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Taster's Cherce

Deep in the heart of hipster Brooklyn you will find the Mile End Deli–Montreal Pastrami, go figure. I’ve heard mixed things about the place but I had one of their pastrami-on-rye sandwiches and thought it crazy tasty. Well worth the trip, man.

[Photo Credit: Smooth Dude]


1 Sliced Bread   ~  Dec 29, 2010 12:17 pm

what's the Montreal angle? I take it the owner is from there, but is there something unique about a Montreal style sandwich? Special mustard, Frenchy bread?
Just askin. Looks like a fine one though.

2 Alex Belth   ~  Dec 29, 2010 12:50 pm

No, I couldn't tell. There was some fat hanging off the edges of the pastrami but otherwise it was moist and very savory. They put the mustard on the sandwich for you. It had a smoky flavor so maybe that'st he catch.

3 Chyll Will   ~  Dec 29, 2010 1:00 pm

It's the hipster angle that kinda takes the appeal out of it for me.

4 Jon DeRosa   ~  Dec 29, 2010 1:12 pm
5 Jon DeRosa   ~  Dec 29, 2010 1:13 pm

[1] I was lucky enough to have a tour of Montreal with some locals a few years ago and we had Smoked Meat 3 or 4 times. It's tremendous.

6 Alex Belth   ~  Dec 29, 2010 1:27 pm

3) I took a sandwich to go on the way to see "True Grit" at BAM. So the Hipsterness didn't bother me.

7 Chyll Will   ~  Dec 29, 2010 1:54 pm

[6] You still got it on you, eww! >;)

8 Alex Belth   ~  Dec 29, 2010 2:02 pm

7) You are a worse anti snob snob than even me! LOL

9 Chyll Will   ~  Dec 29, 2010 2:17 pm

[8] Hey now! XD

10 Sliced Bread   ~  Dec 29, 2010 2:42 pm

[5] ah ha. smoked meat. or as we call it in the Bronx, a Javy Vazquez fastball, which is not nearly as appealing when it's being served by your team.

thanks for sharing the Montreal food secret.

11 Yankee Mama   ~  Dec 29, 2010 3:01 pm

A Quebecoise friend of mine who lives here told me that I simply had to go there. She said it was the real deal. Is it near Flatbush? How was True Grit? Looks to die for.

12 Yankee Mama   ~  Dec 29, 2010 3:04 pm

I noticed that they have Montreal bagels. Those are the best! And this coming from a New Yorker.

13 Alex Belth   ~  Dec 29, 2010 3:36 pm

I liked TRUE GRIT. It was funny, well-crafted all around. Bridges really chews up the scenery but it wasn't out of line with the character. I didn't think it was inspired though. Didn't like some of the set design, a blue screen montage near the end was distracting and the girl, who was very good, just wasn't as remorseless as she was in the book.

Solid B, B+ in my book.

14 Jay Jaffe   ~  Dec 29, 2010 4:44 pm

I live about 5-10 minutes from Mile End and grab a sandwich there once in awhile. The smoked meat is definitely good, but for the fatty food and fatty price, I'd still rather take the trek to the Lower East Side and go to Katz's.

15 Chyll Will   ~  Dec 29, 2010 6:36 pm

[14] Agreed. In fact, you just gave me my inspiration for dinner! (not that I'm planning on schlepping there from Westchester Cty in chest-high snow, but I can do a mean imitation...)

16 The Mick536   ~  Dec 30, 2010 12:20 pm

[12] As much as I hate quoting Johnny Mac, "you cannnnotttt be serious."The only reason I eat them is that Burlington bagels aren't as good. As for Montreal, not NY, but it is only a short drive. Great Chinatown. Smoked meats. Terrific Jewish food. Try Papa Ernies after a trip to the Jewish Museum. My favorite overall-Toque. Very expensive. Try the tasting menu.

[13] I recommend a second look. I am going back. I think the acting was terrific. Music among their best. Photography reminded me of early 50's westerns. Elmer Bernstien could have done this one also. Read Stanley Fish in NYT. Wuite informative.

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