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Carnegie or Katz's?

Hi, Hounds:

I want to take my husband out for his birthday for a classic NYC deli meal. We don't usually eat that way so I'm wondering...Carnegie or Katz's? Money not an issue, but there will be 6 of us and we'd like to be at least semi-comfortable. Delicious food the most important factor. What say you?

Thanks!

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  1. Katz hands down. The food is homemade and better. Not commercial. Carnegie is a more commercial experience and I find the food overdone. Best pastrami in the city at Katz.

    1. Katz's, Katz's, Katz's.....

      1. I recently posted that whenever I pass Carnegie, the sidewalk outside is littered with the corpses of people who have killed themselves rather than eat there. I was exaggerating, but only slightly. It's pretty convenient for me to get there so I want to like it. But the pastrami is dry and tasteless each time. I once heard a waitress telling a customer that the pastrami is LOW FAT!! If they are too cheap to use fat, how can it be good??

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        1. re: Brian S

          No kidding: a triple homicide - or something like that - occurred in one of the apartments above Carnegie a few years back. For a second there, I thought you were referring to that.

        2. Katz's for sure. You may also look into something like Sarges if the Katz's scene is too much for you.

          1. I've always heard Katz, though I've never tried either. That's a whole lotta meat! :-)