It was a beautiful day and we decided to go for a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge into Manhattan. We ended up walking up Broadway for a couple of miles, popping into stores, looking at things we need to furnish our new place. Eventually I got really hungry. There was a diner across the street: Cozy Soup 'n' Burger.
"Have you ever been there?" I asked Elizabeth.
"No," she said, "but I have walked by it many times and it's usually crowded."
We decided to give it a try.
This was close to three in the afternoon and the place only had one other table in it.
The menu is extensive - any kind of sandwich you can think of and most other traditional diner dishes.
I'm getting used to the fact that lots of diet sodas I order around these parts come with lemon. I don't use it but it looks attractive.
Elizabeth wasn't nearly as hungry as I so she just got a fruit salad, which she liked.
But I was really hungry so I ordered the pastrami Reuben with potato salad. It came open-faced, smothered with cheese and letting off steam. The bread was almost too hot to touch. The served asked if I would like some Russian dressing. I hadn't thought about it but said "sure."
He brought me cole slaw, a pickle, and the dressing.
It was a really good sandwich. It wasn't a Langer's or Katz's pastrami, of course, but it wasn't claiming to be. It was just a solid diner sandwich, even better than I was expecting. The pastrami was not fatty at all and the kraut was delicious. I ate half of the sandwich and could feel myself getting full. But I wasn't going to lug the other half of the sandwich around with me. And I certainly wasn't going to leave it behind. So I ate it.
I was not a fan of the potato salad. The potatoes were too tough and the whole thing was difficult to eat. But to be honest, I didn't really care: eating the sandwich was enough of a task, and it was good enough that I didn't care about eating anything else.
Cozy Soup 'n' Burger wasn't great, but it was good. I would have no problem returning, although I imagine I never will: I'm sure there are hundreds - if not thousands - of places in the city that serve some variation of this menu and do it just as well if not better.