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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.

            1. 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 $.

              1. 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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                1. re: ComeAwayWithMe

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

                  1. re: Ttrockwood

                    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.

                    1. re: Humbucker

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

                      The Carnegie sandwiches, OTOH, are monstrous.


                      1. re: Bob Martinez

                        Agreed on Katz and Carnegie's respective sandwich sizes.

                      2. re: Humbucker

                        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.

                        1. re: kevin

                          "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.

                  2. the dogs.

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

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                      1. re: Monica

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

                        1. re: Ttrockwood

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

                          1. re: Ttrockwood

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

                      2. 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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                        1. re: wblorch

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

                            1. re: Sneakeater

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

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

                            1. 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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                                1. re: Motosport

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

                                  1. re: Monica

                                    and handy if you need to seal a lot of envelopes

                                    1. re: Monica

                                      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.

                                      1. re: Monica

                                        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.

                                  2. 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