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Jul 23, 2011 10:13 AM

The best pastrami sandwich in New York CIty!

I just discovered a new place that has the best pastrami in New York City! In the past 45 years I have tried them all: Carnegie Deli, Katz's Second Avenue Deli, Stage, Pastrami King, Pastrami Queen, Pastrami and Things, Fine and Schapiro's , Bernstein's on Essex, etc. The quality of the pastrami at all of them, with the exception of Pastrami Queen and Katz's has seriously deteriorated over the years.

I just found this take out place, Schatzie the Butcher, at 87th and Amsterdam, 555 Amsterdam Avenue to be precise, that has the best pastrami sandwich I have tasted in years. In fact, it tastes exactly like the pastrami I used to get at Carnegie's Deli in the late 60's and early 70's before Leo Steiner took over Carnegie's Deli and tried to improve what was already the best pastrami sandwich in New York City at the time.

Schatzie's pastrami sandwich is large, lean, juicy and has a fantastic spiced flavor of garlic, cloves, mustard seed, pepper etc--a very complex mixture.

Schatzie's is an upscale butcher shop that is take-out only. I live two blocks away and get a pastrami sandwich once a week there, and occasionally I order what Schatzie calls "their dirty brisket beef sandwich"., which is also fantastic.

If you love pastrami as much as I do, I would give this place a try.

Schatzie's Prime Meats
555 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024

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  1. No good for me since I prefer my pastrami very fatty (same for brisket). Sarge's has never let me down on either meat in almost 20 years!

    Sarge's Delicatessen
    548 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10016

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    1. re: ellenost

      And Sarge's cole slaw and rolled beef is worth the trip alone anyway. But l never tried Schatzie's so next time in, will do so. What a double play, Barney Greengrass and Schatzie's, here's hoping.

      1. re: ellenost

        Agreed, the op lost me at "lean".

        1. re: tpigeon

          By "lean" I meant it wasn't overly fatty like some pastrami sandwiches I've had in the past from that pseudo-deli, Artie's.

          Schatzie's pastrami has an incredibly good taste and is not at all dry.

          As for Sarges, I will try it sometime--I haven't eaten there for over 20 years!

          555 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024