Serious Eats: New York
A Sandwich a Day: Pastrami at Stage Restaurant
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.
Yes, more pastrami, but this one won't cost you more than $15 for the privilege. The pastrami sandwich at Stage Restaurant, a slender breakfast and lunch counter that's as old school as they come, costs a mere $8.95. It's generous but not overstuffed, designed as lunch, not a tourist attraction.
It's a more aggressively cured pastrami than what we've encountered recently, salty and distinctly hot doggy, but it's quite tender with meltingly soft fat around the edges. The standard order comes with a thin spread of tangy mustard and better rye than Katz's and the other pastrami royalty use. Perhaps Stage's isn't the best pastrami in the city, but it is the kind of affordable, workaday sandwich that we can—and should—depend on.
128 2nd Avenue, New York, NY 10003 (map)