Barney Greengrass, not what it is cracked up to be
Ok, I've been to a lot of delis in my 49 years; Arts, Jr's, Nate N Al, Jerry's, Frommins, Brents, to name a few. That being said, I was not ready for what I got at BG. Maybe I'm too low brow or maybe they do it differently in NY but when I asked for a sandwich combination of Nova and Sable and was told by my not too knowledgeable server it would not come open face I was a little miffed. So, I ordered the "combination appetizer" which was essentially the same thing; a bagel, cream cheese, capers, onion, tomato, pickle, olive (for $18) minus the side salad that you would have gotten for the same price had I ordered the sandwitch. As an "appetizer you build the sandwich yourself, which is what I would have done at any other deli I've been to if ordering it as a sandwich or 1/2 & 1/2. What I got was 2 generous slices of Nova which was fine as it covered a bagel nicely but the amount of Sable I got was ridiculous for the price. I got 3 smallish slices plus it had several large bones! My friend ordered the pastrami ($17). Our server asked if she would like it on the standard rustic roll or would she like it on rye? I told her to order it on rye. What she got was a sandwich on rye but It wasn't a Jewish rye. It was sort of brown and the bread was square which they cut on the diagonal. How cute. The best part is the slices looked like a bunch of under cooked bacon. The taste of the pastrami was delicious but it had way too much fat and the connective tissue was still connective. Now, I love fat but there were hunks of fat that had to be manually extracted from the sandwich. Not only that, it wasn't even cut across the grain. It was a very difficult sandwich to eat gracefully with having to pull out the connective stuff that you couldn't bite through. I mentioned something to the server after the bill was paid that the taste was good but the pastrami was disappointing because of aforesaid mentioned complaints. All he could say was at least it tasted good. That being said, the people watching was fun, the view was great and I ate in good company. I was thinking of bringing my in-laws from MA when they came out. Not a chance!