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katz's deli & serendipity

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Going to be in NY for the day - Is Katz's really the best Kosher Deli?
What should I know about Serendipity? What's it all about?

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  1. I haven't been to Serendipity since 1971. At the time, people stood in line to get in, which I never understood. They had passable burgers back then, and were famous for an ice cream dessert called Frozen Hot Chocolate, but I never saw the draw of the place.

    Katz' is a wonderful Jewish deli - fabulous aged salami, pastrami and corned beef, great pickles - but it isn't Kosher.

    1. Katz deli is amazing! If you don't need kosher deli, then you should definitely go! The pastrami literally melts in your mouth! Serendipity is over-rated I think. It is a long wait and not worth it if you are only in town for the day.

      1. Here's a suggestion: go for your pastrami at Katz's and then go to Laboratorio de Gelato (just nearby) for a scrumptious dessert. Serendipity is okay, fun for a visit, but pretty much a tourist trap.

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        1. re: starfish

          Don't need the deli to be kosher - just jewish!
          Anybody every had a hot dog from a jewish deli with potatoe salad on top?
          Used to eat them in Englewood, NJ

        2. funny...someone else posted asking about another restaurant and Serendipity. I will give you the same advice. Give Katz's a shot to decide for yourself but Serendipity probably is not worth the trip since they usually have a line and it is much too cold to wait outside right now. Plus, it is off the beaten path. If you can go with another option I'd say shelve Serendipity until the weather is more conducive to staying outside.

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          1. re: Uptownflavor

            Katz's is amazing!
            I would try Max Brenner the Chocolate Man instead of Serendipity!!!

            1. re: italianwife

              Go for the chocolate pizza at Max Brenner's. Be prepared, the place is loud & frenetic.

            2. re: Uptownflavor

              I agree that it is way too cold to wait in line (outside, by the way) to eat frozen hot chocolate. City Bakery makes a delicious hot chocolate, which is probably my fave in the city, but ny mag just did a feature on all of the hot chocolates in the city, so you could probably check that out on their website.

              I love Katz's pastrami on rye with half sour pickles and a Cel-ray!

            3. I would suggest buying one of Serendipity's Frozen Hot Chocolate mixes to try at home and go instead to Maison du Chocolat or Payard's for the sweeth tooth fix.