In New York, it only after sinking into two thin slices of caraway-studded rye bread stuffed with silky red ribbons of fragrant cured beef, is your day made. Say hello to New York’s Signature Pastrami sandwich. The Pastrami style of a cooking was brought to New York in the late 1800s by Romanian Jews. The idea was to take whatever meat was available easily, press it with salt, flavour it with ample amounts of spices, then smoke and steam it to its tender perfection. The standard pastrami on rye combination is readily available in more delis. This complex cooking style is not just popular amongst the Jews.