Grab your fur hats and muskets, the Quebecois are coming! First they brought their delicious smoked meat sandwiches to Brooklyn through L Mag favorite Mile End. Then they invaded Queens with their foie gras-tastic creations at the sublime M. Wells. Now, they’ve entered their third borough with Vic’s Bagel Bar, owned by Montreal transplant Vic Glazer. The restaurant, located on 3rd Avenue and 36th Street, will be serving smoked meat, smoked beef salami and smoked turkey delivered straight from Montreal. I for one welcome our new Canadian overlords.
Montreal is one of my favorite cities; I’ve visited almost every year since I moved to New York five years ago. It’s a wonderfully friendly city with a great music scene and gut-busting food scene of epic proportions. When your night ends with late-night poutine (that would be fries covered with gravy and cheese curds) at Patati Patata and starts with a smoked meat sandwich at Schwartz’s, you know you’ve had a good trip.
In case you were wondering, smoked meat is similar to New York’s own pastrami, except it’s a bit fattier and more loosely constructed with a thicker peppery crust on it. The always erudite Robert Sietsema looks at how Montreal chefs are infiltrating our top restaurants, including Gabe Stulman’s new spot Fedora. Don’t resist, New Yorkers. It looks like the Quebecois are here to stay.
Below: A poorly shot video I took at Schwartz’s in Montreal while hung-over set to the Arcade Fire. Enjoy!