I love deli sandwiches, I love a pastrami and/or corned beef from Katz and make sure to include the time needed to have that SoHo treat every trip to NYC. I have found a closer alternative in Stachowski's. The price is $11.99 (beats NYC) the size is way too much - my arm was getting tired as I held the sandwich. The taste - INCREDIBLE. The bread was a a dark rye, thick cut, crust was thick and chewy - yum. The mustard was great, and just enough. The pastrami - WOW - piled high, cut thick and by hand, the marbling - perfect. A disclaimer on the sandwich I had - the fat was ever present and melt in your mouth. 10 years ago I would have thought this disgusting, but my taste buds have changed, as too my waist line, and perfectly prepared meat with succulent fat is a delight to me now. If the thoughts just expressed turn you off you better not order the pastrami or ask if they can give you lean cuts.The store has one small table, so plan to eat at home or at the park down the street, or come at an odd hour and hope there is room at the table. I eat too much and know it. After 1/2 of the sandwich I could have stopped and been happy. I had no place to store the second half and to throw it away would be a grevious sin, so I pushed through. Be warned, have two people or a plan. Location is sort of out of the way - about a 10 minute walk from the DuPont Circle Metro stop on P St. The walk is needed once you have experienced the Pastrami Sandwich to beat all pastrami sandwiches. I will eagerly go back for more MEAT!
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