More than 60-year-old Jewish deli Pastrami Queen is making its way to Times Square. The popular Kosher deli known for a thick-cut, crumbly version of pastrami — and for being a go-to for the late Anthony Bourdain — will soon have an outpost at 230 West 49th St., between Broadway and Eighth Avenue.
It’s the second location for the restaurant, which had a dramatic move to Upper East Side from its longtime Queens home in 1998; a name swap to Pastrami Queen from Pastrami King accompanied the relocation.
The newest location, inside the Pearl Hotel, will serve a similar menu to the UES one: pastrami sandwiches, brisket, corned beef, chopped liver sandwiches, and other traditional Jewish deli fare. Eater critic Robert Sietsema recommends the garlic fries and potato pancakes as well, and Bourdain had often said that the deli’s version of a pastrami sandwich on rye is one of his favorite NYC meals.
Now owned by the Friedman Restaurant Group, Pastrami Queen Midtown is expected to open on November 6th. It’s part of a general expansion for Friedmans, the healthy comfort food restaurant with gluten-free options that now has five locations citywide. Next month, an Upper West Side of Friedmans will also be opening.