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Apr 15, 2014 08:12 PM

why so confusing to pay @ katz deli

they give you an orange ticket. you have to hang onto it or you will be executed. if you want to pay with cash you go to the front door cashier. by credit card: to these guys standing at the back counter. whoever serves you food has to mark up the ticket-- waiter or guy at counter. but you dont pay them. BTW i loved the katz pastrami. sensational. best in nyc.

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  1. Its an attempt to disract you while charging very high prices.

    1. Why is this simple system so confusing? Because it's different?
      At Katz's and similar places you will find that ONLY the cashier handles the CASH!! Less pilfering!! Simple!!
      Are there any CHs that have lost a icket and can share their experiences?

      4 Replies
      1. re: Motosport

        I don't think you are going to get many responses, rumor is if you lose your ticket they lose you. I know a guy went for lunch in 1986, lost his ticket, nobody has seen or heard from him since.

          1. re: jrvedivici

            I think there is a trap door and a chute to the East River.

            1. re: Motosport

              That's how the gator got in, no?

        1. I think it's a holdover from an earlier time. I remember going to a cafeteria-style place somewhere in Queens when I was a kid and it was very much the same. My grandpa seemed quite comfortable with the ticket process so I assume it was much more commonplace in the past.

          1. It's not confusing if you read the big signs when you walk in.

            1. id just like to point out that i stopped going to katz's 3ish years ago when i was basically manhandled by the thugs who work there for going inside, getting a ticket and subsequently leaving and returning my ticket without eating.

              this place is so used to tourists visiting that they treat everyone like cattle.