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Best NY style Deli in Charlotte is Katz NY

GodfatherofLunch Dec 27, 2007 01:40 PM

Shortly after arriving in Charlotte about six years ago I found what was then a new restaurant. A place where a New Jersey/New York transplant could get a fix of what for me is soul food. The place I speak of is Katz New York Deli. Located across from the arboretum shopping center in the arboretum office park behind Bank of America.

I have been to the best of them. Second Avenue Deli, Carnegie, Katz on Houston Street. They are the gold standard of deli and appetizing. Only one place in Charlotte can come close to reaching the quality and deli delightfulness I crave, that place is Katz New York. The owner Lee Katz was born and raised in New Jersey and is a veteran of several top deli’s so he gets it!

The corned beef and pastrami melts in your mouth, served nice and hot from the steam table. Don’t miss the chopped liver, flavorful and fantastic. The hot dogs are the best in Charlotte all beef with natural casings that give you that special snap when you take that first bite. Don’t miss the brisket or the tongue. Try the house made knishes. If you have room top it off with a slice of cheesecake imported from the Carnegie Deli or wash it down with an egg cream made with the genuine Fox’s-U-bet syrup.

The appetizing at Katz is in a class by itself as well. They have it all. Nova, Belly Lox (the salty stuff I love), baked salmon, whitefish, sturgeon, sable, herring, baked salmon salad and whitefish salad with no filler, just enough mayo to hold it together.
The latest addition to the line up at Katz - Now the rye bread shipped in from Pechters bakery of New Jersey. The breads are baked off in the store daily and the result is a first rate top notch Rye bread that has great flavor and actually has a crunchy crust. Hands down the best bread in town. If you’re guessing that I love this place – You are right

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    artlee Dec 27, 2007 04:29 PM

    Thanks for the tip. I miss a good NY deli and had not heard of KAtz.

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      artlee Jan 5, 2008 02:36 PM

      I've been trying to get here since I read your review. I finally did today for lunch. Had a brisket sandwich. Very good! Best in town. Thanks for the tip.

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      1. re: artlee
        GodfatherofLunch Jan 5, 2008 05:38 PM

        Very happy you enjoyed your sandwich. If you like corned beef and pastrami give one of those a whirl next time. I think you will be very pleased.

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        jessie620 Feb 15, 2008 11:51 AM

        How about pickles? Do they have the genuine NY sour pickles and tomatoes??

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          southernitalian Feb 15, 2008 12:08 PM

          They give you a plate of tasty pickles. Not sure what you mean about tomatoes?

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            GodfatherofLunch Feb 15, 2008 01:45 PM

            Sorry Jessie no pickled tomato's. What doya think this is Gus's Pickles on the lower east side? Excellent sour, half sour pickles and cole slaw is given to every table.
            Oh yeah - the corned beef is awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!

            1. re: GodfatherofLunch
              GodfatherofLunch Feb 15, 2008 07:16 PM

              Late breaking news story- Just got word from the owner pickled sour tomatoes were not available in Charlotte - so they pickled there own sour tomatoes in house. They are in the showcase now and word is taste darn good!!!!!!

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            ev2008 Mar 25, 2008 01:50 PM

            I'm from Wilmington (orig.NY) and I will make a trip just for my kosher deli fix thanks for the info

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              southernitalian Mar 25, 2008 02:03 PM

              I saw your email and was to mention Katz's but since Wilmington is about 4 hours away, I opted not to. But I honestly think it would be worth the trip.

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                GodfatherofLunch Mar 26, 2008 11:08 AM

                Before you get gassed up and start driving Katz NY in not a kosher restaurant.
                However it is kosher style and awesome., so if you seek corned beef and or pastrami on rye like back in New York this is the place. They have al the other good stuff too
                chopped liver,knishes,Fox's U Bet, Dr. Brown Soda. ENJOY

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                  littlegirltree Mar 27, 2008 12:46 PM

                  Don't foget to order cheesecake to take home! Katz orders their cheesecake from Carnegie Deli - it's thick and has a shortbread crust. This stuff is so heavenly that it haunts my dreams...

