I FINALLY was able to try out Langer's yesterday and to be honest, I wasn't blown away. Langer's has been on my list forEVER, having heard so much about it here on chowhound. I SO wanted to love it and be wowed, but I just wasn't.
Let me start off by saying a few things. First, I can't do rye bread. The taste is just off-putting to me. Sometimes I'll sit and pick out EVERY single seed and I still won't be able to handle the taste. Second, I don't like coleslaw. I used to think I was traumatized by my childhood Sunday picnics, with my dad buying the biggest tub of KFC coleslaw he could buy. But at every deli, I always give it a try. And I still don't like it.
So here's what I ordered. A #44 on white, with swiss. Oh, I LOVE their curbside delivery service. The guy on the phone was great, and I barely even waited 10 seconds before he popped up at my car window. Not wanting the sandwich to get soggy, I drove over to a nearby friend's house, not more than 10 minutes away. There, I ripped open the bag and dove right in. I loved the bread, toasted and grilled like a crouton. I pulled the sandwich apart and was excited to see that gooey string of swiss cheese. I noticed that the pastrami wasn't piled "miles high" as they do at other delis, but hey, I was looking for quality, not quantity, right? I took a bite and all that came to me was, 'eh, it's a pastrami sandwich'. THAT'S SO NOT WHAT I WANTED TO THINK! I wanted to ooh and ahh and moan over the sheer pleasure of finally having THE Langer's pastrami sandwich! So what made me not like the sandwich. There seemed to be a little tooo much sauerkraut on my sandwich. So I took some off and tried it again. I typically like my pastrami sandwich with swiss and mustard and realized there was no mustard. So I grabbed some brown mustard and dabbed it on my sandwich and took another bite. It still didn't feel right. So then I tried eating the pastrami alone. The taste was "eh okay" and the texture was a bit on the "softer" side than I prefer.
Perhaps rye bread and coleslaw is what MAKES Langer's the best pastrami sandwich. If that’s the case, I guess I’ll never appreciate Langer’s. Which kind of sucks......