Friday, April 2, 2010

Katz's Deli - Lower East Side, NYC

We were in the city two weeks ago and was looking for a place to have lunch. Since moving to the NYC/NJ region, we have always wanted to go check out Katz's Deli but haven't really gotten around to it. So, we decided that today is the day that we do so! :D
Katz's Deli is located on East Houston St, in the Lower East Side. Founded in 1888, Katz's Deli is one of the oldest and most well known deli's in NYC. It is especially well known for it's pastrami sandwiches. Many people have sworn that it's New York's best! Also, if you are a Meg Ryan and Bill Crystal fan, you would remember the famous deli scene in the movie, 'When Harry Met Sally'. I must admit that 'When Harry Met Sally' is one of my all time favorite movies, so...I was super excited to eat at Katz's Deli, at last.
It being a Saturday afternoon, we expected it to be packed. Well, it was packed but not as bad as I expected it to be. There wasn't a line when we ordered our food and we could find a table right away. How it works is, you pick up a ticket at the entrance and just head to the counter to order and collect your food. Then, you can just find a table and eat. If you do not want to go up to the counter to order, you can sit down at the tables along the sides of the dining room, then a waiter will come up and take your order.
We just picked up our ticket and headed to the counter to order. It's faster this way and also, you get to try out some meat samples first before deciding on your order. There were at least 10 guys making those sandwiches, so things move pretty fast. After ordering your food, you can move down the line to order your drinks.
After getting our food, we didn't have any problems finding a table at all. In fact, we managed to get a table next to the most 'famous' table in the house. Can you see what that sign says?
Here is a close up. Yup! That's the famous table where they shot the 'When Harry Met Sally' deli scene. Since this is a family blog, I will not put up the clip from the scene here. However, if you have not seen that movie before, just click on this link and it will lead you to the clip from that famous deli scene. That's right, I'll have what she's having! ;P
So, what did we eat? Of course we had to try the Pastrami on Rye Sandwich ($14.95). Let me tell you this. In all my 30 years, I have never tasted such good pastrami before. It is so so so good! No wonder they say that Katz's has the best pastrami sandwich in NYC! Just the right amount of lean and fat meat, with some charred bits. Perfect!
We also tried the Corned Beef on Rye Sandwich ($14.45). That's really good too. Of course if I ate that before trying the pastrami, I would say that's its superb and totally awesome. However, if we compare it to the pastrami, it somewhat pales in comparison. However, I must say that it's still very very good. Look at the amount of meat in each sandwich. I read somewhere that they slap on at least 1 lbs of meat in every sandwich!
We also had a complimentary serving of pickled cucumbers and tomatoes. Now, I am not really a big fan of pickled stuff but the cucumbers were awesome! Really tasty and crunchy. I didn't try the tomatoes though, so I don't know about that.
We both had an icy can each of Dr. Brown's Draft Style Root Beer ($2.50) to wash all that meat down. Mmm mmm mmmm, nothing like some full bodied root beer after a big meal.

The sandwiches were so big, we couldn't even finish them. We had to doggy bag half of each sandwich home. We must remember to just share one the next time we are at Katz's. So, was the sandwiches at Katz's as good as we expect it to be? Helll yeah! I would definitely return in the very near future. Two thumbs up!

Katz's Delicatessen - NYC
205 East Houston Street
New York, NY 10002
Tel: (212) 254-2246
Fax: (212) 674-3270


Anonymous said...

Does dr brown have sarsaparilla?

Charlene n Kevin said...

It would be cool if they do, but unfortunately, they don't. They have some really good cream soda and black cherry though.