                  1. re: littlegirltree
                    GodfatherofLunch Mar 27, 2008 05:43 PM

                    I agree with you!!
                    Easily the best in Charlotte

              2. carolinadawg Jan 6, 2009 09:08 AM

                I recently went to Katz for the first time, and I really wanted to love this place. Unfortunately, I didn't and I think someone needs to point out that thie emperor has no clothes. The free slaw and pickle served when you sit down was excellent, which only heightened my anticipation for the corned beef sandwich I ordered. I was ferankly shocked at how small it was (especially considering the price), but I thought, well if its really top flight corned beef, then I can forgive that. Unfortunately, I think I could get the same quality meat at Harris Teeter. It just wasn't that good. My wife ordered a salmon salad sandwich (yes, that probably wasn't a good idea) that was just bad. We split a piece of cheesecake which was really good, but I bet it was even better befor it spent time being shipped from Carnegie Deli and siting around Katz display case. I think a housemade cake would be a much better idea. The total bill for 2 sandwiches, a ginger ale, a water and a slice of cheesecake, with tip, was almost $35. Considering the quality of the food, thats outrageous and not worth a return visit. Katz may be the best deli in Charlotte, but thats more of an indictment of the deli scene in Charlotte that praise for Katz.

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                  BDM1 Jan 6, 2009 06:01 PM

                  Funny, Dawg, I felt the same way. Grew up on some great NY style delis in CT and NYC. In fact I moved to Charlotte to open a deli, albeit an Arthurs Ave. style Italian place.

                  Their meat is good but, knowing they would never get $15 for a sandwich in Charlotte, they charge $12 for a "nothing" sandwich. I've always said, I'd rather pay $10 for a good drink than $5.00 for a poor one. THis was my take on Katz's.

                  Best bet is to buy their meat sliced and take it home and make a "real" sandwich. The quality of the product it fine. It's just that it seems as thought they make large markup on the meet and then do a standard 25-30% cost on the sandwich which translates to a $12 sandwich with 3 oz. of meat on big (albeit good) bread. Drop me a line. I'mm call you next time I make my own pastrami.

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                    Oneiron Jan 8, 2009 05:24 AM

                    I like Phil's NY Deli at Tyron and 3rd(?). Best salads and cold beer in the downtown area. Sandwiches are pretty good also.

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                      southernitalian Jun 23, 2009 09:55 AM

                      Tryon and 5th. Not even the same league as Katz's. But not terrible.

                  2. re: carolinadawg
                    Charlina28 Jan 12, 2009 06:00 PM

                    I have been to Katz Deli many times. I love the food there. Sorry carolinadawg but I disagree with you. Their sandwiches are big but not ny style and the price is not outrageous. I grew up in ny,went to all the deli's and the corned beef is the best in charlotte by far.You think Teeter has the same corned beef??? Katz cooks his own corned beef-Teeter has it wrapped in plastic sitting for 3 months before its consumed.And the cheesecake is some of the best I have ever had.

                    1. re: carolinadawg
                      hgreen2417 Jun 6, 2010 04:22 PM

                      Try The Original New York Bagels. They have stores in Mooresville, Denver and Terrell and a smaller store in Huntersville. Bake their own bagels from scratch, not baked from frozen ones shipped in. They are boiled and then baked in rotating oven, exactly like the old fashion way in NY. Have full scale NY deli. a lot of the delis in Charlotte buy their bagels from them. The flagship store's # is 704-799-0669 Lots of catering too!

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                        southernitalian Oct 15, 2010 10:11 AM

                        According to our waiter at Katz last weekend, they're getting theirs from them too! It was delicious.

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                          Ciao Italia Foodie Oct 15, 2010 11:36 AM

                          If you want great, old school, fresh, kettle boiled baked on site bagels, you must try Poppyseeds Bagels in Indian Trail. Best bagels and they have a nice breakfast menu as well. I have yet to try their reuben. (this is not a Jewish deli btw) Check it out they are open 365 days a year!

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                      thummp3r Apr 19, 2009 02:47 PM

                      What a horrible experience! I ordered a Pastrami Reubin. What I received was a pound and a half of sauerkraut smothering a few meager slices of meat on top of rye bread so hard it had surely seen better days. Oh, it might be nice if they updated the online menu, as I expected to pay $8.95. The actual price was $10.50 for this nasty mess. The reason they haven't received any awards recently is glaringly apparent.

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