Check out this Eater list with included map: https://ny.eater.com/2021/2/17/22266913/where-to-find-nyc-best-pastrami
Honestly, the best delis with outstanding pastrami *are* the tourist ones: Katz, Second Avenue, Sarge’s, the Pastrami Queen. It’s just not a big thing for most locals. I like Jewish deli food *a lot,* but I probably get it here once a year (if that), if I happen to find myself in the vicinity of one of the old warhorse delis at lunchtime and/or am with out-of-towners. (I eat more deli when I’m visiting family in Detroit than I do here.)
Not a deli, but with outrageously good (and outrageously expensive) pastrami: Hometown Barbecue in Industry City (Brooklyn). For good (not the best, but very good), reasonably-priced pastrami with a great back story: David’s Brisket House on Nostrand Av in Bed-Stuy, owned by o servant Muslims & serving a mainly Black clientele. Either of those spots would be well off the tourist track.
Edited to add - cross-posted with Aynat.Edited: 02 September 2021, 03:43
Yeah, Davids Brisket House too.
Around the corner from me is Mile End. I am actually not sure if they have pastrami, but they have some good options.
There arent very many jewish delis anymore
There is also one in the Bronx, I think near Woodlawn and another in Mill Basin Brooklyn (neither is easy access)
The one in the Bronx is called Liebermans, it was on Ayanats List
This is the Mill Basin Deli
Gotliebs in Brooklyn
Essex on Coney
Libermans Deli in The Bronx
Belive it or not there is only one Deli in Queens, Ben's Delicatessen, and its more of a small chain rather than a real Deli
#4: I like Mile End a lot, but it’s Montreal-style “smoked meat,” not pastrami.
(I’ll confess that it’s hard for me to tell the difference & I might even like smoked meat better (gasp). Also, they use superior rye bread.)
Eisenberg’s is temporarily closed by all accounts last I saw, remotely .
A Deli I really like is Sunny and Annie’s in Alphabet City. They have a huge eclectic menu . They do have pastrami .
I like to get the sandwiches that have all ingredients listed rather than build your own , in and building your own you end up paying more and getting less.
The sandwiches are really good though. Looks like they’re still open 24 hours.