Okay, so I guess almost everyone knows this, but just as a refresher:
It's Katz's for pastrami, and the 2nd Avenue deli for briscuit!
Despite having lived in New York for 22 years (and having grown up in the region for all of my 43 years), I'd never before had the 2nd Avenue's briscuit (called, on their menu, "breast of beef). Well, last night, on a whim, we went down there and had a couple of GREAT sandwiches. I actually now think, given a "deli meat craving," that I could satisfy it with that much-healthier-than-pastrami briscuit, and not even feel as if I'm missing out on anything.
P.S. Try it with some of their pink horseradish-- it's a great combo!
P.P.S. I also, for the first time, tried their gefilte fish and thought it was damn good-- second, in fact, only to Russ & Daughter's. I thought it was a bit overpriced, though, at almost $9.75 for just one big piece (equivalent, I'd say, to two normal-sized pieces). To me, that portion should've been priced at around $5.95 or so.