CROWN HEIGHTS — There's the beef!
"Their food is unique," Willis said of the shop, which stuffs its sandwiches with his humanely-raised pastrami and bacon. "It’s a neighborhood sandwich shop, a one-of-a-kind place."
Willis would know. Niman Ranch supplies chains like Whole Foods and Chipotle, as well as Zagat-rated restaurants like Porchetta in the East Village, but few shops look or feel quite like Taste Buds.
"[Before Taste Buds] you had to be on a date to go into the restaurants that were on Franklin — I saw a void that needed to be filled for on the go, quick," said co-owner Kevin Phillip. "People are rushing to work, they rush in and get a breakfast sandwich."
The pace was decidedly slower on Monday, as patrons lingered among the plates of pastrami and bacon, egg and cheese. While the six-month-old eatery may be best known for its speedy service and homemade biscuits, the free Presidents Day tasting gave diners a chance to stop and savor the stuff.
"Niman Ranch is a very high-end thing, so it’s a little risky for a little hole in the wall to pick a product like that," said Jan Weber, wife of co-owner Michael Fink and a longtime Niman fan.
"When they decided to do this venture, I said please consider this, because Niman is the real deal and the product is delicious."