When it comes to New York delis, Carnegie and Katz’s get all the glory (and customers). Deservedly so, as these two restaurants consistently serve up excellent sandwiches. But several delis around town offer excellent versions of the same types of eats in far less crowded circumstances.
New Yorkers love their pastrami, as evidenced by the long lines at institutions like Katz’s and newcomers like Mile End Deli. But these restaurants do something a little different with this cured meat: they take away the sandwich.
Major Eating League’s top-ranked pro Joey Chestnut was the champion, eating 25 half-sandwiches.
The New York City staple sits on the same Lower East Side corner at East Houston and Ludlow streets since first opening for business in 1888.