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New York Pastrami

Lolaray Apr 9, 2007 04:57 PM

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

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    KTinNYC RE: Lolaray Apr 9, 2007 05:24 PM

    Katz. Period.

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      princeofpork RE: KTinNYC Apr 9, 2007 06:37 PM

      Nuff said.

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        DavidT RE: princeofpork Apr 9, 2007 06:45 PM

        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."

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          Porthos RE: DavidT Apr 9, 2007 07:09 PM

          Who said it?

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            DavidT RE: Porthos Apr 9, 2007 08:07 PM

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

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              jsmitty RE: DavidT Apr 9, 2007 08:12 PM

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

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          greghound RE: princeofpork Apr 9, 2007 10:04 PM

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

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            addictedtolunch RE: greghound Apr 10, 2007 02:19 AM

            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.

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            LFeinberg RE: princeofpork Apr 11, 2007 06:14 AM

            Hands down.

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            MRich RE: KTinNYC Apr 10, 2007 02:52 PM

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

            I love you guys.

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            eve RE: Lolaray Apr 9, 2007 08:37 PM

            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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              ESNY RE: eve Apr 10, 2007 06:51 AM

              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.

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                ellenost RE: eve Apr 10, 2007 11:29 AM

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

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                wriskit RE: Lolaray Apr 9, 2007 09:51 PM

                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.

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                  Felixnot RE: Lolaray Apr 10, 2007 07:39 AM

                  Katz's. That's it.

                  1. twiggles RE: Lolaray Apr 10, 2007 07:57 AM

                    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!

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                      rolise RE: Lolaray Apr 10, 2007 12:34 PM

                      katz, extra lean

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                        Brian S RE: rolise Apr 10, 2007 12:48 PM

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

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                          rolise RE: Brian S Apr 10, 2007 01:04 PM

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

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                            josh L RE: rolise Apr 11, 2007 11:42 AM

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

                            extra lean pastrami is not in my vocabulary.

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                            Striver RE: Brian S Apr 11, 2007 05:38 AM

                            Order extra fatty. Pure pastrami heaven.

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                          fun_seanny RE: Lolaray Apr 10, 2007 01:29 PM

                          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.

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                            fun_seanny RE: Lolaray Apr 11, 2007 08:25 AM

                            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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                              jsmitty RE: fun_seanny Apr 11, 2007 08:31 AM

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

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                                bobjbkln RE: fun_seanny Apr 11, 2007 09:24 AM

                                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.

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                                  RGR RE: bobjbkln Apr 11, 2007 11:08 AM

                                  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.

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                                    KTinNYC RE: RGR Apr 11, 2007 11:12 AM

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

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                                      ESNY RE: KTinNYC Apr 11, 2007 11:51 AM

                                      Haha, I agree.

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                                        Striver RE: KTinNYC Apr 11, 2007 12:52 PM

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

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                                          ricky7 RE: Striver Apr 11, 2007 10:25 PM

                                          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.

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                                  liztish RE: Lolaray Apr 13, 2007 08:49 AM

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

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                                    ellenost RE: liztish Apr 13, 2007 09:29 AM

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

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                                      liztish RE: ellenost Apr 13, 2007 09:51 AM

                                      Lexington between 77 and 78 - so good!

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