I think that the reason we'd never been to this 119-year-old delicatessen is the same reason a lot of locals haven't. It's such a tourist destination and, having been around so long, I didn't expect the food to live up to the hype or the prices. We nearly decided not to even go in, but wow, I'm glad I did. I was shocked. My ginormous pastrami sandwich (no condiments) was tender and tasty, it left me not only full, but full of surprise.
There are rumors that this established piece of history might be going out of business. I, and the many legions of rightly devoted fans hope not. If you haven't ventured in, worried that it can't possibly meet your expectations, I advise you to make your way down there soon and try the hand carved pastrami and matzo ball soup.