Pastrami sandwiches in Bergen County?
Help! What are some good places (delis or restaurants) to get a hot pastrami sandwich in Bergen County, NJ?
I have been to all four of the following delicatessens and they all have very good to excellent Pastrami, steamed, the way it should be:
Foster Village Kosher Delicatessen
Washington Avenue, Bergenfield
Sol N' Sol Kosher Delicatessen
Palisades Avenue, Englewood
Saddle River Road, Fair Lawn
Harold's II Kosher Superrette
Ridgewood Avenue, Paramus
Sol N' Sol, Benny's and Harold's II were all mentioned in a Bergen Record article this past year for notable Pastrami sandwiches. Benny's is over-sized for $9.95 and large enough for two to share. Harold's II has a special on Wednesdays, $6.25 each. The most expensive is at Sol N' Sol, I forget the prices there. Foster Village is around $6.50. Foster Village, Sol N' Sol and Benny's have table service. Harold's II is market only.
Two other places that receive mention on other forums, but I have never been, and cannot attest to are :
Jimmy Jims, Garfield
Kosher Nosh, Glen Rock
BTW, I am sure you already realize this, but for others that are not familiar with New Jersey.....Harold's, in Edison is in Middlesex County and approximately 40 miles away from Central Bergen County.
I go to three of those places (Sol and Sol, Harold's II, and Foster Village) with semi-regularity and I like all three. We usually get one pastrami and one corned beef sandwich, and my wife and I will do a half-n-half at home. Maybe it's me, but while I think the pastrami is always very good, the corned beef usually seems to be a step above. Especially at Harold's II- I'd go out of my way for that stuff- moist and fatty, but not too fatty, you know, just perfect.
I'm told that Petak's in Fairlawn is good; haven't been, but thought I'd toss you the suggestion.
Kosher Nosh (Glen Rock, on the Glen Rock/Fair Lawn border). Not in Bergen County, but the New Irving's out in Livingston is great -- hand-cut pastrami, NY style, piled high, cut the way you want it, etc. Try it. Eric
Kosher Nosh in Glen Rock is my favorite. Generous sandwiches at reasonable prices combined with friendly service. It is consistently good. They have great brisket as well.
Noah's Ark in Teaneck is good but a bit more pricey. The servers tend to lean towards indifference most of the time. It's OK but I don't go out of my way to get there.
Petak's in Fair Lawn is good but the size and quality varies from time to time. When they are good they are very good, if you know what I mean. Take out only.
Harold's II is very good too. They make a good pastrami. It is takeout only so be ready to eat as soon as possible to get a good hot sandwich.
One other place is actually in Parsippany in Morris County.The next time you are in the area check it out. Bring friends because the sandwiches are huge. The prices are too but you get enough for 2-3 people. No joke. The quality of the pastrami is high end supermarket but tasty overall.
Irvings in Livingston!! My friend from Queens declare it most authentic! We were there recently and loved it. Unless very hungry, better order the 1/2 full bread. We "sampled" pastrami, brisket, corned beef and tongue. Even the coleslaw is terrific! We did decide that it is better to eat in while hot than get it to go....
Outstanding pastrami and corned beef at Irving's (IMO, as good as Katz's in NYC) - and it transported from Livingston to the Bronx with no problem (app. 1 hour). Keep it warm/insulated on the way home, stick it in a low oven (200-250) for 10 minutes or so when you get there, and you'll be fine. Order it fatty for maximum eating pleasure.
I can't believe Tenafly Kosher has been overlooked! They have excellent corned beef and pastrami; plus, delicious homemade salads, knishes and baked goods. Prices are reasonable for the quantity and quality of food you get. Highly recommended...