If this 12-minute clip, from the movie “Deli Man,” doesn’t make you hungry (and make you laugh), there’s something wrong with you. The food is wonderful, and the characters colorful. (Click on the Vimeo icon in the movie box to enlarge.)
I love delis, and, as the movie says, there just aren’t many left. My favorites in New York are the Second Avenue Deli and Katz’s, but I don’t spurn the Carnegie Deli either. The one I really want to visit is Harold’s New York Deli, in Edison, New Jersey. It’s famous for its huge portions, as are many Jewish delis. Some of the pastrami sandwiches at Harold’s look like this (btw, Harold’s has a “bread bar” where you can rectify the imbalance shown below):
Now that’s a sandwich! Like the best French bistros, Jewish delis are known for their largesse, and they’re no good if the portions aren’t copious.
Oh, and I don’t want to hear people kvetching about the portions being too big. You can always schlep the leftovers home.