Nobody knows beef like an old-fashioned butcher. So it shouldn't come as a surprise that one of my favorite roast beef sandwiches is made by Schatzie (with only one name he's like a butcher supermodel), in a postage stamp-sized butcher shop in Carnegie Hill (a neighborhood I like to call the upper, upper east side).
His roast beef sandwich is a model of simple beefy deliciousness. Schatzie roasts a prime top round roast until it's perfectly rare. When you order a roast beef sandwich the counterperson takes that mass of red meat goodness and slices a whole mess of it onto a piece of Orwasher's rye bread. Oh yeah, before he puts sliced beef to bread it gets a squirt of some bottled thousand island dressing. Purists and locavores may shudder, but once they take a bite all will be right in their world.
Schatzie's Prime Meats
1200 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10128 (nr. 87th Street; map) 212-410-1555
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