My Favorite Pastrami Sandwiches - PASTRAMI QUEEN

 PASTRAMI QUEEN

PASTRAMI QUEEN


It was a chilly and overcast Tuesday afternoon.   I had just taken the train from the Newark Airport to Manhattan.   I hailed a taxi and asked the driver to take me to 78th & Lexington.  My destination was Pastrami Queen.  My plan was to have a pastrami sandwich prior to checking into my hotel and preparing to join some colleagues to see a Broadway show that evening.

I arrived at Pastrami Queen shortly before 3:30 PM.   The ambiance was that of a classical no-nonsense deli.  Through the glass windows in the long stainless steel deli case, I saw a large assortment of appetizing delicacies - knishes, kugel, potato latkes, meats, chopped liver, stuffed derma, pickles, salads and much more.   Loaves of rye bread were stacked on a shelf behind the counter.    The visual and the aroma let me know that I was in for a very special meal.

Since I arrived after the traditional lunch hour, a few of the 16 seats in the deli were available.   As I seated myself at a small table near the deli counter, I observed several of the patrons engaged in scintillating conversation and partaking in what I consider to be the perfect meal - deli sandwiches.      

Luis was my server.  I ordered a pastrami on rye, pickles on the side, and a potato latke.  Everything was delicious.  The pastrami was thinly sliced, not too fatty, well steamed and nearly melted in my mouth.  The flavor was mild.  It had more of a smoky flavor, not peppery, not salty.  The rye bread was unseeded and had a crispy crust. The potato latke was the size of a small Frisbee.  Again delicious.  The mild flavored latke had a crispy, chewy crust and a soft inside.

Pastrami Queen was an outstanding first stop on this trip. Kudos to the owner, Steve Friedman and his staff for a great deli experience that brightened my Tuesday afternoon.

 PASTRAMI QUEEN, 1125 Lexington Ave., New York, NY 10075, (212) 734-1500,  www.PastramiQueen.com

 PASTRAMI SANDWICH

PASTRAMI SANDWICH

 DILL & NEW PICKLES

DILL & NEW PICKLES

 POTATO LATKE

POTATO LATKE

 NOODLE KUGEL

NOODLE KUGEL

 KNISHES

KNISHES

 SHARPENING THE KNIFE

SHARPENING THE KNIFE

 A CUT OF PASTRAMI

A CUT OF PASTRAMI

 LUIS WAS MY SERVER.

LUIS WAS MY SERVER.

 STEVE FRIEDMAN - OWNER OF PASTRAMI QUEEN

STEVE FRIEDMAN - OWNER OF PASTRAMI QUEEN