5 Chowhound Go-To Spots for Corned Beef in NY

No two ways to slice it: New York is a pastrami town. When local Chowhounds talk cured meats, corned beef is a little-mentioned afterthought. But among omnicarnivorous 'hounds, the conversation occasionally drifts to that other deli meat. Here, in alphabetical order, are five of their favorite places to get it:

1. BUTCHER BLOCK
43-46 41st Street (near Queens Boulevard), Sunnyside, Queens
718-784-1078

Hearty corned beef and cabbage is served for takeout on Thursdays—and every St. Patrick's Day, naturally—at this grocery and butcher shop, which anchors a lively but shrinking Irish neighborhood.

2. DAVID'S BRISKET HOUSE
533 Nostrand Avenue (between Atlantic Avenue and Herkimer Street), Brooklyn
718-789-1155

Alongside its better-known pastrami and brisket, this Bed-Stuy destination (and its Bay Ridge spin-off) offers first-rate corned beef. It's an only-in–New York success story: Jewish-style deli, mastered by Yemeni Muslims.

3. KATZ'S DELICATESSEN
205 E. Houston Street (at Ludlow Street), Manhattan
212-254-2246

New Yorkers' best-loved destination for pastrami also scores big with its corned beef, dry-cured in-house. One 'hound suggests supplementing the free pickles with tangy brined tomatoes.

4. LIEBMAN'S KOSHER DELICATESSEN
552 W. 235th Street (between Johnson and Oxford avenues), Bronx
718-548-4534

Established six decades ago when the Bronx had a hundred Jewish delis, this Riverdale survivor is now one of just a couple, still taking care of business with house-made corned beef and a neighborly vibe.

5. SARGE'S DELICATESSEN
548 Third Avenue (between E. 36th and 37th streets), Manhattan
212-679-0442

Order is restored in New York's deli universe with the return of this half-century-old landmark, which just reopened 15 months after a ruinous fire. Its house-cured corned beef is once again served 24/7, piled high in sandwiches or griddled in great, chunky hash.

Photo from David's Brisket House / Facebook