This old New York City icon is so famous, it's reputation far precedes it.
Founded in 1888, Katz's was featured in movies, television, radio and countless social media mentions, so there is no chance to stumble upon this or discover this on our own - it's too famous.
Katz's Deli's claims to fame are their pastrami, corned beef, salami and hot dogs.
Katz's Delicatessen fills up fast as lunch time approaches.
This was the lunch crowd on a Monday. I guess half the people were tourists.
Order your sandwiches at the counters.
The food servers are very busy. Tourists unfamiliar with the menu or ordering protocol are barely tolerated ;-p
When you tell the server that you like to have a pastrami sandwich, he will cut you two sample slices for you to taste. It was so good, I was grinning from ear to ear and confirming my order with the pastrami still in my mouth.
My pastrami and rye bread sandwich at USD19.75 before tax.
Oh.. that purple coloured ticket?
When you step into Katz's Deli, a staff will hand you this ticket. When you make your orders at the counters, the staff will mark your purple ticket.
When you leave after your meal, the cashier at the exit will check your ticket and bill you accordingly.
Be careful not to lose your ticket, because lost tickets are charged a minimum USD50 each.
Slices of pastrami with a splash of mustard.
Pastrami is belly beef brined, dried, seasoned, smoked and then steamed.
The pastrami was heavenly.
The tender meat was juicy, creamy, smokey, savoury and beefy with natural sweetness. The soft meat and juices were barely held together by gelatin like light savoury jelly. The pastrami surrenders on gentle contact with the teeth and gives up all the delicious flavours it holds.
The rye bread was unremarkable but we won't let that detail distract us ;-p
The pastrami sandwich came with these pickled cucumbers. I enjoyed the greener juicy, slightly briny, fresh tasting crunchy half sour ones. The full sour one was too soft, too salty and vinegary for my taste.
Another pastrami sandwich at the counter on the way to a waiting customer.
The take out counter.
Recommend this tourist trap?
Absolutely. (Will let you know when I am able to find something better.)
Never leave New York City without visiting Katz's Deli. They say you take a part of NYC that stays with you when you taste Katz's Deli's pastrami.
A spoof of that infamous Meg Ryan fake orgasm scene in Katz's Deli from the movie When Harry Met Sally.
You should have what I am having.
Katz's hot dog, beef tongue and corned beef.
Restaurant name: Katz's Delicatessen
Address: 205 E Houston Street, NYC, New York, USA
Hours: 8:00 am to 10:45 pm
Tel: (212) 254-2246
Date visited: 1 Dec 2014
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