A place that is well worth the trip for all you cinema buffs out there for this is the place where Sally had her famous orgasm scene at one of the tables.
A really busy but very efficient deli. You enter and pick up a blank menu ticket at the door, then its off to the counter and try to pick the shortest queue to one of the many meat cutters.
Some people have said that the ordering system is too complicated but it is really simple. I'll try and give you some tips about the rules.
1. Enter deli and pick up blank menu bill from security guards. One ticket per person. Don't loose these tickets.
2. Decide what to order before getting in the queue to one of the mnany cutters behind the counter.
3. Order at counter, e.g. Pastrami sandwich on Rye. Hand one ticket to the cutter who will scribble what you ordered by way of a number on your ticket. If ordering for two people there is no need to hand over two tickets.
4. Sit down and eat wonderful sandwich.
5. When leaving deli hand in all tickets including any blank one to the cashier, who will let you know what you owe.
See told you it was simple. If it really is too complicated then just sit yourself down at one of the table along the wall which has waitress service.
Plenty of pictures of celebrities who have been to the restaurant adorne the walls, most of whom I didn't recognise, but the atmosphere was good.
They have a promotion going now called Send a Salami to your Boy in the Army!. Unfortunatley I didn't know anyone in the army to send one to.
Favorite Dish: Make sure you're hungry when entering.
We had the pastrami on rye sandwiches (Hot Katz's Pastrami $12.45)
Enormous things, come with a plate of pickles and cucumbers.
The menu is however very extensive. A really fun place.
After some 20 yrs of not being in New York and wanting to visit the famous Katz's Deli i found the food good but a tad expensive and the ticket payment somewhat confusing but to tell you the truth i found the bathrooms revolting to say the least. For what you pay to eat there they can at least have a womans bathroom smelling nice not like a New York sewer and it makes me wonder if i was a celebrity would i have to use such a disgraceful bathroom or would i have different accomadations with status behind me either way i think they need to remodel the bathroom and at least make it comparable to the prices they charge for the food they serve. If one makes it to the bathroom prior to eating i believe they would make a dash to the front door..
Favorite Dish: The pastrami sandwich was good but high priced and a little fatty and the matzo ball soup was good too but not like grandma's and the pototoe kinish was too well done
Katz's Deli is a fabulous New York institution that dates back to 1888.
While it is not glamorous, it is one of those must go places in New York for lunch - but make sure you are hungry. Their pastrami on rye is HUGE!
Katz is also famous as being the location for "that" scene from 'When Harry Met Sally', and has also been used as a location for numerous other films.
The walls are lined with photos of the owner with the various celebrities that have dined here.
Favorite Dish: Drop by for a pastrami on rye - I like it with mustard - YUM - you won't be disappointed!!
This restaurant/deli is so special that every
time anyone from my business in Massachusetts visits relatives, they're required to bring back some freshly hand cut pastrami and a salami with mustard.
Atmosphere gets either a 10 or a 0 depending
upon your perspective. For me it's a 10, eclectic, non fuss,no tipping countermen.
However, tip the countermen and get the biggest sandwich (with samples) and a coronary attack waiting to happen. I LOVE IT!
iT'S NOT CHEAP by any means, but IT'S THE BEST.
The best advice: DO NOT EAT before going to Kat'z.
The sandwiches are huge...ok, ok maybe there are many folks that might easily finish two- still, almost all sandwiches are enough for two.
If you stood in line and ordered directly be careful not to take a sit in the tables next to the wall, those are reserved for those who ordered from the menu.
There are generally two waitresses, and they can be rude if exasperated.
Favorite Dish: Sandwiches are the best, specially the Hot Pastrami. If you still got room for dessert, try the NYCheesecake.
This is apparently where they filmed Meg's orgasm scene in When Harry Met Sally, and there are pictures of Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal on the walls. There are also letters of thanks from US presidents (Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, maybe others). The food itself was very good (I had a philly cheese steakwich) although maybe not quite as fantastic as I was expecting.
Favorite Dish: I only tried the philly cheese steakwich but this was very nice.
On New York City's Lower East Side, where Jewish pushcart peddlers once hawked their wares, is the deli to end all delis.
You don't go to Katz's Delicatessen for elegant décor. You don't go for the service. You definitely don't go if you're on a diet.
But if you're seeking authentic Jewish deli food that is truly New York, look no farther -- corned beef, pastrami, salami, and Nova Scotia Lox.
Katz's operates on an unusual system. To enter the restaurant, you pass through a turnstile and take what looks like a raffle ticket from the cashier. The food is served cafeteria-style; you stand in line and give your ticket to the cooks when you order. They'll punch the ticket and hand over your food. When you're finished, just hand your ticket to the cashier and he'll ring up the bill.
The atmosphere at Katz's Delicatessen is bright, bustling and no-nonsense.
The décor is old fashioned without being quaint: salamis hanging from the ceiling, promotional food signs (circa 1960, judging from the color scheme) and autographed pictures of celebrities. There are letters of appreciation from several U.S. Presidents who stopped by for a nosh when they were in the neighborhood. And John Glenn requested Katz's Pastrami before his ride on the Space Shuttle. A bit of trivia for movie buffs: Katz's Delicatessen is where they filmed the famous deli scene in When Harry Met Sally ("I'll have what she's having!)
Favorite Dish: Corned Beef Sandwich, Saurkraut, and Potato Knish
If you saw the movie "When Harry Met Sally", you might remember that scene in the diner. This is the diner! They have a strange system of ordering based on tickets which completly confused me. The food is reasonable though a bit over-priced. There are better and cheaper delis.
A deli since 1888, this was the strangest one I've ever been in. It's a little daunting if you've never been here before. When you walk in, you get a ticket. Then you go up to the counter which is huge. Depending on what you want, you walk up to the part of the counter that's serving that kind of food. For example, if you want a chili dog you would go to the hot dog section of the counter. If you wanted a sandwich, you would go up to a diffferent section. You have to be aggressive or else you'll be ignored. I just had Don order for us because I didn't feel like being assertive. When you order, you present your ticket so they can write a code on there for when you check-out. There seemed to be waves of people, so sometimes it can be crowded, but then it clears out between the waves. They serve stuff like "Knobel" wurst, tongue and knishes.
Favorite Dish: We split an open-faced turkey sandwich platter with french fries, cole slaw and a pickle. Don also got a chili dog. The pickle was the best I've ever had and the rest of our lunch was amazing. We had a few beers with it as well. After you're done, you take your ticket to the cashier and pay for your meal.
This is Cheap Eats. Avg. Sandwich $9.00
Favorite Dish: If you want to see a bit of old New York, head to Katz's. This is where I bring my friends from out-of-town. There is a system to ordering here. First, grab a meal ticket from the guy at the door and walk up to the long counter. Place your order, I recommend the Pastrami on Rye (all sandwiches are large enough to share). If you are not sure what to order, ask them for a sample (they will carve you a couple of slices). Also, make sure to tip them. You might receive some extra slices on your sandwich. Order a Dr. Browns Black Cherry Soda, then head to your table with a big bowl of pickles. They will mark your ticket and pay at the door when you leave. By the way, this is where the orgasm scene from When Harry Met Sally was filmed.
Love the food and the atomosphere, Katz's is worth going back to time and time again
Favorite Dish: Lean Corned beef on Rye with mustard and sour pickles and a cream soda
A very popular huge bar-restaurant specialized in Pastrami Sandwiches (Huge sandwiches, by the way).