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Where to try tongue?

I have never had tongue before, and want to try it on my next trip to NYC. I know of (and been to) Katz's Deli, and been reading that they are good for this. Any other (better?) suggestions?

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  1. The Breslin, tongue sandwich

    The Breslin
    20 W 29th St, New York, NY 10001

    1. Babbo- its delicious

      110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

      1. my fav sandwich at Katz's

        get it on rye with mustard
        with a Dr. Brown's Cream soda

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        1. Txikito has a fried tongue dish that might be a good intro. It's wonderful. I also second he Babbo rec.

          110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

          240 9th Ave, New York, NY 10001

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          1. re: JeremyEG

            Have tried them at Txikito. Pretty good.

            Also, another Spanish-version, i had a very good lengua at Casa Mono, but I don't think that it is offered all-year round.

            Casa Mono
            52 Irving Place, New York, NY 10003

            240 9th Ave, New York, NY 10001

          2. Some Sichuan restaurants in Manhattan have Ox Tongue and Tripe as appetizer... but they are very spicy and might be too much for you in one single dining experience..... If you are still interested, you can try to find them at Szechuan Gourmet or Wu Liang Ye.

            Wu Liang Ye
            36 W 48th St, New York, NY 10036

            Szechuan Gourmet
            21 W 39th St, New York, NY 10018

            1. Sarge's serves good tongue. My favorite sandwcth there is tongue and chopped liver on rye with mustard, sour pickles on the side.

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              1. re: gutsofsteel

                I've had my fair share of tongue and corned beef, but even I think tongue sandwiches might be a little in your face for a first-timer, especially on dry rye. It's hard to go wrong with tender and flavorful Latin tongue, however. Tacos de lengua and salsa verde are spicy simplicity at its finest and while I normally pick these up at taco trucks, I've heard things about Cascabel that warrant a visit.

                1. re: JungMann

                  I went to Cascabel with some friends several weeks ago and we ended up with 3 orders of Tacos de lengua which were very soft and savory but with a deep beefy taste.Be warned that this place is TINY and crowded and before you know it those small but tasty tacos can run you $60.00 a head with beers.

                  1. re: Duppie

                    i was gonna suggest cascabel too.

                    i didn't think it was very $$$. you must have had a LOT of beer.

                    1. re: travpard

                      No, only 2 beers each, but with 2 tacos at $7.50 plus larger plates at about $13.00 each it can add up pretty fast.On top of that factor in just how good the food is along with some healthy appetites and you see where the $50/$60 per head comes in with the tip.

              2. You are entering a world of taste bud tingling delights. Tongue is one of my favourite meats. Katz deli makes a very good tongue sandwich. Beefy, salty and delicious. A classic way to taste the meat without any extraneous sauces. The Jewish Deli tongue sandwich is really one of the best ways to have tongue.

                The Taco truck on 86th and Amsterdam makes a good Lengua taco for $3. Another good intro and much cheaper than Katz.

                As others have mentioned, most of the szechuan places have a tongue and tripe dish in hot oil. If you like spicy food this is a must. Grand Szechuan in Hell's kitchen is a good example.

                1. a different prep for tongue can be had at some japanese restaurants; the menu item is gyu-tan and it is a much firmer texture, often served cold; very good! I had it at Kyo-Ya in the east village and it was great. also can be had as an item at korean-BBQ.

                  or, hit all the taquerias/carts in jackson heights for various tacos de lengua, none will cost you over $2.

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                  1. re: bigjeff

                    Tongue at japanese Izakayas is another favorite of mine which I forgot to mention. Sliced very thin and grilled at a very high temperature it gets a really nice texture. Really nice with some lemon juice.

                    The Korean BBQ way is very good too, just make sure you are quick with the tongs as it can overcook quickly.

                    1. re: bigjeff

                      I was surprised by Cascabel, it is actually pretty good. I wouldn't expect a taco place run by hipsters on the UES to have good authentic(ish) tasting Mexican but they really do. The lengua tacos were very good. They also have a good craft beer selection. That said I don't think you will be spending $50-$60 a person.

                      On my most expensive visit I ended up spending $40. 3 (20 oz) beers, order of tacos and a large side of quinoa and black beans.

                      1. re: MVNYC

                        You made me realize just how much we ate,now I am a little embarrassed.

                        1. re: Duppie

                          I just didn't want to give people the impression that the place is expensive. I suppose if you are hungry and or drinking anyplace can become expensive.

                    2. First decide whether you want Jewish deli-style pickled tongue or fresh tongue.

                      For fresh tongue, my favorite preparation is Cuban-style lengua guisada.


                      1. Thanks all! I think Cascabel sounds pretty good.
                        I may also try the deli-style at either Katz's or Sarge's the next day, for variety.

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                        1. re: bzookaj

                          bzookaj I tried Katz's. Wow. They do make their own. Never had Sarge's and will post my review of Cascabel after I try it.

                        2. Tongue Tacos is one of the tastiest ways to prep tongue, usually steamed and shredded, "Lengua Vapor". I'm sure they can be had in the city, but I only know where to get good ones in Queens. Has a brisket like quality when done this way.

                          1. The tongue at Cascabel was good. Tender and moist, even if the tacos weren't the greatest (good, but not great).

                            Never made it to Katz's, but I guess I have something to look forward to next time.

                            1. on the high end, the warm lamb's tongue with salsa verde at convivio is quite excellent.

                              i had the tongue at katz's but my friend had it cold and i think id probably want it hot. i think carnegie deli also works well for this.

                              1. i ordered from sarge's the other night and decided to try the tongue instead of my usual order of corned beef. i haven't had tongue at a deli in a long time, if ever. it was thinly sliced and substantial, but a little too much for me. the flavor/texture almost bologna-like. i'll go back to my corned beef next time.