I'm certainly not an authority on much. Italian food, 90's Hip Hop, organizing bachelor parties and the movie "Heat", perhaps I'm an authority on, but not much else. I'm certainly not an authority on Jewish Delicatessens, but, damnit, I do know a good sandwich when I have one. And at Hobby's Deli in Newark, New Jersey, I "discovered" a classic.
I say "discovered" because I think I'm the only attorney in Northern New Jersey who only recently visited Hobby's. I heard about it, sure - most commonly during an internship at the US Attorney's Office in particular - but chalked up its praises as mere hype from the unrefined palates of attorneys. After all, what did boring lawyers know about good food? Alas, on a recent trip to the Federal Courthouse in the Brick City, I finally made my first stop to Hobby's and what a delicious experience it was.
I arrived at Hobby's thanks to the heady guidance of one of my cooler bosses at my law firm, who deemed it appropriate to extend our brief stay in Newark owing to our (his, really) victory on a bail hearing. He's also Jewish, which helped in ordering some other menu mainstays (like knish). Above you can see a white tomato, which was actually pickled; a first for me and honestly quite crisp and delicious. As advised by my waitress, a Dr. Browns root beer must be accompanied by my soon to be eaten corned beef sandwich. It was quite refreshing. L'chaim!
The Root beer came in handy when washing down the flaky, moist and substantial knish.
And there she is. A beautiful, towering, corned beef sandwich that is as tender as can be. The corned beef is pickled on the premises, and perfectly scrumptious, salty, moist, and robust. Each bite is faintly accompanied by a subtle "squish" sound, owing to the fine craftsmanship and delicate texture of the sliced meat. To dress it up a bit - and this is encouraged, I promise - I slap on some of Hobby's wonderfully spicy mustard which acts as the perfect sidekick to it all. A brilliant combination. The bread is fresh, sturdy, but not overwhelming or distracting towards the meat. Really an amazing sandwich.
My boss even introduced me to one of the owners, Marc Brummer, who could not have been friendlier and more appreciative of my enthusiastic praise of the corned beef.
Overall, the entire experience at Hobby's was more than worth it and I'll definitely be coming back. Never has a potential trip to the Federal Courthouse in Newark been so appetizing.
Overall Experience - Animal House