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Jun 19, 2006 01:13 PM

Langers - Finally!

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Finally got the chance to try Langers on Saturday. Ordered #19 - pastrami, coleslaw, Russian Dressing, cheese (opted for the "Nippy" cheese vs. Swiss - the Nippy cheese was described as a sharp cheddar/tillamook style) around $11.50. Ordered a side of potato salad $1.95 and a Cel Rey (they still have 'em!!) $2.50 (?).
The sandwich was, in a word, Fantastic! Juicy, succulent, flavorful pastrami, bread was chewy, tough in a few places near the crust, delicious with some of their spicy mustard slathered on! Just so good.
Potato salad was very good. Very subtle in flavor. Just potato, scallions, relish (or celery) and a sprinkle of paprika. I wolfed that down!
Cel Rey went very well with the meal. Perfect! Absolutely perfect.

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  1. I've always been too shy to ask the ladies for hand cut.
    Did you dare ?

    7 Replies
    1. re: RicRios

      I forgot to ask since she was taking 2 orders at once, so I just got the regular. I remembered after she walked away! ;-)

      1. re: RicRios

        What's the difference between the two cuts?

        1. re: RicRios

          i was under the assumption that all the pastrami was hand cut. is this not the case?

          1. re: jaydee

            Nope. You got to ask for it.

            1. re: RicRios

              And I believe it costs $1 more.

              1. re: WildSwede

                Hiya.. Presumably, human hands operate the machine slicer, and human hands operate the blade of a knife, making both options 'hand cut'. I'm thinking a more accurate description would be machine-sliced vs. knife sliced...

            2. re: jaydee

              When I asked for it hand cut last week, the waitress indicated that it was indeed hand cut, or acknowledged that I knew there was a difference, and that it would be hand cut, and it did indeed look hand cut, and at no additional charge, meaning #1 for $10.50 I believe.

          2. We, too, FINALLY made it to Langer's. Yes, we did ask for "hand-cut," and that was no problem at all. The waitress was very friendly and chatted with us a bit about Mr. Langer -- who still eats there once in awhile, but not pastrami!

            Enough about that...let's get to it: the sandwich (with slaw and Russian) was PERFECT! I had high expectations, and it far exceeded my every hope! The bread was AMAZING!!!! Ohhhhh, this is the stuff of dreams...

            1. CEL-RAY truly is the perfect drink to have with a pastrami sandwich. $2.50 though? Yikes. Inexpensive and bountiful Langers is not.

              1. I just had my first Langers Pastrami today.

                It was everything everyone's said about it.

                Has anyone ever gotten a beer here? I washed down my sandwich with a Heineken that came with by far the coldest, frostiest mug I've ever received. I mean they put the deep freeze on this thing so that after the beer sat in the mug for a minute, a frozen disk of beer floated to the surface. When I lifted the mug to take a sip, the ice raft disintigrated into little frosty particles around my lips. It was extremely refreshing and I felt like I should have been in a T.V. ad.

                One sandwich by itsself and a beer was enough to fill me up. 16 bucks or so, well worth it.

                ETA: I read Thi's old post about their pastrami having a porky, intense meaty flavor to it. I know exactly what he's talking about. There's almost like a hotdog quality to it. I will say that the pastrami is probably filled with MSG and all sorts of other excitotoxins (I still have a headache from eating the sandwich, I'm super sensitive) but I can say Langer's is one of the few places that's totally worth it.

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                1. re: fooddude37

                  After reading these posts I decided to go to Langers for lunch today after making an appearance downtown -I havent been in several months. My matter was concluded early, and I was faced with a dilemna about what to do for a meal at 9:30 A.M. I now know that Langers Handcut Pastrami makes a delicious breakfast. It was an intensely flavorful experience.

                  1. re: fooddude37

                    Yeah...I felt bloated for 2 whole days after eating Langer's #19. But, it was worth it!

                    1. re: fooddude37

                      I've never eaten there, but my wife has brought back a sandwich for me. Best pastrami I've ever had--even someone in the New Yorker magazine years back had to admit it was the best pastrami anywhere. When someone in the New Yorker is saying that about a LA place, you know it's special!

                      1. re: fooddude37

                        I should add that I took my girlfriend here yesterday (a mere day after I went) who was raised in NY; she said it was better than Katz and Carnegie. I'm not one for these sort of arguments normally, I'm sure there are many who prefer Katz hands down. Just thought it was worth mentioning.

                        Um, yeah, Langer's pastrami back to back...I'll be good for a month or so.