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Pastrami at Katz's: still good after all these years

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Pastrami at Katz's: still good after all these years

Jessica Shatan | Nov 16, 1999 11:43 AM

I'm sure there have been threads about Katz's and pastrami but I can't get the flavor out of my mind.

I ended up at Katz's last Friday night; our impetus was that a one person in our party had never been to Katz's. I warned him about the surly nature of the counter people and was pleasantly contradicted by the nice behavior of the guy that made my pastrami sandwich (on rye with mustard, of course) and my friend's reuben. The counter man kept giving us slices of pastrami to try, each time with a fresh plate. When I requested juicy, not lean, he got a new slab o' pastrami cut 2 giant, steaming slices and served it to us, with a stack of napkins. He made my sandwich and I was in heaven. The fat and juice soaked thru the bread as I ate it--decadent! Someone next to me ordered it on what looked like french bread which I thought was weird at 1st but then realized it would hold up better to all the juices.

It was pricey ($8.95 for the sandwich alone) but I had the other half for lunch the next day so I think that's a good deal. A sour pickle and Dr. Brown's diet Cherry soda rounded out the feast.

It's nice to know some things don't change too radically over the years......... (Ok, go ahead and tear me apart with how crazy I am and how lame Katz's is.......:-)

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