LES Bites: Award-Winning Wine at Pearl & Ash, Comparing Pastrami, Death & Co. Crew at Schapiro’s

No contest: Katz's wins. Photo via Katz's Facebook page.

No contest: Katz’s wins. Photo via Katz’s Facebook page.

A round-up of neighborhood food and drink news:

  • Eater’s Robert Sietsema eats his way through three cured-meat giants of NYC and declares: “Overall, Katz’s pastrami kicks Sarge’s and Second Avenue’s ass!”
  • The basement bar at Rivington Street restaurant Schapiro’s is finally opening this month, according to Time Out New York. Helmed by a team from East Village bar Death & Co., it will be called Nitecap. (More details from the Wall Street Journal, but paywall may apply.)