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The Best Places to Get Pastrami in NYC

Published On 10/13/2014 Published On 10/13/2014
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1. Katz's Delicatessen 205 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002 (Lower East Side)

Open since 1888 on the corner of East Houston and Ludlow Street, Katz's is synonymous with iconic New York City food, specifically, slow-cured pastrami and corned beef. There's usually a line filled with a mix of tourists, die-hard New Yorkers, and everyone in between, and the wait is nothing but proof of the stacked sandwiches' pure goodness. You receive a paper ticket when you walk in, order at the counter (be ready!), and wait while the servers sling layers of pink meat onto cafeteria trays. If pastrami on rye (or better yet, a hot reuben) is your kind of late-night food, then you're in luck -- Katz's is open all night on Fridays and Saturdays. Words to the wise: stock up on napkins, order a generous side of pickles, and whatever you do, don't lose your ticket.

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2. Jay and Lloyd's Kosher Deli 2718 Avenue U, Brooklyn, NY 11229

This joint is popular with Sheepshead Bay locals and Anthony Bourdain, who visited as part of his final episode of No Reservations. Despite the vintage atmosphere and experienced staff, the place has only been around since 1993. Either way this place has top notch, no-nonsense pastrami.

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3. David's Brisket House 533 Nostrand Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11216 (Bed Stuy)

This Bed-Stuy counter-serve is something of a metaphor for New York City. David's is an authentic Jewish deli that's passed through various owners until falling into the hands of its current one, a Yemenite Muslim. Religions and cultures come together at the kiosk, which is known for its moist slices of pastrami served on mustard-spread slices of rye bread. You can also order the sandwich with corned beef or explore other options like a breakfast plate of brisket and eggs, but pastrami is David's true pride and joy.

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4. Liebman's Kosher Deli 552 W 235th St, Bronx, NY 10463 (Bronx)

A Bronx mainstay since 1953, Liebman’s is one of the few remaining Kosher, family-owned Jewish delis in New York. For those of you willing to make the schlep up there, you’ll be rewarded with pastrami as good as what you’ll find at Katz’s, but cheaper and with basically no tourists.

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5. Ben's Best 96-40 Queens Blvd, Queens, NY 11374 (Queens)

This Kosher deli in Rego Park offers up one of the best pastrami sandwiches in New York. Also worth trying: their matzo ball soup, knishes, and stuffed cabbage rolls.

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6. Sarge's Deli 548 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10016 (Midtown East)

In Midtown East stands Sarge's Deli -- the ultimate spot (or rather, institution) to get a serious deli sandwich, or a number of traditional dishes from the "hot" bar.

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7. Artie's Delicatessen 2290 Broadway, New York, NY 10024 (Upper West Side)

Open since 1999, Artie's pays homage to legendary restaurateur Artie Cutler (of Carmine's, Docks, Ollie's, Virgils, Gabriela's, Jake's, Columbia Bagel's). It's a classic New York Jewish deli, and offers up one of the city's best pastrami sandwiches.

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8. Carnegie Deli 854 7th Ave, New York, NY 10019 (Midtown West)

Carnegie Deli is a city food landmark in Midtown West that can get a little clogged with tourists (and New Yorkers, if we're being honest), but is still well worth your time. Pick up the half-pastrami, half-corned beef Woody Allen, which was named in the director's honor after he featured the deli as the backdrop in Broadway Danny Rose. Pair your sandwich (on rye, always on rye) with pickles and matzoh ball soup and you're golden... and incredibly full.



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