Midtown NYC, NY
Review by Diana
Okay, it IS rather over the top. The sandwiches could feed eight -- about 2 pounds (nearly a kg) of sliced meat piled between two pieces of rye bread (even the largest loaf would look wimpy here). Everything else is served in skimpy portions. The waiters have attitude, for sure -- some don't seem to know where to draw the line, but they enjoy the brutal brand of humor that defines the New York stereotype of a cranky waiter. But isn't a plate of perfect, crispy, tasty french fries worth that abuse??
Of course it is. It's even worth having to sit with strangers in communal tables in this cramped, busy busy busy place. They cure, smoke, bake, roast, pickle, etc. everything themselves, either on premises or in their "plant" across the river; just knowing they moved that huge quantity of meat on my plate, its no surprise this place is piled high with "appetizing." It's worth it even though I know if I order anything else, I will die mid-forkful, and my gut will actually acquire stretchmarks from trying to eat even half of it ...
It's the place Adam Sandler sang about in his original "Channukah Song," the place that gets photographed when Woody Allen needs a "typical" storefront to show, and the place to rub elbows with the famous, who are simply hungry and are willing to risk it all for a sandwich or a piece of cheesecake.
No wonder we're fat and rude? Well, duh! And if you can't see/taste that it's worth it, go and have a piece of lettuce or something ... whatever you stringy, boney people eat. I wouldn't know, nor would I think I would want to know you! (Present company excepted, of course ...)
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