Best Rye Loaf Downtown?
Im looking for some rye bread to pair with really excellent home made pastrami, id rather not travel above 23rd st for it, and have a slight preference for the east side to the west, but Ive got a bunch of errands to run that will take me all over so anywhere thats not a long haul uptown is fair game.
My pastrami isnt particularly "jewish deli traditional" so i'm not tied to a bread that screams tradition, if there was a more quirky rye out there id be interested in hearing.
IN the quirky category might be the Finnish rye bread, RUIS, available now on Fridays at Union SQuare from Nordic Breads:
Not sure who bakes for the prime NYC delis now..perhaps Pechter's. You can probably buy that at some supermarkets..
My current favorite rye bread is from Pain D'Avignon in the Essex Market. Runner up is Our Daily Bread, which will be at the Union Square Greenmarket tomorrow.
Union Square Greenmarket
Broadway and E 17th St, New York, NY 10003
120 Essex St, New York, NY 10002
Second Nordic Breads, also there's usually a Scandinavian rye of some sort available at Vandaag, and their breads are pretty great.
For an ultra-dense rye, they have a couple at Russ & Daughters, also at Whole Foods.
Russ & Daughters
179 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002
103 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003
I don't think the ultradense very dark ryes, such as Black Rooster Baltic, pair well with pastrami. That's just my opinion. I like these breads plain, with a little sweet butter, or with some smoked, rich white fish such as sable.
Some of the other suggestions upthread will provide better companions to pastrami, I think. I haven't had the Nordic Finnish rye.