Through decades of constant change and upheaval, few constants have endured in New York. Luckily, one of those few is totally pastrami, that magical meat forged from beef navel, smoke, spice, brine, steam, and a squirt of mustard. Here are the 10 spots in NYC that do it best:
Lower East Side
A Lower East Side fixture since 1888, Katz’s is the quintessential New York pastrami joint, and one of the few places where locals and tourists mix and mingle. The sandwiches are sweet, juicy, famously massive, and one of only two in the city with hand-carved meat (Mile End is the other). You’d be hard pressed to find a more classic New York meal than Katz’s pastrami on rye with Dr. Brown’s Black Cherry soda.