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Pastrami Queen

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1125 Lexington Ave., New York, NY 10021 40.774292 -73.959318
nr. 78th St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-734-1500 Send to Phone

  • Cuisine: Eastern European, Kosher, Soup & Sandwich
  • Price Range: $$

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    9 out of 10


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Daily, 10am-10pm

Nearby Subway Stops

6 at 77th St.



Payment Methods

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Classic NY
  • Delivery
  • Lunch
  • Take-Out
  • Catering


  • No Alcohol


Not Accepted

Delivery Area

68th St. to 88th St., FDR Dr. to Fifth Ave.


Pastrami Queen, like the Jewish people themselves, has clung to its traditions while being uprooted time and again. Born Pastrami King in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, the deli eventually relocated to Kew Gardens, Queens, before changing gender and settling into its current cramped quarters on the Upper East Side — little more than a chrome display case, a handful of tables, and a TV on the wall to keep the solitary fresser company. Big flavors emerge from the tiny kitchen: jumbo knishes; fries showered with garlic chips; a bright, crunchy, and unusually appealing “health” salad, sweet and vinegary at once. But who are you kidding? You're not here for the salad. You're here for the pastrami. Insist on having it hand-cut, and the resultant slices are juicy, crumbly, and fiendishly good, with a satisfying balance of smoke and spice. The sandwich is further distinguished by the seeded Orwasher's rye, which is several cuts above today's deli standard.

Recommended Dishes

Pastrami sandwich, $15.95