There is nothing better than biting into a thick pastrami sandwich that juices down onto the plate below. Each bite a new flavor arises whether it’s the fresh rye bread or deli-style mustard, or the saltiness of pickled pickle. Katz’s Delicatessen has become one of the most famous and longest-standing restaurants in New York. Locals gather around the table for brunch, lunch, dinner, or even just for a quick midnight snack. In fact, Katz’s Delicatessen has been featured as the backdrop of many current television shows and even was the center for Meg Ryan’s most famous sandwich and Big O scene in “When Harry Met Sally.”


However, even though the restaurant has been featured in many sitcoms and movies, the reason locals and tourists from all over the world endure waiting through long lines is simply because of the incredible taste. Even if you only have 48-hours to eat through New York's best foods, Katz's Delicatessen should be at the top of the list.

Katz's Delicatessen Is One Of The Best Restaurants In NYC (And Most Iconic)

Not only is Katz’s Delicatessen one of the longest standing restaurants in all of New York City. Back in the day, large numbers of Eastern European Jews immigrated to New York’s Lower East Side in search of a better life. Jewish delis became a dime a dozen and cultural cuisines began to blend with New American dishes. But with time, these delis slowly phased out due to gentrification and evolving food trends. The only remaining Jewish deli from the late 1900s is Katz's Delicatessen.

Katz’s Delicatessen became a beloved iconic structure in New York City after Meg Ryan’s famous scene in When Harry Met Sally aired. Additionally, the interior decoration was kept decorated to give a nostalgic vibe. But, most importantly, the food is just THAT good. While their menu lists many loved food items, what locals and tourists flock to the most is their famous pastrami sandwich.

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Favorites Can Run Out By Noon With A Line Up Around The Corner

How can a sandwich be so good that the line just to order one can wrap around the corner and often sells out? The pastrami is cooked for 24 hours and is cooked so beautifully that the chefs must hand carve each slice otherwise the slicer machine would crumble each piece. Because each slice is carved by hand, this also allows for each sandwich to be made to everyone’s taste, whether they prefer their slices thick or thin. Additionally, when entering Katz’s Delicatessen, there are multiple line ups at the counter as there are up to eight carvers to accommodate each order.

The moment guests walk in, they will be greeted with a ticket. The line ups are so long that foodies are expected to know what they want to order the moment they get to the counter otherwise they may even get yelled at. However, most guests come for three main dishes: pastrami on rye, pickles and pickled sides, and Matzo ball soup.

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The Tongue Omelets And Stellar Cheese Blintzes Are A Breakfast Must Have

Aside from pastrami sandwiches on rye bread and delicious soul-warming Matzo ball soup, some local favorites are also their tongue omelet. Additionally, the tongue meat can also be sliced by the pound and turned into a sandwich. However, many locals and tourists tend to try the omelet version on the breakfast menu. It may not be for everyone, but this light pink meat is extremely tender as it comes from veal and boiled just right before being sliced and chopped into a three-egg omelet.

For a sweeter option, Katz’s Delicatessen also offers cheese blintzes that are simply mouth-wateringly delicious. These God-sent cheese-filled crepes can also be garnished with a fresh strawberry compote and sour cream.

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Foodies Can Order Katz's Delicatessen Online

Even though their interior may be decorated with nostalgic photographs and history from their ancestors, Katz’s Delicatessen is keeping up with the times by offering worldwide online ordering and delivery. You may not be able to travel to New York City for the next little while, however, you will be able to taste and enjoy the same dishes that everyone is talking about.

At the moment, Katz’s is offering a “Father’s Day Classic” combo that can be shipped worldwide that comes fully equipped with a full pound of each of their famous meats like the house-cured corned beef, their iconic pastrami and slow-cooked brisket. To pair with these meets, they also include rye bread, deli-made mustard, and two-quarts of their housemade pickles. Their Father’s Day Classic promo is so famous, they’ve asked their loyal customers to order at least a month in advance.

Additionally, Katz’s Delicatessen also offers local pickup and delivery, catering, and to host private events.

Owners Used To Send Salami To Their Sons In The Army, And Now Are Sending Salami To Front Line Workers

During the Second World War, the owners’ three sons were sent to serve their country and fight in the war, specifically the Armed Forces. Mr. and Mrs. Katz decided to make the restaurant’s slogan “Send A Salami To Your Boy in The Army,” where they would offer to send pastrami to men abroad on behalf of their families.

Fast forward to 2020, Katz’s Delicatessen is now offering free pastrami sandwiches to all nurses and doctors on the front lines of the Covid-19 crisis in New York City, the country’s epicenter. On top of sending sandwiches of gratitude, Katz’s also started a fundraiser where $20 can get more health care workers a beloved pastrami sandwich or a turkey sandwich, with a side of coleslaw, potato salad, and homemade pickles, along with the distribution to specific hospitals targeted by the crisis.

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