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Times Square and pastrami

What's a good pastrami place near Times Square?

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  1. you could walk a few blocks (well, more like 10) to Carnegie

    1. And in the time it took to walk to Carnegie, you'd be 2/3 of the way to Katz's on the F or V train. On a more helpful note for Time's Square Ben's on 38 between 7th and 8th is my vote for the area, but really I'd take the time to go downtown.

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      1. re: Alan Henderson

        I was wondering how long a suggestion for Katz's would take, 9 minutes, not bad.

        1. re: saeyedoc

          Sorry, I got a phone call while I was writing the post, I would have been quicker!

          1. re: saeyedoc

            saeyedoc, I hope I don't have to tell you that the reason Katz's immediately comes up anytime pastrami is mentioned is that, at Katz's, it is *all about the pastrami*!

            Oh, and btw, the pastrami at Carnegie is awful.

            For decent pastrami closer than Katz's, go to Sarge's, on 3rd Av., b/t 36th & 37th Sts.

            1. re: RGR

              Oh I know. That's why I was goofing around with him. Actually, it was worth going to Carnegie just to see the look on my daughter's face when her turkey club came. She looked at me and said "how am I going to eat this" and I had to tell her to take it apart. Ridiculous, but still a great memory for us.

              The Woody Allen was actually decent, especially compared to what passes for deli around here. I had several offers for the second half of my sandwich (on an ess-a-bagel) on the plane ride home.

        2. Katz's is the best choice in Manhattan, but posting it for someone looking in the TSquare area is not really helpful - and the time to Katz's doesn't include waiting for the subway and then repeating the process to get back to square 1.

          I respect RGR's opinions, and we agree on several places in the theatre district (e.g., Roberto Passon, Marseille), but on this one I beg to differ. Carnegie's pastrami is not as good as Katz's (it once was, a long time ago), but calling it "awful" is way off the charts, IMHO, unless they've slipped horrendously in the last 6 months.

          If you don't feel like making the pilgrimage to Houston St., Carnegie is a perfectly acceptable pastrami option for midtown. Be aware that it's not cheap, it's very crowded, and it's cash only. Have half your sandwich with a Cel-Ray and a kasha knish, and take the other half with you for a late snack (or fry some up with eggs for breakfast).

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          1. re: Striver

            Agreed. Carnegie pastrami is not bad at all. (Their corned beef leaves something to be desired, however.)

            1. re: Striver

              Striver, I respect your opinions as well. To be honest, my last time at Carnegie goes back well over ten years. The pastrami I had was dry and tasteless. You mention it was really good "a long time ago." To me, ten years ago is a long time ago. In any event, I've seen way too many posts on this board that jibe with my experience, so I guess in this case, we'll have to agree to disagree. :-)

              1. re: RGR

                Ah, youth! For me, "a long time ago" is the 60's, when the Carnegie's pastrami really was the best in town (yes, better than the sainted Katz's - at that time). Our last visit to Carnegie was about 6 months ago, and - as noted - the pastrami, while certainly not Katz' equal any more, let alone its superior - was perfectly OK. I always order "extra fatty", though, which may make a difference.

                BTW, I agree with NAtiveNewYorker on their corned beef, which - for some reason or other - is not nearly as good as their pastrami.

                1. re: Striver

                  Oy, Striver! If only I were as young as you (incorrectly) assumed from my post. lol

            2. I know I may cause an uproar, and I haven't been in a year or two, but I must say I have had some good experiences at Stage...both pastrami and corn beef

              1. Try Mr. Broadway, 38th and Broadway.

                1. Just go to Junior's in Times Square.
                  You can't get the best but it's actually not bad at all.

                  1. The best pastrami sandwich (once rated by NYMag) is SARGE'S Deli on 3rd Ave and 37th St. Not as famous as the others mentioned but it's the real deal....with unlimited pickles and coleslaw and handcut french fries...

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                    1. re: dcuffaro

                      With enough PR money, anyone can get rated by NY Magazine. Sarge's is a good substitute if you can't make it down to Katz's but certainly can't replace it.