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Jul 13, 2009 01:32 PM

Katz's Deli [from Boston Board]

Had one last week at Katz's and asked for it fatty. It rocked.

Of course a sandwich at Katz's is really two sandwiches anywhere else.

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  1. Yeah, and it's the best pastrami sandwich I've ever eaten. I call it my "life changing" pastrami sandwich, as previous to eating one there, I'd never understood why people loved pastrami so much. Now I know. One quick question, though. I know Katz's is treyfe(sp) (they have steak and cheese subs), but will I get looks if I ask for a slice of swiss on my pastrami the next time I'm there?

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    1. re: kimfair1

      Probably a look, but not the same eye-roll you'd get for ordering it on white bread with lettuce, tomato and mayo.

      1. re: MC Slim JB

        Precisely. Katz's is definitely not kosher, but cheese on a pastrami. They might alert homeland security or something, but they will probably serve it to you ;-).

        Heck, when I was there last week I saw a guy eating a corned beef with cole slaw a semi reuben I suppose. But of course a reuben is sacrilege anyway.

        1. re: StriperGuy

          a Ruben with Coleslaw isn't actually a Ruben. It's a Rachel.

          1. re: cannedmilkandfruitypebbles

            That's right, a Reuben is sauer kraut.

            Disirregardless it's all sacrilege!

            Good pastrami and corned beef should stand on their own.

            That said a good friend introduced me to pastrami with chopped liver which I very occasionally can not resist. It is one SERIOUSLY decadent sandwich.

      2. re: kimfair1

        Well, I would say the reason you'll get the evil eye is not so much because it's treyf so much as they probably think that good hot fat pastrami from the navel don't need no stinkin' cheese. Save the swiss for cold lean pastrami, which desperately needs it - so many people have gotten used to that kind of pastrami and its need for fat that they automatically add cheese to the ultimate kind of pastrami that doesn't. Adding cheese to hot fat pastrami is vaguely like adding cheese to foie gras.

        1. re: Karl S

          What can I say, I like Swiss on my pastrami, hot or cold. I think I'll skip it at Katz's, though. I certainly didn't get it on it when I had it the first time, and I'm sure I could live without it, and the sandwich was still life changing without it!

        2. re: kimfair1

          I just had my first Katz pastrami this weekend and am seriously debating driving the 7 hrs round trip for another one. Best sandwich I ever had.

          1. re: phatchris

            Yah, there is Katz's and all others.

            I usually ask for a good fatty cut.

            "Send a salami to your boy in the army."

            Heck, while you are down there grab some fish at Russ and Daughters and some Knishes from Yona Shimmels.

            1. re: StriperGuy

              If you search the Manhattan board, you can come up with a hound's walking tour of lower Manhattan, which includes Katz's, Russ and Daughters, and Yonah Schimmels, among others.

              1. re: StriperGuy

                The knishes are the best. It's sad that Katz's is one of the last of the great Jewish delis.

                1. re: StriperGuy

                  This is one of my favorite itineraries on earth. And if you tip the cutter *while* he's cutting, he'll slip you a little extra. So to speak.

                  1. re: StriperGuy

                    Oy vey this is making me want to take one of those $15 bus rides down to The City and start fressing away...

                    1. re: StriperGuy

                      Just finished up a Nyc crawl. Katz's Pastrami for Breakfast, John's on Bleeker for Lunch, Grom almond granita for a snack, Macao trading for drinks and dinnef, followed by Russ & Daughters for Breakfast.

                  2. re: kimfair1

                    I actually ate at Katz's last month. I ate there twice in a three day span. My child who ordered the most delicious brisket sandwich the first time asked me for a grilled cheese the second time. Did I give birth to this child? So the waitress takes our order and we have 2 pastrami sandwiches with coleslaw and Russian... and a grilled cheese too. Can we have it on plain bread with no caraway seeds. I sunk down in my seat and cringed. Oh and some ketchup too to dip the grilled cheese into. That's a Jewish camp trick. No one cared and we were treated very very well. The owner walks around and schmoozes with all of the customers. I love it there.