No two ways to slice it: New York is a pastrami town. When local Chowhounds talk cured meats, corned beef is a little-mentioned afterthought. But among omnicarnivorous ‘hounds, the conversation occasionally drifts to that other deli meat. Here, in alphabetical order, are five of their favorite places to get it:
1. BUTCHER BLOCK
43-46 41st Street (near Queens Boulevard), Sunnyside, Queens
Hearty corned beef and cabbage is served for takeout on Thursdays—and every St. Patrick’s Day, naturally—at this grocery and butcher shop, which anchors a lively but shrinking Irish neighborhood.
2. DAVID’S BRISKET HOUSE
533 Nostrand Avenue (between Atlantic Avenue and Herkimer Street), Brooklyn
Alongside its better-known pastrami and brisket, this Bed-Stuy destination (and its Bay Ridge spin-off) offers first-rate corned beef. It’s an only-in–New York success story: Jewish-style deli, mastered by Yemeni Muslims.
3. KATZ’S DELICATESSEN
205 E. Houston Street (at Ludlow Street), Manhattan
New Yorkers’ best-loved destination for pastrami also scores big with its corned beef, dry-cured in-house. One ‘hound suggests supplementing the free pickles with tangy brined tomatoes.
4. LIEBMAN’S KOSHER DELICATESSEN
552 W. 235th Street (between Johnson and Oxford avenues), Bronx
Established six decades ago when the Bronx had a hundred Jewish delis, this Riverdale survivor is now one of just a couple, still taking care of business with house-made corned beef and a neighborly vibe.
5. SARGE’S DELICATESSEN
548 Third Avenue (between E. 36th and 37th streets), Manhattan
Order is restored in New York’s deli universe with the return of this half-century-old landmark, which just reopened 15 months after a ruinous fire. Its house-cured corned beef is once again served 24/7, piled high in sandwiches or griddled in great, chunky hash.
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