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CONTROVERSY! LA pastrami better than NYC? thoughts on LANGERS/KATZ, russ and daughters, ESS-A bagel and crif dogs (LONG) ???pastramic sciences conference??? anyone heard about this???

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CONTROVERSY! LA pastrami better than NYC? thoughts on LANGERS/KATZ, russ and daughters, ESS-A bagel and crif dogs (LONG) ???pastramic sciences conference??? anyone heard about this???

modernist | Oct 27, 2004 03:18 AM

so i've been in new york for 9 days. i know that chinese, korean, japanese, thai, vietnamese are all better in LA than here so i try to avoid if possible. i've focused on eastern european (polish in green pointe), jamaican in brooklyn and a lot of pizza everywhere! its been fun. didnt do any "fine dining" this trip.

heres my last day in new york city:
took the f into the lower east side and walked to russ and daughters. got some scotch salmon, some salmon pastrami and some smoked sable. walked it up to davids bagels. (some people here preferred it to ess-a) considered stopping in but was dissuaded by the looks of the place and the chinese employees. (im chinese myself but damnit, i dont want to buy a bagel in new york from chinese fools! it just dont seem right to me) continued on to ess-a bagel. combined the two purchases, ate, and nearly creamed my pants. eating the bagel alone would have been enough. tasting the fish on its own made me want to hold myself in the fetal position. man you guys are lucky!

walked down to st. marks, hung a left and got a crif dog with cole slaw and avocado. im no connoisseur. but to me a hot dogs basically a hot dog. probably the wrong town to say this in. whatever. coffee at porto rico, then happy hour pints at lit. then down to katz for pastrami, another hot dog and some matzo ball soup.
 
im stuffed...
 
this will probably piss some people off. but IMHO langers deli in LA is better than katz for a pastrami sandwich. anyone been there before? my main complaint is the bread at katz. the bread at langers is crazy unreal. soft interior with a great crusty crust. i like the handcut presentation at katz however. i ate at langers about a week before i left for the purpose of comparison, and was blown away as usual. then my sandwich at katz just gave me the feeling that it was an ok sandwich.

i somehow remember hearing that there was a sort of conference on the pastrami sandwich and i think that all the big names were invited. ie. katz, 2nd ave. langers etc. does anyone know anything about this? were there findings? any dissertation on applied and theoretical pastramic sciences?

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