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Davidís Brisket House
New York Times ^ | May 1, 2012 | BETSY ANDREWS

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 David’s 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 David’s only adds to the charm of its pastrami. Such personality! So hot and sweet and sassy. It’s 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 pastrami’s shtick upstages all else. If you must have morning eggs (David’s opens at 7 a.m.), the wonderfully nonkosher breakfast sandwich includes them with gooey American cheese and pastrami, but you’ll hardly notice them, the meat is so mesmerizing.

David’s 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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TOPICS: Food; Local News; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: brooklyn; newyork; pastrami

1 posted on 05/10/2012 9:02:17 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Burnt ends. MMMmmmmmm.


2 posted on 05/10/2012 9:08:42 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Do I really need a sarcasm tag? Seriously? You're that dense?)
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3 posted on 05/10/2012 9:17:44 PM PDT by PGR88
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Pastrami eh, not for me, I don’t care for flopping flab of brisket in any form or fashion.


4 posted on 05/10/2012 11:27:24 PM PDT by Sea Parrot (Nations are only truly great when it's people are struggling against all odds, growing and expanding)
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Why am I not thrilled with Yemeni Muslims in this country? /rhetorical


5 posted on 05/11/2012 1:09:46 AM PDT by PghBaldy
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“It’s 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.


6 posted on 05/11/2012 6:48:40 AM PDT by Holen1 ("Those possessed by nothing possess everything.")
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