Pastrami N Friends A Great
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Walking into the door of Pastrami N Friends in Commack was
like any other deli, from the outside. But as soon as you
enter, youre thrown into a whole other time, resembling
decades before the new millennium in a quaint restaurant that
makes you feel youre at home.
Time traveling never seemed so easy. With the friendly faces
behind the deli counter, the waiters coming over to the table
to see how everything is, being able to shred the thin slices
of tender meats without a knife and sitting back in your chair
to take in the walls adorned with art, it certainly is unlike
any other deli. What makes it even more unique is its 100-percent
Kosher meals, which are under rabbinical supervision, and
its 100-percent Italian owner, Ernie.
Dont let the fact that he is Italian fool you. Ernie
grew up working in Kosher delis and knows where to get top-quality
eats for his store.
We started off with a Chicken Matzo Ball soup ( $5.29 for
a bowl) and a fried knish ($3.29). The soup was delicious,
and the matzo ball completely absorbed the broth, making it
a light but perfect start. The knish was wonderfully fried,
stuffed heartily with soft but firm potato.
Then we went for the real meat of the menu, literally
the famous hot pastrami sandwich ($9.79), which was rated
the No. 1 pastrami in Long Island. The pastrami was incredible,
tender, with a tasty spice, and piled high certainly
understandable why it was voted first-place.
And whats pastrami without its friends? We went for
the hot corned beef sandwich ($9.79) and the Brisket Special
($15.99), which comes with gravy, potato pancake, apple sauce
and vegetables. The corned beef was tender and fell apart
in our mouths way too good not to try. The brisket,
also tender, was moist and tummy warming, in a thin gravy
that was rich without being thick. The accompanying potato
pancake was crispy and crunchy, a wonderful side to the entrée.
While we were completely satisfied with what we had, there
were other options on the menu we wouldnt mind trying
next time, such as the Sesame Chicken in a Basket ($14.99)
with a choice of potato or cole slaw, and the Hungarian Goulash
($16.49), which is lean, tender beef over noodles with vegetables.
Under the Noshes part of the menu were Hush Puppies
($5.59) and Stuffed Derma ($7.99). The menu features hot and
cold sandwiches, deli platters, over-stuffed combination sandwiches,
wraps and burgers too.
To finish off a great meal, we tried rugelach ($4.99), pastries
layered with fruit or chocolate and rolled. We couldnt
keep our forks off the chocolate, and the warm raspberry one
made our mouths water.
Once we heard Ernies story we were not surprised by
how much we enjoyed our meal. The owner grew up in Brooklyn
and stays true to his family traditions. With recipes that
were added to but not changed completely, he was able to construct
a menu with home values that satisfies stomachs. The knishes
come from Brooklyn, and the cole slaw, which is served at
the beginning of every meal with a bucket of pickles, and
the cookies are homemade.
Ernie bought the restaurant in 1975 in Commack, encouraged
by the presence of local synagogues in the area. After working
in a Kosher deli near his hometown of Flatbush, the owner
came here and has stayed ever since, wanting to make Pastrami
N Friends a family store.
Just like the sign in the restaurant says Good
food, good times, good friends.
Pastrami N Friends
110A Commack Rd
Atmosphere: Casual, family friendly
Cuisine: Kosher deli
Price range: Inexpensive-moderate