The beloved delis of Hoboken have sparked more than a few arguments over the years about who has the best mozzarella (or mutz, for those in the know). But while the city has an embarrassment of riches when it comes to Italian delis, a Kosher-style version has been notably absent from the food landscape.
That void is about to get filled at 832 Washington Street, as a Jersey-born business called The Pastrami House is taking over that property’s vacant storefront. We broke the news late last year that an outpost of The Brooklyn Bagelry was slated for the space, but that company has sadly gone out of business entirely.
Brooklyn Bagelry never did open in Hoboken but did manage to get signs up on the storefront that will soon be coming down, as the city’s Historic Preservation Committee approved new signage for The Pastrami House during their July 22 meeting. The latest business to try their hand at the property is still pretty new; they opened their first spot earlier this summer in the Monmouth county town of Lincroft. A profile in The Essential News mentioned an upcoming expansion to Aberdeen and Hoboken.
Per the profile, The Pastrami House was started by an owner named Nick who was born and raised in an Italian and Jewish section of Brooklyn. After learning the restaurant business from his family, he developed a bond with a local rabbi who guided him towards a passion for excellent quality food. The Pastrami House strives for an “old world” feel with their menu that focuses on sandwiches with corned beef, brisket, roast beef and more on rye bread.
Kosher-style specialties like matzo ball soup, noodle kugle, kreplach, stuffed cabbage and whitefish salad are all accounted for and a “memory lane” section of the menu includes items like a square potato knish or a reuben-style hot dog with a Hebrew National frank. Sides dishes at the restaurant include disco fries, pastrami egg rolls, mac and cheese, pickles, health salad, and several varieties of latkas like sweet potato and zucchini.
There’s also some room for sweets at The Pastrami House, as their dessert menu includes blintzes, black and white cookies, rugelach, and several cake varieties. Dr. Brown’s sodas will be featured at the restaurant, which also sells meats by the pound and sports a catering menu at their Lincroft location.
It’s not clear exactly when the Hoboken outpost of The Pastrami House will be up and running, as the business has not yet made a formal announcement or responded to our inquiry. Any news on those points could come through their Facebook page or at their Instagram account, which can be followed at the handle @pastramihousedeli.