WSJ: Pastrami on Rye: The 6 Best Places to Eat New York’s Signature Sandwich


#41

Making my way through the list.

2nd Ave deli - Good pastrami, spices more subdued vs. Katz. Not as much meat, one can comfortably finish the entire sandwich.


#42

Go to Bell, Book and Candle for the patty melt. They call it a burger, but who are we kidding, this is no burger.


#43

This is what I remember our Katz’s pastrami looked like:


This photo of Katz’s Deli is courtesy of TripAdvisor


#44

Pastrami Queen in NYC is great; same terrible bread though.

Good thing I live my life in sin.


#45

Harry & Ida, East Village.

I enjoyed the cucumber and dill. Pastrami not memorable, lacked spice/bark.

Place was dingy with flies buzzing: employee preparing food was visibly ill… ugh hope I don’t catch whatever he has :sweat:



#46

WTF kind of rye bread is that?


#47

It was a soft roll - no rye. Appears they are aiming for a non-traditional presentation.


#48

This makes me laugh. Along with no rye bread. Yeah, I guess you don’t recommend this place - LOL.


#49

Yes

#BecauseKatz


#50

One might ask the same question about the rye at Katz – technically it’s rye bread, I suppose, but it’s no better than Oroweat.


#51

There’s bread?!?!? LOL


#52

My thoughts exactly with Katz


#53

I’m usually a pastramis traditionalist - just the holy trinity of mustard rye and pastrami, but I thought this was a really good sandwich. The pastrami is really tender, flavorful and fatty and the pickles/cukes and dill provided a nice refreshing counterpoint to the fat. If I had to quibble (and aren’t food sites about quibbling), I wasn’t crazy about the bread as it was too soft. If you are going to go non traditional a nice crusty roll would have been better.
Pro-tip: eat at a bench in Tompkins Square Park, best people watching in NYC.


#54

Wood Tavern in Oakland, CA makes their nontraditional pastrami sandwich with a piece of crusty baguette. Also a little Emmentaler and some Dijon-horseradish dressing. The pastrami is so good I often forget it’s not pork.


#55

Yeah I’m with you on the Wood Tavern pastrami - it is a great sandwich. I love the nasal clearing horseradish/dijon and the crusty bread doesn’t get soggy. I made the mistake of ordering fries with it last time and had to take a nap afterwards - it is a hearty sandwich.


#56

The bread was terrible and yes I did enjoy the dill and cukes as a refereshing counterbalance to the traditional old school 99% meat and 1% bread serving. I just didn’t think the pastrami was memorable compared to some of the heavyweights.


#57

Yeah next trip I’ll likely return to Katz’s. Have you tried Pastrami Queen? I thought it wasn’t quite as good as Katz’s but about 1/20th the hassle to grab a sandwich if you are in that area.


#58

That’s actually next on my list. Yeah I’m not fond of Katz’s system… unnecessarily confusing.


#59

What’s their “system”? Don’t you just stand in line? It’s been a while since we’ve been there.


#60