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Feb 9, 2008 06:29 AM

Pastrami in New England

A few weeks ago I had some unbelievably great pastrami at Katz's Deli in NYC and I was hoping for recommendations in the New England area. Geographically I live in south NH but please send me some recommendations?


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  1. Are you looking for a great place to get a great pastrami sandwich or to purchase great pastrami to take home and do as you please?
    One of the best hot pastrami sand. that I've had in a long time is at The Glenview in Chelmsford, Ma. (might be lowell).

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      1. re: lexpatti

        Really? This is like Katz's? I mean... NY Pastrami really sits alone. It has to be smoked black on the outside with crushed peppercorns and coriander, dark, almost burgundy inside, with layers of fat and meat alternating, kept whole (not pre-cut) in a steam line pan, with a half inch of water, and cut hot either thick by hand, or on a slicer, held with a fork because it's too hot to handle...

        There's no such animal here. I don't know pf anyplace that brines and smokes their own (or buys from someone that does). Most places are using commercially available meat - cryopacked Hebrew National or one of the other decent brands. This is ok, but it isn't anything like Katz's - not by a long shot. Sam LaGrassa is close - they make their own. I wish they had real kaiser rolls instead of those sweet portuguese buns. And of course, they wouldn't know rye from sisal, and what they call pumpernickel is soft - like wonder bread.

        Thank God I learned to make my own. It's not that hard, but you have to have a good smoker.

        1. re: applehome

          No! Didn't say it was like Katz - only that it's a great pastrami sandwich. I haven't been to Katz, I do Carnegie Deli when in NYC. Like many regional favorites, can't find them when you get home.

      2. Full Belly Deli in Portland has great deli.

        1. Try Weintraub's in Worcester off of the Kelly Square exit on I-293:

          Read my previous posting:

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          1. i am gonna try out weintraub's first as I will be in Shrewsbury next week and then on to the glenview. have you tried these spots @ im hungry?

            I didnt even plan the katz trip and now I am so glad I went there....if it wasnt for the drive............(sigh)

            1. So where's a good place for Pastrami to take home and build my own masterpiece?

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