Katz's Deli, New York City

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205 E. Houston, NYC 10002 212-254-2246

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    Salamis in the front window
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    The sclicing Counter
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    Katz's Deli: Absolutely AMAZING!!

    by NancyA31 Written Jul 3, 2015

    What an experience! This was far and away the best corned beef I have ever eaten! Our experience was just as described...loud, fast paced, and SO worth it! Don't be intimidated by the way you are "herded" in and instructed how to navigate the ordering process! Each employee along the way was helpful, and answered questions easily! We also ordered a Reuben and an order of fries. Portions are huge, and the pickles are amazing! Well worth the wait!!

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    Katz's Deli: Send a Salami to Your Boy in the Army

    by travelfrosch Updated May 29, 2015

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    Katz's Deli, founded in 1888, is the New York Deli world's answer to the Hofbräuhaus -- crowded, touristy, and expensive. But, like the Hofbräuhaus, the product it serves is first-rate. Renowned for its preserved meats, particularly its pastrami, corned beef, and salami, Katz's made a name for itself in World War II because its hard salami was so resilient, it could actually be shipped to the troops. Hence the motto "send a salami to your boy in the Army" came into being. You can even ship a salami to the troops today if you want to -- check the website or ask at the counter for details.

    Lots of celebrities have visited Katz's over the years -- from Bill Clinton to Sarah Jessica Parker. Then-Vice President Al Gore even brought Russian Prime Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin over for a bite. And probably the most famous visitors were the cast of "When Harry Met Sally." Yes, this was the place where Sally (Meg Ryan) filmed her famous "yes...yes...YES!" scene. The table she sat at is labeled, in case you want to re-live the movie. Want to have what she was having? According to the website, it was the brisket.

    Favorite Dish: I had to try the pastrami on rye. I have to say it was the tenderest pastrami I had ever eaten. I washed it down with a bottle of house seltzer. The sandwich is quite large, so it can easily be shared by two people. Since I was alone, I ordered it "to go," ate half at the deli, then brought the other half home.

    When you enter the Deli, you will be greeted with a hearty "How Ya Doin'?" and handed a ticket. Whatever you do, don't lose the ticket, as this is where your bill will be totaled when you exit (lose your ticket, and you pay 50 bucks). As you order your food and drinks, hand your ticket to the server, and he/she will add the appropriate amount to your bill. Even if you don't order anything, your ticket is your exit check.

    Katz's Deli Pastrami on Rye with mustard (NOT Mayo!) Salami on Display The Slicing Counter Famous photos adorn the wall

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    Kat'z Deli: Yum Sandwhiches and Pastrami part 2

    by machomikemd Updated Sep 5, 2014

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    more pictures for my two part tip of katz deli

    this delicatessen near chinatown is a food icon in new york, famous for it's sandwiches especially the pastrami and the corned beef sandwiches and I will do a two part food tip on Katz (for more pictures). Kat'z Deli is featured many times on a lot of networks like on Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations, Chef Emeril Lagasse's The Originals and even the Hit and defunct TV Show Law And Order did a scene here and who would forget Meg Ryan's Famous Fake Orgasm with Billy Crystan in the Hit Film "When Harry Met Sally" of which the table and chair they sat is also an attraction in itself.

    The Delicatessen is 126 years old and sting packing them crowds! They have long lines practically on all hours of the day and night and you can either wait for a table where they give you a ticket number or a separate line for to go meals. Don;t lose the ticket as they will charge you additional $ 50 on your bill if you lose it!


    Opens:
    Monday - Wednesday: 8:00am - 10:45 pm
    Thursday: 8:00am-2:45am
    Friday: 8:00am - Open all night!
    Saturday: Open all day!
    Sunday: Open until 10:45pm
    Open late Thursday and all night Friday/Saturday!!

