Call the crash cart, stat! The Second Avenue Deli in New York City is promising its customers a coronary via its Instant Heart Attack sandwich: two latkes (deep-fried potato pancakes) packed with layers of pastrami.
The 804-calorie treat recently came under fire after the Heart Attack Grill – a Las Vegas restaurant famous for its fatty offerings, including the Quadruple Bypass Burger (which holds a Guinness World Record for its 9,982 calories) – tried to prevent The Second Avenue Deli from selling the Instant Heart Attack. But a federal judge ruled in favor of the deli, enabling me to make my way over to the Upper East Side to try this controversial cuisine.
The taste is just as decadent and satisfying as you could imagine. The sandwich towers almost as high as a soda can, wobbling with meat and potatoes. The latkes are crisp on the outside, fluffy on the inside, tasting like the world’s best french fry. Dense and stiff, they absorb the pastrami’s juices and support the sandwich better than regular bread. And the pastrami is excellent: soft and thickly sliced, with opalescent streams of fat running along the outside. Peppery with a slightly sweet edge from cloves, the meat isn’t as salty or garlic-laden as other deli pastrami. It all comes together perfectly with a spoonful of mustard.
While an 804-calorie sandwich isn’t as catastrophic for your waistline as the Heart Attack Grill's Quadruple Bypass burger, which clocks in with 12 times as many calories, it certainly will make a dent in your wallet, at $24.95. But if you’ve got a little more to spare, you can try the new Triple Bypass, which features a third latke, for $34.95.
So if you’re looking for an indulgent sandwich, this will do the trick. And the best part is that you’ll likely make it out alive, unlike some who’ve dined at the Heart Attack Grill.
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