San Diego has come a long way as a food town. We now have great variety and depth in ethnic food. We now have some great top level restaurants. What we do not have, however, is a truly great New York Deli restaurant. We do, on the other hand, have a great New York Deli Food Truck.
Reasonable minds can differ as to what makes a great New York Deli. Some will tell you it’s the atmosphere, others will tell you it’s the bread and still others will tell you it’s the location (as in “it has to be in Manhattan”). For me, it’s the quality of the meat. The right spice mixtures are not enough. You just cannot make good Pastrami from lean cuts. If you want low fat you probably shouldn’t be going New York Deli.
New York On Rye offers a wide variety of traditional deli options, from classic Pastrami, Corned Beef and Turkey sandwiches to specialty sandwiches, knishes and even a Corned Beef Hash Burrito. The homemade mustard accompanying the knish was a particularly nice and spicy touch.
But I didn’t go to New York On Rye for the knish. I went there for this:
The Grilled Reuben Sandwich, featuring their dripping, luscious Pastrami, sauerkraut, swiss cheese and Russian dressing. And while I am, indeed, something of a traditionalist when it comes to New York Deli, I must admit that I appreciated the fact that I could actually fit the sandwich in my mouth. See, I took that “never eat something bigger than your head” thing to heart. By the way, did I mention how good the meat was?
I did, didn’t I? Try it.