Restaurant: Katz’s Delicatessen (NY, USA)

Can you believe this place has been in existence since 1888? It is said on their website thousands of visitors each week, make their way to Katz’s Delicatessen to taste their famous pastrami on rye bread. Nothing is as New York as a hearty, tasty filling between slices of bread. Their chosen filling being corned beef, which can take up to 30 days to cure until it is finally served to you. 

The deli is not only popular for its pastrami, it has also been featured in several films like Harry met Sally, Across the Universe, Enchanted, and We own the Night just to name a few. 

Even an hour before lunch, the restaurant is up and going. When you enter it is like a scene from a dated 1980s deli, paying homage to its celebrity guests in pictures, its 129-year memorabilia all over its walls and glowing neon signs in the middle of the day. To date, it seats 270 people at once and has a classic ticketing system, to make your dining experience at Katz’s more enticing, like entering a theme park. 

Not dietary friendly for people who are looking to cut their meat, and gluten intake, it is something you may want to experience just once. Unless you become addicted to the 30 days cured meat, you were just hoping to taste. With 2 adults and one child, we just ordered the following.

1.    Katz’s Pastrami hot sandwich: Smoked to juicy perfection and hand carved to your specifications. 
2.    Egg salad platter: served with potato salad and coleslaw on a bed of lettuce, tomatoes and pickles. 

This place is for meat lovers, their popular items include a hot corned beef sandwich and brisket hot sandwich. Even if you could afford all these items, as they come at an expensive price of $21USD per sandwich, your stomach would not be able to digest the generous amount it is served. My daughter and I ordered only one sandwich because it was already generous enough, my husband ate the salad order. The taste of the pastrami is out of this world. It is moist, tender and smoked to a carnivore’s level of perfection. It is unnecessary to mix any condiments to up the filling because the meat is already juicy. Actually, I’d prefer the meat only with a side of green salad, that would be a nice addition to their menu.

A visit here could be an easy brunch stop. It is an amazing amount of food, so either finds a partner to share the serving or make sure you don’t eat a meal or two. Suitable for family or friends, of 4 to 6 people.   

When entering the restaurant, you are given a ticket for all your purchases. After that, you choose a table, in either a self-service area or tables where there are waiters available. We opted for the self-service, you simply rock up to the carvers, and order your food and get your ticket stamped. For salads, they send you to the far end to the left, for the meat sandwiches, that’s in the middle. After receiving your food, simply analyse the flavours and write a 1000 word essay recounting the experience…

After the meal has been finished, you simply take your stamped ticket, to the same lady who gave you the ticket, and you pay for your consumption of food. Done.

Pricing: For 2 adults and 1 child $50USD, VAT included. No need to tip anyone. 

Contact Info:
Katz’s Delicatessen
Address: 205 East Houston Street
(Ludlow Street)
Lower East Side
Telephone: 212-254-2246
Store Hours: 
•    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

No one can argue with the success of Katz’s Delicatessen of almost a hundred and thirty years. If only they could disclose all the ingredients and process they do, to achieve that wonderful, mouth-watering taste, I might just convert myself to being a full pledge carnivore, and eat in rotation all their hot meat sandwiches. Again, this is a must do when in New York, just make sure you control yourself if you’re having an on-cue orgasm because of the pastrami. 

Visited on: 24th October 2017

​​Shop front

​​Restaurant interior

​​Salami decor

​​Egg salad, coleslaw, potato salad

​​Popular pastrami sandwich

​​Almost filled restaurant

​​Carving station

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