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A Sandwich a Day: Pastrami on Onion Bialy at New York Bagel & Bialy Corporation

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[Photograph: Josh Conley]

New York Bagel & Bialy Corp. is not a deli. It's not even a restaurant. But in the rather modest storefront, they manage to cram quite a few deli staples in: black and white cookies, rugelach, knishes, egg salad, to name a few. Then there are the eponymous goods, with varieties like jalapeƱo and salt and poppy seed. And, oh yeah, they also make overstuffed sandwiches.

The meat is sliced super-thin when you order and piled high on your choice of bread. I went with pastrami on onion bialy ($6.19). The pastrami is a bit fatty (fine by me), savory, and luscious, with hints of smoke and lingering black pepper. The mustard provides some good tang, and the chewy bialy is like a safe deposit box entrusted with a fat stack of meat. Lucky for us, the key to that box will set you back less than seven dollars.

Don't they say never go to the grocery store or deli when you're hungry? I went to NYB&B for a sandwich, and came home with bagels, an excellent meat knish, a sprinkle cookie, and no regrets.

New York Bagel & Bialy Corp.

4714 West Touhy Avenue, Lincolnwood, IL 60712 (map)
847-677-9388
newyorkbagelandbialy.net

Josh Conley is single-handedly trying to re-introduce the verb beget into the everyday lexicon. He traveled to Easter Island one Christmas out of sheer irony. He excises a hefty syntax, and shamelessly promotes the color orange. His wife begat him two small children that he regularly belittles HERE.

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