Mill Basin Kosher Deli vs Katz - Pastrami Throwdown
Mill Basin recently won an award as the best pastrami in NYC. Since we were driving around Brooklyn Sat the Mrs. & I decided we needed to stop in to give it a go. (I also wanted to pick up pastrami for a Reuben soup recipe that sounds unbelievable and is posted in the Soup, Soup, Soup thread.)
It was good, very good in fact. But both of us still prefer Katz, by a landslide. The MB was very light tasting, if you can say that about pastrami,and I can see how people like it. But for us Katz' just has much greater depth of flavor
I know there is a lot of hate or "its gone downhill" on CH, but to us Katz is far above the others - and yes I have been to Sarge's. If you like Sarge's, you will like MB.
My wife's pet peeve - We both ordered pastrami Reubens and both came without the cheese. Yes, I know MB is kosher, but technically so is Katz. My wife who is Jewish, but obviously not Kosher, stated; "They are open on Sat, but won't put cheese on my sandwich? WTF?" (Of course I may have mentioned how she eats shrimp, lobster, crab, and cheese with meat, but does Passover. I think "touche" was her reply)
Katz's isn't kosher, technically or otherwise. Never claims to be. Just because people refer to it as a jewish deli doesn't mean its technically kosher. If a place refers to itself as a kosher deli (if Mill Basin does), i'm not sure why you would expect cheese on your reuben.
Mill Basin Deli, Sarge's and 2nd Ave Deli all make a great pastrami sammich BUT I.M.H.O. the sammich at Katz's is better.
When you consider the 1888 essense of Katz's you can't beat it for atmosphere and fabulous sammiches.
If I am back in my old "hood" (Bergen Beach) I hit Mill Basin Deli otherwise Katz's is my "go to" place for a pastrami sammich.