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Dec 17, 2006 03:45 PM


Had a corned beef and pastrami sandwich. Nice sandwich-good prices but a little too lean and a little too salty. I adore Katz's but sometimes I prefer machine sliced to hand sliced. Any suggestions?

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  1. I've not been in years, but I wonder about Ben's, a kosher deli in the Garment never gets mentioned here, or anywhere else that I can see. Might be worth a try....

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    1. re: erica

      Ben's is a chain of delis from Long Island. They can be good in a pinch- i think they suffer from a bit of generica. They are unrelated to "Ben's Best" in Queens, however, which I think has some of the best pastrami around (among other things). This is a really solid deli. It's on Queens Blvd. in Forest Hills.

    2. I agree, i think Sarges can be pretty good - my Dad freaking loves the place - but amazingly Sarge's sandwich makes me even more thirsty thank Katz's version.

      1. I love Sarge's pastrami sandwiches. I always order it fatty, and have never been disappointed.

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        1. re: ellenost

          I agree. Went to Sarge's for the first time a few weeks ago. Chicken soup with matzoh balls was acceptable, but pastrami was pretty good. I found the corned beed unacceptable in terms of taste and texture.

        2. With the demise of the Second Avenue Deli, Sarges has become my go-to deli. On a good day, their corned beef and pastrami are very good. On off days, so so, but they are pretty good more often than not. BTW, their hotdogs tend to be mostly perfect and well-complimented by a nice soft, warm bun. Best hot dog I can remember eating since Second Avenue.

          Also, I have used them for delieveries and they show up on time to the minute. Pretty rare.

          1. Never been but I've heard they are one of the very few NY places (there's also Liebman's in Riverdale) to make their own pastrami.

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            1. re: Brian S

              Liebman's is one of Riverdale's bright spots. It's got good hot dogs, and I think the corned beef is better than Sarge's. The pastrami is good...but nothing compares to Katz's. However, if you're in the neighborhood, and need a deli fix, it's a good resource.