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Katz’s menu items, other than pastrami

I’m planning on going to Katz’s Deli on an upcoming trip to NYC. I really like pastrami, but my SO does not. Can anyone comment about their brisket, turkey or cheese steak sandwiches?

Their on-line menu lists ½ sandwich with soup as a choice. Does anyone have any comments on their soups (Matzo Ball, Chicken Noodle, Split Pea)? Is the ½ sandwich offered with any of the salads or sides?

Thanks a bunch!

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  1. I don't like pastrami myself, and really don't like Katz's very much.

    If I'm there with friends I usually get a tongue sandwich, a side of potato salad and an egg cream to wash it all down.

    I've had the chicken soup and it is pretty good.

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    1. re: ipsedixit

      Tongue sandwich sounds amazing actually.

      1. re: Monica

        The tongue sandwich there is very good indeed.

        1. re: tpigeon

          Just note that the tongue is cold, unlike the pastrami, brisket and corned beef.

          1. re: bobjbkln

            You can ask them to heat it if you want it hot.

    2. Last time i went with out of town friends one loved the matzo ball soup, and the other had the turkey but said it was too dry- i dont remember it coming with any lettuce/mayo/tomato so that was part of it too.

      1. The hot dog is classic. Last visit I had one as an appetizer.

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        1. re: mwhitmore

          Do they make their own hotdogs? I always see large sausages hanging. Have you tried?

          1. re: Monica

            I am pretty sure, John the Hotdog guru said, they were Sabrett's, the same recipes used at Papaya and Grays.

        2. The pea soup is very good and almost a meal itself. Especially nice this time of year.

          1. I like their hot dogs and usually get one or two to go since I can eat them while driving. Trying to eat a pastrami sammich while driving should be illegal!!
            Egg creams are very good. Knishs too!
            Sometimes when my lovely wife wants corned beef she'll order one and I'll get my pastrami sammich and we'll switch halves.
            Decent French fries and I have heard the tongue is very good but I have never been a fan of tongue.
            Dr Brown's soda is always a treat.