We went on a food tour and afterwards, the guide gave us some tips.
One of the things he said was that the line at Schwartz's Deli was always too long.
If we hit a line, he suggested we go across the street to Main Deli.
So of course, on a rainy afternoon, we did just that, the line at Schwartz's was down the block and around the corner.
So the debate among us was as follows:
If we wait on the line, we get in and it's either the best deli we've ever had, or its a disappointment. If we go across the street, we will never know, but it will either be good deli or bad deli, without the wait.
We walked over to Main and got in after a two minute wait.
I can't compare to Schwartz's, but everyone in Main seemed to be enjoying their meal (instead of getting wet in the rain). They seemed to have a more varied menu that Schwartz's.
The smoked meat sandwich was good, not exactly like NY-style corned beef or pastrami, but certainly good enough to satisfy all but the most adamant purists. Unfortunately, they do not use deli mustard, only French's Yellow Mustard, which is OK, but not best suited for real (i.e., NY Style) deli.
The wives had matzoh ball soup, which again was not up to NY standards, but good.
The poutine was good and the soda selection was interesting. Prices were reasonable.
Service was good, they didn't rush us, and the waitress told us a bit about the rivalry.
All in all, a satisfying meal.