    *Take-out only for the last 15 minutes every night

    Favorite Dish: they have you classic New Yorker Sandwiches and Delis that are Kosher (no pork and scaly fishes) as the previous founders where Jewish Americans so besides the Pastrami and Corned Beef, you also have the Ashkenazi Matza Ball Soup, Potato Latzkes, Square Knish, Lox and Bagel, etc. the pastrami which is the most ordered is $ 18.45 an order, the corned beef sandwich at $ 17.45 an order and the Beef Brisket Sandwich at $ 17.45, their famous split pea soup at $ 6.45 an order, their classis seltzer sodas at $ 2.75 for a small 8 ounce bottle and a lot more.

    my friends hhmm half pastrami and corned beef menu eating

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    Kat'z Deli: Yum Sandwhiches! More Pastrami Please!

    by machomikemd Updated Sep 5, 2014

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    this delicatessen near chinatown is a food icon in new york, famous for it's sandwiches especially the pastrami and the corned beef sandwiches and I will do a two part food tip on Katz (for more pictures). Kat'z Deli is featured many times on a lot of networks like on Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations, Chef Emeril Lagasse's The Originals and even the Hit and defunct TV Show Law And Order did a scene here and who would forget Meg Ryan's Famous Fake Orgasm with Billy Crystan in the Hit Film "When Harry Met Sally" of which the table and chair they sat is also an attraction in itself.

    The Delicatessen is 126 years old and sting packing them crowds! They have long lines practically on all hours of the day and night and you can either wait for a table where they give you a ticket number or a separate line for to go meals. Don;t lose the ticket as they will charge you additional $ 50 on your bill if you lose it!


    Opens:
    Monday - Wednesday: 8:00am - 10:45 pm
    Thursday: 8:00am-2:45am
    Friday: 8:00am - Open all night!
    Saturday: Open all day!
    Sunday: Open until 10:45pm
    Open late Thursday and all night Friday/Saturday!!

    *Take-out only for the last 15 minutes every night

    Favorite Dish: they have you classic New Yorker Sandwiches and Delis that are Kosher (no pork and scaly fishes) as the previous founders where Jewish Americans so besides the Pastrami and Corned Beef, you also have the Ashkenazi Matza Ball Soup, Potato Latzkes, Square Knish, Lox and Bagel, etc. the pastrami which is the most ordered is $ 18.45 an order, the corned beef sandwich at $ 17.45 an order and the Beef Brisket Sandwich at $ 17.45, their famous split pea soup at $ 6.45 an order, their classis seltzer sodas at $ 2.75 for a small 8 ounce bottle and a lot more.

    front packed split pea soup ravioli seltzer bottle

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    Katz's Deli: Iconic New York Restaurant

    by TexasDave Written Jun 30, 2014

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    In 1888 this started as a local Deli catering to the predominately Jewish neighborhood. The neighborhood has changed but little has inside this place, except the prices, of course. There is usually a long line, try to go early or late.

    Favorite Dish: Lots of items on the menu, but stick to the Pastrami!

    Nothing has changed in decades! Salamis in the front window The sclicing Counter The exact spot from
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    Katz's Deli: Melt in my mouth harden my arteries heart attack

    by Gatorsnakebirdbugluv Updated Jan 17, 2014

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    I wanted to go here even tho I felt guilty for being attracted to what I thought might be a touristy version of my pastrami dreams. It was wonderful. The pastrami was steamy, and had the perfect amount of melt in your mouth fat bordering the meat. The homemade pickles were awesome. It's crowded, but the security guy streamlines the entry and ordering process. They let you munch on a sample while they make your sandwich. The meat is cut to serve. It has a great atmosphere. It's expensive for a sandwich, but one sandwich fed two of us to satisfaction.

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    Katz's Delicatessen: The famous Katz Deli

    by Gili_S Written Nov 10, 2012

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    This is the famous Katz's Delicatessen, one of the icon food places in Manhattan. Over 100 years old, this place is famous for its Pastrami sandwiches. It has becoming even more popular after a movie seen from Rob Reiner movie as well as being visited by some reality chef TV programs.

