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Feb 14, 2012 12:29 PM


Had a REUBEN SANDWICH at the new Bowery Diner yesterday. Yumm, it was Dam Good. Succulent and tasty as I could have hoped for. Saw the piece in New York Magazine this week reintroducing the Reuben. There were some really juicy pictures that got my juices going and yearning for one of these tasty baby's. I had to get one, and I chose the recently opened Bowery Diner for four reasons. Number one, I'm an old diner from way back. Two, I had read about the Bowery Diner a few weeks ago and because as I said I'm a Diner lover from way back, I wanted to check it out. Three, it's in walking distance from my apartment, and four, the price, it wasn't $15 and up, not like some of the other ones, although it is more than $15 on dinner menu at The Bowery Diner, but at lunch it's just $8.75. Let was the deal closer. And there is actually a fifth reason, as I saw in the picture in NyMag and read about it, it was a Classic Old School Reuben, not some Dumb Ass version of a Reuben made with Chicken or Turkey. The Reuben at the Bowery Diner was Classic and Old School and really looked mouthwatering in that picture.
So after my morning Coffee and reading the papers on Monday morning, I left the Cafe and started heading east on Prince Street and over to The Bowery, the street that is, of which is the namesake of the Diner. it was a nice brisk Winter's day. The Sun was out and it wasn't too cold, so I had a nice little walk.
So I get over there and take a peek inside first. It looked pretty cool and it was kind of dead, I was a bit surprised. Thought it would be a little more lively. Maybe at night? One good thing about it not being busy, although I was by myself i should have any problem of getting a nice booth, cause when I'm in a diner, I just gotta sit in a booth. If not a booth, then at the counter but not a regular table. So I walked on in and was greeted by the hostess. I asked for a nice booth and she gave me on. Excellent. The waitress brought me a menu and asked if I wanted anything to drink besides the water. A Coffee please? She brought me a nice Cup of Joe and asked if I was ready to order. Ready to order? I new what I wanted two days ago. So I ordered my Reuben, and oh by the way, I'm hoping and wondering if this baby is going to be as good as it looked in the picture and of how I had been hoping in anticipation that it would. It arrived arrived ten or twelve minutes later and guess what? Hell Yeah! My Reuben Sandwich was every bit as succulent Tasty and Marvelous as I was dreaming it would be. It was downright "Outstanding," nice and juicy and succulent, perfectly toasted Rye Bread, nice melting Gruyere Cheese, Sauerkraut and most important of all a nice thick pile of Succulent Tasty Slightly Smokey, Just about perfect Pastrami. "I Love it." I was in 7th Heaven and ectsty with my Bad Ass Tasty Reuben.
Well i gotta say, The Bowery Diner and new York Magazine with their little piece on the Reuben and the picture of the Bowery Diner's Reuben met my high expectations. So many times you get disappointed, but here I was thoroughly pleased, a Great Reuben, nice ambiance, and a real nice waitress taking care of me. Great service. And one other happy discovery I made on my way to the laboratory, they got a Cool Old Seeburg Jukebox. it's beautiful. i wanted to play a few tunes, remembrances of my childhood but the hostess said it wasn't hooked up yet. Let's hope it will be, cause it's always a lot of fun throwing quarters in those old baby's, watching your records picked from the pile, put on the turntable ans spun. Love It!
So, it was quite a nice lunch at The Bowery Diner with My Reuben, the booth, a Cup of Joe and a Cool Old Jukebox, Check it!

Bowery Diner
241 Bowery, New York, NY 10002

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  1. Pastrami and gruyere? Not to say this would not be good, but a Reuben is made with corned beef and Swiss cheese.

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    1. re: rrems

      I'm sure is tasty and will even make a point of trying it next time I am in town.....but I gotta wonder if it had real Russian dressing (which, of course, gets us into that long-running feud over what Russian dressing IS exacly. better leave that alone.)

        1. re: Nancy S.

          Switzerland produces many cheeses, including Gruyere, but what is known in this country as "Swiss Cheese" is Emmenthaler, not Gruyere.

        2. re: rrems

          I was always under the impression that a Reuben can be either corned beef or pastrami.

          1. re: ttoommyy

            My point is that though all sorts of variations exist now, the original Reuben is made with corned beef and Swiss cheese (and sauerkraut and Russian dressing).

            1. re: rrems

              Can you document that rrems? Seriously. Becasue I still stand by my original statement. Maybe the Reuben with corned beef is just much more popular and hence people think it is the "original" way it is made.

              1. re: ttoommyy

                Check out Wikipedia and others. Reuben Sandwich made with Pastrami or
                Corned Beef ....

                1. re: ttoommyy

                  rrems is definitely correct. The *original* Reuben was/is made with corned beef.

                  Here's a link to a long history of the Reuben, including its origin and its association with the (defunct) NYC restaurant bearing that name.



              2. re: ttoommyy

                Yes you are Correct, a Reuben can be made with either Pastrami or Corned Beef. It doesn't matter.

                Below ..My REUBEN at The Bowery Diner ...

                photo Daniel Bellino Zwicke


            2. I love Reuben sandwiches, and they are perhaps hard to find prepared to excellence.

              This is a good find, I am certainly glad to know this. I will head there for a reuben, a booth, a cup of joe.

              1. wow my expereince at the bowery diner was the complete opposite from yours from when i went to the Diner 2 weeks ago. Service was non existent to a point I had to flag down the hostess to get anything. I had the Bowery Special burger, that had the smoked meat. Granted the smoked meat part wasnt bad but the burger was horrible. I wasnt able to get it rare like i usually like and when i asked, the waiter replied, "ohh we just dont do that". I compromised with medium rare but it didnt matter, because it was stupid dry and mealy. I understand they opened like 2-3 weeks ago and there are bound to be hickups but it was just flat out bad.

                Bowery Diner
                241 Bowery, New York, NY 10002

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