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Jul 4, 2009 05:58 AM

Richman's Attack on Katz's

This guy Alan Rchman is unbelievable. First he attacks New Orleans post-Katrina. Then he disses New York City pizza in favor of Michigan pizza. .

Now, the New York City Jewish wannabe tourist food critic from Philadelphia criticizes Katz's presumably because the philly cheesesteak served at Katz's (which only exists to appease tourists like him) doesn't meet his expectations. At least he admits that the pastrami is great. Alan, go back to Philly and stop pretending to know anything about real NYC food.

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  1. Not a Katz's cultist here by any means, but who goes there for a Philly cheesesteak anyway? And when he ordered the pastrami, did he have it on white with mayonnaise?

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    1. re: addictedtolunch


      Do you have a cite for that? I have looked and can't find the article.

      Looking forward to reading yet another ridiculous opinion from him only because I get a good chuckle.Although I didn't need to go too far from here."did he have it on white with mayo" :-)

      Maybe it should read "wit" mayo instead huh?


      1. re: Robinez

        Here's a link to a recent write-up on Katz's. He takes a big crap on the place, but there's no mention of cheesesteaks.

        1. re: SnackHappy

          And here's a somewhat less fallacious take on it from Save the Deli.

          1. re: SnackHappy

            I was being FACETIOUS not fallacious. Richman's whole critic shtick is to come off as the world's foremost expert on a particular cuisine (Philly being the culinary capital of the world, not)and then "review" the best of class (e.g. New Orleans, NYC pizza, Katz's) and shout "the emperor has no clothes!" Well, all I'm doing is questioning the credentials of Richman whose book I've read and which confirms my thesis. He really should move to Miami where I'm sure he'd be happy with the early bird specials and can kvetch with his contemporaries.

            1. re: guttergourmet

              He's from Philly originally but he lives in NY now and I see nothing wrong with his review of Katz's. Are you trying to say only people who grew up in NYC has a right to criticize Katz's? To be more specific, would that person have to grow up in lower Manhattan where Katz's is located?

          2. re: SnackHappy

            After reading the article I have to say that Mr. Richman is entitled to his opinion. I have never ordered any of the items he found lacking and I assume many here have not tried them also. I go for the pastrami and it's wonderful. Maybe the chopped liver and tongue are not up to snuff. I wouldn't know so I can't pass judgement on Mr. Richman's assessment. I trust he is telling it as he sees it or tastes it.

      2. While on one hand I agree that anyone who orders a Philly cheesesteak at Katz's gets what they deserve, on the other I believe that if they can't make it right it shouldn't be on the menu.