What is New York-Style Pastrami?
Introduced by Jewish Romanians in the 1800s, pastrami was originally created as a way to preserve meat before refrigeration. It is a meat product usually made from beef which is brined, partially dried, seasoned with herbs and spices, smoked and then steamed. Traditional New York pastrami usually takes the navel cut which is fatty and juicy, the best kind. It would be difficult to find a more classic New York dish than pastrami topped with spicy brown mustard, served on rye, with a side of Kosher dill pickles.
Best Pastrami in New York City
1. Katz's Delicatessen
Katz’s Delicatessen has been a New York institution since 1888. It is known for its massive pastrami sandwich, it’s fun atmosphere, and a cameo in the movie “When Harry Met Sally”. Order the pastrami on rye with Dr. Brown’s Cel-Ray soda or the egg cream to drink—it does not get more classic New York than that.