Iconic, kosher deli in New York dating back to 1888
“I’ll have what she’s having….” Between the Bowery and Lower Eastside sits the New York institution of Katz’s Delicatessen, fabled for its pastrami sandwiches. Even if it was not immortalised by being the location of Meg Ryan having her fake orgasm in When Harry Met Sally, it is widely accepted that this deli will still be as popular as it is and the vast number of the local Jewish community who adore it. It is now perhaps a bucket list thing to in New York for visitors so I obviously wanted to see for myself and the result is fabulously succulent and fatty pastrami on bread with mustard and gherkin, but I would genuinely have preferred a portion half the size and half the price of $28 for a sandwich. Do you need to keep coming back? Probably not, but I would put it on your list of to dos in New York as there is little evidence of there being better pastramis anywhere else.
Ordering is a serious business and you MUST know what you want and have the cash to pay when your ticket is given, as timewasters will be sent to the back owing to seemingly never-ending queue. What is a nice touch is the carvers slicing small pieces off for you as you wait at the counter and as you walk past the hundreds of photos on the wall of virtually everyone famous in history with their photo on the wall on their visit, you will feel glad of trying. Wonderful pastrami, that is everything your local Tesco version is not, but a pretty hefty price tag at the same time.
Food Grade: 60%
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