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Katz's Deli Tips (46)

Katz's Deli: NYC's most famous deli

Katz's Deli was located just down the street from our hotel and since we arrived rather late, it seemed like the perfect place to go to grab a quick something to eat before calling it a night. Established in 1888, what first made this Jewish delicatessen famous were its delicious pastrami sandwiches. It also acquired quite a bit of notoriety after it was featured in a rather unforgettable scene of the 1989 movie "When Harry Met Sally". When you walk in, you are given a blank ticket that you must present when you order at the counter. They'll write your order on it, and you pay as you exit. And while it might seem expensive to pay $20 for a sandwich, you should know that it's big enough to feed at least two people so don't hesitate to share one (that's what we did, and we didn't quite manage to eat it all!). The staff is very friendly and quite used to see tourists waltzing in, not quite knowing what to do - they'll make sure to make you feel welcome and they'll be happy to explain how the whole thing works. Before you leave, take a few minutes to look at the celebrity pictures on the wall, you'll see that eveyone who's anyone has eaten at Katz's, from rock stars to Hollywood actors, and well-known athletes to American presidents!

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Jefie
Jun 24, 2016

Katz's Deli: Absolutely AMAZING!!

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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NancyA31
Jul 03, 2015

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

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.

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travelfrosch
May 29, 2015

Kat'z Deli: Yum Sandwhiches and Pastrami part 2

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.

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Sep 05, 2014
 
 
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Kat'z Deli: Yum Sandwhiches! More Pastrami Please!

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.

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machomikemd
Sep 05, 2014

Katz's Deli: Iconic New York Restaurant

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!

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TexasDave
Jun 30, 2014

Katz's Deli: Melt in my mouth harden my arteries heart attack

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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Gatorsnakebirdbugluv
Jan 17, 2014

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

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 ......

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Katz's Delicatessen: Delis, Sandwiches

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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t_cims
Oct 01, 2011

KATZ'S DELI: A THICK cornbeef and pastrami sandwich

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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xymmot
May 13, 2011

Kat's Deli: Yummy, Juicy Pastrami Sandwich!

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.

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MINOSUKE
Aug 19, 2010

Katz' Deli: Good matzo ball soup.

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!

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Jan 19, 2010

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Getting to Katz's Deli

Address

205 E. Houston, NYC 10002

Hours

  • Sunday 12:00 to 22:45
  • Monday 08:00 to 22:45
  • Tuesday 08:00 to 22:45
  • Wednesday 08:00 to 22:45
  • Thursday 08:00 to 02:45
  • Friday 08:00 to 23:59
  • Saturday 00:00 to 23:59

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