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#1 omnivorette

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Posted 18 April 2005 - 04:57 PM

Yesterday we took a long walk...my goal was to end up at Black Pearl. Unfortunately, the kitchen there is closed on Sundays (they're planning to open on Sundays, but not quite yet). So rather than be miserable about it, we decided to go to Katz's and take our sandwiches to dba and eat outside. Which we did.

But Katz's, oh, Katz's. We walked in, and I immediately sized up the counter situation. I saw a guy (a slicer) I had never seen before. I'd say about 60 years old, had that old timer look. He was my man.

Waited on line, caught his twinkly eye a couple of times, heard his accent. Ukraine, I thought.

So it was my turn. We start to talk. Eyebrows had gone into lower east side mode big time. Slicer says to him, hey, I'm not selling gold and diamonds here. I laugh. Slicer says to me, in a moment I knew was coming: "redst du yidish?" (do you speak Yiddish?) We just knew. So of course then we were off to the races. Half Yiddish, half English, shmoozing, kibbitzing, talking about Katz's in the old days. His name is Peter, and he is indeed from the Ukraine (I'm good at that kinda thing). He's been at Katz's for 25 years. He's the last of the old timers.

Man oh man did we get samples. And about 10 lbs of meat on the sandwiches, I swear. We had one pastrami sandwich, and one corned beef sandwich. I had been meaning to try the corned beef for some time, so this seemed like a good opportunity. Peter said to me: "you like meat nice and juicy, right? No lean for you." Right he was.

Got a nice load of pickles - sours and news (very new - I don't like them so new, Eyebrows loves them - we are not pickle compatible). Side of coleslaw which was a big nothing. Kasha knishes there are very good - better than Yonah. Potato knish was truly bad.

Pastrami was just over the top magnificent. I liked the corned beef too - I think as corned beef goes, this is very good. But there's just nothing like that pastrami. And I love the way it's hand cut. No slice the same, nice and thick. Oooh. I wish they used better bread. I like the mustard.

I promised Peter I would come back on a weekday when he could come and sit at a table and hang out a little.

Then we went to dba. Snagged a table outside. Read the NYT and ate and drank.

Then we went poking around in the vintage shops on 9th St. I want some cute little vintage-y dresses for the summer. No luck. But why do we call them "vintage" shops - what happened to thrift stores? Or just plain second-hand?

Not a bad way to spend a Sunday afternoon.
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Posted 18 April 2005 - 05:01 PM

Note: the sandwiches are huge, and I don't just mean because we got treated so nicely by Peter. Eyebrows and I could not finish two sandwiches between us. So even though the pastrami sandwich is $12.95, it feeds two people. Add some pickles, a soda, and a knish...you're stuffed.
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Posted 18 April 2005 - 05:30 PM

I'm salivating and jealous. ;)
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Posted 18 April 2005 - 05:52 PM

And they travel really well also. Last time we were there we had to get one of the Pastrami sandwiches to go. We ate it down here in San Juan. Unbelievable stuff.
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Posted 18 April 2005 - 05:54 PM

I find that steaming it the next day gets a great re-heated result
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Posted 18 April 2005 - 06:12 PM

As I have said many times before, save some of the meat for next morning's hash.
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#7 Lippy

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Posted 18 April 2005 - 06:24 PM

I keep threatening to bring my own bread.

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Posted 18 April 2005 - 06:27 PM

You could certainly do that. I'd bring rye from Orwasher's. I think I'll do that the next time.
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Posted 18 April 2005 - 06:47 PM

Omni, a solid return from the disabled list = u came out swinging.
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Posted 18 April 2005 - 07:22 PM

Went to Katz's for the first time while in NYC a few weeks ago. We loved it! The pastrami was so hot, tender and juicy!! yum!!! We also split a sandwich but honestly my husband could have eaten one on his own.
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Posted 18 April 2005 - 07:30 PM

I find that steaming it the next day gets a great re-heated result

I agree completely. I usually bring home a 2-3 lb. slab, slice and steam per sandwich. This also allows you to use some decent bread as your handle.

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Posted 19 April 2005 - 01:46 AM

I know that guy! Peter, I mean. I'm sure he was the one who served me the last time I was there. I've liked all of my Katz's pastrami guys, but he was the best. Such a nice guy. I've never seen anyone place such importance on whether I enjoyed my sandwich. And when I paused for a second before answering his question about what kind of pickles I wanted, he just piled up a huge plate with both kinds, and threw in a pickled tomato too.

And I don't speak a word of Yiddish.

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Posted 19 April 2005 - 02:47 AM

So rather than be miserable about it, we decided to go to Katz's and take our sandwiches to dba and eat outside. Which we did.

But Katz's, oh, Katz's.

I've been having Katz cravings since I recovered from my pastrami withdrawl. You just made them even stronger.
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Posted 19 April 2005 - 02:57 AM

Road Trip! Road Trip!

er.........Taxi Trip!
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Posted 19 April 2005 - 04:03 AM

If you hail it, I will come. ;)
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