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Katz’s menu items, other than pastrami

noodlie Sep 17, 2013 09:02 PM

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. ipsedixit RE: noodlie Sep 17, 2013 09:10 PM

    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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      Monica RE: ipsedixit Sep 18, 2013 07:48 AM

      Tongue sandwich sounds amazing actually.

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        tpigeon RE: Monica Sep 19, 2013 04:26 AM

        The tongue sandwich there is very good indeed.

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          bobjbkln RE: tpigeon Sep 19, 2013 11:43 AM

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

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            tpigeon RE: bobjbkln Sep 19, 2013 12:50 PM

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

    2. Ttrockwood RE: noodlie Sep 17, 2013 10:38 PM

      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.

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        mwhitmore RE: noodlie Sep 18, 2013 07:46 AM

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

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          Monica RE: mwhitmore Sep 18, 2013 07:48 AM

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

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            Daniel76 RE: Monica Sep 18, 2013 09:46 AM

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

        2. jrvedivici RE: noodlie Sep 18, 2013 07:57 AM

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

          1. Motosport RE: noodlie Sep 18, 2013 08:03 AM

            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.

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              facultyandtraveler RE: noodlie Sep 18, 2013 10:05 AM

              The roast beef, the hard salami, and the tongue sandwiches are good. Potato salad, pickles, French fries, and Matzo Ball soup are all solid. Classic Dr. Brown's drinks are great chasers. I've never eaten their hot dogs but many people love them. Make sure you hold onto the all of the tickets for your party (even if they don't write on it)----a lost ticket will cost you $.

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                ComeAwayWithMe RE: noodlie Sep 18, 2013 12:50 PM

                I am glad you posted this.. we will be going in 2 weeks because my husbands lives and dies for pastrami and rye.. me, not a fan!

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                  Ttrockwood RE: ComeAwayWithMe Sep 18, 2013 07:30 PM

                  Well, i he starts fasting now he **might** be able to finish the whole sandwich himself.....just don't make any plans for afterwards ;)

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                    Humbucker RE: Ttrockwood Sep 19, 2013 08:44 AM

                    I never found Katz's sandwiches to be too much for one person unless they were a pretty light eater. I haven't been for a few years, either, and I've heard they're smaller now.

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                      Bob Martinez RE: Humbucker Sep 19, 2013 12:25 PM

                      Me too. I skip lunch and have one for dinner. No problem at all.

                      The Carnegie sandwiches, OTOH, are monstrous.


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                        tpigeon RE: Bob Martinez Sep 19, 2013 12:55 PM

                        Agreed on Katz and Carnegie's respective sandwich sizes.

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                        kevin RE: Humbucker Sep 19, 2013 12:59 PM

                        yeah, i had one of their sandwiches after a pie at lombardie's and soup at shopsin's. not large by any stretch of even a vivid imagination.

                        but still good.

                        and second best to Langer's in La due to the double-seeded rye in LA.

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                          sugartoof RE: kevin Sep 21, 2013 02:47 PM

                          "yeah, i had one of their sandwiches after a pie at lombardie's and soup at shopsin's. not large by any stretch of even a vivid imagination."

                          100% accurate, and doable with simply a normal adult appetite.

                          the comical towering sandwiches at carnegie are another story.

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                    kevin RE: noodlie Sep 19, 2013 12:57 PM

                    the dogs.

                    and a few bottles of Dr. Brown's cream soda or cel-ray.

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                      Monica RE: kevin Sep 19, 2013 01:07 PM

                      I love Cel-ray soda!

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                        Ttrockwood RE: Monica Sep 21, 2013 04:11 PM

                        Somehow rye bread and
                        cel-rat soda is a perfect pairing! Like champagne and potato chips :)

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                          sugartoof RE: Ttrockwood Sep 21, 2013 07:49 PM

                          So true. If only Katz's served a proper rye.

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                            Monica RE: Ttrockwood Sep 23, 2013 06:31 AM

                            well, i haven't tried champagne and potato chips together but I sure will try.

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                        wblorch RE: noodlie Sep 19, 2013 01:01 PM

                        Try the Kobblewurst on rye with sauerkraut and mustard. Its a smaller portion and costs less than one of their sandwiches. Ask for a well done piece if you like it crisp.

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                          Sneakeater RE: wblorch Sep 19, 2013 01:54 PM

                          Not meaning to be obnoxious, but that's knoblewurst (with an "n"). Just so the OP knows what the order.

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                            wblorch RE: Sneakeater Sep 19, 2013 08:28 PM

                            your right I phat fingered it.

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                              noodlie RE: Sneakeater Sep 19, 2013 08:41 PM

                              Thanks for the spelling clarification. I had to google 'knoblewurst', good thing I didn't try 'Kobblewurst'!

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                            kimfair1 RE: noodlie Sep 19, 2013 01:02 PM

                            My wife is a fan of their roast turkey, and has not had an issue with it being dry.

                            1. Monica RE: noodlie Sep 20, 2013 05:07 AM

                              Do they sell their meat to take out? I want to eat their pastrami sandwich and then do a take out of tongue to eat at home.

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                                Motosport RE: Monica Sep 20, 2013 06:25 AM


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                                  Monica RE: Motosport Sep 20, 2013 06:27 AM

                                  That's good to hear as tongue is cold anyway.

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                                    dyrewolf RE: Monica Sep 20, 2013 08:28 AM

                                    and handy if you need to seal a lot of envelopes

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                                      Bob Martinez RE: Monica Sep 20, 2013 08:31 AM

                                      I'd pair the pastrami with some terrific Orwasher's rye. They use that at Mile End for the smoked meat sandwiches and it really makes the whole sandwich taste a lot better.

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                                        Motosport RE: Monica Sep 20, 2013 08:39 AM

                                        True story: Elegantly dressed woman walks into Ben's Deli on LI. Gives her name to the cashier and asks if her order is ready.
                                        Then the well choreographed show begins:
                                        Cashier calls out to the counterman: "Benny, do you have the hot tongue for Mrs Melman?"
                                        As he turns to the next counter man: "Murray, who's got the hot tongue for Mrs. Melman?" and on down the line of countermen!!!!
                                        Mrs. Melman never cracks a smile.
                                        The story is true. The names were changed to protect the innocent.

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                                          kevin RE: Motosport Sep 20, 2013 11:09 AM


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                                    foodwhisperer RE: noodlie Sep 20, 2013 04:00 PM

                                    Katz's has good brisket. The cheesesteak is really good. The split pea soup is good most of the time, occasionally too salty or too thick. Half sandwich and soup is the way to go there. And get a side of garlic wurst.
                                    Btw Katz's has a new cookbook out that seems quite interesting. They maybe selling it in the store. They had them for sale at the book signing event

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