Before each home game this season, ClipperBlog will run “ClipperBlog Eats,” a restaurant recommendation from its resident restaurant reviewer, Ben Mesirow. Below is today’s suggestion:
New Yorkers like to think they have best of everything: parks, skyscrapers, art, hipsters, pizza, and pastrami, among so many others. On many counts, they’re probably right—the pizza is incredible, the art lovely, the Brooklynites immaculately mustachioed—but if you’re looking to chip away at that NYC superiority complex, we’ve got two suggestions: get a pastrami sandwich at Langer’s, and then go watch the Knicks.
Believe it or not, the Macarthur Park deli serves pastrami as good as any in New York, at Katz’s or elsewhere. The Number 19 is their signature, a pastrami sandwich with coleslaw, swiss cheese, and Russian dressing, and it is outstanding, meat and sauce and cabbage and cheese all smashed together to create a drippy, rich, indulgent whole. To be honest, though, the pastrami is so perfect, salty, smoky, fatty, and tender, that to add so many toppings is almost a shame—your best bet is probably the straight up pastrami on rye, with that spectacular meat on their worthy bread, accented with just a dab of deli mustard. Langer’s simpler sandwich is pure, elemental, delicious, the perfect antidote to the precious gilded lilies that dominate the current sandwich milieu and a great answer to the NYC supremacists.
704 South Alvarado Street, Los Angeles, CA 90057; www.langersdeli.com