Opened in 1988, Katz’s Delicatessen is one of the oldest deli stores in the United States. Although it was built by Iceland Brothers, its name changed with the involvement of Willy Katz as a partner.
After my first bite from its delis around 30 years ago when I was a student in New York, they did not lose anything from their quality; to the contrary, the store has been improved greatly along the way!
In parallel to its quality, you have to see the line of people waiting before its door! Yet again, if you ever question its popularity, you have to take a look at the portraits of famous people hanging on its walls. In addition to the artists, actors, actresses and statesmen, probably you will notice a writing that reads “Send a Salami to Your Boy in the Army.” It is the slogan of Katz’s campaign in the 2nd World War to send food to the soldiers who also included Katz’s own 3 sons. If you check the store’s website, you will see that you can still send salami to the four corners of the world: www.katszdelicatessen.com
Of course the fact that a scene from the movie “When Harry Met Sally” (1989) was shot in this particular store is just one of the reasons behind its popularity. There are even some people who associate the fake orgasm scene of Meg Ryan with the taste of the sandwiches.
Among the popular orders from Katz’s Deli’s menu is a sandwich with some slightly smoked, juicy pastrami. The pastrami is made from brisket which is marinated in spice and perfectly smoked to reach the taste of wagyu.
Besides, you can also go for some “corn beef” which is prepared in 4 weeks of sort-of-pickling process. The flavor was first brought to the States by Jewish migrants from East Europe.
While the meat is sliced with a knife rather than with a machine, it all comes between loaves of rye bread. A small bowl of slightly-pickled firm-to-bite gherkins is served before the sandwiches. And eventually the picture is complemented with some wholegrain mustard and crispy potato fries.
One of the historical sites in New York where the real taste is served, Katz’s Deli is the kind of place no our dear follower should just pass by!
Bon appétit and enjoy the taste of life…
205 East Houston Street (corner of Ludlow St)
New York, 10002