Well, pastrami deprived for a year (we only serve up hurricanes in Florida), I finally got back to NYC. Normally, I head right to the Carnegie for my pastrami fix. This time, taking the advice of many posters, we went to Katz's. It was wonderful. And, yes, I thought it was better than the Carnegie.
Thanks for the information on proper protocol, too. I got in line, showed my tip money up front to the sandwich guys, and watched their great meat slicing skills. Pretty darn impressive. I got the samples of turkey and pastrami...both terrifc. Got my sour and half sours and avoided the fries. Glad I did too...frozen, non-descript.
While I was standing in line, a guy brought over one of these huge 20 qt stock pots filled with pastramis and it was only 12:30 PM! Can you imagine how many sandwiches these guys are serving daily! Fantastic stuff.
Interestingly, I actually was able to finish my sandwich. Yes, it might be slighly less than the amount served on a Carnegie sandwich, but it was more than enough. Thanks again Hounds.