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2nd best pastrami sandwich

If you can't get to Katz's for pastrami on rye what is the number 2 choice. I think Arties was really good better than Carnegie. But if you know the second best please let me know. I have 2 weeks left. Also a good knish is on my daughter's short list Thanks

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  1. Hey, lisette,

    I'm not a fan of Carnegie, and I've never been to Artie's.

    I haven't been to the re-incarnated 2nd Avenue Deli yet, but comments on this board from those who have had the pastrami there appear to me to be mixed. You might want to do a search.

    We finally made it to Sarge's not too long ago, and the pastrami was excellent. Different from Katz's in that it is more thinly-sliced and machine- instead of hand-sliced. However, it had just the right amount of fat on it and was extremely juicy. So, at this point, Sarge's would definitely be my #2 choice after Katz's. It's on 3rd Av., b/t 36th & 37th Sts. The waitresses are a hoot, and the "decor" gives the place a certain seedy charm.

    With regard to knishes, Yonah Schimmel's is, of course, on my LES tour though, frankly, the knishes can be hit or miss. I can't offer any other recs since I've not had knishes anywhere else in Manhattan.

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    1. re: RGR

      RGR, I agree with you that Sarge's is my number 2. A good substitute if I can't make it down to Katz's. Tried 2nd ave deli a few weeks ago for the first time since they reopened and after that, I still give my number 2 spot to Sarge's.

      1. re: RGR

        I actually prefer Sarge's hot pastrami to Katz's. I haven't been yet to the new Second Ave. deli which is now across the street from my former apartment building, but since Second Ave. deli is much more expensive than Sarge's, my recommendation is for Sarge's. I also love their noodle kugel and chopped liver.

        1. re: RGR

          I can't imagine why anyone could get to any of these places but not to Katz's. But I guess it's none of my business.

          1. re: Wilfrid

            To answer in my case, lunch at work or if I want delivery

            1. re: Wilfrid

              There is no question that one *could* get to Katz's. However, I'm a short walk from 2nd Ave. & Sarge's, and there are times when I want deli and don't feel like schlepping down to the LES.

          2. Has any one tried Artie's deli? I had a pastrami sandwich to die for a few years ago. but was not thrilled with the rest? Any one try it lately? thanks

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            1. re: lisettte

              I think their pastrami and corned beef are excellent, but there is very little else on the menu that I like. The matzah ball soup is good, but the noodle kugel and the potato kugel leave lots to be desired.

              Still worth it for the pastrami/cb though.

              1. re: lisettte

                I think their frankfurters are excellent. Good flavor and snap.

                1. re: floretbroccoli

                  Agree. Artie's meats are OK - not incomparable, as Katz's can be on occasion - but certainly acceptable. Their franks, OTOH, are definitely worth stopping for if you're in the nabe and want a quick bite.

              2. Like Sarges pastrami a lot and the service was pretty good too.

                1. i have been eating more carnegie pastrami than katz's lately...and im all about it.

                  1. For matzoh ball soup, my fix is Carnegie. I tried a few of the places mentioned but nothing can come close to the base of the soup at Carnegie. We actually went to Carnegie for soup and knishes, and went to Arties for the pastrami, the same night.

                    1. not well versed enough in all the classic pastrami's mentioned above, but eisenberg's deserves a mention. very juicy. convenient location (5th @ 22nd).