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205 E. Houston St., New York, NY, 10002
at Ludlow St.
By maribethmartell on 5/10/2010
I ordered blintzes, and waited quite a while... and they were stone cold when they arrived at the table (cold blintzes taste like glue) Most expensive inedible meal I've had in NYC
By JudgeJudy on 5/8/2010
I've been here a gazillion times (albeit not on a Saturday night...too crowded) and the food is always top-notch. Great potato salad too!
What's in a name?
By mistermcgoo on 8/4/2009
Aside from being somewhat of a tourist trap it delivers everything you'd expect, a huge dining room complete with celebrity photos covering the walls, the cutting stations at the counter where you order your sandwich, it reeks of old NY and doesn't disappoint on the authentic experience. The hot hand-carved pastrami sandwich is their signature dish and not to be missed. Served with a side of pickles its quite good, very tender and juicy and everything I expected it to be, except for the price. That's where my praise ends...I was dismayed to discover that a simple lunch sandwich+soda set me back $22 (sandwich $15, soda $2.50 tax/tip). I can't believe they get away with that kind of robbery, they seem to be living largely off their name. Considering they are not selling the best in the city nevermind best anywhere the cost is excessive. I've also lived in Montreal for years and like NY they have a long tradition of delicious Jewish delis....the difference there though, is that their hand-cut sandwiches are bigger, tastier and only cost you $5.50. Katz's needs to get over itself.
As NY as Pastrami on Rye
By mky84 on 1/17/2009
The pastrami sandwich is pretty comparable to those at other delis, but I had a better experience at Katz compared to my experiences at other places. Even though the price of a sandwich may seem steep, they stack the sandwich with tons of meat, so it works as 2 meals for me.
By Mac20 on 11/7/2008
I love to eat at Katz's. You do whatever you damn well please. 3 second wait for a table, plus you have the option of getting your food yourself or have the food brought to you (the service is great) Although the classics, like the cheeseburgers are delicious, I highly recommend ANYTHING WITH PASTRAMI. Usually alot of people, but a mixed crowd and you can tell they have alot of regulars that come in. In two words, CHEAP and DELICIOUS.
Mediocre at best
By FrenchieFan on 10/17/2008
I took my brother, a corned beef connoisseur, to Katz's when he came to visit me in New York. We were not impressed - the corned beef was more salty than it was tasty. We also asked for extra lean, and it was not trimmed up to our standards. I commend Katz's for slicing their meat by hand - it ALWAYS tastes better when sliced by hand. Still, I though the quality and taste of the food was mediocre at best.
Overrated Tourist Trap
By kungapa on 9/21/2008
Having heard good things about Katz's Deli I decided to try it last night. I walked up to the slicer and ordered "a salami". He quickly slices up some salami, puts it on some rather cheap bread and serves it to me - just bread and salami. It was as if I was being rude by asking for lettuce, tomato and mustard on the sandwich. Actually, they had barely any lettuce at his station so none of that. The place might have been good in its prime, but now it is a bit of an overpriced joke. You are better off getting something to eat at any of the places nearby. Also, even the pickles were crappy.
By girardasse on 12/14/2007
Katzs being a landmark in NYC, it fell short of my expectations. This dirty place is always packed (tourist attraction?) and though the pastramy sandwich was good, I found it was not really worth the wait and the money (pretty expensive).
Grew up eating at Katz !
By modeezee on 11/8/2006
Believe me I have traveled around the country and the world several times including Israel . This is the place that makes there own Pastrami and many other great Deli meats and desserts. I had a relative across the street lived to 100 years old eating at this very deli. I now have to order by mail order.If you are in NYC eat here ,you only have one life.
the real deal
By chipper on 7/19/2005
Everyone who does not live in the land of a million Jewish deli's must try Katz's. It is much more authentic and low key than the Carnegie Deli; i.e. there were actual New Yorkers in there eating things other than the pastrami or corned beef sandwiches. However, if this is your first time, you should definitely get one of those classics. Wash it done with a Brooklyn Lager, which they have on draught, and plenty of pickled green tomatoes. The carrot cake is also good. It's off the beaten path so you can even park in front of the place if you have the stomach for driving in the city.
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