I had lunch at Nate 'n Als today for possibly the first time in 25 years or so. As a kid, I probably ate there every week. Thank god, nothing had noticeably changed, including the waitresses. The only difference was that the brisket sandwich, which used to be my favorite there, now seemed a bit pallid when compared to a Langer's pastrami. The rye bread was great though, soft, steamed and crusty. The meat seemed skimpier than before, although everything looks bigger when you're a kid, right? The brisket was also a little dry, but some Hebrew National mustard fixed that up. Great coleslaw -- not too sweet, not too wet. Great pickles. Wish I had picked up some chopped liver and a hamentashen to go. I had a hard time not ordering the lox, eggs and onions, but maybe that will have to wait another 20 years.
Perhaps you CAN go home again, as long as you go to Nate 'n Als.