This cavernous cafeteria is a repository of New York history—glossies of celebs spanning the past century crowd the walls, and the classic Jewish deli offerings are nonpareil. Start with a crisp-skinned, all-beef hot dog for less than a fiver. Then flag down a meat cutter and order one of the legendary sandwiches. The brisket sings with horseradish, and the thick-cut pastrami stacked high between slices of rye is the stuff of dreams. Everything tastes better with a glass of the hoppy house lager; if you’re on the wagon, make it a Dr. Brown’s.
Time Out tip: The When Harry Met Sally table is labeled in the center of the restaurant. Snag it if you can.
|Venue name:||Katz’s Delicatessen||Contact:|
205 E Houston St
|Cross street:||at Ludlow St|
|Opening hours:||Mon-Wed 8am–10:45pm; Thu, Sun 8am–10:45pm; Fri 8am–2:45am; Sat 24 hours; Sunday 8am-10:45pm|
|Transport:||Subway: F to Lower East Side–Second Ave|
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Everyday is packed with locals and tourists, but I have to say its pastrami sandwich can change your life.
THE. BEST. PASTRAMI IN NYC. Granted it will be a zoo during prime meal hours, but it is more than worth it. A must for the true NYC experience.
Though I’m a vegetarian, I can still find so much to appreciate whenever I dine at Katz’s (which is whenever my parents or friends come to town). The atmosphere alone is worth a visit, with photo-lined walls that feature notable past patrons, the no-fuss order-at-the-counter service and the family-owned aura the institution gives off. The deli feels representative of the New York City of another era. So while I’ve only tried the pickles, fries, cole slaw and split-pea soup (all of which are great), the pastrami lovers I’ve taken to Katz’s have all left happy and full (and with slimmer wallets).
What is there to say about Katz's Delicatessen, besides that it serves the best food in the world. If you live or work in New York City, or visit with any regularity, you should be visiting Katz's at least once every two months to recalibrate your body and mind. It's important. Go during a weird time and you'll have your run of the place. Then you can celebrate your good judgement by ordering a pastrami sandwich. That's really all you need. It costs what it costs and what you're getting is still a huge bargain because have I mentioned it's the best? Oh and don't lose your ticket.
Very much so a deli style restaurant. I would suggest to not go during peak hours, as this is very popular and it can be hard to get a table. The knishes and matzo ball soup are my favorites! (The matzo ball soup has a giant matzo ball - the size of a baseball)!
Amazing food! Obviously a must visit if visiting NYC. I recommend sharing...the pastrami sandwich is HUGE! Go during the week or off peak hours.