Archive for the ‘Deli’ Category
New York City is known as the “melting pot” because of all the immigrants coming here from around the world, enlivening and enriching the fabric of the city.
While NYC has cuisines from all over the world, there are still some quintessential NYC foods. One is “Jewish soul food”, or deli. That’s what’s served by Katz & Dogz.
At the top of the Jewish soul food list are pastrami and corned beef. Our personal preference has always been pastrami over corned beef. Of course, this cuisine was brought over by immigrants too, Jews from Eastern Europe. This is our heritage, and the food of our childhood, so we have a soft spot for it.
Katz & Dogs opened recently with both a food truck and a food cart, and on the side of the cart it says “The Pastrami Cart”. Who are we to turn down one of our favorite foods, a pastrami sandwich for $10.
It’s an embarrassment that it took so long for NYC to finally come up with a food truck that serves Jewish soul food. We’ve made several visits to the Canters Deli Truck in LA, but NYC is where delicatessen originated, and is the spritual home of deli.
Katz & Dogz hit the street about a month ago, but they still don’t have a twitter account, and we’ve been out of town for the past 2 weeks, so they flew under our radar for a little while.
But they are on our radar now, and will be for quite some time because we love deli!
Katz & Dogz is not kosher, they are kosher-style. For the non-Semitic, this means along with pastrami, corned beef, Hebrew National hot dogs and several types of knishes, they also serve reubens, which mix meat and cheese.
We asked whether they were affiliated with Katz’s Deli on Houston St, one of the top (if not the top), delis in NYC. They are not affiliated with Katz’s, but you wouldn’t know it from the menu.
Our first order was the Reuben Sandwich for $12, which they disturbingly call The Reuben Orgasm. Guess they’re trying to capitalize on that scene from When Harry Met Sally, which was actually filmed in Katz’s Deli.
We prefer pastrami and Russian dressing on our Reuben, although lots of people like it with corned beef and mustard.
When I was in L.A. last week, I got friendly with the guy in front of me on line at the Border Grill truck. We enjoyed talking about food and food trucks, and he asked for recommendations for when he was coming to New York in a few months. It turned out he was in L.A on business too.
If you recall, he got the ceviche cone that looked really interesting, and I asked him to let me know how it was. When he sent me a short writeup of the ceviche cone (which he loved!), his writing was colorful and fun. I asked if he would like to write a guest post for NYSF, and he was into it.
This NYSF Guest Post is from Benjy, a young guy from Detroit who I met in L.A. during lunch last week. In his own words: “I’ve always had a love for food, and I’m passionate about trying different types of cuisines, experimenting with regional and seasonal ingredients, and trying anything that any local says I “have to have” while I’m in their city.
Whenever I travel to NYC or LA, I’m inevitably told I must hunt down certain food trucks. I love the food truck movement – I love that it keeps me guessing, and that it is constantly evolving. Who knew they could prepare so many dishes so well from the back of a truck? For so long, the only truck I chased was the ice cream truck that circled my neighborhood when I was just a chubby little sugar addict looking for a fix. It’s nice to see that as my tastes have matured and grown more sophisticated, so have the food trucks.”
Benjy and his colleague went back to the same spot the next day and had lunch at the Canter’s Deli Truck. Even though I had a reuben at the Canter’s Deli truck on my trip to L.A. in January, Benjy had a different meal, and his writeup is fun to read. Click through to check out Benjy’s take on a delicious tuna melt from the Canter’s Deli Truck. (more…)
As I was heading to the airport, I was thinking about what food to get for the trip. American Airlines only has food for purchase at this point, and if I have to buy food, it won’t be airline food.
I had to leave for the airport before most of the trucks were open, but I was thinking about the wonderful Reuben sandwich I had a few nights ago from the Canter’s Deli truck. The truck might not be open yet, but Canter’s Deli is open 24 hours – and coming from Universal City, it was on my way to LAX.
So I stopped by Canter’s Deli on the way to the airport to pick up food for the plane. Looking at the menu, I didn’t think a Reuben was a good idea because of the smell of sauerkraut, so I went for the classic pastrami on rye with mustard ($11.75).