Homefront is Not Your Average Midtown Deli
Midtown is too much ground for one man to cover, so comments, suggestions and emails are always welcome. Most “discoveries” I make come from suggestions, and the comments are always a great place to see where other people are eating. Sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn’t. When I was having chest pains last week, I attributed it to my “work” here on Midtown Lunch and decided to take a salad suggestion from a commenter, only to find another lame, generic deli, not worth the walk out of my way. The next day the doctor told me there was nothing wrong with my heart, and that I probably only had the death plague that’s been circulating around New York City (she didn’t use those words exactly…) Thankfully, I didn’t have to try out any more salad suggestions.
Yesterday it worked out a little better when I checked out the Homefront Deli on 41st btw. Park+Madison, which was mentioned awhile back as a good place for a hot pastrami sandwich. Expecting a soup, sandwich and salad bar deli, I was pleasantly surprised to discover a hole in the wall sandwich place, with more similarities to Milant then Metro Cafe.
My recommended pastrami and swiss, after the jump…
The place is pretty tiny, and gets crowded fairly easily so it helps to know exactly what’s going on. If you want cold sandwiches, get on the left hand line, a difficult thing to find the end of. If you’re looking for hot sandwiches, try to weasel your way through the crowd to the back right where you order.
Based on the recommendation, I went with the hot pastrami with swiss, sauerkraut and Russian dressing on rye bread, listed on the board as a Reuben, meaning they take the whole thing and grill it to melt the cheese and get you that nice toastiness on the bread. The cool thing about the Homefront Deli is they serve up what looks like real hot pastrami and corned beef, not the cold cuts junk you find at most Midtown delis. The pastrami was not the greatest quality in the world, but for $5.40 it’s tough to complain.
The Reuben is actually one of their most expensive sandwiches (since it’s got all that extra goodness), so if you just want a regular hot pastrami or hot corned beef, it’s only going to cost you $4.95. A bacon cheeseburger is $3.95. Who cares about quality when prices are this cheap? A grilled cheese is anywhere from $2.60 to $3.45 (depending on how much meat you want piled on top of it). And fries are $2, meaning you can get a pretty substantial hot lunch for under $7, in most cases. If you are celebrating lent, they’ve got seafood options on Fridays.
Not quite good enough to be called a great pastrami sandwich, but hot enough, big enough, and cheap enough to be considered a great Midtown Lunch. Keep the suggestions coming…
- Super cheap
- Not your typical, generic Midtown deli
- Hot sandwiches appear to be made from real meat (as opposed to cold cuts pastrami and corned beef)
- Did I mention it’s pretty cheap?
- Can get pretty crowded in there
- Only a few stools on the right for people to sit at, so it’s mostly just to go
- The pastrami is a pretty low quality (i.e. you get what you pay for)
Homefront Deli, 41 E. 41st St. (btw. Mad+Park), (212) 682-0838