In this era of Cronuts and Ramen Burgers it’s comforting to know there are still some things that are quintessentially old-school New York City foods, like the sandwiches at Katz’s Delicatessen on the Lower East Side. As I learned in “Deep Cuts,” the debut video from Season 2 of One Minute Meal Films one thing that makes Katz’s pastrami and corned beef sandwiches so special is the small platoon of cutters marshaled along the front counter.
In it Jake Dell, co-owner and manager at Katz’s Delicatessen, who grew up in and around Katz’s notes that for him “Cutting meat was always a dream,” because he’s just not adept enough with a knife. Watching him cop to his inability to be a cutter reminded me of the time I spent working at R.U.B. BBQ, relegated to the position of fry cook never to become a brisket slicer.
I have learned to embrace my role in the culinary world, that of eater. And this video made me very, very hungry. I can’t wait to see what else James Boo and what 1 Minute Meals have in store for the rest of the season.