Category Archives: Corned Beef and Pastrami

Every week, I document another dish that impressed and satiated me during my food adventures around New York City

A special occasion birthday dinner brought me to the new NYC location of a critically acclaimed Indian restaurant from New Delhi. It was among the inventive $75 prix fixe dinner that I discovered this week’s Dish of the Week, an Indian-New York mash-up.

Price: part of $75 prix fixe/$9 a la carte

INDIAN ACCENT
123 West 56th Street (between Sixth and Seventh Avenue),
Midtown West
(212) 842-8070
indianaccent.com/newyork

My search for the best corned beef/pastrami in New York continues….

HIGH STREET ON HUDSON, 637 Hudson Street (at Horatio Street), West Village

High Street on Hudson is one of the hottest new restaurant openings of the year. It’s the work of Chef Eli Kulp, who has had success with High Street on Market in Philadelphia. He has brought his bakery and restaurant concept to the West Village and the crowds have cheered.

I’ve now stopped by twice for a late lunch and have been seduced by the open kitchen, the bowls of seasonal vegetable dishes, and a very tempting pastry counter. (more…)


Every week, I document another dish that impressed and satiated me during my food adventures around New York City

IVAN RAMEN SLURP SHOP, Inside Gotham West Market, 600 Eleventh Avenue (between West 44th and West 45th Street), Hell's Kitchen

We know Jewish people love to eat Asian food, but did you know Asian chefs love to incorporate one specific Jewish food into their dishes? I’m talking about everybody’s favorite smoked meat: pastrami.

At least in New York, chefs from funky hip Asian restaurants seem to use pastrami as a meat substitute any place they can. And it usually works wonders. I’ve had excellent pastrami egg rolls at Red Farm, super spicy kung pao pastrami at Mission Chinese, and now I’ve finally discovered Ivan Ramen’s pastrami buns.

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My search for the best corned beef/pastrami in New York continues….

HARRY & IDA'S MEAT AND SUPPLY CO,, 189 Avenue A (between East 12th and East 11th Street), East Village

Of all the iconic foods of New York that I have documented, I think corned beef and pastrami is the one that is updated the least. We are immersed in fancy bagel and hot dog shops and we all know the world of pizza keeps growing. But it’s only once in a while that somebody comes along to elevate the humble Jewish meat sandwich. (more…)


My search for the best corned beef/pastrami in New York continues….

BEN'S BEST KOSHER DELICATESSEN, 96-40 Queens Boulevard (between 64th Road and 63rd Drive), Rego Park, QueensPart of the deli experience is the deli man. There is even a documentary made about this cultural icon. While I was sitting at Ben’s Best Kosher Deli, I watched the owner Jay Parker walk around and joke with some of the diners. He never made it to my table, but in all fairness, it was an off-hour and I imagine he wanted to sit down and take a break. I also probably don’t put out the “talk to me” vibe when I’m out by myself. I’m trying to be incognito and get an unbiased taste of the food. (more…)


My search for the best corned beef/pastrami in New York continues….

LOESER'S KOSHER DELI, 214 West 231st Street (between Broadway and Godwin Terrace), Kingsbridge, BronxJewish delis have a certain look about them. Usually they’re bright with old photographs on the wall and lots of nostalgic kitsch. I was surprised when I walked into Loeser’s (one of two remaining delis in the Bronx). Behind the take-out counter was a makeshift dining room with a dark dingy feel to it. It definitely has that stuck-in-time vibe, but something was missing. I have yet to put my finger on it, but it didn’t feel like most Jewish delis. (more…)


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