Anthony Bourdain sitting at a bar
The Sandwich Anthony Bourdain Craved Most While Traveling Abroad
Late chef Anthony Bourdain's most missed meal while traveling was the pastrami sandwich, specifically those served at Pastrami Queen in New York.
Pastrami is smoked, salty corned beef coated in spices and served warm and tender. The sandwich symbolizes New York’s rich deli scene and Bourdain's love for authentic flavors.
The pastrami sandwich at Pastrami Queen is served on soft rye bread from the close-by Orwasher's Bakery, smeared with deli mustard, and accompanied by a half-sour pickle.
According to an interview with Variety, Bourdain said what made this sandwich so good was the "mix of fat and lean [meat]." Pastrami Queen continues to serve the iconic dish.
Bourdain’s unwavering affection for Pastrami Queen’s sandwich, which perfectly captures New York's culinary soul, symbolized his profound bond with the city's vibrant culture.