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the best pastrami of my adult life, bar none

shoelace Mar 8, 2011 04:42 AM

There are many different times of mmhmm. Sometimes you say mmhmm bc you're eating something in front of the person who cooked it and you want to reassure them that you liked it. Sometimes you say mmhmm bc you want to reassure yourself that something was worth the calories. The most significant mmhmm is the involuntary one. The one that happens when you put something in your mouth and you find yourself closing youre eyes and mmhmming without even realizing it. This is what will happen when you bite in to a pastrami sandwich at Deli Boss. It is, no question, the bext sandwich you've had since you were a child. I don't normally post this stuff, but ev...ery week I see something I love closing, and we need to make sure this doesn't happen with Deli Boss. Purchase this coupon, and for $15, go buy 2 sandwiches and a couple of cans of soda, for $15 and you will become addicted to this place. Side note, this is not groupon, I will not get any referral credit for this, but the place is just that good.

I do think the sandwiches are kinda pricy without the coupon, but unfortunately I think they're totally worth it. They also have somethign called a smothered burger, which is apretty large burger smothered in freshly cut and grilled mushrooms and onions, served with fried, coleslaw for $10, and a dynamite potato knish that I only initially tried to bring my tally last time up to the $30 mark,. but will totally buy again.

They also have a chicken deal that I havent had, but I see people buying there whenever Im there, that's a pretty good deal without the coupon, and an obscene deal with it. You can check out the details on the facebook page.

You guys know me, I comment on other people's posts but I really don't recc things myself so frequently, so please take this one seriouisly

Oh, and it's under Chof K


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    cappucino Mar 14, 2011 03:42 PM

    My son just told me the other night that the best pastrami can be cut with the back of a plastic fork. He was saying this while digging into a thick, soft as butter slice that he got at a wedding. It was just incredibly good (and not fatty, to my surprise). We all marveled at how soft it was.

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    1. re: cappucino
      gotcholent May 22, 2011 08:09 PM

      I know that this will come across to many as absolutely blasephemous, but years ago when I was first starting out and opened my first small deli across from YU, long before I had the pleasure of smoking my own pastrami and assorted kosher bacons, we used to take thick slices of Naval Pastrami (aka the Plate cut) and flash fry it in the deep fryer, just long enough to melt away the extra fat. The result was a very bacon like pastrami, both soft and yet with a slight crunchy crust. It made one hell of a PLT. These days we make our own, and the Naval pastrami is one of my favorite cuts for any number of different cholents.

      1. re: gotcholent
        georgeliot May 23, 2011 05:51 AM

        Which deli at YU was yours ?

        1. re: georgeliot
          gotcholent May 23, 2011 08:43 AM

          Ari's Gourmet Kosher Delicatessen, which was a very large name (and even more enormously ambitious menu) for a tiny, magical little hole in the wall. Somehow, we managed to feed 300+ a day from a kitchen that measured 6X16 feet. They were good times, good times.....humble beginnings indeed.. Here's a pic of the place and our old menu to jog your memory

          1. re: gotcholent
            berel May 23, 2011 08:49 AM

            was Ari's around in 1987-89?

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              georgeliot May 23, 2011 09:52 AM

              Unfortunatley not. All we had at YU then was Time Out Pizza , the original Grandma's , and the Caf . I had the oppurtunity to drive my nephew back to YU on a Sat. night this past winter and was in shock at how many kosher places there are now.

              1. re: berel
                gotcholent May 23, 2011 01:43 PM

                Sorry, I was only 9 years old in 1987t :) Not yet engulfed in a culinary career. We operated from 'O5-07 and then closed to pursue Shabbat Oriented and high end kosher catering full time.

                At that point the location would have been running numbers, selling lottery tickets and probably coke...not the place for good yeshiva bachurs to be hanging out.

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        therealdoctorlew Mar 14, 2011 03:29 PM

        Is/was this Bagel Boss?

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        1. re: therealdoctorlew
          moegreene Mar 14, 2011 04:19 PM

          It's owned by the people who own the Bagel Boss of Roslyn Heights.

          1. re: therealdoctorlew
            shoelace Mar 14, 2011 08:51 PM

            It's down the block from the bagel boss in roslyn, Im not sure if its the same owner, but I do know that they are in some way affiliated

            However, where some don't hold by bagel boss's hashgacha (I personally am ok with it) deli boss is under the chof k, which is pretty universally held by

            have never had romanian kosher friend, only after it was frozen and then brought back to ny, and didnt love it, BUT, i think when you freeze meet thats already been processed you totally mess up the consistency, from what im told, romaninan is suposed to be great

            my friend who first convinced me to rty deli boss said that the sign of great pastrami is that when it just comes hot out of the deli and sanwich can just be pulled in half by the hand, he then demonnstrated with the sandwich, it was pretty cool, ehrm, rather, hot, and delicious

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            KA2CSH Mar 14, 2011 03:02 PM

            Which type of pastrami, shoulder or chuck? Me, I prefer shoulder from Romanian Kosher. Romanian Kosher's pastrami was voted best best pastrami by Chicago Magazine a while back.

