Category Archives: Corned Beef and Pastrami

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

SADLY, CAFE EDISON IS NOW CLOSED.

CAFE EDISON, 228 West 47th Street (between Broadway and Eighth Avenue), Theater District

I was amazed at how little Cafe Edison has changed in ten years. I used to frequent this old-school diner in the heart of Times Square quite a bit when I first moved to New York. It was near all my auditions and the hearty Eastern European Jewish food was affordable and nostalgic.

IMG_1633

My food adventures of late have taken me much further downtown to some of the hipper restaurant offerings and to the outer boroughs for some exciting and unexplored ethnic cuisines. But rarely do I get to eat an actual meal in the heart of Times Square. Nor would I want to, to be perfectly honest.

(more…)


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

KATZ N DOGZ, Location Varies

Walking down the streets of Midtown, there are lots of wonderful smells coming from food carts. Expected aromas include grilled chicken and lamb kebabs, curry, and perhaps even caramelized Belgian waffles. It wasn’t until I visited the new Katz n Dogz truck that I ever smelled the smells of a Jewish deli on the streets of New York. In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever experienced those wonderful briney, garlicky scents in the open air.  The prospect of a Jewish deli food truck was exciting on its own and these smells offered even more potential for greatness.

(more…)


For the third year in a row, I’m going to attempt to eat every single item on Time Out New York’s annual 100 Best Dishes list. In no particular order, here’s my take on their Top 100. Let the gluttony continue…

I’ve always been a purist when it comes to kosher meats. I like my corned beef and pastrami on rye with mustard. And a pickle on the side, but that’s it. No sauerkraut, no turkey, no mayo (God forbid!)

But I can’t overlook the long-standing popularity of the Reuben and the Rachel. Although both are closely associated with NY delis, I doubt I’m going to devote an entire search to finding the best. Partly because I think I may have already found it.

(more…)


For the third year in a row, I’m going to attempt to eat every single item on Time Out New York’s annual 100 Best Dishes list. In no particular order, here’s my take on their Top 100. Let the gluttony continue…

I thought I was never going to visit Liebman’s Deli again. Not because the first time wasn’t memorable, but because it’s in the Bronx in the quaint neighborhood of Riverdale and there’s not a whole lot of reason to make the trek. Even the stellar corned beef and pastrami on their own were not quite enough. But my completist nature and the fact that this smoked meat found its way onto Time Out’s list gave me a good enough reason to return.

Not only does the place smell of garlic and brine (like all good delis), but it smells of authenticity. Liebman’s is the real deal – a true Jewish deli that’s not trying to be anything but that. The cheesy paintings on the walls are real, as is the old out of date furniture, and the old world hospitality. I get so used to going out to new nostalgic places that are trying to be hip and kitschy that it’s refreshing to come somewhere like this that is just doing what they’ve been doing for decades. They’re keeping the tradition alive.

(more…)


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

SADLY, THIS LITTLE PIGGY HAD ROAST BEEF IS NOW CLOSED.

I was torn about whether I should include This Little Piggy Had Roast Beef in my official corned beef/pastrami search. First off, this is an Italian owned sandwich shop (from the owners of Artichoke Basille), but Jewish deli meats aren’t really what Italians do best. Secondly, they don’t serve any corned beef. It’s just pastrami (and lots of roast beef) here.

Still, I came here to try Time Out’s list item, which is an Italian roast beef sandwich, and figured I may as well get a taste of the pastrami sandwich as well. It’s called The Other Thing (the two roast beef sandwiches are referred to as This Way and That Way).

(more…)


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

SADLY, KUTSHER’S TRIBECA IS NOW CLOSED.

I’m not going to spend too much time reviewing the new restaurant Kutsher’s, which just opened a few weeks ago in Tribeca, for a number of reasons. First off, I’m really only including them on this blog because they do serve pastrami. Secondly, they’ve been opened just under a month and I understand it takes time to get the restaurant on its feet. And finally, it really wasn’t very good when I went.

You may recognize the name Kutsher’s as the historic country club/restaurant up in the Catskills. If you don’t, odds are your parents or your grandparents do. The restaurant up there is known for Jewish comfort food in a kosher setting. Nothing fancy, just classic stuff.

The new Kutsher’s, which is backed by the original owner’s son is sort of the opposite of that. It’s not kosher and the food is refined, hip versions of those Jewish classics. The ambiance is strange in the new restaurant. If you squint, you’d think you were at a Jewish diner circa 1970, but the lights are dim, the staff is attractive, and the music is all wrong (they were playing 90’s alternative rock and the owner annoyingly kept changing the soundtrack mid-song).

(more…)


Connect with me

Link to our Youtube Page
Link to our Facebook Page
Link to our Rss Page
Link to our Twitter Page

WATCH

DISH OF THE WEEK: HAND ROLLS at KAZUNORI LOCALS KNOW: BOHEMIAN BUCHAREST in BUCHAREST
AROUND THE WORLD IN ONE CITY: IRAN AROUND THE WORLD IN ONE CITY: PERU AROUND THE WORLD IN ONE CITY: GREECE
EMPIRE PLATES OF MINE A DAY IN THE LIFE
EAT THIS BOSTON: IN THE SOUP SOMETHING BORROWED, SOMETHING BREWED


DREAM A LITTLE CREAM CHEESE


BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINATOWN


ICE CREAM


KOSHER MEAT MARKET


PIZZA DAY


Instagram Feed