Katz’s Delicatessen is a rooted establishment located in the Lower East Side of Manhattan since 1888. The deli is famous for their smoked meats (pastrami and corned beef sandwiches) and hot dogs. They are also famous for a particular scene in the romantic comedy When Harry Met Sally.
You are handed an orange ticket when you walk in. Don’t lose this ticket as this is how your tab is tallied. If you lose the ticket, you’ll be charged $50 for a “lost ticket fee”. Hand in your blank ticket even if you don’t eat.
Tables along the walls are for waiter service; though it is much more fun to stand on line behind one of the counters and watch your carver build your sandwich. They will usually give you a small sample of the meat. Also be sure to tip your carver! He might give you a few extra pieces.
Other favorites are liver and onions and a hot bowl of matzo ball soup. Want breakfast at midnight? Try their tongue sandwich with fried egg.
Open until 2:45AM on weekends, we found that it’s a great place to stop by after a night of bar hopping in the LES.
Katz’s Delicatessen, 205 East Houston Street, New York (Lower East Side)