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            1. re: KA2CSH
              weinstein5 Mar 14, 2011 05:02 PM

              Their shoulder pastrami is good (ask for the Romanian Pastrami is you go) but I prefer the regular - and also note the review Chicago magazine did was against all Pastrami offerings in Chicago - Treif and kosher

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              cappucino Mar 9, 2011 05:18 AM

              I thought you would provide me with more details on the actual pastrami. I love good deli, but I need the stats if I'm going all the way to Roslyn (and I would).

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              1. re: cappucino
                abu applesauce Mar 9, 2011 08:00 AM

                Would love to hear more details regarding the pastrami as well--I'll check it out soon though. How's the chopped liver? A little off topic, but does anyone know where in this area one can find 'heimesh' food--specifically, good herring? Andel's in Roslyn is just obscenely expensive. What about chopped/fried liver? P'cha/galla?

                1. re: abu applesauce
                  shoelace Mar 9, 2011 08:25 AM

                  people say the chopped liver is great, ive had it and didnt love it, but i also like mine heavy on the onions and this was not

                  in terms f the rest of the items on your list, i tink the closest place to roslyn that ive seen pcha is at aarons in kgh, but if you were gonna go there to get it, id call first, bc im not sure if when i saw it it was just for rosh hashana

                2. re: cappucino
                  shoelace Mar 9, 2011 08:23 AM

                  what details are you looking for, side note, the grublifemetro expires tonight, so if youre gonna buy oen to use whenever, you gotta buy it today, and if youre planning on going to try the place out before june, it makes sense to buy the coupon

                  1. re: shoelace
                    cappucino Mar 9, 2011 01:59 PM

                    It was the best pastrami because...
                    Was it fatty? Were the slices larger? Was the portion huge (ratio of pastrami to bread)? Was the size of the bread adequate? Was the cut of pastrami high quality--there are different kinds of pastrami out there. Dude, do you know your pastrami or not? Roslyn is a long trip for me especially at dinner time.

                    1. re: cappucino
                      cappucino Mar 9, 2011 04:24 PM

                      I'm getting the feeling that having us buy the coupon is shoelace's priority here. This doesn't really seem like a foodie post.

                      1. re: cappucino
                        GilaB Mar 9, 2011 04:29 PM

                        I am as enthusiastic a spam-reporter as we have here, trust me, but shoelace has posted 250+ times over the last five years, which gives him/her some credibility with me.

                        1. re: cappucino
                          shoelace Mar 9, 2011 05:45 PM

                          thank you gila

                          so i really dont care if you buy the coupon, i was sharing a dealfind, on a product that i know if far superior to anything else out there, ive been around this board and active on this board for much longer than most of you, and dont jump to recommend products

                          capp youre the one sounding not credible hear, not me

                          anyway, i apologize for disappearing for a few hours here, was working

                          the right bread actually tastes like rye, whereas when you buy rye at gourmet or brachs in lawrence or the old suprsel, the rye was too watered down with white flour for ti to actually have a rye taste, it also tastes double baked to me, bc it has a nice serious crust

                          the portion was a nice sized portion, but thast nto the appeal for me at all, it was the taste

                          when i was growing up pastrami had the right seasoning (ie not just the salt from the kashering) and an adequate amt of fat without it being too fatty, for it to be really moist, and it had that nice happy crust, but still the tenderness inside

                          i dotn know how it was made bc i didnt ask bc i have no plans of trying to duplicate it (im scared to find out its something i could do at home, bc then id start making it and having a constant pastrami supply at home would be a bad idea) or specifically what cut was used if the cut would be considered similar to how brisket is cut, then this would be 2nd cut which i can tell from how its sliced

                          no, i dont know my pastrami in terms of making it, but i grew up on good pastrami, and havent been able to find it in a long time, id say going on over 10 years maybe, and i know that ig et upset when i get pastrami at other delis on central ave or at supermarkets, and bite into it, and it basically is flavorless and dry

                          i apologize for having the nerve to want to share that with people who youd think would appreciate it (rolling eyes)

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                    SoCal Mother Mar 8, 2011 06:06 PM

                    What city/state is this in?

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                    1. re: SoCal Mother
                      tamarw Mar 8, 2011 07:18 PM

                      The link will expire tomorrow... so in case it disappears, the info is:

                      Deli Boss of Roslyn
                      390 Willis Ave
                      Roslyn Heights NY 11577

                      1. re: tamarw
                        SoCal Mother Mar 8, 2011 10:13 PM

                        a little far even for amazing pastrami...

                        Hope the place is still there next time I am in NY.

