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ReubenQuest, Chapter Four: Katz’s Delicatessen

second fiddle

second fiddle

Katz’s. Katzing. Katz as Katz can. The sound of one Katz clapping. Katz, the Musical. Katzmandu. Katzooks…

A quick brainstorm of Katz-play, Katziphenelia (but not a Katzechism), most of them not worth the ink they aren’t printed on, most of them reeking of indolence. I don’t want to write Chapter Four. I don’t want to write about how Katz’s, my best hope for a Reuben to rival Canter’s, was vanquished in single combat in the arena of memory. So maybe I just won’t, maybe I’ll skip all the sordid details, the parries and thrusts, the guts hanging out, the blood. Maybe I’ll just write about what was, really, an excellent sandwich. I mean, look at the picture. It looks even better in 3D, less warped by the sag of gravity, unbitten, more evenly distributed. But no–the wounds are too new, and speak to me so. Compare them I must.

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ReubenQuest, Chapter Three: P & W Sandwich Shop

Today’s mini-adventure features yet another local venue: that place next to the Hungarian Pastry Shop that hungry Hungarian patrons sometimes go to when they don’t want to eat a pastry or walk very far: P & W sandwich shop.

Corner of Amsterdam and 111th

Corner of Amsterdam and 111th

This is going to be a pretty straightforward chapter. P & W is a great little place. They make a good, fairly affordable sandwich, which you can take next door to eat with your bottomless coffee and macaroons (all of which will cost you only about $10). The Reuben is not their best sandwich, but for Morningside you could do a lot worse.
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ReubenQuest, Chapter Two: Nussbaum & Wuben

On our last adventure, we saw just how far a Reuben could fall: the “world famous” Carnegie Deli makes an emphatically mediocre Reuben. It’s big and sour and bitter and somehow also bland — a major disappointment, given how seemingly close it is to being good and how easy it would be to make it so. Carnegie has the facilities, the resources, the connections, everything but the chutzpah to do right by the Reuben. Read the complete post »

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