On Oct. 4th, 2008, I suggested to my sis that we stop here, as it was sort of on the way to Newark Aiport (I was flying off for my 2 week L.A./Vegas romp)...
It's modeled after Katz's deli in NYC
Here's my half PASTRAMI/half BRISKET sandwich
Anybody's mouth watering yet? I bet YOURS is, BAAH BEN !! Mine is, as it's been 3 weeks since I've had that sandwich! ( I'm in "pastrami withdrawal" mode now!)
IRVING'S DELI, Livingston, NJ... on Route 10, in Toys R Us center
There is also an Office Depot in that shopping center, 575 Route 10 E
..(website is going thru renovation
Mapquest for directions; from the Garden State Parkway, one would take Exit 145 for Route 280 West; it's about 8 miles or so from there
in north Jersey , about 40 minutes west of NYC (traffic permitting)
Here's another view of my PASTRAMI/BRISKET combo; I spread out the pastrami meat a little nicer for you guys; thick, hand cut, a la Katz's.
Of course, we gave the counterman a few bucks to reward him for the little meat samples he was giving us .
The owners are Mark and his cousin, who grew up across the street from each other in Paramus, NJ. "Irving" is just folklore, there is really no Irving. Irving's has been open a year, and this is their first restaurant venture.... (KUDOS guys! Great job!)
Choice of ordering at the counter, or getting waiter service.
We did the counter thing, but still left a decent tip at the table, for whoever got stuck cleaning up all our mess!
Interior of IRVING'S DELI; we sat in the self service area
The owners seems to take a real liking to us, bringing us tons of samples to the table!!! (and these were NO sample sized, either!)
It was quite flattering, and almost embarrassing, cause we noticed the other tables nearby were barely getting anything.
This was not even everything! As they next came by with SWEET POTATO LATKES, and little "PIGS in BLANKET" hot dogs. (with a brand "made special for Irving's)
It was nice to see that IRVING'S supports local north Jersey businesses, as you can see from the BOYLAN'S SODA fountain.
Boylan's Soda, Moonachie, NJ.... first time I've ever seen it in soda fountain form... it's like the Dr. Brown's brand.
For starters, I had my camera out, so the owners may have wanted to make a good impression on us.
That's what I thought at first; but then I was asked "How can I reach you?", (I gave him my "e-mail" card) and he joked about looking for me in the AC Casinos.
I think they just geniunely liked us! Never got treated better!
And my SIS was VERY skeptical at first, as she is such a tough pastrami critic (like I am)
But from the moment we parked the car (and she saw other cars there, etc)to the moment she went "MMMMM" when she had the first gratis pastrami slice, up till the final moment when we left, she was totally convinced!
Irving's was the REAL THING!!!!
I was so glad to see sis enjoying her sandwich! That means even more to me than whether I enjoy mine!
And BTW, I loved the pastrami.
I liked the brisket; it was a tad dry in spots; good overall..
This was all at 3 pm. I flew out to L.A. right after this meal.
My plane landed at 9:30 pm...(it would have been 12:30 am EST)
I was still SO STUFFED!!!!!
I had to scrap my original plans of having some beef ribs from Baby Blues BBQ in Venice for a late night meal.
Irving's is a great place to go before a long airplane flight, or before a prison sentence! It's a great "final supper"!!