My family has a crazy large soft spot in our hearts for Sarge's. Whenever anyone is sick, I would go there to get "Chicken in the Pot" and a pastrami sandwich (what the hell, I was there) and the four of us would feast on it in our apt. in Brooklyn and whoever was sick would somehow get better and, of course, attribute it to Sarge's.
So what's comparable now that Sarge's burned down? And FWIW, I don't like Katz's brownish matzoh ball soup, so we can cross that off the list from the start.