Pastrami sandwiches on rye bread, a New York staple usually associated with the neon signage of Katz’s Deli. Yet if you want a more refined dining experience, Mile End is a neo-retro restaurant serving classics from the Montreal Jewish neighborhood by the same name. What started in Boerum Hill has now expanded into Manhattan, opening adjacent to Le Philosophe on the cobble-stoned Bond Street.
Recently renovated, Mile End Sandwich is a sit down restaurant with a high take-out ratio. One look at the sandwich and it’s easy to tell why. The classic Hot Pastrami Sandwich, which is cured in-house using premium butchered meats, is culinary delight in a truly simple form.
The roast beef sandwich gets a lot sloppier, but delivers on a different type of juicy beef flavor. The sandwich puts other roast beef burgers and sandwiches to shame.
The menu also features poutine, a nod to the restaurant’s Canadian heritage. I’ve always loved this bizarre mixture of fries, cheese curds and gravy. The combination isn’t as sloppy and gooey as I had hoped, but the flavor of the chicken gravy complimented the fries wonderfully.
All in all, Mile End offers top notch sandwiches without the fuss of Katz’s, something that’d definitely appeal to tourist-weary New Yorkers. Next time you find yourself stuck in line at Peel’s, consider a rich pastrami sandwich across the block.
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Mile End Sandwich
53 Bond St
New York, NY 10012