                    2. queenscook Mar 8, 2011 02:11 PM

                      Does anyone know if you get change if you don't use the $30 worth of the coupon? If I go myself, I can see eating $15 worth, especially if a sandwich costs in that range already, but not $30. Doesn't seem like a good deal for an individual, though obviously good for a couple or group. (I checked the website and the FAQ, but didn't see this question answered.)

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                      1. re: queenscook
                        shoelace Mar 8, 2011 04:37 PM

                        no, you cant get change, not officially according to grub life rules, what you can do is get other stuff for the next day, ive done the pastrami sandwich the next day, it was good, they have soups that are pretty good, though we didnt love the black bean, and they also have really good short ribs that they sell for 8 a rack

                        u can also ask them, i know theyre very people friendly, theyve thrown things in and doen substitutions other places wouldnt do

                        theyd like work with you

                      2. Delucacheesemonger Mar 8, 2011 07:29 AM

                        From the picture, it looks sliced by slicer, not hand sliced, true ?

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                        1. re: Delucacheesemonger
                          berel Mar 8, 2011 07:36 AM

                          most delis use a slicer nowadays.

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                            Delucacheesemonger Mar 8, 2011 02:17 PM

                            Not the ones l try to go to.

                            1. re: berel
                              gotcholent May 22, 2011 07:55 PM

                              As a chef who has spent as much time slicing pastrami as raising my own children, allow me to elucidate. Pastrami can be sliced on the slicer only if being sliced cold (as is usually done by establishments that are buying ready made commercial pastrami and not making their own). Classically speaking, NY style pastrami are steamed before serving and would simply not hold together if cut on a slicer and as such have to be sliced by hand.

                              1. re: gotcholent
                                bagelman01 May 23, 2011 04:35 AM

                                I must disagree with you.
                                I worked for a kosher deli/caterer in the late 1970s. I sliced thousand of pounds of pastrami (and many other meats as well). We steamed our plate pastrami in a steam table every day and there was no trouble slicing by machine. The pastrami did not fall apart. This pastrami was navel cut plate, commercially produced and arrived packed in cryovacs.
                                If a deli used overly fat meat, barrel cured too long, and microwaved the pastrami, then it would be susceptible to falling apart on the slicer.

                            2. re: Delucacheesemonger
                              shoelace Mar 8, 2011 07:41 AM

                              ive been there times when theyve hand sliced and when theyve used the slicer


                              its only take take ou, which kept me from trying it initially, but im glad i gave in and tried it

                              im telling u buy one coupon today, and run and try it, and ul end up buying more coupons before the deal expires

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                              EmpireState Mar 8, 2011 07:28 AM

                              Shoelace: Is Deli Boss a sit down restaurant or only take out?

                              1. weinstein5 Mar 8, 2011 06:49 AM

                                Some of my favorites outside of NYC

                                The pastrami at Romanian Kosher Sausage in Chicago

                                The pastrami at The Kitchen Table in Mountain View Ca

                                Both are house cured and are excellent

                                1. srsone Mar 8, 2011 05:54 AM

                                  we have a stage 62 deli and place called pastrami dans here...
                                  never asked if dans is kosher tho...

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                                  1. re: srsone
                                    GilaB Mar 8, 2011 06:39 AM

                                    Where is 'here'?

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                                      srsone Mar 8, 2011 06:42 AM


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                                        GilaB Mar 8, 2011 07:21 AM

                                        Both of those restaurants are very definitely not kosher (offering ham/bacon, meat and dairy mixes, etc.) The vast majority of delis aren't.

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                                          srsone Mar 8, 2011 07:55 AM

                                          ahh..never thought about it...
                                          but then not being jewish its not what i look for..i just look for good food...

                                          but are we talking about good pastrami or just kosher or both?

                                          1. re: srsone
                                            shoelace Mar 8, 2011 08:02 AM

                                            just good pastrami, i myself am kosher, but 1- ive brought non-kosher people there, and 2- if u go during the day most of the people buying there are non kosher
                                            3- its not in a religious neighborhood, so for it to garner a following, it needs to be competitive in general, and it has

                                            1. re: srsone
                                              berel Mar 8, 2011 08:04 AM

                                              as this is the kosher chowhound board, BOTH

                                    2. srsone Mar 8, 2011 05:28 AM

                                      ahh..new york..

                                      kinda far for me to go for pastrami...
                                      if im ever in new york i will check it out...

                                      1. srsone Mar 8, 2011 05:27 AM

                                        where is this?

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                                        1. re: srsone
                                          DeisCane Mar 8, 2011 05:28 AM

                                          Deli Boss of Roslyn
                                          390 Willis Ave
                                          Roslyn Heights, NY 11577

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                                          zsero Mar 8, 2011 05:14 AM

                                          And what subway stop is it near? :-)

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                                          1. re: zsero
                                            shoelace Mar 8, 2011 07:47 AM

                                            its on willis, which is in roslyn, which is the north shore, which would make it off the lirr

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