    Favorite Dish: Of course, I had to take the Pastrami sandwich here. Yes, I admit the Pastrami meat is EXCELLENT. The sandwich and the beer I had with it, well, I was a tourist, it was OK but I wouldn't live on it if I was living here :)

    My Pastrami sandwich

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    Katz's Deli: Probably the best sandwich on EARTH !!!!!

    by jlanza29 Written Jul 13, 2012

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    Katz's deli open since the late 1800's has been in business for a reason ... IT IS AWESOME !!!!!!! The specialty is the pastrami with mustard on rye bread !!!! Such a simple sandwich, but you will not find a better one anywhere else on EARTH ... many argue the Carnegie Deli is better, but I don't believe so .... at least here you don't get the attitude. The staff here is friendly and will let you try the meats before they make your sandwich. Be warned ... CASH ONLY ..... as you enter you are given a ticket you then walk you walk up to the counter ... BE READY TO ORDER IF YOU STEP UP ....... if not stand to the side .... prices are NYC prices so don't be shocked ... Pastrami sandwich runs $14.95 plus $2.00 for a soda plus tax, your talking $20 easy ... BUT WELL WORTH IT ... and yes this is where they filmed "Where Harry meet Sally" and Yes there is a sign that shows you were Meg Ryan sat ... be warned also, come early because if you get late, the line goes out to the street ......

    BEST on EARTH !!!!!!! Well worth the trip here !!!!!!
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    Katz's Delicatessen: Delis, Sandwiches

    by t_cims Written Oct 1, 2011

    Is a typical deli and sandwich restaurant, with excellent and high quality, and since then they have also a lot of snacks that are god.

    Also you can buy with you from their business and take home with you, very good.

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    KATZ'S DELI: A THICK cornbeef and pastrami sandwich

    by xymmot Updated May 13, 2011

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    A simple traditional deli, been there for years and I grew up 2 blocks away and was my favorite back then, 40 years ago

    Favorite Dish: The cornbeef and pastrami sandwich is to die for...I get cravings 200 miles away and when I am in NYC, I have to stop by and get my fix....I also get a hot dog too and kill two birds with one stone

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    Kat's Deli: Yummy, Juicy Pastrami Sandwich!

    by MINOSUKE Updated Aug 19, 2010

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    This must be the most well-known and the most loved pastrami sandwich in New York.
    In that scene in Meg Ryan and Billy Cristal movie, 'When Harry Met Sally', Meg Ryan ate this sandwich. I found the same sandwich as Meg was eating, even though the movie was made more than 20 years ago.
    When you enter Kat's Deli, you will soon like the lively atmosphere and good smell of pastrami and cucumber pickles.

    Favorite Dish: Of course, pastrami sandwich. The pastrami is very juicy and tasty. The black pepper has very nice smell.

    Can This Be Called A Sandwich?

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    Katz' Deli: Good matzo ball soup.

    by stevewall Written Jan 19, 2010

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    I had matzo ball soup which I thought was pretty good, a good pastrami sandwich and an excellent creamy cheesecake. My friend had a brisket sandwich. Unfortunately it was full with many tourists, but is was fun observing everyone including a guy wearing a Hell's Angle leather jacket from Switzerland!

    Favorite Dish: The matzo ball soup. Nice and big, and soft, not like my mother's small canon balls!

