Manhattan’s Murray Hill has regained a neighborhood institution, and the city once again has pastrami 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Sarge’s Deli reopened last week after a 15 month closure due to a grease fire.
“I wanted everything to stay the same,” said owner Andrew Wengrover. This was no easy task, as the fire claimed everything except the deli’s signature framed photographs of celebrity customers, and Tiffany-style lampshades. The building had to be completely gutted, but the new Sarge’s stays true to the old.
Wengrover is the great-grandson of the original “Sarge,” Abe Katz, who was in fact in the NYPD.
Sarge’s is one of the last delis in New York to house cure their pastrami. And according to Eater NY, it is the only 24-hour Jewish-style deli in the city. (Katz’s is open from Friday morning to Sunday night, but closes on weeknights.)
Located at 548 Third Ave (between 36th and 37th streets), Sarge’s reopened just in time to celebrate its 50th anniversary.