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Where to Get Your Pastrami Sandwich While Carnegie is Closed

By Rosa Goldensohn | April 28, 2015 1:04pm | Updated on April 28, 2015 6:24pm
 Katz's slices their pastrami and corned beef by hand.
Katz's slices their pastrami and corned beef by hand.
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Tourists: While Carnegie Deli is closed because of gas problems, take the opportunity to do corned beef (cured, then steamed or boiled brisket) or pastrami (cured, then smoked brisket) like a local.

 Katz’s on the Lower East Side has been a New York go-to since 1888, when it opened.

“I would’ve sent people to Katz’s before Carnegie Deli,” said DNAinfo criminal justice reporter and veteran New York sandwich eater Murray Weiss.

Katz’s brags that it cures its corned beef for thirty days. The thick, fatty slices are cut by hand. A corned beef sandwich costs $17.45, pastrami $18.45.

► The Second Avenue Deli, founded in 1954, now has two locations, neither of which are on Second Avenue. But the pastrami and corned beef they sell are still classic, the thin-sliced variety. The Second Avenue Deli is strictly kosher, so don’t ask for cheese or a reuben. Sandwiches range from $17.50 to $18.50.

► If quantity is your priority, Sarge’s on Third Avenue cranks out a mountainous pastrami and corned beef special with coleslaw and Russian dressing for $19.95, and what it claims is New York’s largest sandwich, The Monster (made with corned beef, pastrami, roast beef, turkey and salami), for $41.95.

► DNAinfo editor Mathew Katz points people to David’s Brisket House at 533 Nostrand Avenue in Bed-Stuy. A regular pastrami sandwich is $10, which Katz describes as "large amounts of meat for small amounts of money.

► For a taste of Montreal, Mile End's smoked brisket sandwiches are made with natural meats and local dairy. Their cured and smoked meats and reubens are Canadian-influenced. Check out their locations in NoHo and Boerum Hill.