Pastrami on Rye: Katz's Delicatessen
You've never had a REAL pastrami sandwich until you have had a NYC pastrami sandwich on fresh NY Jewish rye bread with spicy brown mustard.
I have had many in my lifetime, however, my favorite is from Katz's Deli on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.
I hadn't been to this monster deli since I was a kid. The place is PACKED. LOUD. You can't enter or exit without that little green ticket. There's a security guard at the door. What is he guarding? the pastrami?
The place has been a landmark on the lower east side since 1888, opened by a Russian immigrant. Check out their website for some cool deli history.
Their motto has always been: "Send a Salami to Your Boy in the ARMY"
We had lunch there during the week and it hasn't changed a bit.
The pastrami was just so perfect, a little bit of gristle, a lot a bit of flavor and nice black edges. Sliced medium thickness, the way I like it, with a kosher dill pickle on the side & a swipe of mustard please. Price: $14.95, and yes, I can eat the whole sandwich myself, no problem.
The husband had a beef hot dog with skin on it and a Dr. Brown's cream soda.
A great place to visit, even if it was filled with all tourists, who cares? The salami department alone is worth the trip downtown!
205 E. Houston St.
New York City