I prefer pastrami over corned beef, but I wanted to try both — so I got half and half. I then asked the cutter to make it into quarters. I knew I couldn’t finish the entire sandwich, so I ate half of both and left the rest for a tasty in-flight meal later in the evening.
Katz’s Deli, located on the Lower East Side, was far from my other tourist destinations. However, with the Tenement Museum nearby, I planned on visiting both. While a museum tour wasn’t in the cards, experiencing the Katz’s sandwich was worth the trek. In conclusion, both types of meat were excellent, but I still prefer pastrami.
The NYC Deli has much in common, spiritually, with Texas Barbecue. Both are down-home comfort food with a meat-oriented menu. It’s hard for me to decide which I like better. My usual pick in Austin is Black’s BBQ which opened in 1932 — Texas’ oldest BBQ joint owned by the same family. It doesn’t have quite the history of Katz’s, but both are legendary places.
I’m far from a foodie but I can get into comfort food. The beauty of travel is to experience the tastiest from each city. I doubt a pastrami sandwich in Austin can top Katz’s Deli in New York. On the other hand, I suspect New York can’t match the tasty barbecue in Austin.
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