Loeb’s NY Deli is located at 1712 I St NW. As a Long Islander who often describes himself as Episcopalian by religion but deeply influenced by Jewish culture, I have exacting standards for the New York Jewish classics like pastrami, knishes, matzoh ball soup, bagels with lox and shmear, etc. Given the bold claim to be a New York deli and the tacky Statue of Liberty logo, I was skeptical of Loeb’s when I first walked in. But my hot pastrami sandwich on rye was everything it was supposed to be and did not disappoint. It was thick, warm and flavorful. I also ordered a knish which was pretty decent. I was pretty impressed with the menu as a whole; they had an extensive list of sandwiches that all sounded great, matzoh ball soup, chopped liver, latkes and even a dessert kugel (obviously there are a lot more items that I need to try there). I was a bit surprised to not see any ruggalah or black and white cookies, but I can go to Baked by Yael for those anyway. All in all a solid spot for lunch downtown, especially if you crave food from the tribe. B’tayavon!