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A Pastrami Break and an Adventure Postponed

Today’s taxi adventure has been pushed back due to snow, wind and slush.

In the meantime, I wanted to share the gastronomic highlight of a weekend behind the wheel of a yellow cab: the pastrami sandwich at 2nd Ave Deli.

While not exactly a cabbie-friendly eating spot (the nearest taxi stand is a 7-minute walk away at 28th and Lex and most dishes are priced over my $10 limit), it’s a good place to pause when the streets are dead and you’re craving some only-in-New-York flavor.

At 11am on Sunday, the place was teeming with brunching New Yorkers and tourists who’d heard about the Jewish deli’s legendary status.

Within minutes of placing my order, I was face to face with a pile of pastrami on rye, a bowl of vinegar-based coleslaw, and a few sour pickles.

Though the pastrami wasn’t as thinly sliced or heavily peppered as the version my grandpa used to make at Eash Deli & Meats in southern California – and though the airy rye fell apart as I ate – it was still delicious.

And when I added some of 2nd Ave Deli’s mustard – a cross between deli and Dijon that they make in house – the sandwich was downright irresistible. (I thought I’d eat half and take the rest to go, but I sat there and devoured the entire thing.)

About an hour later, I picked up a couple from Columbus, Ohio at the Museum of Natural History who asked me if I knew of any good places to eat.

“As a matter of fact, I just ate an amazing pastrami sandwich at 2nd Ave Deli,” I told them.

“Could you take us there?”

Sure I could. But as we traveled south on Broadway, I pointed out Bar Boulud, which was recently voted the best place to eat foie gras in New York by The Village Voice.

They looked at each other and asked me to stop, which I did, of course, but only after urging them not to leave the city without trying the pastrami.

2nd Ave Deli
162 E. 33rd St. (near 3rd Ave) – Murray Hill
Tel. 212-677-0606
Open: 7 days, 7am-12am
Credit cards accepted

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