A Pretzel, Pastrami, Pickles and Poverty Pete
There are still a number of Roadfooders I have yet to meet and with whom I can share a meal or two and some good times. I was able to meet up with and hunker down for some tasty sandwiches at Katz's Delicatessen in NYC with the elusive Poverty Pete
last month! We had tried to meet a couple of times before but the schedules just never synched up. He texted me that he would be in town to work with Dolly Parton and that he had some down time so we made plans to grab dinner at a NYC institution that just gets better for me on each visit. PP tested me that he was running a bit behind which gave me some extra time to take a quick walk up to St. Mark's Place and 2nd Avenue to grab a chocolate egg cream at Gem Spa
. The sun was just setting and it was a beautiful night for a stroll.
While some might say I'm "Body by Egg Cream" I haven't drank enough of them to say Gem Spa's is the best but I do go out of my way sometimes to come here and it's one of those drinks (when mixed properly (and Gem Spa does!)) that truly satisfies.
I think Gem Spa is one of the few places left that still put a pretzel rod in their egg creams. From what I understand from some of the older New Yorkers I know, this was pretty common back in the heyday of soda fountains but I could never get an answer as to why they did it. Nonetheless, the salty rod definitely pairs nicely with the sweet drink. Exactly what I was looking for.
Pretty soon, PP arrived for his close-up outside Katz's.
Fortunately for us, it was a slow night and we only had to wait a few minutes to order at the counter.
PP went with a chopped liver sandwich (for the road) and a hard salami sandwich. They gave us a few slices to taste and it was like a milder pepperoni. They serve it cold on the sandwich but I think if I ever order one I'll ask if they can heat and crisp it up a bit on the flat-top.
Hard salami. I'll leave it up to Poverty Pete to weigh in on both of these sandwiches.
I went for a pastrami reuben. From this pic I can't tell if there is swiss cheese on it or not but I think I remember it being there. I cut off a hunk for PP and then I proceeded to make short work of it. A messy sandwich but a joy to eat.
And the obligatory pickles in between meaty bites. PP, I'm so glad we were finally able to meet and have a meal at one of my favorite spots. I'll show you around to some other great eats when next you're in town. I hope to one day make it to your fine state as I have yet to make it there and I KNOW there is some excellent food to be had in Nashville!
Do you have a boy in the army?
And a bus stop billboard for a film about a Big Apple love story. Classic. PP
, I'm so glad we were finally able to meet and have a meal at one of my favorite spots. I'll show you around to some other great eats when next you're in town. I hope to one day make it to your fine state as I have yet to make it there and I KNOW there is some excellent food to be had in Nashville!
"Eating is an adventure, enjoy the ride!" - billyboy, 2014
1.) Gem Spa
131 2nd Avenue (btw. 7th Street & St. Mark's Place)
New York, NY 10003
2.) Katz's Delicatessen
205 East Houston Street
New York, NY 10002
post edited by billyboy - 2014/06/16 21:39:28