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Although not a favorite of mine I hear pastrami is the best in Manhatan.Any places that stand out?

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  1. Katz. Period.

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    1. re: KTinNYC

      Nuff said.

      1. re: princeofpork

        Katz's Deli (205 E. Houston St.) - yes, Yes, YES!!!

        The chef/owner of a well known restaurant in San Francisco was recently quoted in a local magaginze saying that "the single best processed-meat product I have ever had - including in Italy and France - is the pastrami at Katz's Deli. It's out of this world, perfectly executed every time."

        1. re: DavidT

          Who said it?

          1. re: Porthos

            David Gingrass of Hawthorne Lane, quoted in the February issue of "7x7" magazine.

            1. re: DavidT

              if you don't think of katz's in this discussion you simply have not been paying attention for a long time...

        2. re: princeofpork

          Agreed- ain't nuthin' more needs to be said. Katz's is the Lord Almighty of Pastrami Paradise.

          1. re: greghound

            Have to agree about it being Katz', and otherwise I don't like the place much at all. There's more to a deli than its signature dish. Get the sandwich take-out when you can, but otherwise don't reward them for the indifferent way they maintain what should be a signature New York landmark.

          2. re: princeofpork

            Hands down.

          3. re: KTinNYC

            I turned to this post expecting to have to fight for Katz.

            I love you guys.

          4. I am a fan of Katz's but let me throw out another option: Sarge's Deli on 3rd Ave and about 37th St. The fatty pastrami is very good here too.

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            1. re: eve

              Sarge's is good but only if you can't make it down to Katz's. Not a perfect substitute but a good option for those in the area.

              1. re: eve

                I like Sarge's pastrami much better than Katz's. Katz's is extremely overrated IMHO.

              2. The Stage Door Deli's pastrami sandwich is as good as Sarge's IMO. So is their corned beef. Both are reasonably priced at $10 and of reasonable size. Its on 8th Ave and 33rd St diagonally across from Madison Square Garden.

                1. Katz's. That's it.

                  1. Katz all the way. best pastrami, most interesting atmosphere. Go in, take your ticket, wait on line, tip the man slicing your meat. he'll give you a piece to sample. get your sandwich, some pickles, and a dr brown's soda. take in the atmosphere and watch the diverse crowd. it's a great experience!

                    1. katz, extra lean

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                      1. re: rolise

                        Extra lean? If they are too cheap to use fat, it's no good!

                        1. re: Brian S

                          They use fat. I order it extra lean otherwise it gives me a stomachache.

                          1. re: rolise

                            for the best pastrami at katz, order it juicy and tip the guy a buck.

                            extra lean pastrami is not in my vocabulary.

                          2. re: Brian S

                            Order extra fatty. Pure pastrami heaven.

                        2. ill give another nod to katz. tip the meat cutting guy a few bucks and ask for fatty cut, then submit yourself to pure gluttony. theres nothing like it. they make some amazing hot dogs too.

                          1. i gave in to my pastrami craving and tried sarges last night. doesnt even compare to good ol katz. it was a little too salty, the cuts a little too thin and the fat wasnt nearly as tasty. time to head downtown!

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                            1. re: fun_seanny

                              what about ben's. it was always good on long island. is the nyc ben's good for pastrami....

                              1. re: fun_seanny

                                The only debate is between Katz' Pastrami on Rye and Katz' Pastrami on club. Most people choose Rye, I am in Club bread minority.

                                PS: I never tip until AFTER I get my sandwich and I still get the "taste" and the same well-filled sandwich. I think the up front tip requirement is a myth.

                                1. re: bobjbkln

                                  It's never been a "requirement." More appropriately, a "tradition."

                                  I actually think Katz's rye bread isn't all that great since it doesn't stand up very well to the massive mound of meat between the slices and tends to fall apart. I don't mind because, to me, it's all about the pastrami. The club bread, being more substantial, probably does a better job of keeping the sandwich intact. But, I still prefer rye.

                                  1. re: RGR

                                    The rye bread is only there to keep your hands from directly holding onto the meat. More like an edible napkin than anything else.

                                    1. re: KTinNYC

                                      Haha, I agree.

                                      1. re: KTinNYC

                                        ...and a good place to smear the mustard...

                                        1. re: Striver

                                          damn im so hungry for pastrami now. yes like everyone has said, it begins and ends with Katz's. everybudy else is simply 2nd. other places i like alot are Ben Ash
                                          on 7th across from carnegie and Ben's isnt that bad either. and i havent gotten over the closing of 2nd Ave Deli. luckily they will be re-opening soon though a bit further uptown.

                                2. If you're on the UES, Pastrami Queen is amazing!

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                                  1. re: liztish

                                    I hope to be moving to the UES from Murray Hill in the next few months. Where is Pastrami Queen?

                                    1. re: ellenost

                                      Lexington between 77 and 78 - so good!