Is Katz's The Best Deli: The Debate

longlivepastramiFunnily enough, we’d just finished our pastrami on rye with coleslaw and Swiss at Langer’s Deli here in Los Angeles–where we’re taking a quick post-holiday trip to eat West Coast style–when we heard about tomorrow night’s debate at Lolita Bar: “Is Katz’s the Best Deli?”

On the pro side is Yura Dashevsky, who’s currently making a documentary on the great Lower East Side institution called “Katz’s: That’s All.” On the nay-saying side is David Sax, author of “Save the Deli”–which we had road food writers Jane and Michael Stern review in our last issue.

Sax, naturally, is a Langer’s man. And it is a good sammy, we must say–crusty, chewy bread, thick slices of hyper seasoned meat–though we think there’s room in our belly for both of em.

The event is at 8 p.m. at the bar  (266 Broome St. at Allen St.) and better still, it’s followed promptly by a field trip to Katz’s.

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Rachel Wharton is the former deputy editor of Edible Brooklyn and Edible Manhattan. She won a 2010 James Beard food journalism award, holds a master’s degree in Food Studies from New York University, and has more than 15 years of experience as a writer, editor and reporter. A North Carolina native and a former features food reporter for the New York Daily News, she edited the Edible Brooklyn cookbook and was the co-author of both Handheld Pies and DiPalo's Guide to the Essential Foods of Italy. Her work also appears in publications such as The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and Saveur.