A Sandwich a Day: Pastrami and Corned Beef Sandwiches from Liebman's Deli
In this great city of ours, one could eat a different sandwich every day of the year—so that's what we'll do. Here's A Sandwich a Day, our daily look at sandwiches around New York. Got a sandwich we should check out? Let us know. —The Mgmt.
Once upon a time, every borough of New York must have had an awful lot more places like Liebman's Deli, up in Riverdale in the Bronx. It can't have changed much since it opened in 1953, and it's probably fair to say that it's clientele hasn't changed much either—the average age of the patrons seemed to be about 75 (and that's after you include me pulling down the numbers).
And while the sandwiches may not be anything new, they're everything you'd want from a corner deli. Pastrami and corned beef are actually made in-house, and those meats are sliced thinly and stacked on rye for softball-sized sandwiches a normal human could actually finish—on both counts, unlike at ninety-five percent of delis in New York. The pastrami could be a bit smokier; the rye bread could taste a bit more like rye, rather than a loaf of essentially white bread that may have been sitting near some rye. Regardless, they're classic, tasty sandwiches—and a trip back in time.
552 West 235th St, Bronx NY 10463 (map)