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How to make a hot pastrami sandwich like a NYC deli

The Rachael: NYC Deli classic
The Rachael: NYC Deli classic

It the heart of NYC, a hot pastrami sandwich is a legendary staple at dozens of popular delicatessens. This flavorful classic deli meat has a huge fan base and is beloved to many city dwellers. Move outside the city, and the passion seems to fade the farther you travel away. Never fear though, you can make your own version of this deli favorite in your own kitchen like the deli pros.

The Rachael

The version of pastrami sandwich that is a favorite of this Examiner is “The Rachael”. It contains four ingredients and can be made in a matter of minutes.

The Rachael


  • 1/4 lb pastrami, thinly sliced
  • 2 slices sandwich pickles
  • 1/3 cup coleslaw
  • 2 slices of a hearty bread (we like Oatnut bread from Arnold)


  1. Pile pastrami on one slice of bread and place both slices in toaster oven to lightly toast
  2. When you take the bread out of the toaster oven, place the 2 pickles on the toasted piece of bread without the meat
  3. Put the slices of bread together and flip the sandwich so the pickles are on the bottom
  4. Take the top piece of toast off and pile on the coleslaw
  5. Replace the top piece of toast and slice
  6. Prepare to fall in love with “The Rachael”

Editor’s Notes:

  • This is the Raleigh Food Examiner’s version, so feel free to make it your own
  • You can add condiments, cheese, use other types of bread (rye is a popular choice), leave off the pickle
  • The amounts of pastrami and coleslaw are not set in stone, if you want a huge sandwich got for it!

If you have a hankering for a classic NYC sandwich and a trip to the city is not possible, this is a good version to try and make at home. Pastrami is a tasty deli meat that pairs nicely with coleslaw and pickles, so it should be fairly easy to find the ingredients locally.

Enjoy this taste of NYC and impress your friends with this easy hot pastrami sandwich.

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