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Jan 26, 2007 02:50 AM

NYC Style Deli in Big D

Never been to NYC but I'm craving a NYC style deli sandwich that I see on TV. Yall know...something like the Carnegie deli. Where can I go?

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  1. The closest you will come is Deli News or Cindy's, but they are light years away from something like Carnegie.

    1. Deli-News is not bad. Try the pastrami on rye and enjoy the half sour pickles. Unfortunately, even in NYC and the surrounding boroughs, the Jewish delis that used to be found in most neighborhoods are long gone.

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      1. re: Scagnetti

        I tried Deli News after a trip up North, but the sandwiches don't compare at all. I couldn't put my finger on what wasn't right (certainly less variety in choices of sandwiches). I may go back and try the pastrami on rye with the pickles as recommended. But if it doesn't measure up again, I won't bring my brother in law there and try to pass it off as a good sandwich.

      2. Also don't forget Baglestiens, not NY but the owners are from Chicago.

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        1. re: irodguy

          I've never been impressed with Bagelstein's food. They developed a booming business when they first opened because there wasn't anything else around and they still live off of that.

        2. The Corner Market at lower Greenville and McCommas has great sandwiches and deli case salads. They have a lox @ cream cheese sandwich that is sinful. Great neighborhood feel too.

          1. The sad fact of the matter is that you can't get pastrami like that in Dallas. However, while pastrami is certainly the #1 NY Deli meat, and Corned Beef is #2, the third NY Deli meat is brisket! Contrary to what you see at a place like the Deli News, or even Gilbert's before they closed, NY Deli meat is not kept behind glass and then sliced to form a sandwich, at least not at the best delis. The meat is pulled dripping from a steamer, succulent and moist, and is hand-sliced and mounded on a sandwich. Sound familiar?

            Now, this may be a little unorthodox, but at the same time it might be worth a try. I'd go to Central Market or Whole Foods and try to get some NY Deli style mustard and a loaf of good Jewish rye bread, sliced for sandwiches. And maybe some pickles. Then head to a nearby BBQ restaurant and get some sliced brisket. You might ask for it to be sliced a little thinner than usual. You actually want less smoke flavour on this than you do on really good BBQ, and the moistness of the meat is key. The brisket they have at the new whole foods on Preston, for instance, is tough and too smoky and would not be right at all. The quality of the brisket at Dickey's seems to vary wildly from location to location, and is never really that great (in my opinion), but the meat from their Forest and Central location (that's just the one I'm most familiar with) should work nicely - moist, and not too smoky. Anyway, spread on a liberal amount of mustard (on both slices), pile high the brisket, and maybe go stand next to traffic while you eat it. It's not Katz's, and not having tried it I can't be sure, but it might be your best bet in Dallas.

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            1. re: ratatosk

              You're kidding, right? You're suggesting that someone get barbecued brisket and put it on rye bread with mustard to approximate a New York deli sandwich?

              1. re: Kirk

                No, I'm not kidding. The difference between the meat on a sliced brisket sandwich from Katz's, in NYC, or Dave's, in Brooklyn, and the meat they slice at Dickey's isn't that great a leap. They're certainly not the same, don't get me wrong, but I think that BBQ might be a closer match than anything else in the Dallas area, since there are no delis that I know of that smoke and steam their own meats. Pastrami should not be a coldcut.

                The top-notch brisket that you get down in the Texas Hill Country wouldn't work for this - too much smoke, salt, and general BBQ flavour.

                I haven't tried this myself (I live in NYC, so when I get back to Texas I want BBQ, not Pastrami), but I don't think it's so crazy.

                1. re: Kirk

                  Actually that is pretty accurate. The smoke will be a little off, as it should have different spices, but the texture and cut of meat is correct. Not Katz's or second ave. deli (which sadly closed) , but you're not gonna find that here. My husband and I were just having that discussion.