East End Long Island NY Lunch
Sat, 02/20/10 2:44 PM
After being out working in the cold all morning I drove past a sign one doesn't see every day around these parts that read "pastrami fresh daily".
After making a quick u-turn I stopped at the Maple Tree Deli in Riverhead NY. The place is a regular deli, serving breakfast and lunch along side a building that houses their catering operation. (http://www.mapletreebbq.com) The young man behind the counter, who told me he was the son of the owner, gave me a sample which immediately sold me. The meat was lean, very tender, and incredibly flavorful. Of couse I ordered the pastrami, which was hand cut...which I know matters to some, on rye with mustard.
I don't know of many places around here that are curing their own pastrami these days outside of NY City. Most is of the cold-cut variety and it is not good. This was tender, moist, and very good.
The bread was okay, softer than I like, but I say the same thing about Katz's rye. The meat was so good that it really deserved a bit nicer, firmer rye. I dream of a good pastrami like this served on a nice chewy Lithuanian bread like the Silver Bell bakery in Corona makes. Anyway, the sandwich was a great find, and at $5 is also an incredible bargain.
After this I went a 1/2 mile down the road to Snowflake Ice Cream also in Riverhead
As per their facebook page...the fact they have a facebook page surprised me...this weeks special was Ginger Raspberry Chip. Now I know that many ginger flavored foods have a powerful ginger taste that over powers anything, but this was nicely and subtly done. There were no whole raspberries, yet each bite had a taste of both the ginger and raspberry-chocolate chips and neither one over powered the other. Very good!
This good lunch made up for the lousy morning in the wind and cold. I plan to return to maple tree for a taste of their ribs, which also looked good.
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