Katz's deli pastrami on rye in my carry-on tote
We couldn't leave New York without trying a pastrami sandwich from Katz's Deli now, could we?
Actually, we didn't have enough days in New York to do a lot, including squeezing in a meal at Katz's. So, we dropped by the night before our flight and bought a sandwich to-go.
The place was packed!
I must say, they do have a weird ordering system: there's that thing with the ticket they hand you, then there's the separate "service" for take-out and sit-down, then there's lining up at a specific cutter. Very strange.
"Each cutter has his own line," a sign says.
So, we picked a cutter. I assume that regulars would have a favorite cutter?
Our cutter was really nice, and inadvertently posed for a photograph as I was trying to take a picture of what he was doing. ;)
JS must have been really tired or whatever, as she failed to get the meat and bread packed separately for our take-out pastrami on rye.
So, we got our sandwich and went on our merry way. For the plane ride the next day, I packed each sandwich half separately, packed the pickles separately, packed a lot of napkins for what I assume would be a messy affair, and packed more pieces of bread (just regular ol' white sandwich bread, though).
I couldn't wait for the plane ride, so I partook in some of the sandwich while waiting at the airport. That's my luggage right there.
It was a satisfying sandwich. The meat was nice and juicy, and not at all overly-salty like I feared it would be. Although, unlike JS, I don't get unusual cravings for pastrami sandwiches.
In any case, I had to stop myself from finishing all of it so I would something to eat on the plane. There's my airplane meal. That on the left in the black container? Well, that's leftover duck meat from wd-50.
This is much better fare that your standard airplane food.
Read about Chowtimes.com's visit to Katz's and view much better photographs: http://chowtimes.com/2007/12/14/new-york-katzs-delicatessen
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