Fine & Schapiro, the classic Jewish deli at 138 West 72nd Street, closed just before the Covid-19 crisis hit after 93 years. But it’s being replaced by another spot famous for classic Jewish food — pastrami sandwiches.
Pastrami Queen, a highly rated sandwich shop located on the Upper East Side, is planning to open a new restaurant in the former Fine & Schapiro spot. Pastrami Queen has been around since 1956 and has been praised by such luminaries as Anthony Bourdain. It started in Queens before moving to Lexington Avenue.
The restaurant’s website has a Bourdain quote that is actually making us hungry right now:
“The first thing I get when I’m back in New York is a pastrami sandwich. Pastrami Queen is a really good pastrami sandwich — if not the best, among the very best. Just a good, nice mix of fat and lean. It’s the real deal, served warm on fresh, soft rye bread with the right kind of mustard. Good pickles. And they deliver — very happy with that. I get a cream soda. It’s a quintessential New York meal for me.”
We;ve reached out to them to find out when they’re opening, and will update the site when we hear back.
Thanks to Zen Medica, Karen and Elke for the tips.