Jonathan's Worldly Eats: Confessions of a Foodie - Katz's Delicatessen
If you don't already know about Katz's Deli, where have you been for the last 120+ years? Katz's is the home of melt in your mouth pastrami that is dripping in savory juices, hastily but masterfully cut, enveloped in a classified blend of seasonings, and proudly displayed on fresh rye with a smear of golden spicy mustard. Founded in 1888, Katz's Deli is one of the last remaining sites of Old New York in every imaginable sense. The recipes, the decor, the service, and especially the grunge have not been altered in any form or fashion. The one exception: the prices. But $14 is a steal of a deal for a sandwich which can easily be counted as two meals, especially in Manhattan.
A complete meal at Katz's consists of: Hot Pastrami on Rye (light on the mustard), Dr. Brown's Black Cherry Soda, French Fries (ask for hot ones or you will not get them), and tons of Half Sour Pickles... Mmmmm~
205 E Houston St
New York, New York
Sunday: 8:00 am to 10:45 pm
Monday and Tuesday: 8:00 am to 9:45 pm
Wednesday and Thursday: 8:00 am to 10:45 pm
Friday and Saturday: 8:00 am to 2:45 am (OH YES!)
View Katz's Delicatessen website at www.katzdeli.com
*A version of this review was published on worldlyeats.blogspot.com on May 13, 2009
205 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002
Dr. Brown's Cel-Ray soda is in fact the classic one, and Katz's pickled tomatoes are not to be missed. Also, it remains a shame that the rye bread Katz's serves with its superlative pastrami is poor. Some folks in the know, myself included, bring their own bread. For years I brought bread from Orwasher's, with which its recent change in ownership, has suffered somewhat but still makes a decent rye.
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If you look below this thread, you'll find just a few of the threads regarding Katz's which will give you suggestions for your next trip. It's a frequently discussed place - and not everyone loves it.
While I happen to agree with your review, you won't win over the Katz-haters on this board. You have written a lovely travel-guide worthy entry that any tourist will appreciate.
Pastrami is a hotly debated topic here.