As a New Yorker, I feel qualified to comment on my experience at Cecil's this past weekend. My first issue is this: a good deli should provide a plate of pickles much as any other restaurant provides bread gratis. No pickles were provided. I started with the matzah ball soup, which was adequate, matzah balls slightly less fluffy than ideal, but acceptable. Then I had the pastrami on rye. Now, you can order it hot or unheated, and I had the latter. What they brought was ice cold pastrami on rye, served on a steaming hot plate. A "cold" pastrami sandwich should never be served with ice cold pastrami, it should be just about room temp, this tasted like they just grabbed it out of the fridge and slapped it on bread. The pastrami iteself was pretty good, but hard to tell. And serving it on a steaming hot plate made the bread soggy. Perhaps I should have ordered it hot, but nevertheless, disappointed.
Anyone have any comments about Cecils? I went to the one in St Paul, perhaps the other location is better?