This is one of those things that I remember seeing regularly on TV food features about New York. I am sure there are hundred more littering every corner of delis like this, but oh so many recommendations for this place came up. Add to the fact that Matt LOVES his pastrami, this was on top of our must-haves. If I knew that Russ and Daughters and Katz’ were a few meters/feet apart from each other, I would have scheduled it on the same day. Instead, we ended up coming to this area the day after, realizing only on the second day that they were on the same street, and so close. But that was okay.
We decided to have table service, and this was brunch (having eaten some light breakfast), we decided to share the infamous pastrami sandwich. Matt would have ordered a reuben or something like it, but all said, stick to the pastrami. So we did.
While waiting for our food, we were served pickles. Not a fan unless it is sweet pickles, I was able to enjoy some because they serve you a variety of kinds. America does have a love affair with pickles, so I am getting use to it being everywhere. We also had the self-service area in view so it was fun to see people order, and watch how all these are made. I was able to spy some, and there were just huge chunks of pastrami ready for slicing. It was amazing.
The simplicity of the food too is the key to any good food. It is literally pastrami on what I think is rye bread. And that is it. Humongous though. But it is simple. One order was too big for me (though I am sure Matt could have finished it if he ordered one), and at the end, I was just picking at the pastrami instead of eating it properly. But it was good good good. And yes, I am also hunting down a cheap brisket to make pastrami with! 🙂
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