ipsedixit, Since Harry & Ida's has no seating, where did you eat your food?
We're big fans of the pastrami at Sarge's. Different from Katz's -- also a favorite but less convenient for us -- but just as delicious. We always request "very fatty" and are never disappointed. The sandwich is so huge that we share half and take the other half home.
Photo set of Sarge's
The first time we went to the 2nd Ave. Deli shortly after it opened on 33rd St., we ordered the pastrami. Even though we requested very fatty, what arrived was meat as dry as the proverbial shoe leather. We've since been back many times but instead always order the knoblewurst which is excellent.