Saturday, March 27, 2010
Attman's Authentic New York Delicatessen
Looking for a place to sit, we stumbled upon the main dining room (also known as Stuart Attman’s world famous kibbitz room), where the walls were replete with collections of black-and-white photos dating back to the early 1900’s, and other miscellaneous historical trinkets. It was during this enjoyable scrutinization of our surroundings that we learned Attman’s was established in 1915, and passed down through 3 family generations. If there’s anything that makes a hole-in-the-wall establishment even more appealing in my book, it’s knowing that years and years of history lie behind it.
Onto the Reuben: the corned beef here was reminiscent of some of the delis I’ve been to in NYC; flavorful and juicy, mingling perfectly with the melted swiss and sauerkraut. The Russian Dressing had a subtly tangy flavor, indulging our tastes for the sweet and salty. The sandwich size is appropriately sized for one person but if you’re looking to split with a friend, get the double or large size so you won’t be left yearning for more.
All in all, if you can look past the questionable location and take Attman’s for what it is – a historical landmark with an old school Baltimore feel – then you can better appreciate the good food and people this place has to offer. I’ll definitely be back to sample the pastrami, brisket, and side platter options, preferably with the slaw instead of the sauerkraut. And preferably before the hours of 3pm.