Tuesday, 10 November 2009

Lower East Side

The Lower East Side is rapidly becoming the next cool place. As rents in Soho and Noho become prohibitive people are moving east.

The area is a mix of the old and new, and includes institutions such as Russ & Daughters and Katz's Deli right alongside the new kids such as American Apparel, as well as a burgeoning art and gallery scene.

But we had come for the food!

Russ & Daughters - East Houston st

This deli has an impressive selection of caviar, but it's their cured salmon (lox) that they're best known for. They've been around for almost 100 years, and it feels it.
Men in white deli (lab) coats happily supply sample tastes of what is on offer.

After sampling a few it was their famous Grav Lox bagel that we went for. The fresh bagels (which are made onsite) are smeared with a generous inch of cream cheese and layers of thinly sliced Grav Lox (dill cured salmon).

Katz's Deli - East Houston st
Just down the road is the more famous Katz's Deli. The walls are testament to their reputation, and are littered with photos of the owners posing with NY mayors, Soprano's cast members and sports stars.

We couldn't go past their very well known 'Pastrami on Rye', and it was everything we'd hoped for. The pastrami is warm and is sliced thick, but is so tender that it melts in your mouth like butter.

Katz's is where Meg Ryan famously showed what a fake orgasm could sound like in When Harry Met Sally.

Perhaps she was just enjoying the pastrami?


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