Skip to comments.Davidís Brisket House
Posted on 05/10/2012 9:02:12 PM PDT by nickcarraway
533 Nostrand Avenue (between Atlantic Avenue and Herkimer Street), Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn; (718) 789-1155.
Pastrami, baby! whooped a dreadlocked diner recently at Davids Brisket House. As salaam alaikum, pastrami!
This Bedford-Stuyvesant institution inspires vocal exuberance, the subtext of which seems to be: Thank goodness for Brooklyn, where Yemeni Muslim guys serve exemplary Jewish deli sandwiches to a predominantly African-American crowd.
The cultural mashup of Davids only adds to the charm of its pastrami. Such personality! So hot and sweet and sassy. Its irresistible piled on rye with spicy brown mustard, or even with mayonnaise, as some here prefer (all beef sandwiches are $6 for small, $9 for medium, $12 for large). Layers of ruddy, tender slices hide streaks of fat, to be mined like unctuous gold as you eat.
The pastramis shtick upstages all else. If you must have morning eggs (Davids opens at 7 a.m.), the wonderfully nonkosher breakfast sandwich includes them with gooey American cheese and pastrami, but youll hardly notice them, the meat is so mesmerizing.
Davids brisket is the dark, handsome, silent type; it lures you in with its deep, warm manner. Moist and mightily beefy, seasoned simply and cooked low and slow, it offers just the right amount of chew. It lends gravitas to a combo sandwich with the pastrami ($15). But no one really needs a duet this outsize; get the brisket solo on a roll with luscious gravy on the side, and savor its swarthy torch-song flavor.
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Burnt ends. MMMmmmmmm.
Pastrami eh, not for me, I don’t care for flopping flab of brisket in any form or fashion.
Why am I not thrilled with Yemeni Muslims in this country? /rhetorical
“Its irresistible piled on rye with spicy brown mustard, or even with mayonnaise...”
Mayonnaise? Blasphemy. Any self respecting Jew would kick you out for ordering that. D*mn muslims can even screw up pastrami.
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