    This is were Harry met Sally & faked an organism Look at those salamis in the window! Harry & Sally! And surprise guest! Self captioned

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    Katz's Deli: yes, ... Yes, .... YEESSS!!!!

    by davequ Updated Oct 8, 2009

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    My fave deli for BIG pastrami or corned beef sandwiches.
    Two can get by on one sandwich they are so huge.Per the waitstaff (I agree): you shouldn't take it with you ... in other words, your sandwich is not nearly as good when reheated later, try & eat it all before you leave.Everyone has their fave NY Deli: Carnegie, 2nd Ave, etc.
    Katz is my favorite for both taste and location,
    and they stay open late (after 2am on weekends, see website). The sign out front says: - "Katz's, that's all"
    per Alan Dell the owner:
    “ This sign originated when Benny Katz hired the signmaker to make the sign,” Mr. Dell said. “The signmaker asked, ‘Well, what exactly do you want to have it say?’ and Benny said to the signmaker, ‘Katz’s, that’s all.’
    Sure enough he painted that on the sign! ”Here's a good descriptive & current NYTimes piece on the Katz experience.

    NOTE: TICKET ALERT - when you enter they give you a "theater ticket" that you must redeem when you exit ( they do this to minimize theft ). Hang on to your little yellow 'theater' admission ticket,
    or you will have some esplanin' to do w/ the security guard on the way out.

    Favorite Dish: Hot Pastrami w mustard & horseradish.
    If I shoot the moon, I start with chopped liver, a pastrami & egg salad sandwich, then cheesecake with either cherry or strawberry topping.

    About $19 bucks for a sandwich & rootbeer (that's "tableservice" - it's a couple bucks cheaper if you get it yourself at the counter and sit at a middle table)

    Probably $30+ for all the above, but it's enough for 2 and imo some of the best you'll ever eat.
    Ess gesunt!

    Here's the menu

    mmm mm  good!  copyright MGM  when harry met sally anticipationnnnn.... Oi gevalt, the horror ...   the horror

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    Kat's Deli: for pastrami fans

    by PALLINA Updated Jul 17, 2009

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    Kat's Deli is a sort of legend of the Lower East Side, became famous during WW2 with the slogan "Send a salami" because, from there, girls could send a salami directly to their boyfriend at the Army. Actually I went there in August 1999 for the first time, because the most famous scene of "When Harry met Sally" was right here. Besides, my husband felt in love with their pastrami sandwich. It is a 10-inches-tall sandwich, so full of lovely sliced meat (beef), served with gurks and mustard (but I hate both of them, I prefer a plain pastrami, it's full of flavours standing alone). In July 2009 we came back, the place mantains its atmosphere (we recognize some waiters) but found it bloody expensive. For two pastrami sandwiches and two beers, we paid 48 usd!!!! And we waited at counter, so we had not paid the service. Moreover, we were short of cash, at the main cashier credit cards are not accepted, at the 2° cashier they were out of order....I took the risk to stay there and do the washing up! A draft bier costs 6 usd and a pastrami sandwich 14,95 usd. Don't leave NYC without trying Kat's Deli pastrami, but you can find cheaper bier.

    Favorite Dish: Pastrami sandwich is a legend; thanks to VT I had read the interesting story of it, brought to US by Jewish immigration, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pastrami

    Half of a pastrami sandwich

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    Katz's Delicatessen: Sally's Orgasmic Pastrami Sandwich!

    by sneaks2210 Updated Jun 3, 2009

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    This deli circa 1888 is NYC history between two slices of rye. But before I brag about the food, let me explain the intimidating ordering process. When you first enter you will be handed a ticket while passing through a turn-style. You then head on over to the long counter and place your order. If you're ordering a sandwich, you will be given a small sample of the meat. Make sure you leave a tip in the cup and you might receive a few more slices in your sandwich. At this time the counterperson will ask for your ticket so he can write the price on it. Then slide down the counter to order drinks. When you are ready to leave, you must have your ticket when paying or they will not let you out. Now for the food. You're here for only 1 reason and that's the Pastrami on rye. Thick cut and house-cured, like no other pastrami you've ever had. The brisket and corned beef are also known for causing "orgasmic" (When Harry met Sally was filmed here) reactions. And wash it all down with a Dr. Browns Black Cherry soda.

    The Pastrami Sandwich

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