Meat your maker

Three real-deal delicatessens worth hitting before they die.

Ben’s Best

Pastrami purists swear by Ben’s bespoke barrel-cured beef (a stacked sandwich will set you back $8.95—not bad for certified kosher). 96-40 Queens Blvd at 63rd Rd, Rego Park, Queens (718-897-1700)

Mill Basin Kosher Deli

This quintessential deli has an outdoor garden and steaming corned-beef pastrami ($9.75 for a sandwich). 5823 Ave T at 58th St, Mill Basin, Brooklyn (718-241-4910)

Sarge’s Deli & Restaurant

Sarge’s cures its own pastrami on the premises, and it serves overstuffed sandwiches (a triple-decker costs $12.95) round the clock. 548 Third Ave between 36th and 37th Sts (212-679-0442)