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Katz Deli line question....

twobluecats May 22, 2007 01:30 PM

We hope to be dining at Katz this Sunday for an early lunch, and I want the "real" experience of waiting in line and ordering from the deli guys. If you are ordering something besides a sandwich (frankfurter, or an openfaced sandwich, etc.) can you still do the line? I just want to do it right! HA!

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    ESNY RE: twobluecats May 22, 2007 01:59 PM

    Hot dogs/knoblewurst/soups, etc are ordered from the counter guy closest to the window. I think this is also where you'd get a knish from.

    After the hot dog guys are the sandwich guys.

    Dr. Brown's Black Cherry (the only soda you should drink there) is ordered further down the line where you see the soda fountain. This is also where you get the french fries.

    Even further towards the back is where you order hunks of salami and other meat by the pound. Once you get in there, it should all make sense.

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      Kanger RE: ESNY May 22, 2007 02:49 PM

      Don't forget to tip the sandwich guy ... and to enjoy your preview slice(s) of pastrami or brisket or whatever you're getting. I'd also like to give a shout out to the matzoh ball soup.

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        NAtiveNewYorker RE: Kanger May 22, 2007 02:53 PM

        You'll get a preview slice with or without a tip. You should express your preference for fatty, not fatty, "not the end of the piece", etc. BEFORE the preview slice comes.

        And you SHOULD tip, to avoid being a free-rider on all the tips of past diners (like me).

      2. re: ESNY
        stuartlafonda RE: ESNY May 22, 2007 04:25 PM

        Yes, the guy closest to the window has the knishes, to his left, right in front of the window. I was there today and the pastrami was perfect, the tables were packed but each meat guy only had one person waiting so things went quickly.

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          ricky7 RE: stuartlafonda May 22, 2007 10:14 PM

          just reading this now makes my mouth water. damn their pastrami is so freaking great.
          i always do take out btw.

        2. re: ESNY
          Striver RE: ESNY May 23, 2007 05:16 AM

          Black Cherry? No way! It's got to be either Cel-Ray (preferably) or maybe Cream for the true deli experience. :)

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            RGR RE: Striver May 23, 2007 09:58 AM

            No maybe about the Dr. Brown's Cream Soda, Striver! At least, for me! :-)

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              ricky7 RE: RGR May 23, 2007 12:03 PM

              i'm a big fan of dr browns black cherry too. cream not too often.

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                bobjbkln RE: ricky7 May 23, 2007 12:27 PM

                I'm a Brooklyn Beer guy myself (at least thing that has changed since 50 years ago is actually an improvement).

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                  Fozzie_Bear RE: bobjbkln May 24, 2007 09:29 AM

                  I second Cel-Ray. I always try to keep some in my fridge. Yum...

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          cutthroat49 RE: twobluecats May 23, 2007 12:39 PM

          If you are at Katz get a sandwich! You didnt go there for a burger or philly cheese. Hotdogs are good for the kids, and if you are a real Katz trooper you will have a hotdog while waiting for your sandwich...and dont forget the pickles and tomatoe

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            tuxedo RE: cutthroat49 May 23, 2007 12:49 PM

            do they put potatoe salad on top of their hot dogs? A place in Englewood,NJ used to do that many moons ago!

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              RGR RE: cutthroat49 May 23, 2007 01:26 PM

              When you get your sandwich, the counterman gives you a plate of pickles and sour tomatoes.

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                fsd1116 RE: RGR May 23, 2007 07:45 PM

                Skip the fries. They are soggy and greasy. I would stick with the staples: pastrami, corned beef, hot dogs, knishes. You won't go wrong.

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                  Pan RE: fsd1116 May 24, 2007 12:43 AM

                  The last time I was at Katz's, I was part of a large party, and some fries were ordered. They weren't soggy and were not bad. I still think that adding heavy fat (fries) to heavy fat (pastrami sandwich) is overkill, though. Cole slaw works much better to cut through the fat. And for the record, I'm a Cel-Ray guy.

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                    twobluecats RE: Pan May 24, 2007 05:35 AM

                    Original poster here.....I can't wait for that legendary pastrami. My mother is a lean freak--is is okay to ask for lean? And, I also enjoy matzo ball soup with my sandwich.....

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                      big o RE: twobluecats May 24, 2007 08:15 AM

                      Asking for lean isn't a problem. Eating it, however, is a different story altogether. Removing the fat kills the meat. I once tried the sample cut of my brother's extra-lean corned beef and was sorry that I couldn't find a way to politely spit it out.

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                        RGR RE: twobluecats May 24, 2007 08:47 AM

                        The whole idea of pastrami is for it to be juicy, and it's the fat that helps that to happen. People who insist on their pastrami being lean get what's called first cut. It has virtually no fat and, in my view, is equivalent to eating shoe leather. Blech!

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                          Pan RE: twobluecats May 24, 2007 10:52 PM

                          I agree that it's best to have at least moderately fatty pastrami, but I used to get lean and I don't agree that it was terrible or inedible. For the record, though, I always ask for "nice and tasty" (= fatty).

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                  brooklynjosh RE: twobluecats May 24, 2007 08:32 AM

                  Ah man, now I really want to go to Katz's!

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                    curiousgeo RE: twobluecats May 24, 2007 11:56 AM

                    Obviously pastrami is THE sandwich to get at Katz's. But how is the brisket there? Worth getting a brisket sandwich instead of the pastrami, or is it just no contest?

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                      Pan RE: curiousgeo May 24, 2007 10:53 PM

                      The brisket is good. The corned beef is good. The turkey is great, but not what you're there for. No contest, get the pastrami!

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                        ESNY RE: Pan May 25, 2007 06:42 AM

                        You mean they actually have meat there besides pastrami? Excluding of course the hotdog I eat while waiting for my pastrami. Who knew.

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                          RGR RE: ESNY May 25, 2007 01:51 PM

                          Katz's knoblewurst is excellent! Another meat worth ordering if you're looking for either an additional or an alternative sandwich to the pastrami.

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