sandwich. The only times I’ve had an “eh” pastrami sandwich was when I let my co-workers talk me into getting something other than hot pastrami on rye with mustard. For me, Langer’s has a pretty good track record. I would suggest going back to Langer’s several more times before passing final judgment. fwiw, I, too, used to not like rye bread until that one day when I forgot to ask for an onion roll ... In fact, Langer’s is the only place that I will order rye bread. Yum!